Monday, January 25, 2021

Opinion

OPINION

Discrimination policy should be changed

My friend Mark is waging war against our former school district. He isn’t asking much – just two little words – but the school board refuses to budge. Mark is fighting to make sure gay students are protected by the district’s discrimination policy.

OPINION

Politicians need encouragement

It’s time to move on. I am writing in response to Matthew Hagbom’s letter plastering former President Clinton with accusations about pardoning Marc Rich (“Clinton’s pardon was questionable,” SN 2/15). What a sad world we live in when we only look at politics with a negative eye.

OPINION

Michigans ranking in womens health issues is not shocking

Michigan’s low rating in women’s reproductive health is not surprising. The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, an organization that conducts an annual study on women’s reproductive health, gave Michigan an “F” rating and ranked the state 45th in the nation.

OPINION

Increase will help residence halls

I am writing this letter to you to talk about RHA’s proposed tax increase. I want everyone to know the $3 tax increase is not to spend the money on ourselves, but to spend the money on our constituents. First, there is legislation coming to the floor to kick an additional dollar back into the halls.

OPINION

Flooded walkways should be avoided

This is a response to “Block off flooded paths on campus” (SN 2/13). I thought America reached its lowest intelligence level when I heard the XFL was the highest-rated program its opening weekend - then I read this letter. How many other people did you see struggling for their lives in the river?

OPINION

Napster not doing anything illegal

Napster’s “illegality is undeniable?” Hmm. The illegality of its users might be undeniable, but the legality of Napster itself is not so simple (“Logged off,” SN 2/13). Napster does not possess, transmit or in any way deal with copyrighted material.

OPINION

Ad reflects need for coverage, awareness

Believing that people, though sometimes stupid, are basically good on the inside has made going through life a little easier for me. Believing when someone hurts or offends me, they truly might not realize how what they said affected me, has made me a more forgiving person. And believing there is a difference between being racist and being unaware has made me realize The State News has a problem. On Monday, we ran an ad for a sorority’s self-defense class.

OPINION

Ad reinforces stereotypes

I agree 100 percent with Angela Pok’s letter that stated the depiction of the perpetrator in the self-defense ad was offensive (“Self-defense ad offensive, wrong,” SN 2/14). Although I did not assume the man was black, he was obviously a man of color - which could be Latino, Asian, Arabic or black.

OPINION

McPherson

MSU President M. Peter McPherson’s address introduced and emphasized many good programs the university will be carrying out in the next few years. McPherson gave his eighth State of the University address Tuesday.

OPINION

Sorry if ad was offensive to some

The women of Alpha Xi Delta would like to apologize to Angela Pok and other members of the Michigan State community who may have taken offense at the drawing used in our ad for a self-defense workshop (“Self-defense ad offensive, wrong,” SN 2/14). The drawing was chosen to represent a “general” male image, not a member of a particular racial or ethnic group.

OPINION

Advertisement not racially motivated

I am writing in response to Angela Pok and the case of extreme over-sensitivity she seems to display (“Self-defense ad offensive, wrong,” SN 2/14). She declared The State News made a highly racist move in allowing Alpha Xi Delta to run an ad for a self-defense class which depicts a black man as a potential perpetrator of assault.

OPINION

Clintons pardon was questionable

The Democratic Party in general has turned their heads with a number of former President Bill Clinton-related scandals, but the Marc Rich pardon may be harder to conquer and spin off as just another ploy by the conservative right to take down Clinton. As of Jan.

OPINION

Falling in river not fault of U

I would like to thank Amanda Smith for her insightful observation that the university should warn students not to cross the flooded, frozen Red Cedar (“Block off flooded paths on campus,” SN 2/13). But here is a better suggestion: use common sense.