published Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Letters to the Editors

Supernatural beliefs don’t work

To the extent that a person believes that creationism represents a valid scientific theory or approach, they do indeed show their ignorance.

Whether that ignorance is a lack of understanding about what constitutes real science or whether it results from naiveté and gullibility surrounding the Christian right’s propaganda machine depends on the individual.

Many Christians, and I suspect it is a majority, would not agree that Genesis represents a literal and scientific explanation of creation, nor should we confuse creationism, a religious ideology masquerading as science, as synonymous with Christianity.

Complaints of insensitivity and of being offended because a newspaper printed a religious cartoon aren’t unique. In 2005 a cartoon printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, so angered and offended Islamic extremists that protests escalated into violence resulting in more than 100 reported deaths, including the bombing of the Danish embassy in Pakistan and setting fire to the Danish Embassies in Syria, Lebanon and Iran. That’s not good company.

Maybe those so easily offended should consider growing thicker skin and realize that not everyone views supernatural belief in the 21st century as something deserving of respect.

KARLTON G. KEMERAIT

Parents must be better teachers

The shooting of Trayvon Martin was tragic. All shootings, stabbings, violence by whatever means taken out on other humans are tragic.

How many people have been hurt, killed in the days since this happened? Three shootings in the last three days in Chattanooga. Where are the marchers?

Is it only when it is a person of a different color who does the crime, that the people take to the streets?

On the Metro page Thursday, the article about the latest shootings was at the bottom, not on the front page. Come on people, it is up to the individual to settle problems in a calmer way.

Who or where does the problem lie. If all the people who have marched, would carry it further, to mentor a young person, be a family mother, father take interest in your children, then crime would take a back seat.

Our teachers are just that, teachers. That’s what they should do.

Don’t take the crime off the front page. Let people know who, what, when and where. If a 17-year-old is big enough to be charged with a crime, they are old enough to have their name in the paper.

PAT COLLIER

Rising Fawn, Ga.

Candidate denies big money hold

Big money in politics yields the best Congress money can buy. Here is the question: “To whom will candidates be beholden if elected?” The answer should be to the voters and citizens of their district, not campaign contributors. Our system is broken.

Congressional District 3 Republican candidates have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions for their individual bids for the Republican primary: $750,000 and $436,080 cash on hand and over $450,648 raised between January and March of 2012 were the high figures in the editorial of April 10.

As a Democratic candidate, I am proud to say I have $3,400 cash on hand. I am not beholden to any big money contributor.

MARY M. HEADRICK, M.D.

Maynardville, Tenn.

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