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From: Ross Olson [ross{at}rossolson.org]
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2012
To: Editor Star Tribune (opinion{at}startribune.com)
Subject: Well Preserved

A couple of weeks ago, in the interest of balance, an editor printed my commentary "The evolution of
a Creationist," responding to an earlier pro-evolution article. Since then two pro evolution pieces
have been published. Luke Streich ("Serious Science Supports Evolution" 8/9/2012) reasserts all the
standard evidences I called into question. Then he walks right past one huge discordant fact without
curiosity. In discussing preserved soft tissue in dinosaur fossils, he only comments on the similarity to
extant organisms. Of course, similarity can mean common descent OR it can mean common designer.
But as a student of molecular biology, Mr. Streich ought to have learned by now that complex organic
molecules deteriorate over time. The accepted dating of over 60 million years must be questioned. I
hope Northwestern University allows freedom of inquiry.

Ross S. Olson MD