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Horse industry and Illinois economy need SB 1849

Updated: December 29, 2012 6:14AM

Northern Illinois horse industry and state economy need SB 1849

My father started my horse transportation company in 1966, and I’ve seen firsthand the steep decline in the Illinois horse industry.

Northern Illinois used to be a thriving area for horse breeders, but now only a handful of farms remain. It’s practically non-existent here, and it’s all because of the purse money that has seeped into neighboring states such as Indiana where horse tracks have boosted revenues from slot machines.

Our leaders in Springfield can reverse this flow of money by passing Senate Bill 1849. But if they don’t, we could lose an entire industry that once thrived in the state of Illinois.

Now with fewer horses in our state, others like me are all vying for the same, limited resources. Our volume has decreased dramatically, and we’re making much less money than we used to — all because our legislators won’t give a storied, statewide industry a fair shot.

If our legislators are serious about raising revenues and creating jobs, then they’ll work to save the tens of thousands of jobs that exist here already before they’re all gone. If Springfield is serious about getting our economy kick-started again, then they’ll pass Senate Bill 1849.

Jerry Drexler

Drexler Horse Transportation

Unincorporated Hampshire

Editor’s note: SB 1849 would permit slot machines at Illinois racetracks and would authorize new casinos in Chicago, Rockford, Danville, Park City and Cook County’s south suburbs.

Unproven evolution is what is purely a matter of faith

It has been consistently argued the creationism is a matter of religious faith, while evolution is purely scientific. Nothing could be further from the truth. The unconfirmed hypothesis of evolution is at odds with science, and its adherents accept its validity by faith.

After all, before one can even acknowledge the possibility of evolution, one must first explain the origin of the first life. How can order arise from chaos? How can life arise from non-life (abiogenesis)? How can information arise without intelligent cause? Has the evidence for abiogenesis been observed in a laboratory? Has it been tested and repeated? Has the scientific method affirmed its validity? No.

I suppose we must take this by faith.

Furthermore, to believe that new life forms arose from existing life forms, you must ignore conflicting scientific evidence such as genetic limits, cyclical change, irreducible complexity, molecular isolation, non-viability of transitional forms, and the fossil record.

It takes a great deal of faith to cling to a hypothesis with so much evidence against it. Darwin himself stated, “Often a cold shudder has run through me, and I have asked myself whether I may not have devoted myself to a fantasy.” Have you?

A short letter to the editor does not allow me to expound on such deep scientific ideas. Therefore, I would encourage the readers of The Courier-News to put aside their presuppositions and analyze the evidence, asking themselves, “Does the objective evidence point toward evolution or the Genesis 1 account of creation?”

It has been previously asserted that, “Most creationists do not understand the scientific method, or evolution.” I would argue that creationists not only understand the scientific method but realize that science and evolution are mutually exclusive. The latter is purely a matter of faith, as truly objective research has indicated.

Christos Dimoulis

South Barrington

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