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With the recent rise of the tea party movement, a very
disturbing trend has emerged on the political left. All across
liberal TV programs and Web sites, anti-tea party activists have
pointed out misspellings on tea partiers' protest signs or
inappropriate comments shouted by tea partiers, and used them as
ammunition to declare the entire tea party movement stupid and
racist. Such inferences are illogical and downright offensive.
It is my personal opinion that everyone has a natural right to
education. It is both a normative value in our society, as well as
a personal feeling that I harbor being religious. In most
religions, educators are considered to be following a holy path.
Education is the guiding light that allows for humans to overcome
superstition that allows irrationality to guide our decisions.
Education is good, and it should be available to everyone since the
genius that may shake the very foundation of our society may be
found in a public school.
The opinion piece in Tuesday's The Daily Targum, "Conservative
ideals: Maximize wealth, take care of rich," struck a cord with me
primarily because I was able to relate with the author's personal
background, but ironically share a much different perspective on
things politically. From what I understand, we both share the
background of coming from conservative communities to more liberal
collegiate environments. When we were younger, our parents and the
socioeconomic status in which we were raised probably played a key
role in forming our opinions, politically and otherwise. College,
especially one as diverse as the University, is truly the first
time many individuals branch out and explore different people,
things and ideologies. It is therefore understandable that once
previously held mentalities may be challenged and cause students to
shift personal attitudes, particularly in regards to politics,
because they feel morally obligated to do so. I must urge though
that if you were lucky enough to have conservative principles
ingrained into you at a young age, do not allow yourself to be
swayed during your four years here, and in opposition to the
previous article, you must faithfully acknowledge this platform if
you intend on reaching your ultimate potential.
The University undergraduate student body has been scandalously
deprived of a right so fundamental to its well-being that the
growing dissatisfaction it has with its University is of little
surprise. From cutting courses to decreasing bus routes to subpar
classrooms, the undergraduates of Rutgers-New Brunswick have
suffered long enough without a student government that can
effectively address these issues on their behalf. From a state that
ignores the needs of 25,000 of its most important constituents, to
an administration that makes light of the demands of those 25,000,
to a student body that hardly even notices the existence of the
massive, unwieldy organization known as Rutgers University Student
Assembly, student government at the University has failed to
deliver the kind of representation that we deserve.
As the campus campaign coordinator for Teach For America here at
the University, I am especially excited that several hundred
Scarlet Knights applied from Rutgers alone. That's why I am
troubled by a new federal budget proposal that would dim future
admissions prospects for college seniors and derail the
organization's long-term goal of ending educational inequality. As
a result, I felt compelled to respond to Tuesday's column, "Cuts to
TFA not significant."
We place our elderly loved ones in nursing homes with the
expectation that the staff will meet all their needs and offer the
best quality of care we think we are paying for. However, the fact
is that these facilities often fail to cater to more than patients'
dietary needs, medications and basic activities of daily life. When
each day presents the same predictable routine and lacks the
excitement we pursue in our youth, this is the point when we truly
I grew up in a very conservative environment as a strongly
opinionated, although entirely ignorant, far-right Republican — a
situation not specific to any one party or ideology. Nevertheless,
I began to label myself as a "moderate" as I learned more about
politics, figuring, as many others do, that there are two sides to
every story and the truth usually lies in the middle. While such a
common sense conclusion seems reasonable enough, it remains far
from accurate — at least in politics. There are objective truths,
and my studies continually show the conservative platform to be
President Barack Obama announced plans to open parts of the
American coastline to offshore oil drilling, from Delaware to Texas
and Northern Alaska, but excluding areas of Florida and
environmentally sensitive areas such as Bristol Bay in Alaska. The
plan has drawn criticism and ire from environmentalists on the left
and childish obstructionists on the right, who are committed to
oppose Obama even when they agree with the left.
President Barack Obama signed the Student Aid and Fiscal
Responsibility Act into law last week, a historic student aid bill
that streamlines the federal financial aid system and bolsters Pell
Grant aid by $36 billion.
As a proud recent alumnus of this great University, I often find
myself keeping in touch with current affairs going on within campus
borders. And in doing so this past week, I came across a firestorm
of debate on the content of our alma mater, "On the Banks of the
Old Raritan." Two Douglass Governing Council students, on behalf of
the whole organization, wrote an editorial advocating for a
revision of our alma mater, claiming that by only including the
word "man," the song "makes over half our student population
literally and lyrically invisible." A week later, another council
member also called for changes to "On the Banks," arguing that not
revising the song would be tantamount to endorsing injustice toward
women. Not surprisingly, this has caused quite a ruckus within the
University community, leading to the creation of two opposing
Facebook groups, one supporting revisions and one against
Wednesday's column "Liberal bias among students justified"
creates a misguided view of Conservatives both on and off campus.
