Letters to the editor, February 2011
This a traditional letter column. You are encouraged to write a letter of comment on anything that you find worthy of comment. It will (may) be published in this column along with my reply. As editor I reserve the right to delete material; however I will not alter the undeleted material. E-mail to me that solely references the contents of this site will be assumed to be publishable mail. All other e-mail is assumed to be private. And, of course, anything marked not for publication is not for publication. Oh yes, letters of appreciation for the scholarly resources provided by this site will be handled very discreetly. This page contains the correspondence for February 2011.
From: Kelly van Vliet
Hello Mr. Harter,
About your untitled interlude/couplet about the 'Fields of Hell' / 'Forgotten Dreams' : I love it. I truly and deeply love it. Poems are not usually things to strike me deeply, but this one did and does. I love it. Thank you very much for sharing.
Thank you very much for writing. I imagine that there are few words more precious to a poet or an author than those of a reader loving their work. The poem is one of my favorites; I love it myself.Return to index of contributors
From: Ben D. Kennedy
I stumbled across your site and thought you had a lot of interesting and valuable resources. I can add a link at http://www.maidofheaven.com/links2.asp#artliterature if you would like to exchange links.
MaidOfHeaven.com is a website dedicated to telling the true story of Saint Joan of Arc and is the largest and most heavily trafficked Joan of Arc website in the world with a Google PR rank of 5.
Just let me know,
Ben D. Kennedy
As you have probably guessed I don't have a links page as such. However I do have an external links section on my literature page. If having a link there works for you, I'm game. I will say your site is an interesting one.Return to index of contributors
From: Ryan Griffin
I have recently discovered, and very much enjoyed, your writings on Piltdown Man. I was linked to your website and your contributions to the TalkOrigins archive by a young-earth creationist. This person and I have been carrying on an email discussion after meeting via the website reddit.com. He is sure that science is just a huge hoax and that Piltdown Man is a perfect example of this. He is also adamant that science is incapable of correcting itself because of internal corruption. I wanted to point out to you that he is using a particular portion of your documentation on Piltdown Man to support his claims. While your intentions are clear to me, I can see how one portion of your writing can be misinterpreted. In the section titled This is a good example of Science correcting itself"" and follow up at the end of the section with a few examples of pitfalls to be wary of when practicing science. The last sentence seems to suggest that scientists generally tend to accept things uncritically. I know that this occurs in some situations, but hardly seems like the norm. I can say, anecdotally, that the conferences and seminars I attend are full of outspoken criticism and sometimes uncomfortable confrontations. I don't think this is what you meant to imply, but it can easily be interpreted that way.
This is a good example of Science correcting itselfWhile Piltdown Man is perhaps a poor example of science correcting itself in a timely manner, it is remains a perfectly fine example of scientific correction. It isn't as though the hoax was exposed by religious doctrine, philosophy or some other discipline. I don't want to come off too critically because I thoroughly enjoyed reading about this interesting bit of history via your website and your contributions to TalkOrigins.
In addition to the above concern, I also have a question. I noticed that you suggested the matter could have been cleared up quickly if the fossils had been tested for organic material.
Charmed LifeI assumed one reason for the delay in exposing the hoax was that the methods for flourine absorption testing had not been developed until a few decades later, but was unaware of any other methods of testing/dating available at the time of the discovery. When exactly was fluorine absorption testing developed and put to use? I am not entirely familiar with the methods of testing available at the time of the discovery and was curious what you were implying by the testing for organic matter. I do not doubt you, but was interested to know more details about the specific type of test you were suggesting. Thanks for your time Ryan Griffin
Thank you very much for writing. You make a good point about the sentenceReturn to index of contributors
From: Lois Harter
Isn't that great??? You don't even have to change your Jan. photo on the web site for February!
I quite agree, though I am changing the photo anyway. You have my greatest sympathy. You probably don't even have any snow and have a lot of that nasty sunshine.Return to index of contributors
From: Selina Lovett
Sorry it took me so long to reply to your Holiday message.. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! So you are getting Married!!! That is fantastic news. I am so happy for you. You and Deborah make a great couple. When is the wedding?? Where is the wedding? Will you be coming to Boskone? If you are, I may just try and drop by for a bit.
Dennis and I may be out your way for a visit sometime this summer... Are you going to be around? It will be great to see you either way!
Congrats again, and Love to Deborah.
We won't be out for Boskone. The coming months are going to be rather busy. We are doing some more remodeling of my house and we need to do major yard work.Return to index of contributors
From: deviana yuwana
I am a beautiful young and charming girl looking for real love and protection. I have gone through your profile and am very happy to contact you for us to know ourselves.
You know that distance, age and indeed color cannot stop true love. So darling, I would appreciate if you send Email to my private Email box: (DELETED) So that i can send my pictures and more information about my self to you.
I wait for your positive reply.
Dear deviant, er devianaReturn to index of contributors
From: Bank of America
Dear Bank of America Customer,
Thank you for your recent conversation with our Home Retention Division Representative. We appreciate the opportunity to have been of service to you regarding the status of your existing loan. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority and your feedback will help us understand what we do well and what we can do to improve. We appreciate and value your responses. The survey will take approximately 2 to 3 minutes to complete and you can access the on-line survey by clicking on the link below (Usted puede proseguir a la encuesta en línea haciendo clic en el enlace siguiente).
The amusing thing about this is that it is just the latest email in an ongoing saga of mortgage companies not knowing what they are doing and not interested in getting it right. Once upon a time there was a man named Richard Harter in South Carolina. Richard bought a house. His mortgage company was Countrywide. Apparently some clever chap at Countrywide looked up Richard Harter on the internet, found that there was a Richard Harter with an email address, and concluded that they had their man. It never occurred to them that there might be more than one Richard Harter in the world.Return to index of contributors
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