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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

In response to some criticisms, it should be noted that vitriol, derision and proclamations do not make an argument. I hope in the limited space given, to at least make arguments to make people think rather than offer heated but unsubstantiated claims.

It was claimed “evolution is a fact.” This is a tenuous claim, even looking at the scientific evolutionary circles. For better than a century, the reigning evolutionary approach was gradualism. Yet the lack of fossil evidence of intermediate species led Stephen Jay Gould to a different paradigm of punctuated equilibrium (PE). That in itself is an admission the fossil record is insufficient to support gradualism at this time. The issue with PE, however, is even in our wildest imaginations we cannot formulate a scenario of “random” environmental conditions where certain organisms change to a distinctly different organism in a relatively short period of time without catastrophically impacting most other organisms.

Think of potential climate change. A mild increase in temperature may help a few organisms, but the fear is many other organisms may go extinct. So, here, the two approaches to evolutionary study have distinctly different foundational requirements that are problematic, contradictory and have nothing to do with religious critique. Hardly something we should consider as fact.

As for religion not equaling science, I agree. But I do argue if a religious text provides some writings that have a scientific inference, we should determine if those inferences compliment or contradict the scientific observations. Another example is the Hebrew term “natah.” It is used in the Bible, indicating the Lord “stretches out the heavens.” The term can be interpreted actively, as though that stretching continues today. Considering it was only in the early 20th century when Hubbell and Einstein realized the universe is expanding or “stretching,” and such places in scripture are at least two millennia old, that should at least raise the curiosity of even the most casual observer.

Certainly we cannot derive scientific equations or exact methodologies of investigation from the Bible, but it is at least something to make us think.

Rick Barth

Silt

Also addressed: Dear Sen. White, Reps. Curry and Baumgardner,

On behalf of the Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors, which represents more than 300 Realtors and affiliates across Garfield County, I am writing to express our opposition to SB-276, a bill to eliminate the homestead exemption for seniors over 65 and qualifying veterans who have owned and lived in their homes for more than 10 years. Please vote “no” on SB-276.

While your goal of achieving additional revenue for the state to balance the budget is commendable, crawling on the backs of seniors and veterans is not the appropriate solution to balance the budget. These citizens are a fragile segment of our state’s population. They often live on fixed incomes, and rely on certain government benefits, such as the senior homestead exemption. If you take away their benefits, they may not be able to survive in the current economy, which is already draining their retirement funds.

The Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors recommends you abandon efforts to eliminate this exemption, and look for other ways to balance the budget this year. Please vote “no” on SB-276.

If you have any questions or comments regarding our position on elimination of the exemption, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your consideration of our position.

John Wendt, chair

Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors


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