¨A wiping out around 200,000 people, and the

  ¨A single bomb of this type, carried by boat and exploded in a port, might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory.¨ This is an excerpt from an August 2, 1939 letter Albert Einstein wrote warning of Germany’s nuclear weapon development. This letter prompted President Roosevelt to eventually authorize the formation of the Manhattan Project. If I could go back in time, I would go to the Los Alamos Laboratory in 1944 to observe the struggles the scientists had with the morality of a nuclear weapon, wiping out around 200,000 people, and the future health problems they would face.    The Los Alamos Laboratory was assigned the highly secretive ¨Project Y¨. Deciding to join the project meant scientists leaving their friends, homes, and normal life. I would observe the bravery they showed by upending their lives to be apart of the Manhattan Project. However, I would question the moral decision to bring such a destructive weapon into the world. The world had never seen a weapon of such mass destruction before, so the thought process would be revealing. Finally, I would learn from the sacrifices the scientists. They gave up time and future health, due to the radiation exposure.    The things I would learn from being around the Manhattan Project would be invaluable. In today’s current situation, we could use the lessons from the Manhattan Project scientists. Many of the scientists regretted ever developing such weapon, and they would agree that current leaders should work towards peace instead of violence. The most important lesson that I could learn from being around the Manhattan Project is that sacrifice is necessary for progress. ¨Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.¨ former Indian President Kalam     About eleven out of every one thousand babies born in Dunklin County, Missouri, die. This means that a child born in Libya have a safer future than Dunklin County kids. Unsafe sleep habits account for the majority of these deaths. My hometown of Kennett, Missouri, is the county seat of Dunklin County. I believe that the infant mortality rate in my area is outrageous, but could be fixed by educating new parents.        The first step to educating future parents is prenatal care. Many people don’t value prenatal care. Prenatal care can point out issues in the pregnancy and make sure the woman’s diet is proper. Also, vaccinations are important for not only the baby, but also the parents. Whooping cough, influenza, and various other vaccines can save the lives of new babies. New children have weak immune systems, so the proper precautions must be taken by any adult that will be around the child. The biggest issue is also the easiest to fix. Babies must be on their back and in a crib. Also, adjusting light, sound, and the baby’s clothing can help.     The issue of infant mortality is one that I wasn’t aware of until I began to think of a problem to address. Once I began my research I was shocked by how big of a problem this was, and how little I had heard of it. I think my county is a wonderful place, but just has this serious problem. Every child deserves to enjoy a happy life, so infant mortality needs to be treated. My belief is that education is the key to solving the problem of infant mortality in my community.