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Continued: Readers Write (March 1): Self-reliance, same-sex marriage, science

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Those of us who are against gay marriage are so for a reason: It is wrong in the eyes of the Lord. It is not because we do not love our neighbor, and it is not because we are bigots and homophobes. We are simply following the laws passed down to us from God, and we simply want a society that values and follows these laws. We pray that those who have gone astray change course before it’s too late.

Ed Kashmarek, St. Louis Park

Conservatives rail against big government, yet are OK with having marriage codified in our laws and tax codes. Progressives tout tolerance and acceptance, yet are OK with labeling those who hold opposite beliefs about same-sex marriage as bigots and as being intolerant.

Marriage is a personal decision. Instead of introducing legislation to define it, remove government from the equation. This will give all Minnesotans the freedom of choice — and isn’t that what we all want?

Chris Lund, Hamburg

 

IDEOLOGY AND DENIAL

The difference between science and application

I would submit that Glenn Garvin (“Science denial is the province of the right wing. Right? Wrong,” Feb. 28) is confusing “science” with its derivative, technology.

Science is the pure study of natural phenomena, i.e., biology, ecology, physics, chemistry, astronomy and mathematics. Technology is the practical application of the data acquired by scientific study. Its applications, as noted by Garvin, include nuclear power generation and genetic modification of biological materials used in human nutrition. These technological applications of scientific knowledge are used by the private sector in the marketplace to create wealth for executives and stockholders. At the same time, they can be beneficial to segments of human society. An example is nuclear power, which is considered to be a “clean” source of electrical energy for society.

We rarely hear the other side of the story, where pure science does come into play. The waste products of the nuclear reactors are to be put underground somewhere in the American Southwest, with little regard for what the long-term effects, a province of physics, will be.

Harry M. Johnson, Redwood Falls, Minn.

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