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Online letters for March 5

  • Complexity of living-cell design too intricate for random development
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  • Complexity of living-cell design too intricate for random development

    The Feb. 28 letter by William Pittman [“Intelligent design very close to creationism”] includes a paragraph that is stunningly illogical: “It’s meretricious [deceptive] in the extreme to hold the position that life is too complex to have been developed randomly. The obvious counter question is why, indeed, couldn’t life, however complex, have developed randomly?”

    The smallest form of life is a cell. A typical human cell consists of over 10 trillion atoms and has been compared to a giant automated factory, comparable to a great city, like Chicago, with the added amazing capability of being able to completely reproduce itself in a matter of hours (question: How long do you think it would take for the city of Chicago to completely reproduce itself — without any human assistance?)

    Ten trillion atoms is an inconceivably large number. Ten trillion quarters standing on their edges and lined up face to face, as in a quarter roll, would circle the earth almost 400 times. In a cell, every one of this vast number of atoms has a specific purpose in the overall function of the whole. In summary, a single cell is vastly more complex than the most sophisticated computer. Needless to say, no one would ever suggest that a computer came into existence by chance!

    According to Mr. Pittman, however, it’s perfectly logical to suppose that something far more complex — a living cell — did exactly that, and, furthermore, that anyone who is unwilling to consider this absurd notion is deceived.

    Really, Mr. Pittman?

    Steve Bartholomew

    Burnt Hills

    Fire commissioners should stand by code of conduct

    On Feb. 5 I was at the Maple Avenue Fire Station with a member of the company and his young son, delivering donated water to the state.

    I overheard one of the firefighters using vulgar language. The captain also overheard the language and spoke to the firefighter; he responded to the captain by using vulgar language again. The captain, following procedure, brought it to the attention of the second assistant chief. The second assistant chief had a meeting with all the officers and the accused firefighter. A 30-day suspension was handed out according to the Code of Conduct Policy in the Greenfield Fire Districts Constitution and By-laws.

    From past experience with the Maple Avenue Fire Station, I know they require themselves and their members to always act professional and respectful — no matter that the circumstances are or they face disciplinary actions. I’ve recently heard this suspension was dismissed by the Greenfield Board of Commissioners. I can’t believe they don’t care how their members act and are perceived by the public. I believe that the officers acted as they should have following procedure according to the constitution and by-laws that I assume were written by the commissioner.

    If they are not to be followed, what use do they serve? Why would you even have officers if they don’t have any authority? Is this another way the commissioners can flex their muscles? This is another reasons why the moral of the Greenfield Fire District is at an all-time low and even worse at the Maple Avenue Fire Station. I have seen articles written about electing new commissioners, and now I feel the same way as others do.

    Cheryl Ovitt


    NACSAR is for American-made cars — Toyota doesn’t belong

    I love NASCAR — let me say that off the rip. However, I must say that I’m not happy at what I’m seeing, and I think that it can also apply to

    what Americans are doing nowadays.

    I’m not happy at seeing Toyota racing in NASCAR. I still can’t believe that “suits” actually let these guys in. I don’t care how good they are, if there was one thing left in this country, it was good ol’ American fun — it was Fords racing Chevy’s and Dodges in NASCAR. Now we’ve taken that and let a foreign company in? What the heck happened to our pride? I don’t want to hear that Toyota’s are made in the United States and that makes it OK. Who cares? It’s still a foreign company. Where do you think all that money is going?

    The bottom line is this: Somewhere along the line, we lost our pride as Americans with the little things; you can see it every day in the purchases we make. Do you see anything “Made in USA” anymore? Do people care? Not really. So long as it costs less, who cares right?

    If you ask me, we need to change our way of thinking and get back to being American’s that make our own product and start supporting those that still do.

    Zak Kergel


    Van Corlaer Elementary School is a place to be proud of — not frightened of

    After reading the Feb. 28 article on the possible closing of the International Charter school of Schenectady I feel compelled to respond to Board President Tracy Petersen’s remarks about Van Corlaer Elementary School.

    I am a music teacher at Van Corlaer. While this is my second year at Van Corlaer, I have taught within the Schenectady City School District for 18 years and I’m proud to be among the faculty at Van Corlaer. Every one of my colleagues is a highly professional, experienced, dedicated and caring individual. They go well above and beyond the call of duty to provide the very best educational opportunities for their students. Many of them offer their free time before school, during lunch and after school to provide extra help to their students or to provide extracurricular arts and enrichment activities. Our principal, Michelle VanDerLinden, is an outstanding leader who has an amazing ability of inspiring and encouraging faculty, staff and students to work their hardest and be their best. Her enthusiasm is infectious. Our students at Van Corlaer are among the greatest students I have ever taught. They are polite, respectful, enjoy learning and, most of all, enjoy being a part of our wonderful school community.

    Tracy Petersen has no idea of what an incredible place Van Corlaer Elementary school really is!

    Andrea Baran


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