February 25, 2016 6:10 AM EST


Paul Taylor’s Feb. 22–29 story on politically disengaged millennials angered some readers from older generations. Norman Gaines of Hartsdale, N.Y., called the problem a “self-created catch-22 of believing your vote won’t matter and then not voting” that “will doom this generation to a future in which they exercised no choices.” But this problem isn’t new. Tim Bloomquist of Traverse City, Mich., wrote with regret of his failure to do more in 1972 to support George McGovern over Richard Nixon–and expressed hope that young voters might learn from that past. “Millennials, show the generation before you that you are paying attention,” he wrote. “Change the world.”

A return to Earth

Six members of the TIME team are traveling to Kazakhstan to cover astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko’s return from a year aboard the International Space Station, a mission TIME has been following since its very beginning. The latest two episodes of our video series A Year in Space are now available at time.com/space–and a one-hour special tracing the mission from training to landing airs on PBS on March 2 at 8 p.m. E.T.


When fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad (left) competes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer, she will become the first Team USA athlete to sport a hijab. Muhammad hopes to inspire young Muslim girls to follow her lead. “If I had people who could challenge that notion that I didn’t belong,” she tells TIME, “it definitely would have been easier.” Read her story at time.com/fencer.

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This appears in the March 07, 2016 issue of TIME.

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