Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Opinion

OPINION

NBA bound

If college athletes have a good chance at success in the professional arena, they should take the opportunity to advance their careers, even if that means leaving college without a degree. Jason Richardson announced Tuesday he would enter the NBA Draft.

OPINION

Tow away

People who illegally park in spaces reserved for those with disabilities deserve to be subjected to higher fines and have their vehicles towed. The All University Traffic Committee released a report recently proposing an increase in the fine for parking in an accessible/handicap spot.

OPINION

Substance-free world is a dream

Craig Gunn’s column in favor of bringing back prohibition doesn’t belong in any serious newspaper, and that includes The State News (“Alcohol can cause many nasty side effects,” SN 4/2). However, his whimsical ideas about an alcohol-free utopia have a place - next to the Harry Potter books.

OPINION

Union will only help university

I am writing this letter to express my disappointment over the current anti-union tactics of the MSU administration regarding the unionization effort of teaching assistants and graduate assistants. I have been a faculty member at MSU for 37 years and served as chair of the history department for four years.

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Riot shouldnt be treated as joke

I’m responding to Tim Kochenderfer’s column (“You’re to blame for loss of championship game,” SN 4/9). I know his column was meant to be humorous, but I find no humor in the March 27-28, 1999, riot.

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Union will provide academic freedom

As a MSU alumnus, with a law degree from the Detroit College of Law (while still based in Detroit), and as a union employee (UFCW Local 876 Legislative Director) with more than 20 years experience in labor relations, I feel compelled to write on the issue of graduate assistants voting on unionization this month. First, while a good dean at James Madison College of MSU while I was an undergraduate student there, MSU’s Robert Banks certainly seemed paternalistic in his comments in a State News story on the upcoming vote (“Graduate union seeks to collectively bargain,” SN 3/26). Banks said MSU would monitor the election process - well dean, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission does that just fine.

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Columnists return is refreshing, funny

Thank you so much for bringing Tim Kochenderfer back for an opinion column (“You’re to blame for loss of championship game,” SN 4/9). His stupid humor was always refreshing for someone who had to be up at 8 a.m.

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Officials arent telling truth

I’d like to comment on the official justifications of an undercover police officer investigating a student activist group last spring. One justification offered for this action was that group members participated in violent protests against the World Trade Organization, World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

OPINION

Substances help society function

This letter is in response to “Alcohol can cause many nasty side effects” (SN 4/2). In his column, Craig Gunn has described a utopian society, which by its nature and the laws of thermodynamics (order-producing systems produce disorder), is inherently flawed.

OPINION

Confidential

A new law requiring doctors to report the names of domestic abusers is not a good idea. The law requires doctors to report the names, if known, of abusers or face misdemeanor charges.

OPINION

Sprinkle U

Legislation proposed in the state House that would require sprinkler systems to be installed in residence halls should be passed. State Rep.

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Youre to blame for loss of championship game

So far in my life I’ve had two major disappointments. The first came when publishers rejected a pop-up book for children I had created called “Watch your eyes!” The second came this past weekend. Having spent a year out of MSU with my degree, I was hoping to see our Spartans win another NCAA Championship.

OPINION

Dont cut

The university’s motivation to cut men’s varsity sports to comply with Title IX is understandable, but it should look into other ways of encouraging gender diversity in athletics without having to cut programs.MSU Athletics Director Clarence Underwood announced in April 2000 that the men’s gymnastics team would be cut as a varsity sport because of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.