Letters to the Editor – Nov. 2, 2010

Missing the point

Thank you for featuring the UAF Gay-Straight Alliance as your Club of the Week for the October 26th issue of the Sun Star. Unfortunately, I could not help but notice that the article did not explain what the GSA is or what we do.

The UAF Gay-Straight Alliance seeks to provide a supportive meeting place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight students, staff, and faculty to discuss issues, organize events, and socialize. We also work with local charities and other campus organizations.

Originally known as the Alaska Gay and Lesbian Association (AGLA), the GSA has existed on campus for more than 20 years. In that time the club has gone through several name changes and graduations, but throughout its existence one of the main goals of the GSA has always been to have sexual orientation and gender identity added to the University of Alaska Board of Regents’ Non-Discrimination Policy. Sadly, this has yet to be achieved.

GSA meetings are held Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m. in Rasmuson Library Conference Room 502. If you like making new friends, you feel that all people deserve equal protection and representation under the law, and you believe that gender and sexuality have no bearing on the value of someone as a human being, please attend one of our meetings. I hope to see you there.

Thank you for your attention and consideration,

Sarah Seifert
GSA Member

Don Young is a natural disaster


I had the opportunity to research some of Don Young’s voting record, review some articles written about him, and it appears he is promoting the outsourcing of American jobs; is anti-safety in offshore drilling, the very thing that led to the moratorium on offshore drilling, shutting down our offshore drilling and exploration, along with being insensitive to those who suffered on the southern coast due to the Deep Water Horizon disaster, which had a significant impact on their economy.

With the Gulf Oil spill in mind, Don Young made the following comment, “This is not an environmental disaster, and I will say that again and again because it is a natural phenomenon,”….. “Oil has seeped into this ocean for centuries, will continue to do it. During World War II, there was over 10 million barrels of oil spilt from ships and no natural catastrophe.” …It must have slipped his mind this was man-made, and could have been averted should safety protocol been followed……BP had a stack of safety violations.
I do not know about you, but I am a patriot, and voting to send our jobs overseas is unacceptable, among other problems associated with him.

Mark Kline

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1 Response

  1. Stephen Fretwell, PhD says:

    I recently attended Dr. Howard’s courageous lecture (Nov. 15) confronting scholarly skeptics and atheists with their dishonesty. As a fellow scientist, I wish to affirm that his presentation adhered to the highest scholarly and scientific standards. The facts are beyond dispute. The Bible exists, and it specifies a scholarly or scientific method for finding God. There are many, many reports from persons who did what was specified and found God, and no reports, that I know of (and I have looked for 40 years) of anyone following those proceedures and not finding God.

    Dr. Howard, following the scientific method, noted that “belief” in the hypothesis that God was real was a necessary ingredient in the search. But he was clear that his meaning of the word, “faith” was a willingness to abide by the rules, to follow directions. This is SOP in science. In testing any hypothesis, we “believe it for the sake of testing” until we have thoroughly examined the predictions.

    Honest scholarly skeptics, upon learning that a method is specified for finding God, will look that method up and will follow the directions given. Atheists or skeptics who cling to their doubts without this search are not being honest scholars. Dr. Howard brings great honor to UAF by being willing to say so.

    Stephen Fretwell

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