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Letters to the Editor for December 13, 2017


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God in the classroom

To the Editor:

“Our goal is simple,” (Greg) Glaser (a Copperopolis attorney) said. “We’re asking the board to lift their ban on God in science class.”

As a Christian, I know that no school board can ban God, not even from a science classroom.

Whether or not the school board has (or may enact) a ban against discussion of God’s hand in creation conducted during designated science class periods of the school day and whether or not such a ban is constitutional in the context of a high school classroom will be decided by more informed persons than I am.

I do know that when I am using my scheduled class time to explain the applications of calculus to business decisions involving minimizing production costs or maximizing profit, there is little reason for stepping aside, during class, to bring up our Lord’s decision to oust money-changers from the temple; or whether we should consider that our focus is on mammon as opposed to our Lord; or whether rich men can or should be allowed to make it into heaven. I have had such conversations outside of class time with believers of a variety of the world’s religious faiths and I have learned a lot from them.

I believe that if young Mr. Mobley signs up to take a science class, he should understand that during class time he will be studying how to apply the scientific method: experimentation, analysis of results, replicability, and perhaps some inferential statistics applied to a particular way of seeking answers to questions about how the world works. Other pathways to those answers may be considered during other times and in other venues.

There are many Christian scientists whose faith has been strengthened by their educated understanding of the great consistency between scientific discoveries and our necessarily limited understanding of the limitlessness of our God.

Emily H. Pardee, PhD

Mi-Wuk Village

Marijuana and you

To the Editor:

I use cannabis and do advocate for the plant itself, which has a multitude of uses.

I do not necessarily recommend or even suggest that others partake of it — I honestly have no opinion as to what others should or should not be doing, that is within their province to decide. That power to do so is what demonstrates we are a free people.

Truly children are humanity’s future — these innocent faces will be what we are faced with tomorrow.

The moral question is what exactly constitutes education? Is it merely rote indoctrination, programming, brain-washing, authoritarian, dogmatic, dictatorial BS or rather is it creating an environment conducive to learning, beckoning participation (“activism”)? An environment based in love, patience, understanding (i.e. remembering and reflection) and most importantly communication, that’s what people are naturally about. Hopefully, ultimately what is brought forth becomes a free and clear thinking, independent, self-contained, self-sufficient whole being who can only then contemplate bringing another into an already insane world.

Mike Mechanic

Sonora

There may still be hope

To the Editor:

I woke up this morning with an eerie feeling. I finally realized that it was silence. For months we have heard in Letters to the Editor about how wonderful Trump and the Republicans are. And now we have a looming tax bill that is being exposed as awful legislation and that is being vilified by many. And yet we are hearing nothing from our local Republicans about the wonders of this proposal. Is it because all of these people think that this is a wonderful legislation, and that it speaks for itself, despite the rising chorus of critics?

No, I suspect it is because they cannot bring themselves to stand behind legislation that is so destructive to our society and economy and to the vast majority of its members (except, of course, for the rich folks Republicans idolize).

The apparent fact that local grassroots Republicans seem ashamed of this abdominal tax bill does make me think that perhaps there is hope for America after all.

Phil Nichols

Groveland