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July 28, 2013

READERS' FORUM: July 28, 2013

Daniels should be held accountable

Is Mitch Daniels  up to being an academic president?

Recent news items regarding Mitch Daniels, the new president of Purdue University, reflect badly on what has been a fine Indiana institution. Although he may be politically astute, he is very ideological and unsuited for academia and the flow of free thought in a democratic society. He should be held accountable by clarifying what he specifically regards as “crap” and why.

Censorship and restriction  in curriculum  were among the first tactics in Nazi Germany, and today freedom of thought, publication and education remain essential to our freedom. He and today’s Tea Party have some of the uncomfortable traits of the Brown shirts of the early ’30s.

Additionally, it is further embarrassing that the Purdue University Board of Trustees has chosen to reward his behavior with a $58,000 bonus. This calls into question not only misuse of performance pay, but also is an excellent illustration of why the cost of  higher education is exceeding the reach of our young people.

— Raymond Quist

Terre Haute

The truth behind climate denials

I’ve been following, and attempting to grasp the reasoning behind, Thomas Tucker’s recent climate change denials, and I’ve narrowed the possibilities down to three competing hypotheses:

1. Thomas Tucker is smarter and has done considerably more independent research than 97 percent of the planet’s climate scientists.

2. Thomas Tucker is monetarily employed by the oil and gas industry to spread anti-scientific propaganda and sow confusion (identical to the decades-long undertaking by the tobacco industry, and being orchestrated by many of the very same people).

3. Thomas Tucker has been duped by the oil and gas industry into spreading anti-scientific propaganda and sowing confusion.

My prediction is that hypothesis number three is most likely the truth.

— Kerry Tomasi

Montezuma

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