Commentary about sediment was unfair to researcher

  • Article by: CARL ROSEN
  • Updated: May 12, 2011 - 9:24 PM
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woodcreekMay. 12, 1111:34 AM

I hope people follow Professor Rosen's advice for, "a more civil approach would be to focus on the science and the questions being asked."

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eman2002May. 12, 11 1:29 PM

Newspaper people don't really do science very well. They just don't have the education and background to cover it intelligently.

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mnmilkMay. 12, 11 2:27 PM

Thank you Dr. Carl Rosen. The end of your letter says it all and is worth repeating. "Unfortunately, Landherr and Mattison would like to cherry-pick what issues faculty can pursue and discuss, which is the antithesis of academic freedom." "Rather than writing scathing opinions in an attempt to discredit a respected scientist (only amplifying a polarized view of what is a credible scientific investigation), a more civil approach would be to focus on the science and the questions being asked."

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joeeeeeeMay. 14, 11 6:53 AM

A favorite conservative tactic is to attempt to delay action on issues by raising any conceivable issue or possibility no matter how far fetched or tenous and demand that all be considered of equal weight and that all must be throughly and completely analyzed before ANY action be taken. All this being done by hired experts. All the experts great people with published articles and friends that like them. Result: nothing ever can be done because nothing ever is complete because there are more possible issues to be resolved but nothing is ever completely resolved so nothing can be done. And that is the exact result desired and the expert's friends still like him and he publishes articles. Then we die. And life goes on.

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prairiepatMay. 16, 11 6:17 PM

The "Polluting the Research Pool" article provides two examples of problems that often arise in the area of environmental concern. One, is that such articles encourage conspiracy theorists who need to identify a villain. Secondly, unwillingness to be open to other possibilities does not allow for problem solving. Rather, it serves to inflame an already difficult situation. Dr. Rosen's counterpoint offers an opportunity for meaningful discussion.

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