Letters to the Editor, May 29

Marco Eagle

New dietary disorder: eating crow

News flash: It’s been revealed that naturalists are mounting a major push to add the iconic American crow to the endangered species list. They point to alarming declines in the crow population in many sectors of the United States, but especially in those areas surrounding the major urban centers on the East and West coasts.

They attribute this drastic decline to an “eating crow” binge by liberal mainstream media pundits that started with the surprising election of President Donald Trump and has continued unabated during his recent string of successes — a growing economy, more jobs, record low unemployment, lower taxes, rising wages, strong gross domestic product (GDP) growth — to name just a few.

Ed toon

The Trump administration counsels that rather than standing in judgment and severely criticizing liberal media pundits for their overindulgence, we should instead feel sympathy for them and make every effort to help them come to grips with their eating disorder.

It’s been recommended that a special safe zone be established for those suffering from this devastating malady. It will be staffed with grief counselors to help them through this very difficult and highly emotional period.

Bruce Mason, Marco Island

Facts and truth

Can anyone explain the difference between a fact and a proven fact, or truth and the honest truth? It seems to me they mean the same. So why do politicians and some others use the redundant expressions? Do they feel their integrity/honesty would be in question otherwise?

I can say for a fact that there were many vehicles with no headlights on during the rain on a recent trip to the airport and back. Can I prove that now? No. So I guess this is just my fact, but not a provable fact. 

By the way, there was no observable enforcement of the law requiring "lights on while driving in the rain."

John Richardson, Naples

Teach students science

During public comment at the May 8 Collier County School Board meeting, Keith Flaugh challenged Chairman Roy Terry to vote against recommended science textbooks that do not include creationism because “you profess to be Christian.” As an educator and ordained Christian minister, I am appalled and insulted by the implications of Flaugh’s directive. 

First is the conclusion that to be Christian means you believe in “creationism.” I do not. Creationism accepts as “literal truth” the biblical statements that God created the earth in seven days and created Eve from Adam’s rib. This is a misunderstanding of the Bible. It is not a science textbook. It is the record of a people’s experience of God, beginning with their affirmation that God is the creator of all, including humankind, a statement of faith still affirmed by Christians and Jews all over the world, including me.

Second is the argument that creationism is science and should be taught as an alternative theory, equivalent to evolution. It is not science and should not be taught in science classrooms. This is a misunderstanding of science and the scientific process that has led to the nearly universal acceptance of evolution as the best explanation for the way that life, including human life, has developed over the millennia.

Third is the all-too-common assumption that science and Christian faith are incompatible and one must choose between them. This is a misunderstanding of both and, sadly, one of the reasons that some well-educated people reject Christianity. Science and faith describe the world from different perspectives and can inform each other. But in our public schools, we teach students science, not faith. 

The Rev. Dr. Sharon Harris-Ewing, Naples

Unwarranted opposition to hospital

As a longtime resident of Ave Maria, I was dismayed to see the vigorous opposition by NCH Healthcare System to the application for a certificate of need for a new hospital that would better serve residents of Immokalee, Ave Maria and Golden Gate Estates.

NCH’s response puts the interests of the large hospital’s own finances ahead of the needs of the people in this growing area of Collier County.

In its objection to the proposed Braden hospital, NCH actually describes this area several times as “a medically underserved area.” That sure sounds like an acknowledgment of need to me. Yet despite this obvious need, NCH opposes the Braden hospital for reasons that have nothing to do with need — but everything to do with NCH’s market share — and nitpicks the Braden application for such reasons as not having provided a study by certified traffic engineers to verify how long it takes to drive from Immokalee to Naples. Like those of us who drive this regularly don’t know?

People across the political spectrum might disagree on how to fix health care in America, but everyone agrees with the basic concept that more choice in health care is a good thing for consumers. Everyone, apparently, except NCH Healthcare System.

David Shnaider, Ave Maria