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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Spinning a tall tale about evolution
Re: Clonnie Yearout's April 19 commentary, "A tale of two belief systems":
Yearout reckons that "the current downward trend of America . . . can be laid largely at the feet of Darwinian evolution, that grand theory . . . ."
Here is where his suppositions go entirely awry. First, although mankind has great room for improvement, we are not in a downward spiral. In fact, altruism abounds throughout our great country and in many parts of the world. I would posit that there is more altruism now than in any time in the human past.
Second, he refers to Darwinian evolution as a "grand theory." While it is true that when Darwin first proposed the theory of evolution it was just that - a theory, in layman's terms. But time marches on, as does science. Evolution is a "theory" in that sense no more. It is well-documented in many books.
Yearout says that if evolution is true, there would be no ethics, and morality would be out the window. Well, I'm sorry to report that evolution is true, but is totally separate from values, ethics and morality, which can happily co-exist.
Government should not take people's guns
We keep seeing editorials and letters concerning gun control. The topic should not be gun control, but people control.
People misuse guns; guns do not misuse people. How do you take a gun away from the criminal who is not registered?
Those who want gun control are targeting the wrong people. Target the criminal, not the law-abiding citizen.
The prologue to a 1950 movie, "Colt 45," says it: "A gun, like any other source of power, is a force for either good or evil, being neither in itself, but dependent upon those who possess it".
If Michael Abraham doesn't want to own a gun, that is his prerogative ("Yes, the government should take your gun away," April 20 commentary). But he shouldn't tell me I can't own one to protect myself, my family or my property. That is my right.
BILLY W. MARTIN SR.
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