Letters to the editor, Jan. 11


Published: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

No single explanation

Susan Bottcher (Voice, 1-7) makes the initially believable claim that the concept of intelligent design is not as proven a science as evolution. Now, there is something to be said about alternative viewpoints: that there are many boundless theories regarding the creation of the Earth as well as its many species that inhabit it.

That being said, there is no single explanation that can explain the Earth's existence. Evolution is certainly not one of them.

Evolutionists: How does an eye form? How does an appendage such as an eye, nose, or hair form spontaneously? How does interspecies evolution occur? Does it not seem a tad too far-fetched to for a bacterium to evolve to a fish to a bird?

Therefore, with such questions unanswered and unexplainable, how can evolution be any more factual than intelligent design? Scientific consensus is irrelevant - the answer that is easy to accept is not always correct.

Furthermore, intelligent design is not by any means a label for creationism. Creationists believe in, or worship, a God, who creates the universe based on the Bible, who believe the Earth is 10,000 years old, and equate man's existence to Genesis. We know this is not true because many religions exist on the same premise, but with a different scenario.

Intelligent design simply totes the idea that a single powerful intelligent being created the Earth - that of which we have no knowledge of today, but by deduction can be the only possible answer.

Samuel Lawson,

Alachua

Science and Florida's future

We support the adoption of scientifically credible education standards for Florida's K-12 public schools. We urge the several people who have sent letters of support to The Sun to send their opinions to the Florida Board of Education, which will vote on February 19 to adopt, amend or reject the proposed standards.

Florida's future economy is at stake in this issue. Florida's work force needs a solid foundation in the sciences if the state is to compete successfully for the science-based clean industries that the state government has been pursuing. For some decades, national business reviewers have seen the Florida secondary public education system as a disincentive for creating, attracting and retaining new industries in our state.

It is critical to the future economy of this state that the Board of

Education adopt scientifically accurate education standards for public education. And it is critical that supporters of science communicate their positions to the Florida Board of Education and the Department of Education staff (www.fldoe.org/board).

Phyllis and Arthur Saarinen,

Gainesville

A bad bonus decision

It is completely irresponsible for the University Of Florida board of trustees to approve $300,000 in performance bonuses for President Bernie Machen while the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences remains in crippling debt. Faculty should not accept deteriorating research and operational budgets while Machen's personal finances continue to increase.

However, this recognition leaves the question of what is to be done. Faculty, who are themselves the means of production at the university, must unionize to oppose these continued abuses. It is not only in their interests, but the interests of their students and the university at large that they band together to collectively oppose these egregious fiscal policies. Why should students fail to receive necessary course materials such as syllabi for the sake of a president's salary?

The University faculty must follow Al Warrington's example and actively resist and oppose these measures for their own sake as well as that of their students. Students need to actively encourage their instructors to unionize in order to fight against this continued abuse.

The primary objective the university's spending should be to maximize the quality of our education, not the salary of its executive.

Benjamin Dictor,

Gainesville

Respect our wishes

I live in Haile Plantation, and have two daughters in elementary school. My wife and I attended the zoning meeting at Kanapaha Middle School on Jan. 7, and we hope that the School Board will respect the wishes of the vast majority of that audience.

A few speakers did support the rezoning, and I admire their

determination. It is not easy to argue when you are outnumbered, and I sympathize with their defense of GHS and Eastside, since no one likes to have their school denigrated. However, I think most parents weren't arguing against those schools as much as in favor of Buchholz, their local school.

One pro-rezoning speaker identified herself as a teacher of the year at GHS, and a Haile resident. She earned honesty points for admitting that her son goes to a private school ("that's his choice"), and her daughter is a sophomore at Bucholz ("that's her choice"). But it seems ironic that she argued for a proposal that would prevent our children from exercising the same choice that her children have been able to make.

Home prices and property taxes in Haile are very high, largely because of the school zone. The day after a rezoning policy is forced through, every house in Haile will be worth considerably less.

We will home school our daughters before we put them on a bus for two hours a day to satisfy the ideological vision of others. But I'm not sure how well other Gainesville residents will do when they realize that rezoning has produced two main effects:

1. They will be sending their own kids into a school system that is suffering severe lower-property-tax-driven budget cuts. 2. They will have provided the evil rich in Haile with a nice, big tax cut.

When that day comes, don't forget to thank your social engineering heroes on the School Board.

Martin Simpson,

Gainesville

It wasn't Tim's team

In response to your Jan. 8 article titled "Familiar ring Another title game loss for OSU," the article said "Ohio State once again fell apart in college football's biggest game. A year after the Buckeyes were routed by Tim Tebow and Florida 41-14 in the Arizona desert, they barely did better."

This information is not right. I guess the writer made the assumption the Tebow was the starting quarterback last year. I am a fan of Tebow but you have to give Chris Leak some respect. Tim Tebow ran a touchdown (which he always does) and then threw one touchdown to Andre Caldwell. That is just 14 points. We scored 41 points. Where did the other 27 points come from? Chris Leak!

Last year's quarterback for the championship Gator football team was Chris Leak. I was shocked that your paper has forgotten our beloved quarterback Chris Leak.

Tebow was not the starting quarterback or the most important player of the national title game last year.

Mark Canfield,

Gainesville

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a tax cut on Jan 29?

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