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Bobby Montoya is a transgender child who, like most little
girls, wanted to join the Girl Scouts. When Montoya’s mother took
her to see a troop leader about signing up, though, the leader
denied her, citing the fact that Montoya had “boy parts” and was
therefore not a girl. Luckily, though, the Girl Scouts of Colorado
have since decided that denying Montoya was a mistake, and the
organization has extended membership to her.
Every other Tuesday I read The Daily Targum column
“Irreconcilable Differences,” which never fails to be a loosely
patched together column of misrepresented facts and fiction. Let’s
take the author’s “Let people spend their money” piece and
scrutinize it.First, while compact fluorescent light bulbs do contain mercury,
does the author realize that the mercury contained in them is less
then the amount of mercury that would be released into the
atmosphere if we continued to use incandescent bulbs instead?
Every morning I drive my daughter to her school across town.
This gives me the opportunity to view many of the different
neighborhoods of the city. The most obvious neighborhood I pass
through is the “college town” area. I know I am there when suddenly
I see red Solo cups strewn about the streets and lawns. I know I am
there when I see piles of flattened boxes from cases of beer in
untied heaps — I’m sure the pile was high until the rain drenched
the boxes and the wind made the boxes move further and further out,
lowering and widening the pile.
I’m writing this piece because I want to tell the University
community to keep on helping people in need and to bring a greater
awareness around those who, like us, are struggling and need
support now more than ever. As president of the University chapter
of the Childhood Leukemia Foundation, some members of the
organization and I went to the Robert Wood Johnson University
Children’s Hospital last Friday to carve pumpkins, an idea I had
last year but never fully implemented.
We read in The Daily Targum on Oct. 19 that the Big East has
increased their exit fee to $10 million.The University could choose to leave the Big East and pay $10
million from their reserves or choose to invest this money in the
individuals who teach one-third of the classes at the University,
the part-time lecturers (PTLs).
A couple of weeks ago, my girlfriend told me that the 2011 Nobel
Peace Prize was awarded to three women “for their non-violent
struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full
participation in peace-building work,” according to the Norwegian
Nobel Committee. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is the first democratically
elected female president in Africa. Since 2006, her efforts have
supplied Liberia with peace as well as social and economic
Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow’s new book, “Ten Letters,”
is more interesting than you would probably expect a book about
letters presidents read to be. That is because of one small bit of
information contained within the book’s pages. According to
Saslow’s account, President Barack Obama admitted to sending
personal checks to troubled citizens whose letters moved him.
The New Brunswick community will join communities nationwide
this Saturday in standing up against police brutality. Of course,
recent events in New Brunswick have put police violence back in the
headlines, with the tragic death of resident Barry Deloatch fresh
in the minds of many in the community. We in the Rutgers United
Student Coalition express sympathy for those mourning Deloatch’s
death and support the efforts of Deloatch family spokesman and
activist Walter Hudson and other community organizers to hold the
City Hall accountable for the actions of its police force.
Monday was an undoubtedly emotional day for many in Israel and
around the world. The exchange of captive Israeli soldier Gilad
Shalit for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners has elicited positive and
negative feelings. The Shalit family, Israelis and Jews the world
over, can breathe a sigh of relief that after five long years of
captivity in Gaza, Shalit has returned home in safety to his family
The article “Language degrees help students’ professional
prospects” from Wednesday’s issue raised many good points about the
benefits of studying a foreign language. But the contention that
majors in the liberal arts require critical-thinking skills while
science majors do not was a largely inappropriate comparison of the
Despite the fact that the “Occupy Wall Street” protest has been
growing and finally getting the media attention it deserves, the
author of last Tuesday’s column, “Protestors, please use logic,”
seems to think that the protesters have nothing to say and are only
a bunch of unwashed hippies who deserve the scorn that our
establishment media has heaped upon them.
I have something to say. This country, once the greatest in the
world, has hit the fan and exploded into oblivion. My grandparents
did not survive the horrors of World War II to have their
grandchildren and great-grandchildren live in a country where there
is inequality in every financial sector and hospital bed.
There are places in this world where I would face execution for
writing this editorial. Blasphemy, defined as a lack of respect for
God, is punishable by death in several countries across the globe.
But as we all know, the United States does not support such laws.
This is the land of the free thinkers, a country founded on secular
principles and an equal respect for all beliefs. Right?
We began singing, “The wheels on the bus go round and round,
round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round all the
way to jail.” Here we were again. Detained, zip-cuffed, but
energized as ever. The only difference? There were 700 of us loaded
on three Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) buses idling
on the Brooklyn Bridge.
It’s fall once again. The wind is biting harder, the workloads
are increasing, and Rutgers University Student Assembly fall
elections are at hand. I understand, dear reader, if you were
unaware that election season was opening up, or if you were not
planning on voting. However — and I cannot stress this enough — it
is very important that you and all of your friends cast your
My parents emigrated from India to New York for their higher
education, and if you had told them then that two people of Indian
descent would be the governors of two states in the Bible Belt,
they would think you were joking.
If you are like me and enjoy the Opinions section, then you are
a person who likes reading different points of views on issues.
There is, however, a very worrying trend I see in most of the
pieces — opinions with evidence to support their opinions. That
sounds illogical right? Let me explain my argument by doing the
There is an oft-quoted phrase regarding the reverence this
nation holds toward freedom of speech, and one that Tuesday’s
commentary, “U.S. persecutes pro-Palestinian sentiments,” also
mentions: “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to
the death your right to say it.” And what a wonderful sentiment
this phrase evokes. But its inclusion in the commentary also
highlights the commentary’s underlying hypocrisy.
I mourn the loss of Barry Deloatch. I mourn the loss of any
innocent man or guilty man. I mourn the loss of any black man or
white man. I empathize with those whose humanity is shaken upon the
taking of life just as I empathize with those who do not have the
depth to be disturbed by the taking of life. I would stand
alongside those who protest police misconduct in front of City
Prevent an oil disaster or contain communism? This is a question
every American should be asking their lawmakers. A 53,000 ton,
Chinese-built, Italian-owned oil rig will soon be making its way to
Cuban waters, just 60 miles from the Florida Keys. Potentially, the
region may contain anywhere between 5 billion and 20 billion
gallons of oil.