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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Opinions reinforced

My views on American drivers have been vindicated. Let's face it, Americans can be very dimwitted drivers

It seems to me that every day I read in the newpaper or see on the news where somebody doesn't bother to look for traffic. Half of the time, the driver can't even be bothered to stop at all. Of course, most of these people think that they should be able to do whatever they want in their cars.

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Some times, you have to say enough is enough. True, things like navigation systems might be necessary, even helpful at times. But when a driver's attention is removed from the road, cell phones and laptops and such can become a dangerous distraction.

There are times when we have to reevalute what we really need in the car with us. I have lost count of how many times I have been riding my bike on THE BIKEPATH and have almost been run over by a driver paying too much attention to the phone.

One other problem I have seen are the people talking on the phone while they are riding their bikes. They are looking one way and going the other. How brain dead can you get?

This is one area where people have to use their brains. Do you really need all these devices in the car with you? Think about it. All it takes is less than one second and somebody is hurt or worse. It is sad that not enough people have spoken up about this.

Multitasking has it's place. That place is just not in the car. Any questons can be answered at http://www.drivenowchatlater.org.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

The debate between science and religion

It is disillusioning how backward our country has come. The line between church and the state has become blurred. Nowhere is this more apparent than the debate between science and religion.

On one side, we have the church. This is the side that believes only in the Bible to the point of the exclusion of the theory of evolution. They believe that everyone that does not agree completely with them is a crazy heretic. To them, if it is not in the Bible, it did not happen, and therefore cannot be true.

On the other side, there is science. The side that believes strictly in evolution. They think that the universe can be broken down into atoms and neutrons and mathematical equations. They can't these to answer the really important questions. The questions of: Is this all that there is? Is there anything more? Why am I here?

It is because of this divide that American students have consistently tested last in the areas of science and mathematics. These are not the only parts of education affected. Most American students can't even locate their own country on a world map, let alone their own state.

Why can't science and religion find a common ground? All myths do have an element of truth to them. To people living thousands of years ago, many of the things that we take for granted today would seem godlike.