Thursday, May 13, 2021

Opinion

OPINION

Not over yet

The official declaration of George W. Bush as the next president of the United States put an end to the debate over the winner of the election, but not to questions raised about the American electoral process.Bush was certified as the winner of the election by his opponent, Vice President Al Gore, after a formal count of the electoral votes Saturday.

OPINION

Letter unfair to bash SN reviews

In a recent letter to the editor (”Paper reviews unpopular music,” SN 11/28) Dallas Smoke criticized The State News for reviewing “unpopular” music such as Blink-182, Marilyn Manson and Joni Mitchell.

OPINION

A year to remember

Every year, The State News Editorial Board selects its winners and losers of the past 12 months. 2000 was one of the most remarkable 12 months for news in a long time.

OPINION

Returning home has many disadvantages

For the last two and a half years of my life, I have lived without the aid of my parents. Next Thursday and for the three and a half weeks following it, I will live at home again. Each time I return, I am reminded of the warmth home brings and the comfort my family gives me.

OPINION

LaFleur column condescending

I’ve read John LaFleur’s article (“Retailers sold out Christmas to be politically correct,” SN 11/30), and I’ve read many of the responses to his obviously biased article. First of all, LaFleur, isn’t one of the big themes of Christmas “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men?” Doesn’t this include all people, regardless of faith or beliefs?

OPINION

Letter insulting to many Christians

While I in no way endorse John LaFleur’s narrow-minded views (“ Retailers sold out Christmas to be politically correct,” SN 11/30), I felt it necessary to take issue with some responses the column received. Susie Farnell’s letter (“Overadvertising is fault of Christians,” SN 12/4) was a contradiction in itself.

OPINION

Fill subject lines with song lyrics

Like Kevin Hardy, I have struggled with the e-mail subject-line issue (“Please Read: Don’t include subjects with e-mails,” SN 12/1). For a while I, too, quit using subject lines altogether, but I felt guilty for copping out and filling my friends’ boxes with boring “none”s.

OPINION

New last name improves connection with heritage

Shakespeare wrote, “What is in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Until recently, that was a nice line to recite and use in English papers, but now it holds a little more meaning for me. I recently discovered that my last name is spelled wrong.

OPINION

Business e-mails need subject lines

In the world of casual communication, I agree with Kevin Hardy’s assessment that a subject line is unnecessary (“Please Read: Don’t include subjects with e-mails,” SN 12/1). But in the world of business communication, the subject line serves a purpose.

OPINION

Tow away

MSU should reimburse all students who were illegally towed in the years since 1978, and promptly alter the parking code to comply with state law.

OPINION

Clean copy

The administration’s proposed changes to the university’s copyright policy are justified and are being considered in a thoughtful manner.

OPINION

Dont blame other holidays

The basic flaw in John LaFleur’s diatribe against multiculturalism (“Retailers sold out Christmas to be politically correct,” SN 11/30) is the consistent and repeated misuse of the word “usurp.” