Letters to the Editors - June 15

Letters to the Editors - June 15

June 15th, 2016 by Staff Report in Opinion Letters

Letters to the Editor

Photo by lofilolo

Suppressing debate never a good idea

Legislators who promoted the California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act (Free Press editorial page, June 6) do not seem to understand that truth is not possible in science. Scientific hypotheses, even scientific theories, are not knowledge. They are educated opinions based on interpretations of observations and so can be, and often are, wrong.

This United Nations encourages this misunderstanding, often labeling its climate science conclusions unequivocal; in other words, statements that cannot be wrong. As evidence for this position, they present empirical data. But all philosophers since ancient times have understood observations are particular, contingent and probable, so cannot be used to prove truth.

Traditionally, liberals have supported skepticism and relativism. But this approach has been turned upside down in the climate debate. While many conservatives encourage debate about climate change, most of the Left consider this unacceptable. Like an excerpt out of George Orwell's novel "1984," sponsors of California's "science truth" legislation wanted skepticism about climate change causes made into a criminal offense.

History demonstrates it is far easier to lose freedom of speech than, once lost, to reacquire it. Everyone must object loudly when elected officials attempt to suppress debate about anything, especially the rapidly evolving field of climate change.

Tom Harris

Executive director

International Climate Science Coalition

Ottawa, Ontario

Reader disappointed in D-Day coverage

Shame, shame, shame on the TFP for its scant coverage of D-Day and World War II. Our kids today are graduating high school and I'd bet my next Social Security check that more than half of them have no idea that we ever fought WW II or why (not to mention any war before that one).

Yet newspapers, the internet, Facebook, Twitter and magazines glorify athletes from high school, college and the pros, but pay little attention to those who risk everything to preserve our lives and freedoms. I praise the citizens of Chattanooga for honoring the Fallen Five and the Memorial Day celebrations around the county. Citizens keep these memorials going, no one else.

If it weren't for the funnies, crossword puzzles, somewhat decent sports section and Jane Henager's food column, I wouldn't pay a cent for this newspaper.

Michele Brown

Ooltewah

Kevlar vests OK for Riverbend?

Nearly a year ago, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez terrorized our town in an event we will never forget, but if he were still alive today, he could legally obtain a permit to carry a loaded firearm into the crowds of Riverbend, and there isn't one thing our police force, festival officials, City Council or mayor could do to stop him. That's the gift Gov. Haslam, state Sen. Gardenhire and our state representatives have given us when they passed and signed into law HB 0995, which allowed anyone with a permit to carry a gun into government owned or operated parks or public areas. It also stripped local officials of their authority to make such decisions about our safety.

Riverbend has been a tremendously successful event over the years, and our police and other security personnel have done a fabulous job of providing a safe environment where we can take our families. But politicians who buckled to the lobbying effort of the NRA in the safety of their offices have decided in the face of mass murders that we no longer have the right to deal with our own public safety. Just one question, are Kevlar vests allowed?

Marc Kenyon

Soddy-Daisy

Getting Started/Comments Policy

Getting started

  1. 1. If you frequently comment on news websites then you may already have a Disqus account. If so, click the "Login" button at the top right of the comment widget and choose whether you'd rather log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or a Disqus account.
  2. 2. If you've forgotten your password, Disqus will email you a link that will allow you to create a new one. Easy!
  3. 3. If you're not a member yet, Disqus will go ahead and register you. It's seamless and takes about 10 seconds.
  4. 4. To register, either go through the login process or just click in the box that says "join the discussion," type your comment, and either choose a social media platform to log you in or create a Disqus account with your email address.
  5. 5. If you use Twitter, Facebook or Google to log in, you will need to stay logged into that platform in order to comment. If you create a Disqus account instead, you'll need to remember your Disqus password. Either way, you can change your display name if you'd rather not show off your real name.
  6. 6. Don't be a huge jerk or do anything illegal, and you'll be fine.

Chattanooga Times Free Press Comments Policy

The Chattanooga Times Free Press web sites include interactive areas in which users can express opinions and share ideas and information. We cannot and do not monitor all of the material submitted to the website. Additionally, we do not control, and are not responsible for, content submitted by users. By using the web sites, you may be exposed to content that you may find offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of the Times Free Press web sites and any content on the Times Free Press web sites, including, but not limited to, whether you should rely on such content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge that we shall have the right (but not the obligation) to review any content that you have submitted to the Times Free Press, and to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content that we determine, in our sole discretion, (a) does not comply with the terms and conditions of this agreement; (b) might violate any law, infringe upon the rights of third parties, or subject us to liability for any reason; or (c) might adversely affect our public image, reputation or goodwill. Moreover, we reserve the right to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content at any time, for the reasons set forth above, for any other reason, or for no reason. If you believe that any content on any of the Times Free Press websites infringes upon any copyrights that you own, please contact us pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. § 512) at the following address:

Copyright Agent
The Chattanooga Times Free Press
400 East 11th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone: 423-757-6315
Email: webeditor@timesfreepress.com


Loading...