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Tuesday, Septmeber 7, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 65, Issue 11

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Any more questions?

To the editor,

I liked R. Alex Whitlock's article, "A Q-and-A session -- without the A (Opinion, Sept. 3)." This has prompted me to respond with a few more Q's.

Why is it that Nazi leaders are reviled (and rightly so) for their belief in a master race, while Churchill commands respect when he, too, believed in a superior race? He opposed India's independence (and that of other colonies) saying that Indians were unfit to rule themselves and it was the Englishman's burden to rule them.

Why is it that taking over European countries is wrong (which prompted Britain declaring war against Germany for attacking Poland) but taking over Asian and African countries is legitimate (Britain and France being the biggest colonizers)?

Why is it that while art and treasures looted by Nazi Germany are being returned to their rightful owners but Britain refuses to return art and treasures looted from India (and other colonies) during the centuries of occupation?

Why is it that genocide killing millions of European people is highlighted as a Holocaust, while the genocide of millions in Asia and Africa, perpetrated by European colonizers, is absent or is just a footnote in history?

Why is it that in wars, (say in World War II), only the losing side has to face charges of crimes against humanity? Shouldn't perpetrators of crimes against humanity be brought to justice regardless of which side they belonged to?

Siddhartha Panda,

graduate student, chemical engineering

 

You can remain anonymous

To the editor,

This is in response to an anonymous letter ("A little privacy, please," Sept. 2) by a dormitory resident. The letter complained that the author's number was public information for anyone who called the information desk.

I lived in the Quad for three years and used the information desk regularly to get numbers. It was a great way to get in touch with friends who may have switched rooms over the semester break or to find someone you knew to be in a class with you for study purposes.

If the author has concerns of obscene phone calls or does not wish his or her name to be available, he or she can go to the information desk and tell them. They will mark a star by the name, and the number will not be given out.

In the wake of an isolated tragedy such as the attack at Settegast, it is easy to start making regulations which are more harmful than safe. Withholding all numbers would deteriorate the sense of community in the dorms, a sense which has kept the dorms a remarkably safe haven within the gut of the city.

If you don't feel safe having your number published, please inform your information desk.

Doug Shields,

senior, physics

 

Help

To the editor,

I'm writing this letter due to a recent experience I had with the psychology counseling department here on campus (the one on the second floor of the Student Services building).

I am a drunk who has endured this lifestyle for quite a while. I realize I can no longer control it. I can't remember the last time I went to sleep sober. I do it out of sheer boredom. I don't have a girlfriend, and it is quite impossible to meet anyone here on campus.

Clubs and organizations to keep me busy? Well I'm a white male, and there are not too many special interest groups I can hang out with. I'm not too religious or anything like that, either.

For the first time, I felt like talking to someone about my problem. It had created so many obstacles in my life and I finally wanted to do something about it. I was tired of the wrecked cars, the headaches, being broke after spending money on booze and feeling wiped out (you know -- the memory-loss thing).

Well unfortunately for me, they don't take walk-ins on Fridays. I was too hung over to argue with the receptionist.

What constitutes an emergency? I don't know. I can barely type this letter. I didn't feel like giving my reason to the receptionist, either. (I hate admitting I have a problem).

Are they supposed to ask "Hey, do you really need to see someone now?" I didn't drive all the way here in a car that doesn't have air conditioning, walk across campus and muster up enough courage to not admit I have a problem. I guess I'll have to skip class Monday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (at least that's what I think was said -- it's kind of hazy).

For now I guess I'll muddle along, and if I feel up to it next week I'll go ahead and go there again. Until then if you see me at the bar or party come on over and say howdy. I sure could use the company.

Name withheld by request

 

I don't get it

To the editor,

I like to read comics. Some comics are intelligent and can be rewarding when read.

I read your comic (Opinion, Sept. 1), and I thought it was absurd. To take this particular incident and make a joke about it, shows that the mentality for your fellow peers is devoid, and your persona demented.

I say this because I am appalled by your lack of sensitivity to the issue of sex crimes. I wonder what other Daily Cougar staff members thought about your little joke.

What would your mother say about your sophomoric little league jests? I hope that there is a true remorse for what you have printed, and I hope that you receive further negative responses for what you printed.

Let me ask you another question, do you think that you would have printed your comic if you had experienced sexual abuse? I am almost certain of the answer. If I am wrong, do let me know.

Kristen Johansson,

sophomore, industrial distribution



Letters Policy

Letters to the editor are welcome from all members of the UH community and should focus on issues, not personalities. Letters must be typed and must include the author's name, telephone number and affiliation with the University. Anonymous letters will not be published. Letters are subject to editing for clarity, language and space. Letters may be delivered in person to Room 151, Communication; e-mailed to dclettrs@mail.uh.edu; or faxed to (713) 743-5384.

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