Three cheers to DCCCD trip, Perot Museum, AT&T Bryon Nelson Tournament
1 Trip to Austria — Although the chance to travel abroad once seemed unbelievable to me as a community college student, the Dallas County Community College District, the Richland College Honors Program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society have given me the opportunity to travel to Austria in June to participate in a Global Citizenship Seminar. The seminar will give me the ability to enact local and global change.
The seminar will also be extremely beneficial to my studies in computer science, a major that revolves around problem-solving and innovation. I will focus on creating innovations that address global issues.
Thanks to the DCCCD, the Richland Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa for this amazing opportunity. I am especially excited about the trip.
Tisbet Anaya, Royse City
2 Perot Museum of Nature and Science — Kudos to the Perot Museum for its decision to provide a more in-depth presentation of the facts behind the science of evolution. Next year will mark the 160th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s seminal work “On the Origin of Species.” While many Christians have managed to reconcile their religious beliefs with evolutionary theory, the fact that 38 percent of the American public still believes the earth was created less than 10,000 years ago is evidence of the dogged persistence of fundamentalist religious views in American society.
Confronting ideas that radically challenge deep-seated worldviews is very unsettling, so it’s no wonder only 19 percent of the public fully accepts Darwin’s ideas, which necessitate removing God from the evolutionary process altogether. But removing God from the process is not the same as denying the existence of God.
We’ll undoubtedly be wrestling with these issues for years to come. I’ve read that later in life, even as Darwin became more and more skeptical of the faith he’d grown up with, his wife remained a devout Christian, and Darwin still dutifully took her to church, strolling around the grounds until the service was over.
Bruce Rasmussen, Dallas/Buckner Terrace
3 AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament — Thank you Byron Nelson tournament for the outreach to veterans. Tickets and entry to Patriots Outpost, which was staffed with the friendliest volunteers, at Trinity Forest Golf Course were very thoughtful. As a Vietnam veteran, it surpassed any show of support I have ever experienced as a veteran.
Frank Taylor, Far North Dallas