Letters to the Editor
On the record
To the editor:
I, a member of the University Hearing Board,
willingly and voluntarily excused myself from this particular case because
of a conflict of interest due to my recent election to office with the
Student Voice Party. Had The Daily Cougar, or anyone else, contacted me
regarding this issue, I would have, without hesitation, shared that information.
Despite what some may think, the Student Voice Party, and consequently
the new Student Government Association, is comprised of students with integrity.
I would also like to go on record as saying
that I will be more than happy when the red tape is cleared. It is pitiful
and pathetic that student fees are being used to further the cause of whiny
crybabies who are averse to change and diversity, and I would hope that,
when the new SGA administration takes office, the Cougar will report the
wonderful things that we have planned for our beloved University.
I would also like to extend my thanks to
the students for making your voice heard and electing those candidates
that you felt would best represent you. I would like to say congratulations
to all students elected.
Student Government Association,
A retort to Ahlf
To the editor:
Being that the editorial board is biased,
I am pretty certain the following will not be printed. But I will take
the opportunity to provide some information anyway, in case there are some
individuals who are objective.
This letter is in reference to the spiteful
column written by Michael Ahlf ("Bigotry unleashed as Taliban edicts obeyed
in Afghanistan," Monday). The statement "Islam is not a religion of peace
or security" is very anti-Islam and based on hatred rather than reasoning
If Ahlf read the Qu'ran, he would find
verses promoting peace. Ahlf discussed the issue of human rights without
any form of logical reasoning, thinking a human rights violation is occurring
because men and women are not allowed to socialize.
I will not even proceed further with his
ridiculous point. But I would like to point out some serious human rights
violations Ahlf decided to overlook. Basic human rights are being denied
by the state, government and people of Israel towards the Palestinians.
Israel is systematically and maliciously
gunning down Palestinians, whether it be a young child, an elderly woman
or an innocent bystander unexpectedly lynched by a vile mob. One might
ask why this is occurring.
The only reason the Palestinian people
are fighting is to regain land that has been stolen and snatched by Israel.
Ahlf surprisingly overlooks the fact that Israeli police fight stones with
He fails to mention the fact that the world
community has condemned Israel for using force so excessive that more than
300 Palestinian deaths have occurred compared to only a little more than
That alone paints a picture of who the
aggressor and terrorist is. In addition to human rights, Ahlf mentions
that Islam attacks the rights of other religions. A close inspection shows
that every Christian leader in Israel has clearly shown support for the
Palestinian government to rule over Jerusalem because of the Palestinians'
respect for the Christian faith.
This could not be possible if Muslims practiced
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