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Archive for Friday, March 26, 1999

KPL COMPLAINT

March 26, 1999

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To the editor:

We can certainly sympathize with those people who live three miles from KPL and are bothered by the noise coming from the power plant. Try living 1/3 of a mile from the source. If you look at the map provided in Monday's Journal-World, our house is located across from the "A" in N 1800 Rd.

We began noticing the noise early in February and made a notation on the calendar on Feb. 12 that KPL was making a terrible rumbling sound. There has been no let-up since that time. There is nothing we can do to cover the noise. The television and the stereo would have to be painfully loud in order to mask it. We are so close that just moving to another room or to the basement gives no relief. The only way we can escape from the drone is to leave the house. We have lost the right to a quiet, peaceful existence in our own home.

The adverse psychological and physiological effects of noise have been well-documented. When can we all, near and far, expect to get some relief?

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Shockley,

1215 N 1800 Rd.

Not good science

To the editor:

After learning that their kids were -- gasp -- learning the theory of evolution in science class, a few U.S.D. 497 parents got together and started a group called Parents for Objective Science and History (POSH). POSH says that they want other theories besides evolution to be taught in science class. As POSH president says, "We're trying to push fairness and the fact you cannot teach theory as fact."

Interesting. Does POSH want the theory of gravity to be taught as fact? After all, it's just a theory. What about the theory that the earth is round? 500 years ago, that was just as controversial as evolution is today. In scientific terms, "theory" means "explanation of a proven set of facts."

Another interesting point is that POSH wants all sides of creation represented. There are about 10 major world religions, each with its own creation story. Should we teach each of these alongside the theory of evolution?

This entire ordeal is Christianity masquerading as science. Scientists ask a question and try to find an answer. Creation scientists already have their answer and are trying to prove it. This is not good science. Therefore, creationism should absolutely not be taught in public schools.

Jesse Dutton Miller,

620 Ind.

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