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The entire New Jersey State Legislature will go up for election
on Nov. 8. This means that in addition to local races, you will
have the opportunity to vote for your district’s assembly member
and state senator. I understand how busy everyone is studying for exams, writing
papers and figuring out class schedules for next semester — all
while trying to stay healthy as the weather gets colder.
The author of Tuesday’s column, “Liberals perpetuate poverty,”
demonstrates a mind-bogglingly limited capacity for perspective and
seeks, one can only assume, to spew inflammatory invective in hopes
of gaining notoriety. The other option is that he truly believes
liberals deliberately seek to propagate poverty, which I submit
would reflect more poorly on his character. I will therefore
proceed under the assumption of the former.
I am writing today regarding the Oct. 27 editorial in The Daily
Targum titled, “Amendment could promote corruption.”While I thank the editorial board for recognizing the potential of
a residency requirement to improve relations between police
officers and community members, I take issue with the argument that
by encouraging officers to live in the city, this could somehow
lead to more corruption.
I’m writing in response to the column “Recognize infrequency of
racism,” which appeared on Oct. 31 in The Daily Targum. It was
disappointing to hear such a misguided opinion on race, especially
at the University, one of the most diverse schools in the
country.The author maintains that “true racism” in the United States is not
nearly as commonplace as people think and holds that what passes as
racism is actually a form of classism.
I am unsure if yesterday’s column regarding race relations in
America, entitled “Recognize infrequency of racism,” is a sincere
opinion or an attempt to draw a response.First, the piece equates American society’s negative attitudes
toward Hispanic and African-Americans in poverty with Caucasians in
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