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July 8, 1992 Voice of the People Chicago Tribune 435 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611 To the Editor: It seems that every time I turn around, I hear another story about the "sorry state" of scientific knowledge among the general public in this country. While I don't profess to know the cause or the solution, I can certainly say that two-page newspaper stories discussing astrology conventions don't help the situation, especially when printed with a chart that purports to "predict" the fate of our country based on star positions (Tempo, July 1). Sure, you included a short quote from an astronomer who states truthfully that there is no scientific basis for claiming that the position of stars affect people, but it seems almost an afterthought, buried at the end of the story. In other places, an astrologer is quoted on how their group would like to "portray astrology as a professional science," and the story goes on to state that "the workings of astrology are still in question." There is no "question" about the workings of astrology. The truth is quite simple: It doesn't work. Perhaps when astrologers can come up with some scientific proof that astrology is anything more than generalized guessing, they will be taken seriously. I'm not holding my breath in expectation. I can understand the occasional printing of such a story under the guise of "public interest," but the Tribune seems dedicated to the support of this pseudo-science. The very same day the article was printed, the INC. column mentioned that Ann Powell, a local astrologer, supposedly predicted the recent California earthquake. Wow! Perhaps they will now print all the OTHER predictions she has ever made, so the public can get a true picture of just how accurate she really is. And, if that weren't enough, every day you print a horoscope column, asking people to call a 900 number and spend their money to get a "personal" forecast. On Sundays, you put this column directly next to the short column on scientific discoveries. I'm certainly not trying to promote censorship by asking you to stop printing the horoscope column, but why not put it where it belongs -- in the comics section.

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