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I am writing in response to the author of the Feb. 26 column titled, “Learn from the The Onion and take a joke.” Frankly, I’m very disappointed that such a poorly considered — and poorly written — piece would make it into the Targum. I find it shocking that the author does not even begin to address the effect that The Onion’s tweet may have had on Quvenzhané Wallis herself. How would the author feel if such a vulgar insult were to be directed at her in such a public way?
As I picked up The Daily Targum on Wednesday, the top of the front page caught my eye, “Evolution Exists,” a response to Monday’s column “Creationism has Merit.” Instead of finding an educated stance on the subject at hand, I found an article that was scathing and demeaning in nature. The article took a stance of exalting the theory of evolution at the expense of painting creationism as a silly child’s myth that I’m sure not only insulted myself, but several others as well.
I was immensely pleased to read the letter in Wednesday’s issue of The Daily Targum. As someone with the multiple current roles of faculty member, staff member, graduate student and alumnus, I feel incredibly invested in this institution, and I get frustrated when I perceive students’ writing and/or speaking to be substandard. The author’s argument, titled “Creationism has no merit” was well-thought-out and smartly set forth.
I was shocked at the mental gymnastics in Monday’s column in The Daily Targum titled, “Creationism has merit.” I expected a scathing critique of creationism — the debates between scientific fact and religious imagination and how reality will triumph over faith and illusion. I thought the merit of creationism was simply that it presents us with a sober reminder that regardless of our preconceived notions of the way the world works, empirical evidence coupled with observable and testable data will always paint a more accurate picture of reality.
The author of yesterday’s column titled “Creationism has merit” shared with Targum readers his personal belief that God, not a natural process of evolution, created human beings and other living things. His argument is plainly stated that God exists — and given that God exists, one can find evidence that life was created by God.
I would like to respond to the “Teaching assistants weigh in on experiences” article published in the Daily Targum on February 6. I appreciate that the author would endeavor to write an article about TAs at Rutgers, but I was hoping for an article with a broader and more balanced perspective when he asked if he could sit in on my workshop. Unfortunately, I think the workshop — and in particular, the case studies and anecdotes — seem to have become the focus of this piece, and the larger perspective was obfuscated, making it hard to see the proverbial forest, for all the trees.
The employees and volunteers of the Rutgers Federal Credit Union wish to set the record straight about some statements that appeared recently in our campus publication of record, The Daily Targum. RFCU is most definitely affiliated with the University — has been since 1954 when eight faculty and staff members founded it. Though we’re a separate and distinct not-for-profit cooperative, we’ve enjoyed a long association with the University, growing in membership over the years and regularly participating in community activities such as Rutgers Day, the Dance Marathon, the Big Chill winter run and many other worthwhile events.
The Lord knows the author of yesterday’s column titled “Patriotism does not equal nationalism” is not complaining when he suggests American culture in these end-of-days is defined by its greed, nationalism, and nothing else. But this suggestion really speaks more to the author’s worldview than it does to the actual state of culture in America. I have no doubt that the citizens of this most culturally diverse country of the United States, and the students of its flagship university, would beg the same difference.
The Gaza Strip is 4 to 8 miles wide and 25 miles long, and 1.7 million people reside there. What comes into question first is not whether Gaza deserves the assault, but how Israel expects to respond to rocket fire with their artillery, and avoid heavy collateral damage at the same time. Among the newly deceased are a 3-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, which would be tragic enough if Ahmed Jabari, leader of Hamas’ military wing, was indeed involved in planning terrorist attacks at the time of his death.
I am writing in response to the article “Israel must act responsibly.” Surprise surprise, facts misrepresented again. I, myself, have traveled to Israel five times. On my last trip I was assigned a project — to speak with random Israeli citizens in Tel Aviv and ask what their futures hold. The majority had the same consensus. They explained how unlike other people, Israelis do not live planning their futures, but instead merely hope they have a chance for a future.
After hearing about the recent heroin overdose of Stephanie Bongiovi, the 19-year-old daughter of entertainer and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi, I was relieved to learn the young lady received medical attention quickly enough to avoid death or permanent injury. However, I was saddened to learn that police in the upstate New York town where she was attending college attempted to pursue criminal charges against her for drug possession, in relation to the incident.
I enjoyed reading the column entitled “Combatting weight gain, college-style” in last week’s Friday issue of The Daily Targum. I think weight and health in general is a very touchy subject for many of us, not just women. Entering college, I was never concerned about the “freshman 15.” I wanted to experience my first year and eat all the delicious foods the school had to offer.
A columnist wrote Monday in his piece “Ignorance threatens bond passage” in support of this year’s ballot question called the Building Our Future Bond Act — an act which, if it were to pass, would authorize “$750 million in bonds for the purpose of ‘capital construction’ [of non-revenue-generating buildings] at institution of higher education all over New Jersey.”
I read with interest the opinions piece on weight gain in Friday’s issue of The Daily Targum, entitled, “Combatting weight gain, college-style.” My first year of college was many years ago at a different school than the University. Happily, my weight did not change much during those first years away from home. However in a way somewhat similar to the author, the weight gain caught up to me by the beginning of my middle age.
The author of the column entitled “Affirmative Action oppresses minorities” should have more carefully examined the issue of affirmative action (and more carefully read his source material) before preparing his opinion piece in Monday’s edition of The Daily Targum.First, he seems to think blacks are a uniform model for all intended benefactors of affirmative action.
As I reached for my wallet to pay for my three pound cup of coffee I heard the voices of friends and family saying, “You’ll have fun, but London is very expensive.” So it turns out that these people, whom I had taken as pessimists trying to ruin my excitement of studying abroad, were very right. I knew upon coming to London, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, that things would be pricey but I never thought that I would be afraid to check my bank account.
I am responding to a story in the Oct. 5 Daily Targum issue, titled “Alumni leave law school, launch legal website,” about two University students who left law school to start a website to help people learn about their legal rights. One stated their reason for doing so was the experience of working in a legal clinic where they were giving the same information daily to different clients. They said that convinced them of the value of a legal information website, particularly as “nobody was doing anything about it ... and there were no legal websites open to the public.”
I think we’ve all heard mention about how being a woman isn’t a pre-existing condition. It isn’t, but there are many people out there who are completely missing the reason why women pay more for health insurance than men do. It has nothing to do with sex as much as it has to do with how each sex operates.It’s a statistical reality that women go to visit their doctors more often than men do.
Something didn’t happen in Washington last week, and if you would like a job after college or the income to pay off your loans, then what Washington didn’t do is something to worry about.
In the “Diversions” section of the Oct. 3 issue, The Daily Targum carried a cartoon called “Pop Culture Shock Therapy” by Doug Bratton. Titled “Fatal Attraction the Musical!” the cartoon depicts a minstrel man onstage pointing at a crudely drawn female dancer with fishnet stockings, top hat, and frizzy hair — but also with a deranged expression while brandishing a menacingly large carving knife.