Letters to the Editor
That's the last straw
To the editor:
Being a new student to the University,
there are some things that have taken me time to
get used to. I now know to expect a wait
at the elevators to get to my dorm room. I do
understand that my entrance-level classes
are going to be filled to the maximum
capacity. I can also get used to having
to share a room with a complete stranger.
However, what I don't understand is why
the clerks in the financial aid office are so rude.
All three of my encounters with the belligerent
staff members have left me feeling angry,
and wondering where the so-called "Southern
Perhaps because they're dealing with "our"
money, they feel that they have some
special power unbeknownst to us. Maybe
they just don't make enough money to have to
put up with students asking about their
own financial status.
Whatever their reason is, I am fed up with
it. No longer should we have to feel as if we
are inconveniencing them or taking up
their time. They are there because we are here,
and when you're dealing with money that
is going to fund my education, I don't
appreciate having to be rushed or having
to put up with smart-mouthed clerks.
I have not encountered any other service
or department that has met the level of
impoliteness as the financial aid clerks
have reached. So, I call out to all students, "Let's
put up with this no longer."
As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, they
have written "a bad check which has come
back marked 'insufficient funds.'" Since
we write the checks, let's be sure to get what we
pay for and not some rude clerk who can't
wait for her next break.
To the editor:
Michael Ahlf's article "Conflict escalates
between Israel and Palestine" (Aug. 28,
Opinion) is a clear indicator that the
writer is misinformed. The root of the conflict is
occupation, grounded in brutal suppression
at Israel's hands. Rather than resort to
demeaning and dehumanizing myths, Ahlf
should use facts, not propaganda.
The Belgium courts have found there is
enough evidence to indict Ariel Sharon for war
crimes. Though Ahlf may trivialize Palestinian
life, to many other people of good
conscience, mass murder is a war crime.
Next Ahlf resuscitated the myth that Barak
offered the best deal to Arafat. In fact, Clinton
insider Robert Mally, present during the
Camp David talks, revealed that Barak brought
nothing to Camp David that would give
the Palestinians a viable state, a dignified
peace, security or a starting point from
where sincere negotiations could begin.
Ahlf failed to mention that in 1993, Israel
implemented the military closure of Jerusalem,
stifling freedom of movement and strangling
economic development. This effectively
reduced Arab-Christian and Muslim population
in Jerusalem to 30 percent today.
Israel's settlement policy to artificially
inflate the Jewish population of East Jerusalem to
70 percent has given birth to a new phrase
"facts on the ground," in their verbal arsenal
that mask's ethnic cleansing.
Adding Israel's policies of home demolitions
and property seizures, we arrive at the
already tense scene leading to Sharon's
arrival last year (with a large contingent of
troops) at the Al Aqsa Mosque on Sept.
Ahlf has failed to mention that Israeli
soldiers and settlers have killed five Palestinians
for every Israeli killed; nor did he offer
a proposal to bring to justice the settlers who
have tortured and murdered Palestinian
The addition of United Nations inspectors
is neither a battle cry nor ludicrous. It is Israel
who opposes their introduction into the
territories because Israel would be unable to
continue its brutal policies aimed at
ethnically cleansing all of East Jerusalem and most
of the West Bank as well as strangling
those living in the prison known as Gaza.
Arab-American Student Association President
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