Letters to the Editor

Stevens letter: Climate change

Recently the Statesman printed letters to the editor criticizing a state legislator for recommending that people listen to Rush Limbaugh for true information on important scientific issues.

According to the Jan. 13, 2016, version of Wikipedia, 1) Rush Limbaugh left college after two semesters and one summer. According to his mother, “He flunked everything.” 2) In 1990 his style was described in the New York Times as “... bouncing between earnest lecturer and political vaudevillian.” 3) Endowed geoscience professor Michael Oppenheimer and biology professor David Wilcove conclude that in his book “The Way Things Ought to Be,” Rush Limbaugh “... allows his political bias to distort the truth about a whole range of important scientific issues.”

In my view, legislators should seek the truth, wherever that path leads them. Repeating things heard in the media that are consistent with what they already believe to be true is not the path to truth. Long ago people believed the world was flat ... until someone was willing to ask “Is the world flat?” and had courage to look at the physical facts of the real universe rather than simply agreeing with what “everybody was saying.”

There is an important lesson here for anyone who would be a true legislator.

Jack Stevens, Boise