Letters to the Editor

Congress should not undermine science

Anyone whose life has been saved because the best medical science allowed an accurate diagnosis will know that diagnosis is the time for science.

However, once the diagnosis is made, then is the time to consider the potential costs and benefits of treatments and make decisions based on what seems best overall for the patient. It is a simple two-step process: first science helps us decide the condition, then we decide the remedy.

The same principle should apply with endangered species listing. Deciding when the numbers of a species have fallen to such a level that it is at risk of extinction should be decided by the scientists familiar with that species and its requirements.

Once the status of the species has been determined, socioeconomic considerations necessarily come into play as we decide how to address the risk facing that species. The Endangered Species Act defines exactly this procedure.

It is depressing that Congress again rejects science and asserts that they, not scientists, should decide if a species is at risk of extinction. This is like having politicians diagnose our medical conditions; they are not competent to do it and shouldn't try.

Congress should not be undermining science.

Alan Journet


What chemical are they spraying?

I was walking my dog past the school yesterday and I saw a sign on the lawn that said an herbicide was sprayed on the lawn and children should stay off until morning.

Are the parents of the children aware of this? What chemical are they spraying? Please tell us.

I do not have any children, but if they put whatever it was on the grass I would be furious.

But since it's been 24 hours, it can't have any effect on your little ones — or could it?

Chris Pinto


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