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Byron McNutt, in the second part of his April 10 “People Make the Difference” column, wonders what we think of the examples of pairs of items set out, even suggesting we might live in a country run by idiots. Right off, your columns are read, solid material, humor and flip stuff.
Most readers are probably too busy to deal with contents suggesting expansion, and that is our loss. I have a couple to cover.The first one: “If the only school curriculum allowed to explain how we got here is evolution, but the government stops a $15 million construction project to keep a rare spider from evolving to extinction?”
A). Evolution in the curriculum is the only rational and proper thing to instruct, as no other facts and findings exist to consider. The connotation implicit in the first part of that item is that the belief-system approach is neglected.
B). I know nothing of the particular “construction project”, but I have read of on-going studies of strong spider silk something about tensile strength greater than steel. Maybe this “rare spider” spins silk that has tremendous scientific value. (Something for a future letter?)
The second item mentions something I did not know of, namely that “a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched” by the TSA. The TSA should be faulted for that position, considering the current world situation. I believe that women in hajibs, burkas and traditional habits require strip searches if the wearers do not show up for air-flights in “regular clothing.” Claims of First Amendment violations cannot supersede the safety factor.
This brings to mind how the Amish actually argued the First Amendment when required to put the reflective triangle on the rear of horse-drawn buggies when on vehicle highways.
|Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:23 PM|