Monday, August 2, 2021

Opinion

OPINION

Petition drive to get law on ballot

In response to Ross Dykman’s misinformed letter about the Carried Concealed Weapon (CCW) petition drive (“Not all gun owners are extremists,” SN 2/21), I would simply like to make a few clarifications. The purpose of the petition drive is not to “overturn” Dykman’s precious lame-duck CCW law.

OPINION

Its up to U to make life easier for everyone

While walking between locations on campus, driving my car between these same places or riding my motorized skateboard with a handle (but that’s a past-tense activity, because the four or five of us scooter-riders on campus have been banned from sidewalks and streets at MSU), I kept thinking about writing a column that would carefully focus on things that irritate some of us, aggravate others and simply drive the rest of the population crazy. I knew it had to reflect the inherent beliefs of the population, but MSU is a pretty big place with a whole lot of really different people.

OPINION

Dance on

The East Lansing City Council should be commended for approving dance floors for local businesses. The council approved requests for dance floors at Troppo, 213 Ann St., and Spartan Sports Den, 1227 E.

OPINION

Eliminate

While it is unfortunate Lansing Community College may eliminate six programs, it is an understandable move. Early this month, LCC President Paula Cunningham recommended the elimination of six of the college’s programs.

OPINION

Latest bombings will only enforce stereotype

Hypothetical question: What would you do if you had an area of the world seething with religious differences, military conflicts and resentment toward the United States?If you said launch an unprovoked air strike and kill a few people, then you totally agree with our president and government.The decision of our government, along with Britain, to send 24 warplanes to attack radar and air defense sites south of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, was hugely misguided.This attack killed a woman, Ghayda Atshaan Abdullah, and a man, Khalil Hameed Alwash.

OPINION

Put Earnhardts death on Page One

As auto-racing is the second most popular televised sport in the nation after football, I was surprised to see The State News coverage of the tragedy at Daytona 500 buried on page 2 of the sports section on Monday.

OPINION

Affirmative action not for everyone

This letter is in response to Ashley Bell’s column on the “benefits of affirmative action,” and how it is beneficial to everyone (“Affirmative action is beneficial to everyone,” SN 2/20). I myself am a white male, and believe I have been shorted by the concept of affirmative action. Applying to almost all major universities in the state with an extremely good high school GPA, ACT score, plethora of extracurricular activities and early application dates got me accepted to almost every school that I applied to, save one.

OPINION

Not all gun owners are extremists

On behalf of Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners, I would like to commend the businesses which are barring the petition circulators who are trying to overturn the new concealed weapons law that our elected representatives passed. Our members are law-abiding gun owners, and many are offended by the actions of this small band of extremists.

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?