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Letter: Shame on man willing to trade family for Mars
First Published Jan 20 2014 03:29 pm • Last Updated Jan 20 2014 03:29 pm

So Ken Sullivan of Farmington, who has a wife and small children, wants to be one of the first to blast off to Mars ("Wife, daughter hope Utah dad doesn’t leave them for Mars," Tribune, Jan. 14). If I were his wife, I would seriously think that must be his planet of origin.

Obviously he has no sense of responsibility for them. In fact, any man who is so encumbered and indulges in risky behavior demonstrates extreme selfishness, whether it is for self-gratification or self-aggrandizement.

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Memo to such fathers: Your children would much rather say, "My father attended all of my soccer games" than "My father was one of the first to go to Mars" or "My father died in an avalanche on a steep slope."

In addition, what an untenable position he places his wife into: either she becomes an ogre who asks him not to go, or she becomes a widow. It would be much better if such men never married, let alone had children. Shame on them!

Linda Brimmer


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