Re: Sept. 18 letter to the editor, “Warming statistics shaky.”
It is heartening to read the spirited debate within these pages over global warming, because clearly it is a concern to many people. And it is understandable that we would have an awful time accepting that our daily activities are hurting our home. Changing the planet for the worse is tragic and deeply saddening. With luck and grace, we will move quickly through our grief (our denial, our depression) and into acceptance and action. Action can be our antidote. My action is to urge my representative, Michael McCaul, and the rest of the Texas congressional delegation to support a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Pricing carbon for its true costs to our planet will spur innovation and ingenuity and free us to feel truly good about our stewardship of our home and our children’s futures.
As a born and raised Texan, I am appalled by the actions of Gov. Rick Perry. A governor of any state should put its citizens first. Perry, on the other hand, spends millions trying to woo people from other states, while he doesn’t even care for Texans who are already here. As my dad used to say, “What a bunch of crock!”
In the old days, Perry would have been tarred, feathered and run out of a town on a rail. If he decides to run anywhere after his term in office, then I hope it is toward the Mexican border!
There goes the argument that an armed populace is a defense against a lone shooter.
Re: Sept. 17 editorial , “Leave the science in textbooks alone.”
As a science teacher, I encourage creative and productive dialogue and would welcome creationism alongside evolution theories in biology textbooks. Let me explain: I have a bellybutton; that’s because I have a mother; my mother has a bellybutton because she in turn came from a mother (you get the idea by now); but will the first person have had a bellybutton? As a teacher, I know that you cannot divide by zero, for this would produce infinities, which aren’t numbers, hence not measurables in science. This translates into physics spacewise that the equations of motion are valid in the field (out there), but break down at the source (x=0 ) where the particle is. Creationism is valid in absolute time zero and evolution thereafter. This is just the same old right-brain creativity and left-brain productivity issue rehashed all over again. If you ask me, I’m for whole-brain science! In a bigger picture view, to overcome this stumbling block requires thinking with triads!