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Wisdom from the Web

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On the Vail Daily Web site, you can comment on each story or editorial you read there. Here, we publish excerpts of those comments:Re: Vail Renaissance is too high, critics sayIt is so frustrating that the opposition to Crossroads keeps using progressive rhetoric to push a reactionary agenda forward. The opponents are so far from progressive, it is enough to make my head spin. They are reactionaries. They are conservatives with a capital C. They don’t want change. They have made their millions. Now they want Vail to remain their private playground. Well, I have news for them. The true progressives in this town want change. We will show up to the polls on July 11 and show that Vail is a real town with real people who aren’t afraid to improve our town and our quality of life.Change is coming. Either get with the program or move out of our way. There is too much important work to be done in this town.Re: A bit of a dialecticFirst off, Charles Darwin did not invent the idea of biological evolution. Darwin was merely the first to assemble a cohesive theory “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.” Few, if any, scientists disagree with natural selection and none of any repute reject evolution on any scale.The only scientific debate in evolution addresses details of the mechanics of speciation, not the basic premise. Even the Catholic Church acknowledges the validity of evolution! In 1996 Pope John Paul II proclaimed that the theory of evolution is “more than just a hypothesis,” and 60 years earlier, Pope Pius XII almost the same thing in the encyclical Humani generis.Assertions that “evolution is just a theory” are exactly as ridiculous as assertions that “gravity is just a theory.” The fundamentalist claim that “evolution is just a theory” is a deliberate misinterpretation of the scientists’ definition of theory. Theories, in science, are detailed arguments to explain and predict observed or observable phenomena.Theories may or may not be true, but they are developed to account for the facts. Religion-based versions of natural history exist, obviously, and some of their proponents claim them to be scientifically based, but those theories violate everything we accept about physics, geology, astronomy, genetics, paleontology and archaeology.Re: Over the rainbowReligious insanity: If it is true that “You and I were planned by God personally – there is no such thing as random chance,” then there is no “free will.” You can’t have it both ways! And if there is no free will, then none of us is responsible for anything we may do. Without free will there can be no accountability, yet religion holds us accountable for our “sins” – actions that are all planned by God.If, as you claim, all our lives are planned by God, then God is the sinner and we are just meat puppets. Anyone who can believe in this religious claptrap must also believe God endorses anything they wish to do, even mass murder by flying an airliner into a skyscraper. You may put your rose-colored glasses back on now.Re: Can democracy flourish in an Ialamic state?The USA is more than just a democracy; it is about the personal freedom and liberties of individuals guaranteed to every citizen by a Constitution unencumbered by the tyranny of religion. Islam holds nothing but disdain for this freedom and liberty of “The Great Satan.” Although some form of democratic government may be established in Iraq, freedom and liberty cannot flourish under religious law; it will never exist under Islamic law. As Thomas Jefferson said, “In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.”Re: Serving America, sans guns”The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin TofflerAlvin must have had Matt and Alex in mind when he wrote this! When will the Vail Daily stop publishing their propaganda and piffle?Re: Beautiful scenes evolve over timeWe live in one of the most intriguing geological parts of the world, and it would be great if the Daily would run a series of articles on the history and origin of the magnificent land forms which surround us. For instance, how many of the county’s residents are aware that all those barren, rounded gray hills downvalley are really the result of millions of years’ worth of minerals precipitating out of ancient seas? You’d do your readers a favor if you investigated this part of our environment.Vail, Colorado

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