NASA uses its money not just for space trips

I would like to respond to the column by Keith J. Powell in yesterday’s edition of The BG News. I just want to expand his horizons and advise him that Sport Utility Vehicles have always served a useful purpose for my family in our farming operation. I drive one because it allows me to transport farm wagons and hopper wagons to and from the field as well as pulling various pieces of tillage equipment from one field to another.

It takes the place of a tractor that needs to be in the field instead of driving down the road and allows my husband and son to continue working while I take care of the “go-fer” needs. The four-wheel drive option allows me to get in and out of the field without difficulty; therefore, becoming a very productive part of our agri-business.

In addition to the above, we live in a rural area where getting to campus is done via country roads. Because of its special abilities, I have not been late for work or unable to get here at all. Believe me when I say that I wish that SUVs had better gas mileage, but I try to be as conservative as possible with my usage. It not only puts less money in the pockets of the oil conglomerates, but also keeps more money in mine. Thank you for the opportunity to express my opinion.

Janice Wasserman