Letters to the Observer
Mary Jo McConahay has written the definitive description of America’s inhuman immigration policy. (“They Die in Brooks County,” June 1) As she said, a temporary worker program would stop all the needless dying. It would be simple to set up employment centers in Mexico and register each person with an employer, giving them official papers that would also have the effect of eliminating their ever-present fear and the subsequent pressure to work for unfairly low wages. Geese can migrate, and insects, but not human beings. We, the people, are our brothers’ keepers.
M S. Weiss Mexico, Missouri
I would suggest that in future you select a contributing writer with less obvious bias who is more familiar with the details of the creation versus evolution controversy to review books on the subject. (“Ducking the God Question,” June 1) James E. McWilliams is clearly ignorant of glaring facts. He states that creationists who believe in a young (that is to say non-evolved) earth are a small minority. Recent polls have found that half of the population of the United States believes that the earth is less than 10,000 years old. Half hardly qualifies as a minority.
He also states that “Intelligent design … propounds that the earth is only a few thousand years old.” This is a patently false statement which makes him either a liar or ignorant of basic facts. While creation science certainly does address the age of the earth, intelligent design theory has nothing at all to do with the age of the earth. Many, if not most, of its proponents believe that the earth is millions, if not billions, of years old. From his article it would seem that McWilliams is an avid atheist and humanist. Inviting him to review books on the controversy is no different than inviting Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis which just built the new Creation Museum in Kentucky, to review these books. Both of them have tremendous bias, good or bad, and cannot possibly give an objective review.
John Truitt Paducah, Kentucky