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I was surprised recently to read a comment apparently coming from Rep. Greg Gianforte about climate change. In a letter to the editor, Gianforte was quoted as telling a constituent who had expressed concern about global warming that "the climate has been changing for millennia."

Frankly, I didn't know that Gianforte believes that the earth has been in existence for millennia. His reputation is as one who denies this and who supports the idea that the earth is only a few thousand years old. He is known to have offered financial support to the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum that postulates an Earth that is no more than 6,400 years old. He was quoted during the time he was running for governor of Montana as saying that "retirement isn't biblical," so Social Security isn't, either. After all, Noah was 600 years old when he built the ark, still working, not lounging around a beach cashing government checks.

We are all free to believe whatever we want to in this blessed country, but we really shouldn't hold two contradictory beliefs at the same time. After a lifetime of denying science, Gianforte should not now try sound scientific so he can justify his unscientific beliefs.

Lorraine Collins


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