The Vermont Cynic

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...

Rape jokes reveal injustice

March 17, 2015

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor,I would like to bring to your attention the dangers of censorship as they pertain to comedy, specifically how they relate to the touchy subject of rape jokes.Comedians and feminists have almost always been at odds, and rape jokes have been a central point of this contention. I admit I am biased in this debate.I ...

On Cynic ads and politics

February 24, 2015

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor,I write in response to Mr. Joseph Brown’s editorial response to a letter of concern sent in by the student group Voices for Planned Parenthood that appeared in the Jan. 25, 2015 publication.I am not a member of VOX and this letter does not represent the views of that group in any official capacity.I am disheart...

Prime Minister Netanyahu oversteps

February 24, 2015

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor,The anti-Semitic attacks in Copenhagen, like those in Paris earlier this year, left the world reeling – but not surprised. As unusual as this kind of violence is in Denmark, it is more common today than at any time in the last 60 years.Can it be that Jewish life in Europe is at its end? Can it be that Jewish li...

Problem with Cynic ads

January 27, 2015

Filed under Letter to the Editor

In this past week’s issue, Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood at UVM was dismayed to see an insert from the pro-life group Vermont Right to Life. If the Cynic wishes to uphold credibility as a news source, they must exercise discretion and verify that their advertisements reflect reputable organizations and accurate information.T...

Response to faculty contract renewals

May 5, 2014

Filed under Archives, Letter to the Editor, Opinion

A recent Cynic article stated that "many professors" will not be returning next year. Unfortunately the article did not provide all the facts. And it failed to make clear that this relates to re-appointments of lecturers; tenured/tenure-track faculty are not at issue. Out of 75 full-time lecturers, 21 were reviewed for reap...

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