Big Bang myth of creation also pretty extreme

Science is the way we understand the forces of nature as they exist today. But today's cosmic speculations and supposed successes in confirming them ("Cosmic Revelation," March 24) aren't science but simply flights of fantasy driven by faulty assumptions, especially the belief that we can infer the conditions of the past by projecting backward from what we observe today.

This is because most scientists arbitrarily (and thus falsely) assume the nonexistence of forces that we either don't recognize today or that are not active today (whether natural or supernatural) and that the forces we observe today always worked exactly as they do now. Sorry to all of you "science-worshippers," but because all of these things can't be known, science simply can't know how or when the universe was formed.

Thus, the notion that everything, including the laws of nature, simply sprang into existence from a single tiny particle is a far more extreme act of blind faith than belief in a creator God. Most scientists today also make a basic logical error in jumping to the conclusion that because science is the proper way to approach the physical world, then this must be all that exists. But this categorically excludes our own existence as knowing subjects. Thus the driving question of most cosmologists today, "Are we alone in the universe?" would actually be meaningless if ultimate reality was only matter/energy, mindless forces and space/time, for there wouldn't even be a real "we!"

Christopher Andrus

Dublin

Recognition was greatly appreciated

I want to thank the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce for the recognition at the 51st Community Service Awards. Your staff is outstanding, having had the opportunity to work next to them (or their parents) at many volunteer activities. Your Chamber members do fantastic things for our community and beyond. It was an honor to share the stage with current and past recipients.

I am especially thankful for the support of my wife, Nancy; our children, Jessica and James Brooks, Alex, Gabi and Elyssa. The leadership and fellow volunteers of the organizations for which I have had the opportunity to be a part of really deserve the recognition. These include CYO (Catholic Community of Pleasanton), Amador Valley High School Boosters, Special Olympics, committees for the school district, sports council and neighborhood initiatives. Additionally, city and school district staff deserve credit. Personally, some incredible families have shared challenges that have made a difference for others.

We are blessed to have an appreciative community with such a serving spirit. Thank you all for thanking those who serve you!

Greg Thome

Pleasanton

Article good but missed a few points

I was so pleased to see the well-written article by Maggie Sharpe about the Honoring Women Vets' event put on by Las Positas College's Veterans First program.

This program gets neither the credit nor attention it so richly deserves, so having this front page on the local section was wonderful to see. However, I was terribly disappointed in some omissions of the story. I think it's important to know that in addition to her time as active-duty Army, Mary King was also a West Point graduate. A pretty impressive lady to be sure, and she continues to work tirelessly for vets in her capacity at PG&E.

Retired Brig. Gen. Lucy Titus, whose military career began in the late '40s, is also a very impressive lady who addressed the gathering ending her short remarks by saying she'd still take a bullet for any of those ladies. But the most important aspect of the article omission is the fact that seven $500 scholarships were awarded that day to deserving women student veterans in the Veterans First program at Las Positas. PG&E awarded two of them, but FIVE were awarded by the Josefa Higuera Livermore chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution -- two of them anonymously, and three of them by donations of $20 -- $50 by many chapter members. Last year the ladies of this chapter provided three $500 scholarships, one anonymously, but obviously outdid themselves this year in support of these young women students. Providing scholarships for Women Veterans at Las Positas is an integral part of this event, and it should have been recognized in the article.

Kathy Chase

Livermore

No taxpayer bailout for Bankhead

The Bankhead Theater in Livermore (operated by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center) is in serious financial trouble. Most residents probably don't know that the county and city have already given tax dollars to LVPAC to keep the theater afloat. Fees from the Vasco dump also help support the theater.

Supporters claim that the theater is responsible for the revitalization of downtown, bringing millions of dollars into the community. The assumption is that this money is generated when theatergoers shop and dine out. If that were true, when the theater is dark, downtown would be quiet. Anyone who drives on First Street knows this is not accurate.

Supporters also claim that the Bankhead is needed to provide educational opportunities for students. Venues including Livermore High and Las Positas could be used for programs such as Science on Saturday.

LVPAC needs to devise a plan to solve their financial problems without depending on taxpayers. We are fortunate that LVPAC did not get to build a second multimillion dollar theater when they can't manage the finances of the first.

Linda Trame

Livermore

News more important than sports

In the April 1 publication of the San Ramon Valley Times, the prominent front page article entitled "Monty: It's time" chronicled the announced retirement of longtime Stanford and Cal men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery.

While this is certainly newsworthy it needs to be viewed within the context of other stories that ran that day in the main section of the paper. Back on page A6 of the first section ran an article of a just released study from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) entitled, "Panel: Warming planet faces hunger 'hot spots.' "

The premise of this article focused on the IPCC's extensive study and findings surrounding future food production affecting 7 billion people. While the study looks out toward 2050 and says food prices are expected to go up somewhere in a wide range of 3 to 84 percent the underlying message is that climate change is going to have a significant and dramatic effect on world food production in the coming years. This seems to be a more important piece of news than the retirement of a college basketball coach (albeit a good one).

Alan Rosenberg

Danville