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Opinion Letters

Everyone has his favorite conspiracy theory: Diana was murdered, the JFK assignation second gunman, 911, or that

Roosevelt knew about Pearl Harbor. There is a new conspiracy theory going around, namely that 97 percent of the world's climate scientists have conspired to created the hoax of man-made climate change. This theory holds that all these scientists are just creating phony science to protect their funding and do the bidding of the U.S. government and their universities. Let's ignore the actual climate data for the moment and that most denial scientists are funded by fossil fuel companies. Try to imagine that 9,136 climate scientists from all over the world agreeing to create phony peer reviewed climate data in service to the U.S. government. Keep in mind that the evidence for climate change due to human influence has been recognized by the national science academies of all the major industrialized countries. Why would scientist from Russia, China, Germany, France, Brazil, India and Japan together with thousands of scientists of every nationality, jeopardize their professional careers to do a favor for a government many of them despise?

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In regards to Darlene Carver’s letter in the 5-22-14 Macon News. On health care. It sure is needed, we need some kind of control. Too many people that didn’t have insurance just because they didn’t want to pay it, as long as they can go to hospital emergency and get free care. The hospital has to make it up by charging more to people that do have insurance, they have to get their money from some where. Taxes: If the wealthy paid there taxes like they did before Pres. Bush cut taxes for the wealthy, there would be money to pay teachers, firemen and police, they wouldn’t be losing their jobs because of cut backs. When they lose jobs, that means no money floating around.

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Someone was complaining recently that humans should not be eating meat and stick strictly to a vegetarian diet.

Notwithstanding that humans have been eating meat for hundreds of thousands of years there was a recent study completed in Austria that found vegetarians were not as healthy as those who consumed meat in their diet and suffered more depression.

There was an article in a science journal some years ago telling the story of someone who arrived at an emergency room in a coma. The emergency room physicians assumed the patient had been using drugs but nothing of that sort showed up in his blood. One doctor had a Eureka moment and had the patient checked for B-12 and sure enough, the patient had none. Given a shot of B-12, the patient soon came out of his coma at which time he revealed that he had been a vegetarian for 28 years, suffering only minor brain damage from his vegetarian diet.

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In our local paper a couple issues back there was an article on whether or not our local government should have prayer before the opening of any meeting. It seemed the consensus was that most felt they would try to keep a prayer of some type in place, although there was one individual that commented they personally didn't see the need but would go along with whatever the commissioners decided, which I am respectfully disappointed in that outlook but not surprise by his thinking. Also in the article it was stated that there seems to be somewhat a double standard, which I agree, in that before Congress opens, the tradition is that they open in prayer, but this seems to be viewed differently for local government systems.

I know for most this seems a bit trivial, and religion should be kept private, and not in any open forum. Plus many feel there's little need for these old traditions in our modern world, and that we ourselves personally pray seldom or not at all.

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published: 10/18/2013
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