Perhaps God created evolution

Creationists are persistent. Yet, they haven't even considered the very real possibility that God created evolution. Clearly, they think they know better than God.

Some creationists -- reacting to legitimate charges that there's zero peer-reviewed scientific research papers supporting "intelligent design theory" -- tricked many scientists into signing their deceptive "Dissent from Darwin" statement, saying this manufactured, religiously motivated, pseudoscientific paper "deserves to be heard."

What these fraudsters don't think deserves to be heard is that this statement was created by the Discovery Institute, a fundamentalist conservative Christian think-tank attempting to discredit evolution. It wasn't produced by scientific methods and has been rejected by the scientific community with many of the signers retracting, saying they felt conned.

New York Times science reporter, Kenneth Chang, wrote in 2006 that even the Discovery Institute admits only 25 percent of their signers were biologists, with fewer still working in evolutionary research. The rest were chemists, engineers, physicists and medical doctors -- evolutionary laymen.

Why couldn't God have created evolution if He created mankind? To refute that possibility is to refute the majesty of God.

Ed Chainey

Richmond

Most unethical presidency

President Barack Obama has had quite a week.

First, it was confirmed the administration was negligent in providing security at the Benghazi consulate and in responding to the attacks. They then covered up their negligence by editing, 12 times, the CIA talking points and creating a false "video" narrative to hide their incompetence.

Then it was discovered the IRS has been targeting and harassing Tea Party and other conservative groups and Mitt Romney donors since the 2012 election. Truly a new low, even for the Obama administration.

Or is it? The confirmation hearings for Obama's nominee for labor secretary, Thomas Perez, have been held up because Perez has refused to turn over 1,200 emails he sent under an alias email account he did not disclose, in violation of the Congressional Records Act.

Confirmation hearings on Obama's nominee for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, have also been held up because of her refusal to answer questions Congress raised over her predecessor's use of a secret email account for conducting and hiding official business.

It appears it was business as usual for the most secretive, unethical, incompetent presidency in my lifetime.

Hal Bray

Brentwood

Use of a Taser could save lives

The coroner's detailed report about the death of Kayla (Xavier) Moore has finally been published.

It shows clearly that Moore died from taking illegal drugs and failing to take his prescribed medications. The Berkeley police tried reasoning with Moore for a half-hour before wrestling him to the ground to restrain him and prevent harm to himself or his roommates.

Moore might be alive today if the police had Tasers at their disposal. Despite a lot of hysteria and misinformation about Tasers, nationwide statistics prove they actually prevent injuries to citizens and police.

That's especially true in cases like Moore's, where suspects are so drugged up and upset they can't control their behavior. A quick Tasering is much less stressful than being wrestled into restraints.

Studies of thousands of arrests, comparing Tasering to clubbing, wrestling and shooting, make it clear Tasers are the tool of choice, as they cause much less harm than any of the other techniques for subduing violent suspects.

We should seriously consider adding this tool, and training in its proper use, to police resources. While it's too late to save Moore's life, it will save the lives of others.

Bob Flasher

Berkeley

Pool project is inappropriate

In April, I attended a presentation about the planned aquatic center at Northgate High School.

The estimated cost is $7.5 million, of which $6.7 million comes from Measure C bonds. The Measure C voter pamphlet does not list new sports facility construction in the project summary.

This aquatic center is the most expensive nonacademic construction project for the entire Mt. Diablo school district, based on my review of the Measure C Bond Oversight Committee website Budget Summary.

I have heard that Northgate would like to complete an engineering laboratory but is $200,000 short. So Northgate plans to construct a swimming pool (not revealed as a Measure C project) that will serve about 100 students, according to the presentation, while an engineering lab, that would help educate badly needed engineers, languishes for lack of funds.

A primary mission of our high schools is career and college readiness, not training athletes.

In good faith, the Mt. Diablo school board must re-prioritize Measure C spending and redirect Northgate High administration to focus on its academic education mission.

Don McCarthy

Walnut Creek