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Theories and Relativity

It isn’t often that I agree wholeheartedly with President Bush and Senator Frist on any major issue. But I have to commend both of these forward-looking leaders on their recommendation that Intelligent Design (previously known as “Creationism”) be taught along with evolution in science classes in our public schools. How right our president and senator are that we need to make available to American students a diversity of theories about how our complex world actually works.

A Heart Beats for Knoxville

Developmental Snakes

‘Ka-ching’ Rules Concord

Little People

Theories and Relativity

But why limit this approach to only one of the natural sciences? How about some diversity in other scientific areas as well? When it comes to astrophysics, can there be any justification for keeping Non-spherical Geosphere theory (previously known as “Flat Earth theory”) away from growing young minds?

Indeed, we are often reminded by our Creationist friends that Darwin’s theory of evolution is just that, a theory. Similarly, there is a single theory of gravity which for some reason has held sway since the time of Sir Isaac Newton. But why in our modern day and age should students be taught that the “law” of gravity is some sort of universal truth? If students decide to walk off the edge of a cliff, why should they be indoctrinated to believe that they would only fall downward?

Perhaps we can also break away from those dogmatic definitions in geometry as well. In the spirit of conservative inquiry, let us ask why an octagon must have only eight sides, and why a square must have only four (and all of them equal, I might add). Is it just because some liberal professor says so?

Stan Ivester

 

A Heart Beats for Knoxville

I was born, raised, and mostly educated in Knoxville, except for three long years in Memphis while in medical school. My husband and I have lived in Houston, Texas, Greenville and Columbia, S.C., and Winston-Salem and Greensboro, N.C. Moving home to Knoxville five years ago was the best decision we have ever made.

Despite my hillbilly upbringing, I have signed my organ donor card, had natural childbirth three times, breastfed three kids, recycle everything, and most importantly, tolerate diversity on a regular basis. We do not follow NASCAR and in fact rarely watch television. We do go to UT football games as well as the opera, the symphony, ballet, plays, and jazz concerts. Our church, which is downtown at the corner of Fifth and Gay, has never included snake handling to my knowledge.

Regarding the comment about the SAT, you would be sad these days if you only made 1600, as a perfect score is now 2400 due to the addition of a required writing section (on which Sam Venable would do very well, I’m sure).

I have met Mr. Venable, by the way, and he is not only very intelligent but also very kind. I would vote for him for mayor in a heartbeat.

Cindy Pearman

 

Developmental Snakes

However, as a Knoxville native, I can say that many of the letter-writer’s other points do ring true. Speaking of the landscape, I would add this question: Why does it at least appear that this region’s idea of growth management is to build yet another gas station-mini-mart on every available access point on every ever-widening former two-lane road, which keep getting even more crowded with countless subdivisions?

It’s property rights versus concurrency (making sure the infrastructure—roads, schools, utilities—is in place before you build commercial and residential developments). The lack of thought to development detracts so much from the natural beauty of the area that if I weren’t from Knoxville, I wouldn’t stop here if passing through.

Ann Overton

 

‘Ka-ching’ Rules Concord

Sadly, this is all going down the tubes now, due to greed-head developers descending on the area like starving wolves. In particular are the comments made by the land-barons and their minions, like Jim Bisch’s comment about the new marina: “We don’t cater to fishermen.” Indeed. They only seem to cater to the ultra-wealthy boat owners who drive in to take up two places in the parking lot with their Hummers, then go down the docks to piddle around with their $400,000 cabin cruisers more suited to around the world cruises than inner tube towing on a small lake. 

The sign erected at the entrance states “made available for public use...” I thought public meant everybody, not just those who can afford (for cryin’out loud!) $11 dollar chicken fingers and more rental fee dollars for a boat slip than most people pay for their houses and apartments.

Doug Bataille’s comments about the development, “You find restaurants in lots...of county parks...” seems to say that he thinks other misdeeds and land grabs justify this one.

The “oops-shot-myself-in-the-foot” comments go on and on, laughably. In particular, Darby Campbell saying, “We did spend a blue fortune on the place...nearly $4 million ($4 million!), then in almost the same breath states, “If you can’t afford to eat there, I’m sorry, we’ve got to get a return on our investment. We’re not trying to be a real exclusive place.” Hello!? Can anybody else see what’s wrong with this attitude?

As to the dry-stack boathouse issue, he says, “We have proposed it...hopefully one day that’ll happen...and we’ll be able to accommodate a lot more people....” Accommodate who? The public? Or just the people willing to shell out the big bucks to keep something dry that is built to get wet?

It’s impossible to say who’s more at fault—the Knox County VIP’s who buy into this nonsense, TVA for its arrogant and cavalier attitude about public-use land, or the greedy robber barons drooling over their big bottom line when they snatch such land away from the general public.

Oh, I’ll still continue to enjoy the lakefronts around here, but in a much quieter place, with my bait and pimento sandwiches from the Lakeside Market. It’s inevitable that soon all that will be gone, too, to the merry bells of the cash registers. All hail the almighty dollar! Ka-ching!

Dale Aderholdt

 

Little People

At a time when plant closings and pollution and war profiteering hurt millions of us, when kids play murder games on their X-Boxes and seniors have to go to Canada to buy medicine, these vigilantes prefer to pick on people who can’t defend themselves. Their immigrant ancestors, hounded by the “Knox-Nothings” of past generations, would be utterly ashamed of these Millimeter Men.

They like to say they’re “proud to be American.” Who has a bigger claim to pride, though—someone who lucks out because of where they’re born, or the folks who struggle through war, famine, or semi-slavery, who may cross deserts like the liberated Jews of the Exodus, to build a better life for their families? In any case, most Latinos have a stronger claim to Native American ancestry than most Anglos.

We know who these Micro Men are. History is full of racist bullies.

Paul deLeon

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