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Art Robinson, the Republican candidate opposing Peter DeFazio for U.S. Congress, is against federal funding of scientific research.

In his essay "How Government Corrupts Science," published in March by the Science and Public Policy Institute and posted on the web, Robinson terms federal support of science " ... a giant welfare program for PhDs ... "

He also calls scientists who obtain research grants from the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies "pseudo-scientists" and states that academic institutions at which these researchers work " ... have been co-opted by their dependence on government tax funds."

This is an odd stance for a candidate running in a congressional district containing two major research universities - Oregon State University in Corvallis and the University of Oregon in Eugene - which bring considerable federal grant dollars and national recognition to Oregon. In contrast, Rep. DeFazio fully supports research at our state universities.

Evelyn and Barry Sherr

Corvallis

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