If astronomers are furious at federal funding failures (The Scientist, August 8, page 1), they have only themselves to blame. It is the funding of such "major" facilities as the Very Large Array radiotelescope and the Hubble space telescope that have left little funding for everything else. Astronomers, like everyone else, will have to learn that you.can't have your cake and eat it too.

Meanwhile particle physicists are actively lobbying for the superconducting supercollider. Undoubtedly, they too will soon be furious about funding failures.

Robert Joel Yates
Radiation Oncologist
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Ky. 40536-0084

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