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April 2008 Poll #2 April 2008 Poll #1
Are you in favor of the merger between Delta and Northwest Airlines?
Yes
44%
No
30%
Undecided
26%
Total votes: 91
Has the International Space Station been a success?
Yes
71%
No
26%
Undecided
3%
Total votes: 94
Comment: The poor state of the airline industry makes it likely that mergers will become a frequent occurrence in the near future. Otherwise, it is difficult to see how many airlines will continue to survive. Comment: The US space program has to be struggling to find its identity for a generation, and the ISS appears to be one of the greatest symbols of its woes. The orbital laboratory was a major NASA goal for decades and has taken some 15 years to build. Yes now that the end is in sight, no one knows what to do with this floating hotel or how to pay for it in the future.

March 2008 Poll #2 March 2008 Poll #1
With Vladimir Putin as prime minister for the "foreseeable future," has Russia returned to a Soviet-style dictatorship?
Yes
57%
No
35%
Undecided
8%
Total votes: 95
Do you agree with the US Air Force decision to award the KC-45 tanker contract to the Northrop and Airbus A330 over the competing Boeing 767?
Yes
37%
No
58%
Undecided
5%
Total votes: 119
Comment: Putin deserves some credit for rebuilding the shattered post-Soviet economy and improving the economic status of the Russian people. Unfortunately, the methods by which he has done so include seizure of private property, imprisonment and intimidation of political adversaries, and virtual elimination of a free and independent press. With Putin's KGB background and placement of cronies throughout government and industry, the Soviet Union is back in all but name. Comment: Based on the criteria the Air Force originally announced for the new tanker, the 767 would appear to be the best match for the service's needs. The selection of the much larger A330 begs the question of whether those criteria were changed during the competition giving Northrop/Airbus an unfair advantage. Boeing ought to challenge this contract and, in our opinion, the decision should be overturned.

February 2008 Poll #2 February 2008 Poll #1
Should India invest in a manned space program to compete with Russia, China, and the US?
Yes
40%
No
57%
Undecided
3%
Total votes: 97
Which of the following do you believe is currently the world's best beyond visual range air-to-air missile?
Meteor
15%
R-77 / AA-12
19%
AIM-120
51%
PL-12
0%
MICA RF
3%
Astra
2%
Aspide
1%
R-Darter
1%
Skyflash
4%
Derby
2%
Undecided
4%
Total votes: 114
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