Letter: Final Riposte

Mr. Griffin, it was not my intent to attack you personally on your education. ["Voting is Great," Brian Griffin's March 14 letter, which was a response to Letterman's "Knowledge of the Intent," Feb. 28, 2013]

Please accept my apology. My point about "current education" should have been directed at the fact students are taught to take "the test," not to assemble the facts and come to a logical conclusion. May I suggest you read The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America by Charlotte Iserbyt. Iserbyt served as senior policy advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education.

I believe the right of the citizen to vote is very essential. I am proud to say I have voted in every election since 1974. This is a public record. If you have personal evidence of a person or group of people that have restricted, intimidated, or kept anyone from voting, I will stand with you to ensure that they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

I am not a big fan of William J. Bryan, secretary of state 1913–1915. It also appears Woodrow Wilson did not think much of him. Wilson only nominally consulted him and made all the major foreign policy decisions himself.

To your surprise, I think the "Theory of Evolution" should be taught in the schools along with the "Theory of Creation." Because there is not enough evidence to prove either one as truth, both remain a theory. Therefore, it takes a leap of faith to believe which one is true. If you believe the theory of evolution, you would say in the beginning "BANG." If you believe in the theory of creation, you would say In the Beginning "GOD." I'm going with GOD.

A large part of my income is going to pay federal income taxes. I would not have a problem if the money was going to send man to Mars, build bridges, or help someone with less. The truth is that every dime goes to pay interest on the debt held by the Federal Reserve (created in 1913). The everyday expenses are funded by going deeper into debt.

John Letterman

Knoxville