Text trouble

The Timaru Herald - - COMMENT&OPINION -

I am an­noyed about the [Timaru District Court] write-up you have had re­gard­ing a po­lice sergeant’s re­buke over send­ing a text to bring to jus­tice a crime-re­lated in­ci­dent. In my view, it is just un­be­liev­able (Po­lice of­fi­cer cops blast over ‘trick’, Novem­ber 11). For this fine up­stand­ing po­lice­man to be put in the bar­rel like this over solv­ing a crime does not gel. I won­der why so much crime goes un­solved.

What is the dif­fer­ence be­tween this text sent to ap­pre­hend some­one and the emails that are sent to en­gage with pae­dophiles on the in­ter­net by law en­force­ment agen­cies? Ge­orge Emp­son Tekapo

I agree with the com­ment whole­heart­edly that just be­cause some­thing is on the in­ter­net does not make it cor­rect. I of­ten go on to a site ‘‘true or false’’, where claims are thor­oughly an­a­lysed and a de­ci­sion made as to the claims’ va­lid­ity. At that point you have a choice.

In­ci­den­tally I didn’t ‘‘find’’ this pa­per on the in­ter­net in that it was sent to me by a re­tired chem­istry teacher friend. I sim­ply don’t have the time to read all the in­for­ma­tion on the in­ter­net that re­lates to cli­mate change.

There are claims and there are sci­en­tific, ver­i­fi­able facts. The pa­per I re­fer to is a ver­i­fi­able fact (‘‘Role of green­house gases in cli­mate change’’, Hertzberg et al., 2017). G R Woods Geral­dine

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