The following are excerpts from editorials in other newspapers across New England:
An Atlas V rocket lifted NASA’s Maven spacecraft into the heavens Monday Nov. 18, the start of a mission that should offer the closest look ever at the Red Planet’s atmosphere, and perhaps furnish clues as to how global climate systems change over eons.
We couldn’t help but note the price tag for this mission: $671 million. That’s about the same price that was initially placed on the healthcare.gov website set up to help Americans sign up for insurance under Obamacare.
The Maven mission is still in its early stages, as well, but is off to a flying start, unlike the Obamacare website, whose problems have been widely documented.
We’re no fans of Obamacare, but we do hope the website gets fixed so that the program can proceed and Americans can find out whether it will succeed or fail on grounds other than technological glitches.
As for the latest mission to Mars, we’re delighted to see that some government programs do work as designed, and that Americans of all political persuasions now have another high-tech science project to keep their eyes on.-- The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester
For a graying generation or two of women in this country and throughout much of the Western world, author Doris Lessing will be remembered not so much as the polemicist she was but as a literary prophet. While her radical politics and nonconformist behavior occasionally led to public censure, she was nonetheless revered for giving voice to silent members of her sex at a time when many felt stifled by the conventions of marriage and motherhood.
Lessing, who died Sunday Nov. 17 in London just shy of her 95th birthday, was a maverick who expressed herself in a variety of genres, including poetry and science fiction. She was not, in truth, a consistent or consistently polished prose stylist. But she attempted, as she put it, “to break a form; to break certain forms of consciousness and go beyond them.”