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Published: Tuesday, April 5 2011 11:59 a.m. MDT

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Rocket Science
Brigham City, UT

A perfect storm of projects ending, no new programs, cancellation of the Constellation Space Program coupled with the current administration's lack of vision for space exploration has decimated an educated, skilled and dedicated work force. At one time (years ago) we were up to 8,000 + persons at Promontory and Clearfield. It is sad to see what is happening here this will not be the last RIF. One disappointing fact is that most of those getting hit in the RIFs have been dedicated employees with ATK, ALCOA, Cordant Technologies, Thiokol, Morton Thiokol, Thiokol Chemical Corp for 20 30 years. In order to shift (read - get rid of older workers on the pension plan) the critical skill mix ATK has gotten rid of the employees who have been the most loyal for the longest time.

The Jimmer
Salt Lake City, UT

Interesting that the state offered ATK tens of millions in tax credits to create jobs in Utah and now they're cutting jobs. I wonder if the state makes them pay back all the money they make from taxpayers by creating jobs when they then later cut those jobs. Anybody know?

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Its sad to see those jobs lost. I wish these scientists and engineers were put to work doing even more important things than sending more rockets into space beyond commercial satellites and GPS.

Put them to work creating renewable energy. Designing better windmills. Working on geothermal power plants. We have a lot of geothermal potential in the United States near Yellowstone and in other places that we are not making use of.

Going to the moon was great. Sending people to Mars would be a waste of our money at this time when Republicans are threatning Social Security. We need to put first things first.

Green energy will help our environment as well as help wean our nation from foreign sources of energy and sources of energy that are finite and will run out.

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