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Obama must aid all Americans equally

(10/24/11 4:00am)

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. To be sure, the White House has yet to officially comment on this claim, but Saslow seems rather certain of it as the truth — at least, enough to include it in his book. If it is true that Obama sometimes sends checks to some of the desperate people who write to him, then we have a problem with our leader. We appreciate the gesture, but such an action is unethical for the president of the United States, who is supposed to treat the concerns of all citizens equally.

Stand united with community against police brutality

(10/20/11 4:00am)

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.

See positive, negative aspects of Gilad Shalit’s return to Israel

(10/19/11 4:00am)

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 and people. On the other hand, the freeing of more than 1,000 prisoners who are accused of brutally murdering hundreds of innocent people inside Israel simply for being Israeli or Jewish has forced the families of the victims to relive the nightmare and cope with the fact that their loved ones’ killers are now free from justice.

Science students utilize critical thinking, too

(10/14/11 4:00am)

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 two fields.

See validity of ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests

(10/10/11 4:00am)

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.

Atheists should publically embrace their identities

(10/06/11 4:00am)

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?

‘Occupy Wall Street’ matures, strives forward

(10/05/11 4:00am)

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.

Participate in RUSA vote

(10/04/11 4:00am)

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 ballots.

Free speech should work both ways

(09/29/11 4:00am)

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.

NBPD should keep tighter control of protestors

(09/28/11 4:00am)

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 Hall. I would stand alongside those seeking to bring attention to an unjust loss of life on any day in any reasonable place.

UN must veto Palestinian statehood

(09/23/11 4:00am)

Every medium of communication that I have integrated into my daily life, whether it be Facebook, Twitter or Internet television, is filled with overwhelming support for the Palestinian Authority’s bid for statehood at the United Nations. Almost every analysis I have read about its prospects chastises the United States and Israel for opposing this measure, and that the will of the Palestinian people within Palestine as well as its diasporas demand its success. And my question through all of this has been consistently, how have we all been fooled? Why are so many people in the Palestinian solidarity movement falling for this?

Reflect on past, learn to accept, respect others

(09/23/11 4:00am)

I celebrated my 20th birthday on Sept. 22, 2010, while a student at the University. I sat in my residence hall doing Spanish homework and sorting through the birthday comments I received on Facebook. However, what I didn’t realize was that on that same day, University first-year student Tyler Clementi would take his own life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.

Let Gov. Christie have his freedom

(09/22/11 4:00am)

Gov. Chris Christie is a like a boxer — broad shoulders, wide stance and quick to the punch. With that comes the need for great agility. In order to be successful in a blue-leaning state, Christie needs to be flexible, especially when the collective wallet is upturned and empty. Mandating that he broadcast his location, as state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-37) seeks to do with a proposed bill, is confusing the issue in a vain attempt to rally the troops.

Passion sometimes trumps ‘respect’

(09/21/11 4:00am)

I have always believed that one should be polite and professional when dealing with people, for that is how you will make the biggest strides. The more respectful you are, the more that whomever you are dealing with will respect you. However, that doesn’t always work. Sometimes, depending on the issue on hand or the people you are dealing with, playing nice won’t cut it. The other party will take advantage of you, and the whole notion of “giving respect to get respect” flies out the window.