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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
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
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
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
My parents emigrated from India to New York for their higher
education, and if you had told them then that two people of Indian
descent would be the governors of two states in the Bible Belt,
they would think you were joking.
If you are like me and enjoy the Opinions section, then you are
a person who likes reading different points of views on issues.
There is, however, a very worrying trend I see in most of the
pieces — opinions with evidence to support their opinions. That
sounds illogical right? Let me explain my argument by doing the
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.
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.
Prevent an oil disaster or contain communism? This is a question
every American should be asking their lawmakers.
I am a 1985 graduate of Rutgers College, a football season
ticket holder, and, for what it may be worth, a former staff writer
for The Daily Targum. I am writing with a compliment to the student
body and a request.
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?
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.
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
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.
My fellow Connecticut resident, Richard Kent, Rutgers College
Class of ’72, deserves recognition for all his work in trying to
sell the University to our state’s graduating high school