Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - February 17, 2008

Evolutionists afraid of open debate

In reference to the article, "Evolutionary theory is racist," it should be noted that Charles Darwin's original title was: "The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life." Evolutionary propagandists will claim that "favored races" does not imply racism, but it cannot be denied that Darwin regarded some races as greatly inferior. Though he opposed slavery, he nonetheless held that the African and Australian indigenous races were less capable of survival. What is more offensive, however, is not his personal views but how his theory has been used to justify racism, eugenics, and genocide.

Gardner Koch was correct that proponents of evolution avoid open debate over the scientific evidence. The religion of evolution is a blind faith that fears exposure to the light. For most of us ordinary people, however, the debate comes down to these simple questions: Is there order in the universe, or is it all just millions and millions of inexplicable accidents? Are we descended from ape-like ancestors or have humans always been human? Have some races evolved better than others, or, as the Bible says it, "Have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us?"

David Pharr

Rock Hill

Evolution offers scientific facts

After reading Gardner Koch's impassioned but altogether silly letter concerning evolution I do feel compelled to respond.

To begin, Mr. Koch, there is a reason why evolution is taught in our schools; it's fact. Biology and science classes teach facts, not myths or fairy tales. While the various creation stories from around the world would fit nicely in a classroom devoted to myths and legends, these stories have no place where science is concerned.

I could go on about the sillier idea of the scientific community "debating" evolution and creationism. However, the answer is simple: The facts speak clearly and do not require any debate.

Lastly, I do have a question for the individuals like Mr. Koch who go to great lengths to "disprove" evolution. When you watch "The Flintstones," do you believe you are watching a documentary?

Richard Johnson

Rock Hill

Don't resort to personal attacks

This is in response to the recent letter from Jayne Fudge. She asked the people to open their eyes and think.

We, Americans, have always kept our eyes open, and we are also capable of thinking for ourselves. Our people are better informed in this age of computer technology and vast media coverage than at any other time in our nation's history. Americans know: What has happened, when it happened, what may happen and what they hope will happen.

Our people live in the present and watch as our country changes each and every day. A woman, Sen. Hillary Clinton, and an African-American, Sen. Barack Obama, are in a close race for the Democratic nomination for president. We are all aware that this is a groundbreaking, historic race, and I am grateful that this has happened in my lifetime.

I am an avid reader, but I never recommend books to others. The publicists of the authors are paid to do this. The book that Mrs. Fudge recommended sounds very negative, and I do hope the cruel, hurtful words used in her letter were from the author and not from Mrs. Fudge.

Terrorism is not an issue to be used as a scare tactic. Under the current administration, terrorism has increased at an alarming rate. This increase was not due to lack of funding or lack of effort on the part of everyone in this administration. They have been fighting as hard as they can t o stop this danger to the American public. It is hard to stop insanity from spreading. For Mrs. Fudge to imply in her letter that Sen. Hillary Clinton would not fight as hard as necessary to stop terrorism is a grave personal insult to her. I resent these types of tactics, as they are unacceptable and offensive.

I was taught that to disagree is permissible so as long as one stays with the current issues. It is never ever permissible to attack anyone on a personal level.

Marilyn Beach

Catawba

Story brought back fond memories

While viewing the Herald's Web site recently, I noticed the article about the collapse of the Williams Cotton Co. building. I grew up in Rock Hill and spent many days and nights at the Rambo mansion with the Williams family.

Joe Williams and I were in the same class at Rock Hill High School, but I also became friends with Priss, Joan Marie, Annie and, of course, Mr. and Mrs. Williams. Mr. and Mrs. Williams were very kind and generous to all the young friends of their children who visited their home often for studying, parties, fishing, camping out or just hangin' out. I have many wonderful memories of those days.

Buster Johnson

Clarksville, Tenn.

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