Letters to the editor for Jan. 1, 2012

Published: Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 30, 2011 at 5:22 p.m.

End the war between science and religion

The Dec. 27 article titled “God particle” has two important points.

First, science and theology have been at war for a long time, and this war is the stumbling block for scientific progress as well as for spiritual advancement.

Second, identifying the Higgs boson (God particle) is too far removed from everyday life that the news would not make a sensational headline.

Identifying and comprehending Higgs boson will be a giant landmark for human civilization. But to achieve that goal, human beings first have to have the paradigm change on our consciousness. Technology follows consciousness, not the other way around.

Put it simply, our attitude has to change first.

I hope the new year will be the beginning of our paradigm change; that human race will understand the true meaning of peace and prosperity.

We no longer need to fight for energy. Peace on Earth is, indeed, possible.

Genia Himes,


Paid mourners

On The Sun's Dec. 20 front page was a photo with the caption “Women collapse in tears as North Koreans gather after learning about the death of Kim Jong II.”

In 1968, in Saigon, I witnessed a long funeral procession with a large hearse flanked by two dragons. It was followed by musicians playing Vietnamese dirge and a number of deeply stressed ladies.

What shocked me was the womens' intensity of grief. They wailed and screamed above the din of the music. Then a couple of them fainted.

I mention to my translator that the man must have been rich and generous for his family to greave his loss so vociferously. He replied, “Not family. Funeral home employee. Paid to cry hard.”

There is more to a culture than meets the eyes.

Nader G. Vakili,

Lake City

No more New York Times propaganda

I was delighted to hear the New York Times sold The Gainesville Sun along with a number of regional newspapers. I subscribed for years until giving my money to such a disreputable, Marxist propaganda mullet wrapper became too much for my conscience to bear.

This should serve as a reminder that intelligent Americans are not amused with the NYT's version of events which are uniformly anti-American, anti Christian and anti-common sense. To the staff of socialist ideologues: Good riddance.

Dan Taylor,


Omitting CFLs

It was very surprising to note the absence of reference to CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps, light bulbs) in the Dec. 28 commentary piece by Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund.

The article was titled “A huge, and long overdue, win for U.S. public health,” and his central theme focused on mercury. He stated, “Now we have taken aim at another Public Enemy: mercury. The president deservers enormous credit for sticking with his plan.”

CFLs are found in almost every building supply and grocery store. The historic incandescent bulbs are being phased out. CFLs do not respond well to dimmer switches, put out a cold light and contain mercury! Please refer to www.epa.gov/cfl/cleanup.html for the incredulous set of directions about how to dispose of a broken CFL.

One of the major suppliers of CFL's is General Electric. General Electric's chairman, Jeffrey Immelt, is now President Barack Obama's job czar. Turn on the light, please!

Joseph J. Sabatella,


Not another war

Saber-rattling over Iran is building to the point where we are one incident (or one fabricated excuse) from war.

Israel has created its own problems, incited Islamic terrorism and engendered hatred throughout the Mideast. Our hawkish politicians irrationally pledge undying military support. “We the suckers” will be asked to sacrifice our young men and be handed another trillion dollar debt.

Remember, false assertions coupled with blind patriotism allowed our last war.

Simply put, war is insanity and another war is not acceptable.

Randall Lance,


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