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Volume 71, Issue 136, Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Opinion
 

Letters to the Editor

Proposed emergency measures could endanger employees

To the editor:

The UH Emergency Management Team has raised a question in my mind concerning methods that will be used to get information out in case of emergencies during hurricane seasons, terrorism, violence and any other issues that may arrive. An e-mail that went out to the campus community in light of the Virginia Tech massacre stated, "We are combining the resources of the UH telephone operators and our UH OnCALL customer service reps into a broader single UH Contact Center that will provide both live and recorded response to University callers during emergencies."

Please explain who the "live" response will be. 

I have always been a firm believer that when this campus closes for any emergency, "a live operator" remaining on campus is not a sound judgment when there are recordings, the UH Web site and local news that can be used to relay this information to the community and the public. 

An administrator once told me that people would rather hear a live voice than a recording. I beg to differ and disagree with that assessment.

Having an operator remain on campus solely to give out this type of information would only be a danger to UH employees.

Stephanie Love
UH telephone operator


Important questions should be asked at Robinson's speech

To the editor:

It is extremely important that anyone who wishes to attend the speech by Amelia Boynton Robinson at 7 p.m. today in the University Center's Atlantic Room realize that Robinson is the vice chairwoman at the German Schiller Institute, which was set up by Lyndon LaRouche. 

I am not questioning her importance as a civil rights activist. What I do take issue with is the LaRouche "Movement" and all of its front organizations. 

In 2003, a student named Jeremiah Duggan who was attending a conference at the Schiller Institute died in what police said appeared to be a suicide. However, according to the BBC, British coroners found that Jeremiah had suffered "defense wounds" on his arms and hands that were not caused by the body being hit by a vehicle and that he had ingested a large amount of blood. 

Duggan's mother described what she read from Duggan's notes: "I found in my son's bags his lecture notes and the briefings from the 2003 LaRouche Conference and Youth Movement school. I consider they provide evidence that there was incitement of hatred against the British and the Jews." As a British Jew, Jeremiah was a primary target for LaRouchian animosity. Ms. Duggan is currently trying to start a new inquest into the case, and information can be found at www.justiceforjeremiah.com.

I think it would be interesting to ask Robinson or the numerous representatives of LaRouche who will be present today what they think about the recent findings in the death of Duggan. 

I would also make sure to ask Robinson how she feels about numerous racist quotes that can be found in old LaRouche pamphlets titled "The Racist Roots of Jazz" and "The Politics of Male Impotence."

Justin Vann
Political science senior


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 151C, Communication; e-mailed to dclettrs@mail.uh.edu ; or faxed to (713) 743-5384.

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