To The Daily Sun,
Tony Boutin says there are just too many zeros for life or the universe to have happened without God. Mr. Boutin brought us the "God of the Gaps" argument to us in all its glory. For those who don't know what this term is, its the habit people have when they don't have the scientific answers yet, don't understand them, or just refuse to acknowledge them, the say God did it. A god fills in their gaps in knowledge. When primitive man didn't understand lightning, plagues, earthquakes, battle losses, famines, infertility or floods, they said God did it. But since the dawn of the scientific age, millions of things have turned out to be just natural events, not God.
These days, folks like Tony use the God of the gaps argument to explain life and the "creation" of the universe. Unknown to our scientifically illiterate brethren who prefer Fox news and Duck Dynasty over education, science is at work to explain those two as natural phenomena. The physics math that brought us the television screen and the nuclear reactor also brought us the prediction of the Higgs Boson particle in the 1960s. In 2012 it was discovered at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and sent shockwaves and excitement around the scientific world. The Higgs particle is what gives other particles their mass. No, not magic.
Backed by many lines of evidence, physicists have for decades predicted that the universe appeared spontaneously due to quantum fluctuations. Now we have a mathematical proof for just that prediction of a universe from nothing (zero energy state). Thanks to the work of Dongshan He and his team at the Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics in China, these guys have come up with the first rigorous proof that the Big Bang could indeed have occurred spontaneously because of quantum fluctuations. https://medium.com/the-physics-arxiv-blog/a-mathematical-proof-that-the-universe-could-have-formed-spontaneously-from-nothing-ed7ed0f304a3
It might surprise you to know that the total energy of the universe is zero. All the positive energy and negative energy together adds up to zero. In the matter of life's beginnings, scientists have long conjectured on how life could have sprung from non-living matter. Now we have a testable theory.
"According to physicist Jeremy England, the origin and evolution of life are processes driven by the fundamental laws of nature — namely the Second Law of Thermodynamics. He's come up with a formula showing how a group of atoms, when driven by an external source of energy (like the sun) and when surrounded by a heat bath (like the ocean or atmosphere), can sometimes restructure itself as a way to dissipate increasing rates of energy." http://io9.com/physicist-proposes-a-thermodynamic-explanation-for-the-1507452119
Scientists have already come up with some experiments with which to test the idea. It appears we may live in a Biophile universe where life is a cosmic imperative.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:02
To The Daily Sun,
Poor Alan Moon just can't hit the target with his rubber darts. What Mr. Moon is misinformed and unaware of is that "In God We Trust? was put on our coins by an act of Congress in the 1950s. He may also not know that "Under God" was not in the pledge of allegiance until the Congress put it in there in the 1950s. None of these acts reflect the Constitution's directives, but instead are religious reactionaries pumping up their chests at Communism.
Mr. Moon would become enlightened if he were to see what actually was on our early coins. One on the 1792 half-dime said "LIBERTY THE PARENT OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY" around the obverse. Others said, "MIND YOUR BUSINESS" while sitting on a pagan sundial. Nearly all pictured Roman goddesses and the Roman eagle as they are seen on Roman coins, too. That included pileus slave caps with the Roman goddess of liberty, Libertas, too.
So, Mr. Moon's arguments are arguments from ignorance since he has not studied these issues, but likely watches Murdoch entertainment industries for the delusionally religious at Fox News.
G.W. Brooks might learn something outside of his little black conservative quotation box he lives in by reading my short essay on the evolution of American Constitution framing in three parts beginning with the story of the Treaty of Tripoli at http://www.stopthereligiousright.org/constitution.htm
Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 11:06
To The Daily Sun,
I have just finished reading Mr. Boutin's latest submission to The Sun. In it he states that Democrats' No 1 priority are minorities and that (to paraphrase) this has caused millions of middle-class individuals to sink into poverty.
It is true that Democrats focus on social issues. We are deeply committed to helping the poor, the homeless, the unemployed and the underemployed. We sponsor school breakfast programs, mental illness education and clinics, drug education and clinics. We support universal health care, marriage equality and women's issues. We support veterans. We support raising the minimum wage. We consider these "minority" issues — unlike Mr. Boutin, who defines "minority" as "ethnic".
