Never take candy from strangers

The title above heads a column in last week’s Laurel Outlook by state Rep. Krayton Kerns, who makes the case that higher education is a liberal plot to brainwash our children. No, seriously.

Highlight: The place where Kerns dismisses as “indoctrination” Al Gore’s “undocumented documentary,” “An Inconvenient Truth.” It’s lovely because it embraces the very odd notion that because there was some speculation about global cooling in the 1970s, then global warming in the 21st century can’t possibly be true. To understand that kind of thinking, higher education should definitely be avoided.

I can only give my standard response: Would you prefer to get cancer treatment based on our understanding of medical science in the 1970s or based on our understanding in 2013? If you choose 2013, please explain why you prefer 40-year-old climate science.

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