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In The Daily Targum column on Tuesday, "Atheism does not define
amorality," the author groups "hell" among "tales of biblical
scale." Well, a not very well-known fact is that hell as it is
understood is not biblical at all but rather an apostasy that is
verily easily refuted in the scriptures. As a place of conscious
eternal suffering, hell has no
I have chosen to write this in the wake of recent events as an
individual and a University student rather than on behalf of any
As a former resident of Arizona, I have witnessed the border war
first-hand. Border patrol helicopters have woken me up. I have
friends who continue to put water in the desert for immigrants. But
I am not writing this to summarize my position on the fallacy of
borders. I am criticizing The Daily Targum's Tuesday editorial
"Arizona law needs careful consideration." The ductile language
used to take a position of not taking a position sickens me. The
press needs to take a stand against this moronic, archaic and
altogether offensive bill.
Paul Robeson was a man of incredible talent. To name just a few
of his many accomplishments, Robeson was valedictorian of his
class, received a law degree from Columbia University's Law School,
participated in the longest-running Shakespearean play in Broadway
history, became fluent in more than 20 languages and performed
internationally as a renowned opera singer. A more comprehensive
list of his accomplishments can be found on the Paul Robeson
Foundation's website. As the foundation points out, Robeson is "a
powerful symbol of uncompromising, dignified Black manhood."
I am not here to debate his stance on Israel and Zionism. There
is really only one thing I want address in this letter. My issue
with Norman Finkelstein and his supporters is nothing more than a
After voters took a sledgehammer to the Republican establishment
in Washington D.C. four years ago, The Daily Targum ran a column
entitled "You Say You Want a Revolution?" that stated that the
losses sustained by the GOP were not indicative of a popular
repudiation of conservatism. The author pointed to some telling
signs — For one, the historically dependable "sixth-year itch,"
wherein the party of the sitting president loses handily in that
president's second midterm elections. These losses had historically
been much greater than the 2006 election.
I have firsthand knowledge of someone who routinely provides
people with highly addictive, potentially lethal drugs on a daily
basis. He does this openly and seems to have little fear of being
caught. In addition, he makes a substantial amount of money doing
this. OK, now I am ready to identify him: He is my physician.
During the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters, I served as the
commentary editor for Rutgers-Camden's weekly newspaper, The
Gleaner. As the commentary editor I actively sought to include
writers from a diversity of opinions. Among the contributors was
Rutgers-Camden Republican Club President Erik Opczynski. Opczynski
frequently wrote from an ultra-conservative perspective, and when
he did not write for an issue he would recruit someone else with a
similar viewpoint to write that week. I admired Opczynski for his
commitment to contributing and for his chutzpah, but his recent
campaign to remove Paul Robeson's name from Rutgers-Camden's
library, reported Tuesday in The Daily Targum's "Student challenges
values of alumnus," harkens back to a Cold War mentality and the
violence and censorship that came along with it.
Israel has faced much criticism for the past 62 years from many
different groups, including the United Nations, the Arab League and
from the worldwide intelligentsia. Israel is not perfect, and it
makes mistakes, but one recent event triggered a great deal of
unfair criticism: the Gaza flotilla incident.
The letter titled "Ideology poses as scholarship at Brandeis
U.," in Monday's The Daily Targum is another poorly constructed and
illogical smear campaign on support of Palestinians in colleges
across the nation. However, the author's attack on "social justice"
campaigns throughout America comes off as decidedly racist in
origin. The letter highlighted Brandeis University's week to
recognize Israeli's occupation of Palestine, and he argues the
recent willingness of today's youth to partake in "social justice"
is either open or thinly veiled anti-Semitism. This position is
further highlighted by the title of the Boston University
professor's recent book "Genocidal Liberalism: The University's
Jihad against Israel & Jews."
