Regarding the Aug. 24 Point of View “NC Republicans hunting bigger game with UNC collaboratory”: As with all universities, UNC must hire faculty from the pool of qualified applicants. Why 12 to 1 Democrats? The answer is simple. To be qualified, you must have a doctoral degree. To get one you have to do acceptable research, conducted in accordance with the scientific method and the philosophy of science. That means being objective, open minded, systematic, analytical and reliant on facts. The philosophy of science is ingrained into those who earn a doctoral degree in all disciplines of academia. This philosophy is the exact opposite of right-wing conservatism, which is what the GOP has evolved into in recent decades.
Donald L. Champion