Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the twice-weekly Cody Enterprise of Cody, Wyoming (population 9,520). The city and the newspaper were named after Colonel William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody, one of the city’s founders. The letter is titled Highest bidder often decides scientific facts, and the newspaper has a comments feature.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. Today’s writer is a retired postal worker, which doesn’t qualify for full-name treatment. His first name is Edmund. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
For years politicians and entertainers seem to have blurred the definition of what a scientist is, time to set the record straight.
Yeah! We’re getting tired of movie stars and politicians deciding who is and who isn’t a scientist. It’s time for a change! Edmund says:
Regardless of their scientific field, there is one common denominator, a scientist questions everything on their way to a hypothesis.
Everything? Edmund gives us an example:
Charles Darwin spent many years proving and disproving various parts of his “Theory of Evolution.”
Wow — we didn’t know that. This is fascinating stuff! Edmund continues:
When we hear “a consensus of scientists say …” that means they have resigned their role of the curious questioner and have sold out to big money, or a political agenda.
Right! There’s no scientific consensus on anything, and anyone who says otherwise has been bribed by big money. Let’s read on:
What is even more disturbing is when politicians, the media, entertainers, social media and even some scientist call for “Silencing of Dissenting Voices.” [Stop silencing the Flat Earthers!] Some individuals are so self-important that the thought of them being proven wrong elicits a violent response.
Edmund is right again! Some of those so-called scientists are bomb-throwing maniacs. And now we come to the end:
We have seen this repeated on several issues of so-called scientific fact. For the public good, it is time for these people to grow up, and act like adults. When all else fails, follow the money trail.
Best letter we’ve seen in a long time. Thanks, Edmund!
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