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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.
We write to express our discontent at a provision regarding
off-campus student representation in the proposed Rutgers
University Student Assembly constitution, as currently drafted.
In a letter entitled "American people must know who serves
them," published Wednesday in The Daily Targum, the author wrote in
on the liberal hypocrisy that continues to "amaze" and "surprise"
him. The injection of some facts and sound argument should make the
given situation less dumbfounding.
I would like to thank the Rutgers Democrats for hosting
Tuesday's insightful political debate and the participants for
taking time out of their schedules to represent the views of their
respective parties and participate in this important and
educational academic experience in college.
Each year we, as students, all pay extra money on our tuition
for the student fee. Student fees are used for numerous different
causes benefiting student life, but many may not know that this
money is directly available for their student organizations through
the campus governing councils. Each semester, the SEBS/Cook Council
is allocated $5,000 for the purpose of co-sponsoring other student
organizations' events on campus. The money is given to the council
and others in order to benefit the student body and the University
community. The council meets at a general body meeting every two
weeks and allots time for student groups to request the additional
funding for their events. Most recently, we provided a
co-sponsorship of $750 to the Korean Student Organization for their
event "Project Korea."
The Daily Targum's March 23 editorial, "Health reform comes at
right time," celebrated the Senate health care bill that just
passed the House of Representatives by a 219-212 vote. The
editorial stated, "At its core, the health care reform aims to sort
out a problem that has been present in the U.S. for decades."
Indeed, no one argues against the concept of health care reform —
in fact, the vast majority of Americans support general health care
reform, while the minority opposes this bill. It is necessary to
look at what health care's major problems are, what causes them and
whether this bill will solve any of these problems.
Google recently announced plans to build a select number of
super-high speed broadband networks around the country, an
initiative that they call "Google Fiber for Communities." These
networks will be designed to reach speeds of around 1 gigabit per
second, which is more than100 times faster than what is currently
being offered by Internet service providers in the United
States. To put that into perspective, while the
average Internet speed in the United States is currently just under
4 megabits per second, Google's proposed network will be designed
to reach speeds of around 1,000 megabits per second. Impressive,
yes, but why does this matter?
With the House of Representatives passing the Senate's version
of the health care reform bill late Sunday night, this country took
a great step toward health care reform that has been more than
three decades in the making. This sweeping legislation is
monumental not only in its content but also in its implications and
potential for the future.
I do not know why I allow progressives to continuously amaze me
with their hypocrisy, but time and again, they succeed in
surprising me. The Daily Targum editorial that ran on Mar. 11,
"Right Views Unfounded," was one such instance. The editorial
argues that people who criticize the U.S. Department of Justice for
appointing lawyers who defended al-Qaida terrorists are committing
slander. The editorial points out that these lawyers were only
doing their job, and that they are perfectly suitable to work in
the Justice Department.
As a University student, the University's alma mater "On the
Banks of the Old Raritan" is often heard at pivotal moments
throughout your college career — at one of the slew of
newly-accepted student events in which you first meet and interact
with fellow classmates, at the football game where you not only
listen to the Rutgers University Glee Club's performance, but
proudly join in as a Scarlet Knight, and finally, at the
commencement ceremony that marks the end of your time here on the
Banks. For some, the alma mater is a source of tradition or pride,
yet for others, it represents an exclusive past and serves as a
mere reminder that the struggle for social justice is far from
The purpose of this editorial is to present to the University
student body a description of what our committee has done thus far
this school year. A mission of the committee and our general
council this year was to research and bring forth any and all
issues, complaints or grievances that the students of School of
Environmental and Biological Sciences and those affiliated with
Cook campus may have pertaining to a wide range of categories.
In what is yet more evidence that universities have become, at
least where campus free speech is concerned, as Harvard's wise
Abigail Thernstrom has described them, "islands of repression in a
sea of freedom," the University Of California, San Diego has been
undergoing collective apoplexy over some incendiary racial slurs
made by students involved in an off-campus fraternity party and in
a subsequent broadcast from the school's radio station. The
discovery of a noose and a roughly fashioned Ku Klux Klan hood on
campus only helped stoke tensions and inflame rage at the perceived
In the past few weeks I have noticed a steady flow of letters
and comments, with left and right bashing over health care and
taxes, but few actual ideas or proposals. This changed when I read
the column, "President abandons promise," when he stated at the end
that to fix our government we should vote every single member out
and start over. But while this is indeed a tempting plan, the
lead-up to this plan involved bashing President Barack Obama's work
and not the work — or lack thereof — of our congressmen and
Oil is a diminishing and expensive source of energy, and coal is