The Vermont Cynic

Let students draw their own conclusions on controversies

March 3, 2016

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor,People make “hard to believe” and/or false statements all the time.When an email was sent to UVM students suggesting an Auschwitz crematorium was a hoax, the response from the UVM vice provost for student affairs was a statement that any communication that falsely proclaims inaccurate historical events has no p...

Asperger’s column was misguided

February 16, 2016

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor,The column on Hans Asperger, who gave “Asperger syndrome” its name, in the Cynic, Feb. 10, 2016, gets its history wrong. It relies on science journalist Steve Silberman, who in his most recent book, “Neurotribes,” devotes a chapter to Asperger.Apparently relying on Silberman, the column concludes that Asperge...

Defending liberal education

December 9, 2015

Filed under Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Liberal education, and the study of the liberal arts and sciences, must remain the foundation of the American higher education system. Nationwide, we’ve seen this concept fall under attack from the pundits, and even politicians from both sides of the aisle. President Obama recently quipped about the value...

A Vermonter’s two-cents on Bernie Sanders

October 7, 2015

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

As a two-term UVM student body president, a lifelong Vermont resident and a 2006 volunteer for Bernie Sanders’ bid for the U.S. Senate, the meteoric rise of our junior senator in the 2016 Democratic primary race and the constant Facebook posts from friends and former colleagues have prompted a desire to correct the record ab...

Letter to the Editor: Donald Trump ‘16

September 10, 2015

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Sorry, I just can’t contain my excitement any longer. This is the man I have been waiting for all my life, almost like a real Prince Charming.He has it all, the perfect hair, the wealth, and above all else, the best public relations record of any Republican presidential candidate to date.Move aside Ronald Regan, there’s a n...

Let’s stop hiding in basements

April 28, 2015

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Pot smoking in 2013 is similar to alcohol prohibition circa 1923; a lot of people do it, a lot of people like doing it, and those same people wont give it up just because its illegal. I am not an opponent of marijuana smoking even though it is illegal.Lets face it, there are a lot of things that are classified under the law a...

Europe’s Jews still face anti-Semitism

April 14, 2015

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

This is a letter regarding Jeffrey Goldberg’s cover article in the Atlantic, entitled “Should the Jews leave Europe?”Goldberg’s recent article takes the pulse of current political thought regarding anti-Semitism in Europe. The situation for Jews in Europe, as I have previously written, is more openly violent now than...

Rape jokes are not humorous

April 7, 2015

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

The article “Rape Jokes Reveal Injustice” [Mar. 18] is a perfect example of why we need more education regarding rape culture and sexual violence. Joe Vautrin contends that comedian Hannibal Buress “helped bring a serial rapist [Bill Cosby] to justice … with a rape joke,” which just shows that Vautrin is uneducate...

Easter Triduum Approaches

March 31, 2015

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

The Easter Triduum will be celebrated at the Catholic Center on Redstone Campus.  The Triduum begins on Holy Thursday, April 2, with the Liturgy of the Lord's Supper at 7:00pm.  The Liturgy of the Lord's Passion will be celebrated on Good Friday, April 3, at 3:00pm followed by a Passion Drama performed by our students called...

Need common sense and evidence

March 31, 2015

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor,This is a response to the letter about carbon pollution tax that turned into a environmentalist rant.As a fellow reader and scientist, I would like to reach out with the alternative voice, it is tiresome to see short minded, ill formed, radical opinions flooding all over at UVM. All too often we hear how terrible ...

Think before buying pet Easter bunnies

March 31, 2015

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor,With Easter quickly approaching, parents may be looking for a creative gift for their children - often a soft baby bunny with a cotton ball tail.Contrary to popular belief, rabbits and small children are not a good match, as a child’s excitable tendency can be extremely stressful to the sensitive personalities of rabbi...

For a carbon pollution tax

March 24, 2015

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor,Climate activists and liberal policy makers often cite the harm that climate change will cause to future generations, saying that our children and grandchildren will feel the drastic effects caused by our neglect to act. Forty years ago this may have been true.Today, those children and grandchildren are young adults...

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