TERRE HAUTE — Science doesn’t destroy faith in Scriptures: As a microbiologist who worked for NASA during the Apollo lunar landings, the pharmaceutical industry for 26 years and as a consultant for that industry in Europe for seven years, I believe I speak with some professional experience in the field. I would suggest that Dick Wood read an excellent book, “The Language of God”, by Francis Collins, current Director of NIH and former head of the Human Genome Project. The “language of God” refers to the Human Genome — Collins’ work on the cutting edge of the DNA code of life. He is also a man of unshakable faith in God and Scripture. Initial data supporting the Big Bang were provided by Edwin Hubble in 1929 and observations by the Hubble Space Telescope confirm it occurred approximately 14 billion years ago. When we survey the vast expanse of the human genome, 3.1 billion letters of the DNA code arrayed across 24 chromosomes, several surprises are apparent: At the DNA level we are all 99.9 percent identical regardless of which two individuals from around the world we choose to compare. The likelihood of finding a similar DNA sequence in the genome of other organisms, starting with a human DNA sequence (that contains the instructions for a protein) are as follows: chimpanzee (100 percent), dog (99 percent), mouse (99 percent), chicken (75 percent), fruit fly (60 percent), roundworms (35 percent). Virtually all of the genes on human chromosome 17 are found on mouse chromosome 11. Darwin could hardly have imagined a more compelling digital demonstration of his theory than what we find by studying the DNA of multiple organisms. The insistence that every word of the Bible must be taken literally like an eyewitness report on the evening news runs into difficulty with the first chapters of Genesis. Would it have served God’s purposes 3,400 years ago to lecture to His people about radioactive decay, geologic strata, and DNA? We do more damage to faith by demanding that belief in God requires acceptance of fundamentally flawed claims about the natural world. Too often, people forget that the drive to know, to understand, to comprehend the reality of the universe around us is what separates Homo Sapiens from lower orders of primates. — Lee Conrad The Villages, Fla. Former resident of Terre Haute for 26 years Burger deserves voter support I am writing to utilize your popular letter to the editor column to encourage the citizens of Vigo County to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming primary election. In doing so, I urge them to cast their vote for Rick Burger for County Council. I have known Rick for many years and have been most impressed with his many capabilities as he strives to make his community the best that it can be. He is hard-working, dedicated, enthusiastic, optimistic and an asset to have at our disposal. A vote for Rick would be a vote for progress. — Charles Uhl Terre Haute
RONN MOTT: Why Syria?
Russia is making a lot of noise in favor of Syria. They are supplying Assad’s army with more armaments and basic things such as ammunition and such.
LIZ CIANCONE: Another beloved dog goes to heaven
We are short one granddog. This past week, “Indy” could no longer use her back legs and she went to that great dog kennel in the hereafter.
READERS’ FORUM: June 18, 2013
• Beware those who follow Ayn Rand
• Poor excuse for gas price hikes
MAX JONES: For loyal readers, a bit of news from the T-S newsroom
As journalists toiling to create a content-rich, relevant and compelling community newspaper each day, we feel a special bond with our legions of readers across the Wabash Valley and beyond.
GUEST COLUMN: One Million Bones exhibit meant to raise awareness, inspire action to end genocide
The National Mall: A grassy corridor in Washington, D.C., lined with America’s greatest museums and monuments.
Ending at the U.S. Capitol building, it is a symbol of our belief in the power and greatness of America. Last weekend, we turned it into a mass grave.
EDITORIAL: Insisting on ISTEP quality lawmakers’ primary duty
Now that everyone, on both sides of the aisle, seems backslappingly happy to agree that this spring’s ISTEP school testing debacle was unacceptable, that at least some of the results lack credibility and that the issue carries high-stakes significance, what next?
The Obama Debate: Is he a liar or incompetent?
I read the letters on the opinion page daily and I find an unusual silence from your liberal progressive contributors lately. Could it be because they don’t have anything to expound upon? Well, maybe I can give them some material.
A Fathers Day Tribute: Transition — from child to father
Transition seems like a big word to use as his story unfolds. Transition was probably never used in conjunction with speech, his speech, but it demonstrates his life, as it does in many lives lived in his generation.
READERS' FORUM: June 16, 2013
Horrible crime cries out for stern justice
Confused about groups’ merger
Global warming fraud exposed
The Obama Debate: President has served us well
I have not heard a positive thing by those in this area about this president since his 2008 election and 2009 inauguration. Why this manifestation, I just can’t understand.
RONN MOTT: Not hurried a bit by 21st century tech
Unlike so many of you, I do not get up in the morning and run to turn on my computer. In fact, if you need to reach me in a hurry, I would say that 19th century invention of Alexander Bell’s would be the best way. If you do email me or use some other electronic convenience, better give it a couple of days because I am not in that big of a hurry.
READERS' FORUM: June 15, 2013
America needs another hero
EDITORIAL: And now we wait for justice
It is a word we would rather never have on our front page — homicide. That we had to use it twice on Wednesday’s front page is sad, but unavoidable.
READERS' FORUM: June 14, 2013
Mott statements contradict history
Display the flag
RONN MOTT: Kill the Umpire!
I don’t know who appointed Major League Baseball’s umpires “Gods,” but if they have been appointed “Gods,” they have appointed people who cannot see or think very well.
READERS' FORUM: June 13, 2013
Bad odor from gas prices
Build personal library
Morning after? No worries
EDITORIAL: Remembering Sister Jeanne
Terre Haute is mourning the loss this week of an accomplished and beloved community activist and leader whose life’s work is an inspiration to all who strive to serve.
EDITORIAL: Embrace the value of traffic planning
Never underestimate the value of a good plan to deal with a crisis, large or small, even if the final analysis of the management of a specific crisis is, “It could have been worse.”
READERS' FORUM: June 12, 2013
Like it or not, change coming
RONN MOTT: What’s happening?
I know I may have looked at these situations differently when I was in my twenties. The world, my life, my career, and the growth of my family all lay ahead of me. So perhaps now, many years later, I see it differently.
READERS’ FORUM: June 11, 2013
• Great support for local cause
• Another idea on housing issue
LIZ CIANCONE: Withdrawn society not very social any more
My Best Friend and I went out for lunch the other day. It was a sit-down place with our own “server” (in my day I was called “a waitress”) and everything offering personal attention. The manager even came over to ask if everything was all right.
READERS’ FORUM: June 10, 2013
• What is the cost of our austerity?
• Vintage campers to gather at rally
• Seek a healthy food alternative
EDITORIAL: It’s time to assess ISTEP
Later this month, the company behind this spring’s abysmal online administration of ISTEP testing for 27,000 Hoosier schoolchildren is being called to the principal’s office.
Readers’ Forum: June 9, 2013
• Taking time to help the world
• Reform by politics will not improve education
• Questions from a wondering mind
FLASHPOINT: Storm chasers must heed warnings, remember why we chase storms
The tragic death of noted weather researcher and former Discovery Channel storm chaser Tim Samaras has shaken all of us in the meteorological community.
Will you be happy if you win the lottery?
A Psychology Today article titled “What Will You Do if You Win the $550 Million Powerball Lottery?” caught my attention. Helping lottery winners with their money is my long-time gig.
- RONN MOTT: The ‘wilds’ of Collett Park
EDITORIAL: Fix fraud, don’t punish needy
Waste and fraud in government programs should be rooted out vigilantly. Legislation should fix a problem with a fitting solution, not punish the needy.
READERS' FORUM: June 7, 2013
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