Saturday December 23, 2017
Being close to 70, I can't remember a time when information on which citizens should be basing life decisions has been withheld from the public by the government. Perhaps we children of the World War II generation are more conscious of when a government goes wrong. That's why when this federal administration removes information, all sorts of alarms go off.
On Jan. 24, just days after the president took office, Environmental Protection Agency press releases, blog post updates and social media posts were banned for an indeterminate amount of time. Mentions of the dangers of climate change were removed from the websites of the White House and the Department of the Interior.
On April 29, the EPA announced its website would be undergoing changes, triggering the removal of detailed climate data and scientific information. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been told to avoid using certain terms including switching climate change to "weather extremes." Then we received the startling news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was instructing staff to not use certain words including "science-based" and "evidence-based" in budget documents. The active censorship of science in the name of a political agenda runs counter to how a democratic government acts and hinders innovation that drives the economy.
Thus far the policies of the Trump presidency remind me of National Socialist Germany in the 1930s and 1940s with its German science and German math.
I really don't understand the complacency of the American citizenry on this.
Jane M. Seidel
Government censoring important information