- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Children's exposure to meth via parents is growing; Mo. Children's Division seeing effects (9/18/16)8
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
Accepting the evidence
It is certainly noble to tone down the rhetoric and promote civility in public discourse. However, for a rational public discourse to be held on critical issues, all participants must acknowledge the basic facts of the case. It is impossible to achieve a healthy doctor-patient relationship with an open and honest discussion of treatment options if the patient denies the evidence or simply rejects the diagnosis. A reasoned discussion of treatment options starts from acceptance of the evidence.
Unfortunately, in critical issues facing the nation and the planet, there remain those who rest their position and their case on made-up data and repeated lies. One can be as civil as one wants to be, but ultimately it is necessary to point out when a position is based on lies. Rational debate and arrival at compromise are neither possible nor reasonable when one side maintains positions supported by lies.
In 2011, it is absurd that in the United States (or anywhere, for that matter) we should be wasting valuable public time discussing whether climate change is happening and what the evidence suggests is causing it. There is no serious scientific doubt that climate change is real and promoted by greenhouse gas pollution that we release into the atmosphere.
Regrettably, many of our Republican and tea party representatives in Washington, D.C., are still operating in the Dark Ages of denial. Until we all accept the scientific consensus and what the evidence so clearly tells us, we cannot begin the essential and civil discussion about a reasonable human response.
ALAN JOURNET, Ashland, Ore.