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Volume 68, Issue 136, April 18, 2003


Letters to the Editor

Help the Iraqis

To the editor:

The U.S. and Britain went into Iraq to free the Iraqi people from Saddam Hussien.

Surprise, surprise, we are finding the things the weapons inspectors missed, such as mobile labs that had been buried in the desert for Iraq to come back and get after the inspections were over.

Now that we have won the war, however, people want the U.S. out of the nation immediately. What she fails to realize is that, if we were to do this, we would cause a humanitarian disaster.

Legally, we are obliged to remain in Iraq until such time as the Iraqis form a stable government to take the reins of power and to take over the rebuilding and humanitarian works that we started.

To do anything else would be morally reprehensible.

Michael Ahlf
alumnus, electrical engineering

Forgotten scientist

To the editor:

Watson and Crick brought the field of genetics research to a climax in 1953 with their realization of DNA's double helical configuration. However, Matt Dulin failed to note that physicist Maurice Wilkins shared the 1962 Nobel Prize with Watson and Crick ("From beer to X-rays: a genetic history," Wednesday, News).

A colleague of Wilkins, Franklin was a physical chemist who has received, up until recently, only marginal acknowledgment for her essential role in the understanding of DNA.

It was in fact Franklin's X-ray photograph that allowed Watson and Crick to come upon their monumental revelation. The true story will probably never be revealed, but Franklin was apparently unaware of the extent to which her data was being used.

Let us not forget those ghosts, those unsung heroes like Rosalind Franklin, whose works have made significant contributions to our progress.

Stephen Tsui
graduate student, physics

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 Anonymous letters will not be published.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 ; or faxed to (713) 743-5384.Send comments to


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