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To the Editor: Science of evolution should not be ignored
Written by Lloyd A. Jones   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:23
The writer of the letter of 2/20/2014 provided an outstanding example of the widespread lack of understanding of the processes of evolution and science, prevalent especially among the religious. The child mentioned is to be commended for thinking, but his mother is tremendously uninformed and most likely will fill his head with the inflexible dogma of a fundamental theist. At 7 years, he is much too young to integrate the complexities necessary to understand evolution thoroughly. However, and most frightening, he is not too young to have his mind religiously stultified, perhaps forever limiting his worldview, as well as even his willingness to understand evolution and the scientific process. Perhaps he will escape, maybe even to learn the nature of theory which obviously has mother never has. One can only hope.
What truly grates on me is the irrational inconsistency of the dedicated religionists. They, as well as essentially all of us, are happy to utilize the incredible information that has resulted from observation, hypothesis testing and analysis by scientists. Especially important are the results in medicine, as well as in other areas of study which improve our lives. Religionists seem blinded and unable to accept the results of the same methods of science when used to study the history of our planet! This is because the results abrogate the scrambled writings of semi-literate, warring, tribal, bronze-age peasants (who did not know where the sun went at darkness) formulated into their holy books. Be consistent; if you reject one, reject the other.
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To the Editor: Restaurants thanked for helping Martha's Kitchen
Written by Martha's Kitchen Board Members   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:22
For many years now, Panera Bread and Pizza Hut have provided food towards the free meals offered every Friday at First United Methodist Church by Martha's Kitchen, an organization of 14 area churches.
Martha's Kitchen wishes to acknowledge their generous weekly gifts and to thank them for providing popular, wholesome foods for our guests. We are fortunate to have them in our community.

Martha's Kitchen Board Members
Bowling Green
 
To the Editor: Evolution is more than just theory
Written by William E. Feeman, Jr., M.D.   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:22
The so-called "theory" of evolution is one of the most researched fields in science. But it's not as if one can sit on the sidelines and watch things evolving. No one lives 4.5 billion years and can watch evolution in progress. It's not as though one can send a satellite to Mars, calculating a precise pathway, and orbit it around, say, Mars. You can't do that with evolution.
What you can do is to examine rocks whose age can be accurately dated and check for fossils. The older the rocks, the more primitive the fossils. You could go to the Grand Canyon and see that the deeper into the canyon that one descends, the younger are the rocks and the more primitive are the fossils. In the lab you can take a chick embryo and by turning on certain genes at certain times, the chick will develop teeth and grow a dinosaur-like tail. Also, you can examine embryos and note that there is a collection of genes that is identical from the most primitive to the most advanced forms of life - the odds are impossibly high that this could be a coincidence. This gene group controls the basic formation of the bodies of all higher organisms - and incidentally, the basic body plan of all higher forms of life (above Protista) is the same, again highly unlikely except in an evolutionary sense. I could go on, but you get the idea.
No the concept of evolution is not some day-dream. It is real - as real as it gets in biology - and should be taught as fact, not fiction. This letter won't change the minds of many people, but if it gives some people pause to think, then it will have been worthwhile.

William E. Feeman, Jr., M.D.
Bowling Green
P.S. If evolution's opponents don't want to get involved in science, consider the price of ignorance: Pompeii and Santorini.
 
To the Editor: Sheriff's office provides 'vacation checks' for people away from home
Written by David L. Housholder   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:20
As Wood County enters into what suspiciously looks like the dawning of the next ice age, I anticipate we may see a mass exodus of our residents to warmer climates for at least a brief respite.
Given this likely scenario, I decided to take this opportunity to draw attention to one of our Wood County Sheriff Departments services to rural residents. No, I don't refer to their propensity to show up unannounced at your party in the "no-tell motel!"
Instead, I would like to make my fellow citizens aware of the department's "Vacation Checks" services for those of us residing outside the jurisdictions of other local police agencies. My wife and I availed ourselves of this service this past year. We were more than pleased by the numerous checks provided by our Deputy Sheriffs at various hours of the day and night. It is with a high level of satisfaction that I encourage other Wood County residents to visit the department's website and take advantage of this service.

David L. Housholder
Portage
 
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