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Jan. 22, 2014: Evolution; environmental dangers; Gazette reporting

Much about evolution is still unexplained

Editor:

The editorial staff at The Charleston Gazette has a reverential obsession with the theory of evolution ("Science: Strange rejection" editorial in the Jan. 4 Gazette-Mail).

Their thought process seems to be more an act of faith instead of functioning science. This basic theory is hardly more than an assumption and its application raises more questions than answers.

For example, there is support for microevolutionary change, as the editorial referenced, at the Museum of Natural History. In the museum is a chart of canines showing the variances within the species. But nothing explains the macroevolutionary changes, the development of new species, a molecule into a man - or dog, for that matter.

Microevolution and natural selection is a real and identifiable force of nature, but its great deficiency is that it does not create new biological information. The huge amount of biological data in DNA alone is an evolutionary statistical impossibility, and it doesn't explain how information got into biological matter by natural means.

Another problem for evolutionists is the Cambrian Explosion's dazzling array of new life forms, which suddenly appeared fully developed in the fossil record with no transitional species. Where did this massive infusion of new biological information come from?

There is also a dark history to this faith-based band of Darwin's disciples. Ideological Darwinism has historically been sighted as a rational reason for the subjugation of cultures, forced sterilization and even racial genocide.

Now, the Gazette is using it to attack white evangelicals.

Isn't asserting that a person's skin color (white) and/or religious beliefs (evangelical) as being a characteristic of intellectual inferiority (lower education means lower comprehension) discriminatory (racism)?

The intellectual evolution of the progressives at the Gazette seems to be the real missing link.

Clairmont L. Smith

Charleston

Must people realize the dangers too late?

Editor:

When a society and its people finally admit that their actions, or lack of, renders them at the mercy of the unknown, they suddenly find a voice in protest. West Virginians have come to that very conclusion. Water is a life-giving substance. Yet, like air, it is highly susceptible to man's and machines' imperfections.

For decades, a small town has openly protested the use of deadly chemicals by several companies operating within yards of their homes. Their outcry was continuously ignored by federal, state and local governmental authorities.

Finally, it took the threat of an MIC leak with the capability of spreading its toxic gases 25 miles (north, south, east and west) for the town of Institute to find a concerned voice from our state's leadership. In the end, a court case was brought before federal authorities by concerned citizens which led to Bayer ridding our state of one of many deadly substances used in the makeup of manufactured products by numerous companies.

Even with regulatory rules in place, permissible levels of toxic fumes are constantly combining with yesterday's toxic governmentally sanctioned limits, assuring a high probability of chemical-caused health problems among our country's citizens.

Instead of addressing the unknown or scientifically tested affects on humans, America has chosen to place blame for ailments such as cancer, respiratory problems and many others at the feet of the tobacco industry.

We, the citizens, like many others living under the same kind of tyranny, find ourselves, in many cases, supporters of the chemical industry because of the jobs they provide to unskilled labor forces.

Unfortunately, such support has rendered the rest of us nothing more than lab rats. Rats whose pain and suffering has a high probability of being directly associated to the production and manufacturing of toxic chemicals. However, because our leaders seek revenue over facts, few chemicals come under scrutiny.

The public as a whole cannot even excuse themselves as part of this problem. Sitting idly by while our elected officials openly welcome foreign investors, who at the first sign of public accountability sell to the next foreign highest bidder.

In the end, when such emergencies arise, like that which has plastered the face of West Virginia, not only across America, but also across newspapers and television screens around the world, do our elected officials want support from us to initiate positive change?

The changes which will inevitably address protective measures regarding our water resources will do little in correcting the vast pollution problems in this state.

Until we, the people, recognize the importance of what a clean environment means in the present, and to future generations, the cages we're currently held in will be our children's deathbeds.

Donna Willis

Institute

Gazette reports shine in water emergency

Editor:

We are fortunate to have such a good-quality paper as the Gazette. We are thankful for the information the news and investigative teams provided during the water crisis caused by a chemical leak. It seems that the reports were meticulously investigated and checked in order to provide us with useful facts. There was never a tone of sensationalism or accusations, just plain, top-quality reporting.

This type of journalism brings back memories of when it was important to inform the public so that we could learn the truth. I only read about the ultimate journalist against which all journalism is measured but mainly forgotten by the younger generation, Ed Murrow. He would be proud to work with the team of the Gazette.

Thanks to all of you for the hard work and the many extra hours you must have put in.

Verena Sava

Birch River


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