To The Daily Sun,
In his response to a recent letter I wrote about how I think creation "science" should not be taught as fact or as an "alternative theory" in American public school science classes, John Demakowski described much of what I wrote as "baloney." Yes, Mr. Demakowski, that is the perfect word to use in an honest debate or discussion when you disagree with someone.
Mr. Demakowski does not seem to get the overall point of my letter. I said, in effect, that people of faith can believe in both a Creator and evolution and the fact that the earth is 4.5 billion years old. Personally, I never saw the conflict. Nor do many other people of faith, including many Christians. But, a Creator or "intelligent design," while perhaps true, is not something that scientists can prove. Is a matter of faith or philosophy, not science.
Perhaps both faith and science are important, but they are very different. Personally, I would prefer to believe that there is an overall plan and meaning to the universe and to the human condition, but I cannot prove that in a laboratory. Scientists can explain the evolution of life and the origins universe all the way back to the Big Bang without God.
That does not mean that there is not a God or a "first cause," but this cannot be proven empirically. In fact, real scientists will tell you that no one can prove anything prior to the Big Bang. Again, as I said before, these creation stories do belong in public schools, but they do not belong in science classes because they are a matter of faith and belief, not things that can be proven by science. They belong in humanities, philosophy, and literature classes.
Mr. Demakowski may think I have never read the Bible. Actually, I have read it many times and even have some formal academic background in religion and theology. Even St. Paul said that faith is belief in something "not seen" or provable. So, Mr. Demakowski, do you think that perhaps even St. Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament, might actually agree with me?
Toward the end of his letter, Mr. Demakowski quoted Jesus in the Gospel of St. Matthew (24:9): "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of my name." Perhaps I misunderstood him but he seems to imply that what I (and others) have said about this somehow amounts to some sort of "persecution" of Christians.
Are you kidding? I know that the Christian Right likes to rant about an ongoing "persecution" of evangelical and fundamentalist Christians but in reality, they enjoy much more religious freedom here than they do in most other countries, including other democracies. They are allowed to worship freely, collect millions of dollars through televangelists, get tax exemptions for their churches, strongly influence political and social discourse, and even to have their own schools (where, even in states where corporal punishment is outlawed in public schools, students can still be paddled). How is that "persecution?"
In the USA, parents are often even allowed to "opt out" their kids from receiving vaccinations for "religious" reasons even at a risk to health. One could make an argument that conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists have too much influence in the USA. They support political candidates, including members of public school boards who will support their unconstitutional attempts to control taxpayer-funded public education. And, this is not only in science classes. In Texas, they want to rewrite the history textbooks to support their ideologies. In many schools, especially in the South, they have outlawed comprehensive sex education and replaced it with "abstinence only" sex education (often with "slut-shaming", Christian outside speakers) which is based on the "logical" premise that if you tell teenagers over and over that they should not do something, they will not do it.
E. Scott Cracraft
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:52
To The Daily Sun,
I'm writing about Laconia's sidewalks. They are bad.
I fell the other day walking along a sidewalk in downtown.
Something needs to be done. The sidewalks should be fixed before someone else falls. The city needs to spend the money it gets on the sidewalks and fix them and make them better to walk on.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:31
To The Daily Sun,
After 26 years our Sanbornton Town Clerk/ Tax Collector, Jane Goss, has decided to enjoy what will be her most fun job: retirement. To the best of her ability, she has been a main staple for our town office.
Luckily for us , Marla Davis is running for Town Clerk/Tax Collector. She has been deputy for town clerk and tax
collections for the last six years. Marla is very knowledgeable and has been a true asset to our town. She is always eager to attend any schooling or seminars that have been offered, wanting to do anything that would benefit
the residents of Sanbornton.
On any given day, whether it be a lost dog, a resident who is in need of a compassionate ear, she goes to task for them.
I cannot say enough positive things about Marla, other than how lucky Sanbornton is to have Marla Davis as our Town Clerk/Tax Collector.
Please support Marla Davis and vote for her on Tuesday May 13.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:28
To The Daily Sun,
A 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death at school in Milford, Connecticut. A woman was stabbed Friday at a hotel in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. A woman stabbed her 7-month-old baby to death in Livermore, California. A boy in Murysville, Pennsylvania stabbed 21 people at school. A 19 year old woman was stabbed to death in the Bronx on Saturday. Someone in L.A. is stabbing homeless people, and three people were stabbed after a Broncos football game.
It is time to act. I am calling for a ban on the sale of military-style assault knives. Any knife longer than four inches with a double edge, handle longer than six inches, or a retractable or folding blade will not be sold. No person can purchase more than one knife a month. No knife holder with a capacity of more than two knives can be sold. All weapons of this type will have to be registered with the government and cannot be transferred, sold, or given, but must be destroyed when the owner passes. All cities will have a buyback program to buy up all the antique and valuable knives for one dollar. All public places such as schools, colleges, theaters, shopping malls, ect. will be declared as knife free zones, so everyone will know that these people are disarmed. These are only sensible, safe measures. Only by disarming sane, law abiding citizens can we protect ourselves from a few deranged loonies. Remember, its for the children.
P.S. Lefty Lizzie's memoirs are out. How I pretend to be an Indian and wound up in the U.S. Senate. Don't miss it.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:26
To The Daily Sun,
First, I attended the Laconia City Council meeting Monday night. State Sen. Andrew Hosmer was present to explain his resolution for support of SB-366 — to have the state of N.H. accept two gambling casinos in southern N.H. My reason for attending was to ask our mayor and city council to NOT sign on as supporters of this proposed legislation.
I was sure that my ward councilor would vote in opposition after I had provided the full body of information, and expalined this was not really the duty of of our leaders at the council table. Mayor Engler allowed me adequate time to speak to the council and Hosmer. He runs a good meeting!
Upon my arrival to City Hall, all were told that my wife reports she can see you (on television) but she can't hear you. As it turns out; the audio never worked.
Hence, the reason for a brief description of what happened.
They (councilors) were speaking for the residents. There were many good arguments (mine) of what will bring eggs to the faces of Councilors Baer, Hamel, and Bolduc if this $600,000 does not materialize after the first one or two years of gambling revenue sharing to Laconia. They have a plan. As City Manager Myers reminded all; an understanding is only good for two years — until the next council is seated. Question: how many times in the past 3-4 years has the state government diminished, or cut in its entirety, that shared money? Why would anyone in these times promote the uncertainty of this type of legislation?
Two last points. Why did Councilor Bownes never take a position but rather choose to recuse himself, just prior to the vote? Be sure to remember that Mayor Engler said, though he does not vote unless there is a tie, he would have voted NO. That, my friends, is someone who is going to be a leader.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:22