By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
Being new to Texas, this spring marked the first of many trips to Glen Rose and Dinosaur Valley State Park. During our second trip to Glen Rose and the park, we visited the Creation Evidences Museum ["Footprints of fantasy," December 12].
Indeed, it is located in a doublewide trailer. While the appearance both inside and out are not that of a modern facility, it has a charm and quality all its own. It has the appearance of a collection of archaeological evidence and the dream of sharing it with others. The museum relays a message to its visitors. Visitors can either turn up their noses at the fake plants and plastic parrots, or they can look and listen with an open mind free from the prejudice that men and so-called scientific knowledge have embedded in their minds through years of being told creationism is impossible and forcing evolution on school children as truth.
During our visit to the museum, we saw archaeological evidence that was not mentioned in the article. For example, why didn't the article mention the fossilized fingers, the iron hammer embedded in Cretaceous rock, or the human footprint in stone that was sectioned during geological study? The article should have presented all the representative evidence, not just what would sway the readers in the desired direction.
I have no knowledge of Carl Baugh's credentials. His scientific credentials may or may not exist. Baugh's museum stands for something higher than a piece of paper saying he has a degree in archaeology. The Creation Evidences Museum stands on its own as a collection of archaeological evidences and a faith there is a God that did create everything in six days. Visitors do not have to believe in God, creationism, or Baugh's credentials or the lack thereof, but are free to make their own decision regarding what they see and hear there.
Dinosaur Valley State Park has dinosaur footprints marked in several areas. There are many more tracks in the river bed than those marked by the park staff. To see some of the best tracks, visitors must be willing to get wet and spend hours walking up and down the Paluxy River searching for tracks. The low water level in the summer was an excellent opportunity to find a vast number of tracks. Park Ranger Billy Baker was quoted as having said "people come into the park looking for so-called human footprints. But we haven't got them." Has Baker spent hours walking in the river searching for what he already believes isn't there? Is Baker basing his information on what he was told is and isn't there?
The truth is out there, but you have to be willing to look for it.
I thought Dr. Carl Baugh's credentials were the phoniest things that I had ever encountered, but then I looked at the "fossil" footprint in the picture. Now, there is something truly phony. Before Baugh (or whoever) carved out this footprint, he should have taken some anatomy lessons. The print looks like something done in beginning sculpture class. Oh, wait! I've overlooked the obvious! This is the footprint of man before he evolved into his modern configuration!
I read with interest the letter to the editor [December 26] written by Steve Matthews, a member of the Dallas County Historical Commission in regards to the Greenwood Cemetery controversy.
The facts are that Judge John Marshall, the president of the Greenwood Cemetery board, had the six acres decertified as a cemetery and does not intend to recertify the 3.5 acres that contain paupers' graves.
How confident can we be that this sacred land will be left alone and that the paupers' graves will be preserved? What happens when everything quiets down and the press is no longer paying attention? Do the bodies get moved quietly to another area of the cemetery? Does the land get sold to the highest bidder? Does phase II of the Columbus Realty residential project get built on this spot?
In my opinion, all six acres are cemetery land and should be preserved as such. If we allow this sale to go through, what other section of this beautiful historic cemetery will the Greenwood Cemetery board decide to sell next?