Ryan Steffner recently wrote: "I'll concede to not knowing every little nuisance about the proposal, or precisely how the (liquefied natural gas) plant will operate. But I know one thing almost certainly: The benefits that Calpine will bring to this area by far exceed any of the costs" ("Tired of whining," The Daily Astorian, April 1).

Apparently, for Mr. Steffner, blind faith trumps logic, and name-calling wins over research.

As an American and as an educator, I must publicly take exception with such a dangerous and undemocratic practice.

Please do your homework, Mr. Steffner. Education is good for you, even when it forces you to exchange belief for informed opinion.

Caren Black



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