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‘Kangaroo’ court

If we want Farragut to take down the red light cameras we must get the people responsible for putting them up out of office and put people in office that are against them. This is nothing but another gimmick for the town of Farragut to make money, they are not there for only safety. If Farragut wanted to do something for safety maybe they should prosecute and fine the people that are always texting and talking on their cell phone while driving, those are the people causing problems and serious accidents.


With the money they collect why don’t they fix the potholes at Campbell and Kingston Pike where these cameras are located? Also maybe they could spend a couple of dollars to have seats when you go to this Kangaroo court in Farragut to pay these tickets. I am applauded (sic) and disgusted that during these bad economic times the residents of Farragut have to pay a fine because of these stupid red-light cameras when it’s hard enough to keep your gas tank full. We the people of Farragut should put names on these people who are responsible and vote them out of office when they are up for re-election.

Remember let’s get these people responsible for the cameras out of office.

Steven P. Helenek

Knoxville

‘Myth’ meaning

Several Knox County Board of Education members reportedly support Farragut High School parent [Kurt] Zimmermann’s objection to a textbook’s use of the word “myth” to describe the Biblical account that the universe was created by the Judeo-Christian God in seven days.

I would be interested in whether they similarly object to other cultures’ creation stories being referred to as myths. If they don’t object, they need to explain why. On the other hand, if they don’t believe any of these stories should be referred to as myths then clearly they have just redefined the dictionary meaning of the word.



Graham Hickling

Farragut

I hope an April 15 ’Press quote concerning the recent Farragut High School biology textbook issue was either misquoted or was taken out of context. Principal [Michael] Reynolds was quoted as saying: “the definition of myth doesn’t say anything about it being false or fake.” There are in fact multiple meanings of the word “myth.” All of the several dictionaries I checked contained either “false” or “fake” or both among the listed definitions of “myth.”

A highly ambiguous word that commonly carries a connotation of falseness is being applied to a view to which the textbook authors oppose, and then supporters are apparently feigning innocence of how it’s likely to be heard by many. It seems a little bit sneaky!

If “myth” is so neutral, I assume supporters wouldn’t have any problem with going through the textbook and writing in “myth” wherever Darwinian origin of life or macroevolution views are referenced.

The bottom line is an issue of intellectual dishonesty. If textbook authors are going to dogmatically (and, it seems, disingenuously) refer to all “creation” views as myths, the responsible thing to do would be to state in their books what they mean and, if they mean a fictional view, then provide reasons for their claim. That would, at least, allow students to learn something about the issues involved and, perhaps, encourage independent research and critical thinking. Otherwise, either omit it or just refer to ‘creationism’ as an alternate view or explanation that’s often (though not necessarily) grounded in an interpretation of the Bible.

Mike Murphree

Knoxville

 

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