In your editorial, "Time-tested," (Dispatch, Wednesday, October 22, 2008) you did a great disservice to science when you made the claim that evolution is a fact. A theory is not a fact. A theory is simply the explanation of observed and verifiable phenomena -- facts.
Now this is not some minor quibble over your choice of a word. It is a question as to the intent of your message. Was your intent to further science or the theory of evolution? I wondered.
But then your final paragraph revealed your intent. You created a crisis (the supposed sad state of science education in the US) in order to further your cause. My questions: Does my belief in Biblical creation affect your life in any way? What about the same belief held by my children's doctor?
Is this really a crisis of science? Hmmm.