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Volume 71, Issue 61, Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Letters to the Editor

RHA's doors are open

To the editor:

I would like to comment on Alessandro Scotti's letter to the editor, "Cougar Place problems ignored," published in Thursday's issue of The Daily Cougar. I encourage Scotti and any other resident with concerns to stop by our office in Oberholtzer 100A to discuss them. The Residence Halls Association is committed to working with Residential Life and Housing to make the on-campus living experience enjoyable for residents, but we need residents to make us aware of issues when they come up so that we can work to address them. Concerns can be brought up at our bi-weekly General Assembly meetings, through the RHA committees that I oversee as vice president of administration, and by simply talking to us. Please visit our Web site,, for contact information, and always remember that you do have a voice within the halls. 

Joel Kissell
political science senior
vice president of administration, Residence Halls Association

True freedom allows dissent

To the editor:

First, I would like to say thanks to The Daily Cougar for encouraging different points of views to be presented. 

Second, I'd like to address the statements Akhand Sutaria writes in Monday's letter to the editor, "Mistreatment doesn't excuse riots." It's true that "French Muslims are not the only people who have been mistreated or considered inferior." Jews, Christians and Gypsies have all been discriminated against in the past and in some places in the present. I can't answer Sutaria's question, "Why did the French Muslims have to riot?" because I'm not a French Muslim. I never said riots are the way to go to solve the problem of racial inequality and gain civil rights; I only said there are causes behind riots that run deeper. 

As for the statement that "the civil rights movement in the 1960s would have ended up being a huge massacre," again, I can't go back in history and say that it would have been. In fact, there were riots in the United States over civil rights, most notably the Harlem Riot in 1964, the Watts Riot in 1965, and the Detroit Riot of 1967. Maybe Sutaria wants to know why blacks rioted in the 1960s, but I think this question answers itself.

Sutaria writes, "I have the same rights as an American that some other white, black, blue or orange individual does." So do I. The French Muslims don't, and that was my point. 

Finally, the straw that broke the camel's back: "Let's be thankful to our troops that today the people in Iraq ... can vote" Why don't we go to Cuba and ensure everyone votes. Better yet, let's go to communist China and give every man and woman the right to vote for their leaders. It would be simplistic to think that the Iraq invasion was to ensure suffrage. Let's not forget that during Desert Storm, the Bush administration called on the Kurds to rise up and rebel, but when they did, realpolitik took precedence over morality. 

The beauty about freedom is that one has the ability to dissent with popular opinion, and that is dandy. The most important thing about freedom is to have not just one voice, but many voices. 

Adil Saleem
anthropology sophomore

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.

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