Letters to the editor

Apr. 24, 2013 @ 07:46 PM

Dupuy shouldn’t try to stifle other theories

Award winning columnist Tina Dupuy's missive to save our schools from creationism concludes with a plea to readers to protect their little Einsteins from the brainwashing her own mother subjected her to as a child.  

How ironic that she dismisses the Intelligent Design concept Einstein clearly supported. Doubly ironic is that kids today get the same "because I said so" when they question goo-to-you evolution.

Brainwashing isn't new, though. Evolution, or the "God didn't do it" meme, has been around for a long time. Plato, Augustine, et al, all took their shots. Darwin rushed his tome to print, beating out a competitor by mere weeks.  

Little did he know his caveat on transitional forms would be thrown in the toilet by zealots (except Stephen J. Gould).

But, instead of teaching genetic stasis in plants, the Cambrian explosion, mitochondrial Eve, and no known example of  genetic accreation, Dupuy's position is to keep pounding the table with the faux-science of simple cells, horse toes, gill slits and fish-to-philosopher evolution.  

Thankfully, like young Tina, today's children are rebelling.  

They learn through YouTube clips such as Dawkins Stumped, Ben Stein Expelled Michael Ruse and T-rex Soft Tissue that all is not well with the theory-behind-the-curtain.   

If stifling childlike curiosity with uninformed mantras wasn't good for Tina, why should we keep doing it today? Thank God, banning reason, research and reality from science education doesn't have a prayer. 

 

Ray Fritsch

Durham

 

Attack real problems, not our democracy

The cynical part of me wants to say to the N.C. General Assembly ; "Go ahead with your plans to disenfranchise poor and minority voters by limiting early voting and requiring voter IDs when evidence suggest there is little to no voter fraud!" In Florida, where this was done, the backlash gave the state to Obama.   

But realistically, the attack on early voting in the N.C. legislature is a threat to one of our most basic rights as citizens in a democracy: the right to determine who represents us by exercising our right to vote. In states without early voting, long lines at the polls and inconvenient polling locations prevent many people from participating in elections at all. 

The argument that limiting early voting will save money is not based in fact.

The Board of Elections says shortening early voting will end up costing taxpayers more money, because we will have to add more polling places and buy more voting machines to handle more voters trying to vote early on fewer days.

Over half of North Carolinians voted early in our last election. Imagine having all those people adding to the lines on Election Day! Those who value our right to vote, and especially that of our most vulnerable citizens, should oppose this attempt to make it harder for us to vote. Indeed, 78 percent of North Carolinians support early voting. Our legislators should be focusing on the real problems facing our state, rather than attacking our democracy.

 

Bernadette Chasteen

Durham