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Thursday, 11 January 2018 10:18

Science needs support, better funding

Written by  Staff Writer

To the editor,
Democritus (470-380 BC) taught his students that everything was made up of atoms. Eratosthenes (276-195 BC) measured the circumference of the Earth and assumed that it was not flat but a sphere. And then man was plunged into what is termed the Dark Ages. It took man some 2,000 years to regain the knowledge. People like Galileo, Dalton and Newton stood up for science.

Are we moving into another “dark age”?

I was fortunate to grow up in a time when science was king.

John F. Kennedy said, “The growth of our science and education will be enriched by new knowledge of our universe and environment ... ”

Resources were poured into science education. We learned and used the scientific method to stimulate innovation.

I benefited from his push to go to the moon. My teachers were highly trained with funds provided by the National Science Foundation. My science textbooks were written by those teachers with funds from the NSF.

Today science is under attack. There are “science deniers.” Our own governor has banned scientists from using certain terms such as “climate change.” Scientists at the CDC recently were told to avoid using such words as evidence-based and science-based.

Today, funding for the National Science Foundation is next to nothing. In today’s political climate, scientists are being attacked just like Galileo was attacked during his day.
Science is what made this nation great. It gave us a competitive edge. We need to support science again. We need leaders with vision like JFK.

Steve Doelder


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