Absurdities in modern culture

To the Sun:

Our country’s many responsible inhabitants, striving to do the right thing, are in uphill struggle with a growing mix of daunting obstacles, including an array of reckless absurdities. A handful follows:

1. U.S. citizens who (and illegal immigrants) continue to demand and politicians continue to promise free health care, free food, free housing, free transportation, free education, free smartphones, etc., while facing a rapidly growing national debt exceeding $20 trillion (over $62,000 per citizen; $169,000 per taxpayer). That’s a staggering obligation that does not include our in excess of $108 trillion in unfunded liabilities (over $900,000 per taxpayer)  consisting of Medicare parts A, B and D; federal debt held by the public; plus federal employees’ and veterans’ benefits). 

2. NFL players who equate their privileged life circumstances to that of men, women and children of the distant past who actually suffered or are suffering the ravages of slavery and other persecution. Players are paid millions of dollars to “play” on artificial turf, wearing high-tech protective gear with access to the best health care money can buy. They still experience security and freedom created, protected and preserved through the sacrifice of countless others.

3. U.S. citizens who continue to tolerate, encourage and often demand unrestricted, self-destructive, government spending while ignoring the simple reality that the only money “the government” has is that which it taxes from the people, or borrows from citizens and other countries, or prints.

4. Persons who equate our current U.S. president and his predecessors with past and present barbaric dictators, such as Germany’s Adolf Hitler, Russia’s Joseph Stalin and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, while demonstrating their blatant disregard and dangerous ignorance of world history as it relates to the Nazi party, Communist party, Marxism, Leninism, Fascism, etc.

5. Those who in the face of what they view as “offensive speech” cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate, a stress-relieving pet-puppy/kitten and staff of counselors in a taxpayer-funded “safe space” in one of our colleges and universities while others at great (often ultimate) sacrifice protect the freedom of even those who choose to abuse it.

Hopefully, those we depend upon to protect our liberty do not one day choose to take a knee or scramble for a safe space and leave our constitutional republic at the mercy of the consequences of these and other reckless absurdities. Meanwhile, the can of our irresponsible national debt continues to be kicked down the road for our children and grandchildren to deal with. — WILLIAM JAMES MOORE, Parsons

Hurricane believers and climate change unbelievers

To The Sun:

Hurricane believers and climate change unbelievers have more in common than hurricane believers and climate change believers. Really? Yes? It’s called the scientific method.

Before I go any further let me say I do believe in climate change and so does almost everyone. But we don’t believe in cataclysmic climate change. There is a big difference. But in this article when I say climate change I am talking about cataclysmic climate change.

Something that has stuck with most of us to some degree from school is the belief in the scientific method. It is to be used to determine if something is true or not and is based on observation of things that can be repeated. Those who decry those who don’t believe in climate change do not use the scientific method in reality.

Why do some people not believe the cries to get out of the path of a hurricane? Through personal experience they realize that the forecasters aren’t always right in their forecasts. The same is true of those who don’t believe in climate change. What do they base it on? Comparing the predictions to what actually happens.

With hurricanes we know days ahead of time that there is going to be a hurricane.

We don’t doubt that. The accuracy of where and how severe predictions aren’t so accurate. Therefore, people don’t always believe they need to evacuate.

Let’s apply those same principals to climate change. There have been many climate change predictions over the past 20 years. How many have been right on the mark? None. How many have been close? None. So how should we treat the predictions?

Another part of the scientific method is when a theory is proven wrong the response is to state that it is wrong and then use the additional observations to modify the predictions or completely rework them. What we find is done in climate change promotion is that you bury contradictory evidence, replace the offending evidence and sling mud at those presenting contradictory evidence.

The Bible gives us some advice on how to handle this. In dealing with prophecy the Bible says to look at the ones making the predictions and judge them by their accuracy. The Bible requires 100 percent accuracy.

That is a high standard. But the general idea is applicable to science. We have some choices in science. El Nino contradicts the principles of climate change. They are cyclical. Sun spots do the same. We learn through the scientific method that there are many cycles in nature. Climate change and evolution both tend to ignore that. Which should we believe? The theories or the observable facts? — TIMOTHY REN, Parsons

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