Science or fiction?

It may be futile in a region of the world where religious views have such sway, but a recent letter attacking Brian Hicks on the evolution "controversy" should not go unchallenged.

The letter fails to accurately differentiate how science operates in contrast to religion.

The writer's statement that scientists were wrong about matter being created until Einstein's E=mc2 illustrates science's ability to advance from good ideas to better ideas. This is what religion does not do; its outlook does not change based on new evidence.

He also states that Hicks is wrong when Hicks writes ". all [scientists] agree with Darwin's theory of evolution."

All credible scientists do know the theory (using the scientific meaning of theory, not the layman's view of theory as a hypothesis) is correct, because it survives every intellectual challenge; the evidence for it is overwhelming, and no hard evidence yet exists that contradicts the concept.

This is equivalent to the Galileo story and many other established science concepts, such as atomic theory.

It is very important for students to understand the controversy regarding the religious view of evolution versus the scientific view, but only as a way to show how the idea of natural selection is science and the other side is religion.

In fact it is a great disservice for students and for this region not to have more widespread understanding that there is no scientific debate about evolution, only some inner circle arguments among scientists who are attempting to understand all the ramifications of evolution.

Dwight Meyer, Ph.D.

Magnolia Place Court

Mount Pleasant

ACA success

The furor over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) still rages even as every day proves it to be more and more of a real success with the public. Remaining moderate Republicans need to be reminded as they watch their national leadership have another vote - number 55 I think - to be careful what you wish for. You may get it.

The House voting to repeal the ACA borders on obsession, if not insanity. It has zero chance of passing the Senate and none of President Obama signing it. Moderate Republicans know they will lose the following benefits if it's repealed:

1) More than eight million who signed up for it will lose any chance of getting affordable health insurance.

2) Anyone with a pre-existing condition will be unable to buy insurance at any cost.

3) Children under age 26 will no longer be covered on parents' health insurance and will lose coverage at age 18.

4) Females will automatically pay more than males for the same coverage

5) Medicare recipients on the Part D Drug plan will once again have to pay more than $2,000 on average when their drug coverage reaches the "doughnut hole."

6) Once again, U.S. citizens will pay double the cost for health care while the U.S. ranks as low as 37th in the quality of health care they get.

7) The country won't see savings of nearly $1 trillion in 10 years (CBO estimate).

This law will rank with the Social Security (passed in 1935 by a Democrat, Franklin Roosevelt) and Medicare-Medicaid (in 1965 by Democrat Lyndon Johnson) as the third major program to benefit millions of us. The claims of fanatics in the Republican leadership - "death panels," "a monumental failure" - will be seen as disgusting lies about a wonderful benefit.

Marylou Ielfield

Bob Ielfield

Sequoia Drive

Summerville

Worthy honor

While I am enjoying the expanded food coverage Hanna Raskin is giving The Post and Courier, and am proud of the nominees and award winners with Charleston ties, I am a little disappointed that a Charleston-based product was overlooked in the recent James Beard Foundation awards coverage. The Local Palate, a Charleston publication, based on King Street, was nominated for a Visual Storytelling award in the Book, Broadcast and Journalism division.

Although the award was won by Food & Wine, The Local Palate deserves some praise for this achievement in only its second year.

Carl Hitchcock

Sea Cotton Circle

Charleston

Judge Harper

The education, political and legal communities have lost a true champion and friend with the passing of Judge Jeanette Mullen Harper. She was a mother, devoted wife, accomplished educator, political advisor and exceptional jurist.

As a teacher, she was known for her ability to inspire students and to impress on them the importance of reading, literature and grammar.

She carried this with her when she assumed the role as magistrate two decades ago. Many times she would correct improper grammar in her courtroom, or scold for the use of slang (one of her pet peeves). Heaven help you if a written communication contained spelling errors.

Judge Harper was also a powerful political figure in an era when it was not common for women to be active in politics. As her son Tim remembered, the Mullen household afforded many opportunities to meet political and civic leaders.

An endorsement from her was sought by many aspiring to political office. She was highly respected and tremendously admired, particularly in the East Cooper area.

Judge Harper utilized her experience as a teacher to admonish those who appeared before her that lessons of life begin in the classroom but they follow you the rest of your life. I had the distinct pleasure of appearing before Judge Harper many times in a professional capacity. I cannot recall a single instance of controversy or difficulty in her courtroom.

I was privileged to be her friend and colleague. She touched the lives of many during her distinguished career. She certainly touched mine in a special way.

The community has lost a true public servant with her passing.

Michael Malony

Calhoun Street

Charleston

Great move

Kudos to former Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails and the planning crew of the Blessing of the Fleet this year. It was fabulous.

Its new location offered perfect parking, especially for those with handicaps. The atmosphere was different - airier, more relaxed and roomier.

This was a good move. May the fleet have an exceptional season.

JAMES A. THOMPSON

CINDY THOMPSON

Eastern White Pines Road

Ladson

Lonely dissenter

Sen. Marco Rubio has stated that he does not believe human activity is causing climate change, in opposition to 97 percent of the world's climatologists.

I assume he has solid scientific evidence upon which he has based his claim. He should share this evidence with the rest of the world.

Certainly, information showing that 97 percent of the world's climatologists are wrong would earn him a Nobel Prize.

Mark Geesey

Indigo Bay Circle

Mount Pleasant

He'll be back

While reading the May 11 sports section I was really upset that I saw not one word concerning Connor Shaw. He was a huge asset to the Carolina Gamecocks. He was all over the paper then.

A big name here, but how soon he is forgotten. I hope that he, as a non-drafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns, causes the other National Football League teams to regret not picking him.

We haven't heard the last of Connor Shaw.

Remember that name, fans. He is the winningest quarterback the University of South Carolina has ever had.

You'll hear his name again.

Lorraine Gearhart

Judy Hill Drive

Ladson