There is room for debate and disagreement about issues regarding
the Middle East, Israelis, Palestinians, Hamas and Gaza. Yet there
should be no disagreement when it comes to a state university's
funding allocation being used to promote sending a flotilla ship
from the United States to Gaza on a mission that violates federal
law and may even provoke an incident in international waters.
Seeming to confirm a world view that the brilliant British
commentator Melanie Phillips describes in her new book as "a world
turned upside down," Brandeis University is hosting a troubling
series of events in the tellingly-named "Israeli Occupation
Awareness Week," being held from Nov. 8-11. Co-sponsored by the
group Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace,
the events once again demonstrate the moral incoherence seen on
college campuses whenever there is debate about the
The electricity deregulation law lowered New Jersey's
electricity rates in 1999 — at the time, among the highest in the
nation — by 10 percent. In addition to those savings, the law
introduced competition to New Jersey's energy marketplace.
Manufacturers, retailers, public institutions, residential and
small business customers were allowed to shop for lower power
The sizes of portions in the United States have increased
dramatically in the past 30 years, with the average portion sizes
in soft drinks increasing from 12.2 oz. to 19.9 oz. With these
increases, the rates in obesity in this country have grown as well.
However, three University students, along with their professor
Julie Fagan, are trying to fight obesity by raising awareness of
this rising trend.
Although many people do not realize it, the proper disposal of
pharmaceutical drugs is a very important issue. It is safe to say
that one of the most common items found in every American household
are pharmaceutical drugs. The proper disposal of expired and unused
drugs is important because environmental and health related issues
could arise from the lack of it.
I am writing in response to criticism of the upcoming United
States to Gaza Fundraiser, sponsored primarily by BAKA: Students
United for Middle Eastern Justice. My understanding is the event
aims to raise money to support the Gaza Freedom Flotilla to bring
aid supplies to Gaza and challenge the blockade of Gaza, which many
say violates international law.
In Monday's column titled "Buy locally grown marijuana," the
author contends that marijuana use is immoral because it supports
the violent Mexican drug cartels that result in thousands of deaths
every year. More specifically, the author writes: "Proponents of
the legalization of marijuana often refer to smoking weed as a
‘victimless crime.' This is a glaring oversimplification of the
act, one that ignores where the marijuana you are currently smoking
may have come from, and what kind of tragic violence was left in
its wake." While it is true that marijuana, and illegal drugs as a
whole, carry with them a violent subculture, the author fails to
consider the true cause of this violence; the fact that the drugs
In Friday's column "Keep God, politics separate," the author
discusses the separation of church and state and in taking a swipe
at presumably Christian politicians said this, "But if conservative
politicians are going to use the Bible to fight gay marriage, than
they should really have the guts to suggest the punishment for
homosexuality as prescribed in Leviticus: the death penalty." There
is a key problem with this statement that is a key problem with
many criticisms leveled at Christianity and the Bible. That is that
it brings up Leviticus in an irrelevant context.
Many organizations show up to help after a natural disaster has
struck, especially when a disaster hits a poverty-stricken nation.
However, there are a slew of other people that bring attention to
these places long before the world takes notice in the event of a
catastrophe. The non-profit organization, Heifer International,
helps communities in Third World countries who want to improve
their standards of living by providing them with livestock, such as
goats, chickens, feed and training to make them self reliant. The
Heifer field offices are available to help these communities along
In the coming days, University students have a chance to make a
statement about their support of a caring and socially just campus,
state of New Jersey and society by voting for the referendum to
continue to fund New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Student
Chapters. NJPIRG provides valuable leadership and service learning
experiences to students through its internship program, building
skills such as writing for the media, conducting research,
organizing grassroots campaigns and public speaking. Students learn
how to make their voices count on essential public issues, such as
poverty, energy and the environment. I greatly value the way in
which NJPIRG provides opportunities for University students to
become civically engaged and to learn deeply about the social
issues of our community and our state. I hope students will stop by
a polling table and vote "yes" so that NJPIRG can continue its
tradition of helping University students become better citizens and