What Mr. Boutin fails to mention is that, during the Obama administration the Dow has risen over 10,000 points, a failing auto industry was rescued (at a profit), unemployment is down and — oh yeah — our benevolent 1 percenters have experience astronomical corporate profits.
Now, these folks really love their money and have managed to hold on to most of it. These record profits have not trickled down to the middle and lower classes. They haven't created the full-time, benefit-paying positions that have buoyed both individuals and the economy.
Because I was fortunate to have wonderful parents who valued higher education, I was able to earn my degree. I also worked throughout my college years. As a retail manager, I have been able to take advantage of full-time employment with health care, sick time and investment opportunities. This is now almost unavailable to my co-workers. Most have to juggle several jobs and family responsibilities. To offer social services to these hard-working individuals is hardly a handout.
On one of our sub-zero days this week, I saw a young family of four coming out of a supermarket. None of these individuals — two adults and two small children were wearing coats — only thin hoodies. This is never acceptable.
I encourage other individuals to start contributing letters to this forum. I can recognize a bald-faced liar when I see one. I bet a lot of other folks can too. The arena can be a bit tough, but nobody respects a bully.
June M. Huot
Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 10:59
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to the Belmont Town Fathers, the Budget Committee and the taxpayers of Belmont,
The Town of Belmont will again be bringing a bond issue to the town taxpayers this year to decide on whether or not to spend around $3.7 million to reconstruct the Belmont Mill and refurbish it for use as the Town Hall.
A great amount of federal grant money and taxpayer dollars was spent on this mill some years ago and we are now discovering that the improvements made at that time were inadequate. The local newspapers have been reporting that the fourth floor of this building is falling apart, the outside bricks are allowing water to get inside the building and there is all sorts of deterioration to this building.
Before deciding whether or not to spend millions of dollars more, an investigation should be done on the first reconstruction. Among others, the following questions should be asked and answered:
• What exactly was done to the mill previously?
• What was not done that should have been?
• How did the costs break down for the last reconstruction?
• Was the contracted work properly supervised by a party looking out for the interests of the town?
• Was there a qualified professional in charge of the construction?
• Are there plans and specifications available to review from the last construction?
• Are there "As Built," that is, after-the-fact plans available to review?
• Were there any design or construction changes made during the last construction that shouldn't have been made?
The purpose of this investigation should be to find the mistakes that were made the last time so that we can be sure they won't be made again.
Until this investigation is complete, we are liable to make the same mistakes all over again.
This investigation should be open and transparent and should be conducted by a citizen's committee of townspeople who have no personal or financial interest in whether or not the $3.7 million bond will pass, but instead are interested in what is best for the town taxpayers. Town employees should be available to assist this committee by retrieving relevant records such as the above-mentioned plans, minutes of meetings where decisions and updates were mentioned and decided upon, and whatever other records may be needed. This committee should be headed by an individual with some knowledge of engineering and construction or, if not possible, such an individual should be available to the committee for consultation.
This town has been convinced, in the past, to vote to purchase buildings before a definite use has been assigned to them and before a proper investigation was conducted. Let's be smart this time and call for this investigation before spending any more money.
Please attend the following meetings and voice your opinion:
• Tues., Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m., Budget Committee Hearing at Corner Meeting House.
• Tues., Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m., Bond Hearing at Corner Meeting House.
• Sat., Jan. 31, Town Deliberative Session.
George & Susan Condodemetraky
Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 10:53
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to Meredith residents:
As I near the end of my term on the Meredith Selectboard I am announcing that I will not be running for re-election this year and I want to take this time to share many thanks.
First, I want to thank the residents who elected me and put your trust in me to conduct the prudential affairs of our town. I have enjoyed it very much. Thanks to Phil Warren and the department leaders for keeping the town in ship shape even during hard economic times.
To all of the volunteers who commit so much time and dedication to our many boards and committees, the Library Trustees and staff and all of the election workers, thank you. Most importantly to me, thank you to our town employees, each and every one of you. Administrative Services, Assessing Department, Community Development, Fire Department, Police Department, Public Works, Water and Sewer and Town Clerk, you continue to provide excellent services in a very professional manner. I have enjoyed and will miss working with all of you. What a great experience I have had.
I also want to say thank you to my fellow board members, and especially Mr. Brothers. Peter, you have been a great mentor and friend.
Carla Horn, Chair
Meredith Board of Selectmen
Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 10:50