An Illinois Senate committee on Thursday unanimously supported planet Pluto and declaring March 13 "Pluto Day." The idea now moves to the full Senate for a vote.OH, yes. I'm sure that state Senator Dahl has truly helped his constituents with this resolution. It's a platform that I'm sure will send him to the stratosphere in politics. Just what we need - more politicians who think that they can solve every question by political resolutions.
The push for a state decree on Pluto comes from state Sen. Gary Dahl, a Republican whose downstate district includes Streator, birthplace of Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh. Dahl told colleagues Pluto is important to the local community, which considers the vote to downgrade Pluto to "dwarf" planet was unfair as it involved only 4 percent of the International Astronomical Union's 10,000 scientists.
Dahl noted that Tombaugh is the only American ever to discover a planet. Tombaugh first detected Pluto in 1930 at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona.
Dahl called Thursday's committee vote a key step forward, not only for Pluto and Streator, but also for bipartisan cooperation in the Senate. He said previous Democratic leadership sat on the proposal last year but new Senate President John Cullerton let it advance.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Illinois state legislators, figuring that there are no real problems in their state, have turned their eyes to the heavens in order to redress a real injustice - the status of Pluto.