In reference to the Feb. 2 essay by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (“To fight poverty locally, invest in well-paying jobs”), I applaud the congresswoman’s efforts on behalf of optics and photonics. This is an industry that is highly technical and often not understood by many outside of Rochester, but the everyday technologies enabled by optics and photonics are well known — smartphones, laser surgery and high-speed Internet, for example.
Rep. Slaughter works tirelessly to educate her colleagues and advance optics and photonics in Congress. I thank her for her efforts on a local and national scale. Rochester is well served by the leadership of Congresswoman Slaughter.
PHILIP H. BUCKSBAUM
MENLO PARK, CALIF.
President, The Optical Society (OSA)