Letters to the Editor - June 13

June 13, 2011

Don’t believe those who cloak themselves in science

To the editor:

Once more on the pages of The Herald-Mail, we find “sophisticated” individuals who want to cloak themselves in the robes of science.

I would like to remind everyone that science is a body of knowledge acquired by free and open observation. Science makes careful observations, and by testing and deduction helps us discover principles and facts.

These intellectuals want us to close the door on any theory of intelligent design that occurs throughout the creation. I would like to remind everyone that there is a branch of science called theoretical physics which discusses our quantum universe. A physicist named Brian Greene says that his observation indicates the presence of a quantum multiverse. This quantum multiverse relates to theoretical physics string theory.

Greene tells us there is evidence in the theory loop-quantum of a parallel universe. This parallel universe exists side-by-side with our existing universe. Greene tells us that if the electron and neutron mass, the electron magnetic force, the speed of light, the force of gravity, and the nuclear strong and weak force were just a little bit different, life could not exist in our solar system.

He points out “there is much research to be done in an environment of free and open inquiry.”

I would like our sophisticated professors who reject intelligent design to tell us why we are not allowed to consider the fact of intelligent design in the universe. It’s pathetic to me they want to cloak their rejection in the robes of science.

Robert Stone
Mercersburg, Pa.

At least the Republicans have a plan

To the editor:

Perhaps Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., would like to compare Rep. Ryan’s budget proposal to his own or to his party’s. Oh, sorry, there was no 2010 budget and no real budget for 2011. The last-minute Obama plan presented to Congress was voted down 97-0 at the same time Congress voted down the Ryan plan.

I believe the Democrat’s Medicare proposal is an ill-conceived and unconstitutional health care rationing bill, forced upon the American public against their will. Recall that they took $500 billion from Medicare and then double-counted it as savings.

Contrast Ryan’s brave efforts to at least get the country thinking about our budget problems to Obama’s teleprompter speech without any specifics — or to the childish and mean-spirited television ad showing granny being thrown over the cliff. Other than to let Medicare (and the country) go broke, what is Cardin’s plan?

Perhaps Cardin could spend less time repeating the party’s talking points of class envy and class warfare and outright distortions, and more time trying to develop some actual meaningful solutions to our crisis.

George Sunday
Chambersburg, Pa.

Can anyone help us save our pond?


To the editor:

I am an employee of Shiningtree Children’s Home on Mount Aetna Road near Md. 66. We are asking for help in saving our pond. Our pond is loaded with largemouth bass and sunfish, along with other aquatic creatures such as frogs, turtles and waterfowl.

It is also a drinking source for other wildlife such as deer, raccoons and the cattle that graze the fields.

We have used this pond for 25 years, watching boys who would probably never have an opportunity to catch a fish or observe the wildlife around enjoy it. But now, our pond — for some reason — is drying up, and if we don’t find answers soon, I feel we will lose it.

If anyone knows any federal, state or local departments, groups or agencies that could help, we would appreciate hearing from you.

David R. Sullivan, youth counselor
Shiningtree Children’s Home

Sometimes it’s more dangerous not to meddle

To the editor:

In his letter to the editor (June 6), Thomas Klein claims that we have no business meddling in the affairs of other nations.  

Had we meddled when, in 1933, Hitler took over the Ruhr, a region that had been occupied by France and Belgium after World War I at the Treaty of Versailles or when he invaded Austria in 1938 and Czechoslovakia in 1939, Britain and France would not have had “to meddle,” that is declare war in 1939 when he invaded Poland.

By then, it was too late. France, Belgium and the Netherlands were crushed in the spring of 1940 and D-Day would not have been necessary at such a horrific cost to stop what was, by then, a too powerful and murderous enemy.

I know. I was there.

Jeanne Jacobs

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