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Reject Rhetoric, Speak for Yourself

October 28, 2002
Filed under Archives, Letter to the Editor, Opinion

To the Editor: Regarding the ongoing debate raging between the so-called extreme left and right on campus with the "hear-both-sides" camp caught in between: The latter group argues that the left and the right are equally close-minded and simply do not listen to anyone else, therefore failing to see th...

Leftists Should Reexamine Causes, Priorities, and Fundamentals

October 28, 2002
Filed under Archives, Opinion

Last Saturday, Burlington witnessed another chapter in the spectacle of activism when politically illiterate collegians, cheered on by group fervor and a handful of equally misinformed adults, descended on City Hall Park to protest war in Iraq. The theme of this exposed everything wrong with the so...

Candidate Endorsed for Quality

October 28, 2002
Filed under Archives, Opinion

Mike Banyas' 10/22 column in support of candidate for State Representative Professor Tony Gierzynski was fascinating. But the response by Progressive candidate David Zuckerman was even more so. To advance the dialogue, our legislative representative sent his wife to demand that the UVM Student Go...

War Possible, Peace Preferable

October 28, 2002
Filed under Archives, Opinion

This past Friday, I attended the Dr. Tenzin Robert Thurman lecture, sponsored by the UVM Asian Studies Program, titled: "The Dalai Lama's Millennial Ethic of Intelligent Nonviolence: Sources in Tibetan Buddhism and Prospects in Our Troubled World." The speech gave insight into much of what is going on...

In All Seriousness

October 21, 2002
Filed under Archives, Letter to the Editor, Opinion

To the Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the UVM president, residential life, and police services. As of this year, many of my less scholastic peers have been shipped off to detox for their "safety," and several more have been ejected from the school entirely to "save" the rest ...

Equal Rights: Coming to a World Near You

October 21, 2002
Filed under Archives, Opinion

Recently, I wrote that UVM's conception of multiculturalism was patronizing to minority students. Unsurprisingly, my views were deemed racist. I understand that people disagree, but intelligent replies bridge gaps only widened by label-tossing. To accept only palatable views and slap down all others as...

Yum Yum, Eat ‘Em Up Good

October 21, 2002
Filed under Archives, Opinion

Monday. 7:45, Talk Radio. 7:50, buzzer alarm. The driving sun heats my cell and I get out of bed against my own will. I do the morning thing and then trudge to breakfast, which is a rarity for most students. $4.10. Class occupies my time slot until 12:00pm. Hunger strikes swiftly like a ninja. ...

Israel: Not Everyone’s Promised Land

October 21, 2002
Filed under Archives, Opinion

In his column "Why Israel Deserves America's Support" (Vermont Cynic, October 15), Russel Henderson states that since neither Egypt nor Jordan wants Gaza and the West Bank back, then the Palestinian people should 'acquiesce,' as well. Since neither Canada nor Mexico wants to occupy the US, we should th...

How To Compare Racine and Douglas

October 20, 2002
Filed under Archives, Letter to the Editor, Opinion

To the Editor:I suggest that currently undecided voters would keep the selection of Vermont's next Governor out of the Legislature if they were to engage in the following mental exercise:On one hand, gather all America's current lieutenant governors. Try to find anyone in the group of them other than ...

Labeling Is Not the Answer

October 19, 2002
Filed under Archives, Letter to the Editor, Opinion

To the Editor: The regurgitated dogma that the members of the Socialists on campus endlessly repeat within the pages of the Cynic is misguided; however, most of the time, it is entertaining in nature. However, in this past week's edition, Kathleen Brown uses racism as a justification to overthrow...

Don’t Misunderstand the Real Issue

October 19, 2002
Filed under Archives, Opinion

I am writing in response to Kathleen Brown's condemnation ("Oppression: Absolute Fact, Widespread Opinion") of Russel Henderson's Sept. 23 column. But I hesitate to do so for two reasons: first, because I do not think I can do Henderson's column justice, but more importantly, because in addressin...

Why Israel Deserves American Support

October 19, 2002
Filed under Archives, Opinion

Since September 11, the depth of European support for America has become clear. Some alliances have proven shallow. In the face of the looming war with Iraq, France, the self-appointed moral voice of the West, has castigated us for our unilateralism while Germany likened Bush to Hitler. On the ...