It seems to me that the controversy over evolution or creation, while important to many persons, is not the basic issue. Rather, our concern should be whether any person, while serving as a public official paid by taxpayers, may, in the course of his duties, advocate the beliefs or tenets of a given religious preference.
Mr. Peloza's statements, as reported by your article of May 16, indicate that he has made an effort to present both the theory of creation and the theory of spontaneous natural evolution. This position, it seems to me, is in accordance with our national Constitution and is ethically firm. By parallel logic, departures from the position could be questioned.
SAMUEL S. WRAY, Newport Beach