Printed Letters: March 10, 2014

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It’s time for Marcia Neal to retire from the state school board. She is unfit for the job.

Neal supported a short-lived pressure group called “Balanced Education for Everyone”(BEE) which in 2010 rolled out a nationwide effort to stop the teaching of global warming in schools, calling it “unnecessary.” BEE called global warming “junk science” and said teaching it scares schoolchildren unnecessarily. BEE initiated its countrywide effort to eradicate climate change instruction from classrooms right here in Mesa County, where Rose Pugliese, then a failed candidate for school boar, presented the District 51 Board with a petition containing about 600 signatures asking that science teachers be made to stop giving lessons on global warming. At the meeting, an ecologist with a Ph.D. tried to explain to the school board that the subject of climate change “is not just some liberal theory,” and a Mesa State College (now CMU) professor drew snickers from the audience when she told the Board that global warming is as certain a scientific theory as gravity and evolution.

Balanced Education for Everyone was a project of the conservative group Independent Women’s Forum, which promotes a documentary called “Not Evil Just Wrong” as the basis for classroom lesson plans, and for what they consider “scientifically accurate” information about global warming. BEE disbanded shortly after it was formed.

It’s time to stop recycling staid, embarrassing western slope GOP candidates and allow some broader-minded new people to run who can deal with reality.

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