While claiming that Conservatives see issues in black and white,
the author fails to notice the wide spectrum of political
affiliations among students at universities. By labeling someone
"conservative" one dismisses groups who are exclusively
economically conservative or socially conservative and fails to
look past the stereotypes, which the author describes.
The RENMEN Orphanage and school in La Plaine du Cul de Sac, near
Port of Prince, Haiti, is in trouble. After the massive earthquake,
the orphanage, which currently houses 63 children, is in need of
supplies and someone to fix the structural damage that has
occurred. My team members Renna Patel, Babette Hammerling, Dr.
Julie Fagan and myself, from our "Ethics in Science" class are
currently working together with Father Michal in Haiti, and Yanick
Goutier, public relations officer of the RENMEN Foundation in
Florida, a 501(c)3, to try and help the RENMEN orphanage and
school. We began by contacting manufactures and distributors for
the large ticket items they requested including a generator,
washing machines, mattresses and mosquito netting for the beds,
refrigerators and freezers. Fagan has arranged for Royal Caribbean
to ship these items, if donated, from Florida to Haiti. Royal
Caribbean has already donated more than $1 million in relief funds
We would like to make a correction to the lead editorial of The
Daily Targum on March 31, "Alma mater must remain unchanged," which
shows confusion about the current structure of the university.
Convenience and consumption are the two words that describe the
United States in the 21st century. We build fast food restaurants
into train stations so we do not have to go outside when switching
trains. We create iPhones and laptops so we do not have to move
from our bed to the chair. We even created bottled water, which can
be easily brought anywhere. It is light, cheap, convenient but yet
wasteful. University of Portland has already banned the use of
bottled water on their campus and many others are following the
initiative, such as Washington University in St. Louis, because of
concerns about the environmental impact of bottled water.
Arrogance in Political Views is Astounding. Yesterday's column,
"Liberal bias among students justified," reflects an all too common
view among students these days — that liberals are intellectually
superior to everyone else. The author's argument goes essentially
like this: College students are generally better thinkers than most
people, and college students are generally liberal, so liberal
thinking must be better than other views. This argument almost
seems too pretentious to truly be made, but let's take a look at
some of the things the author actually says.
I want to start this off by saying that I am not angry, but I am
a little frustrated. I am not writing this because one of my rights
has been violated. The issue is not a natural, perceived or legal
one. The issue I would like to discuss is respect. Respect for
others is lacking in the Jewish community and the way people
interact with it here at University.
This new bill has nothing to do with the care of patients in
America … it solely enhances insurance companies and mandates
insurance plan on all Americans. This sums up last Thursday's
column in The Daily Targum, "Reckless politics end health freedom,"
on health care reform. The fears increasing taxes on all Americans
and small businesses, government exchanges that will assign doctors
to patients and be the ones who make all the important decisions
patients and their families would be normally entitled to. To the
columnist, this law is a blow to "freedom," taking more money away
from Americans and using it to build a system, which will run up
deficits and become another bureaucratic failure.
The alma mater may seem like a small issue in comparison to the
struggles women have seen in the past. The words to a song are
surely not as serious as the fight for women's suffrage, or the
countless other battles fought during women's liberation. But the
desire to make such great strides is in part derived from the fact
that they are meant to be encompassing. If a woman can vote, she
can also hold office. If a woman is to be considered equal to her
male peers in the workplace, she is also protected from lesser
forms of discrimination. By tackling the largest issues, feminists
have sought to eliminate the possibility of inequity by making it
untenable. How is it, then, that after the equality of women has
been supposedly protected and fortified, can the words to this song
remain so completely biased?
The sentiment, "I hope you bleed … get cancer and die," was
delivered to a Democratic congressman for voting in favor of the
most recent health care legislation — legislation that provides
college students billions in grants, legislation that will ensure
our medical coverage, legislation that is just as historic as the
election of the man we call our commander-in-chief.
Many of us remember when our parents or teachers would tell us:
It is not what you say, it is how you say it. We learned at a young
age that it was better to say, "please" than to just say "give me."
Many of us have carried those values with us into adulthood, and we
know that good manners, respect and a kind tone can get you much
more than a brash and sharp tongue. We recognize that compromise
and collaboration create a positive environment, while unilateral
efforts only create disdain.