We find it surprising that an adiminstration that promised job growth during the election would cut funding for scientific research in its proposed 2018 budget.

Scientific American describes science as the engine of prosperity. Economists have said that a third to a half of U.S. economic growth has resulted from basic research since World War II.

Cell phones, computers, hybrid cars, organ transplants, the asphalt that creates roads, microwave ovens, antibiotics, and clean water coming from the tap are just some of the everyday items produced through scientific research.

To draw attention to the issue of the importance of research, a nationwide March for Science is planned for April 22, including one in Livermore.

Organizers note, "Science, scientists and evidence-based policymaking are under attack. Budget cuts, censorship of researchers, disappearing data sets and threats to dismantle government agencies harm us all, putting our health, food, air, water, climate and jobs at risk."

The March for Science is being called the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in health, safety, economies, and governments.

Science plays a large role in the economy of the area with two national laboratories in Livermore and an array of tech companies throughout the Tri-Valley.

Take a stand in favor of research; take part in the march.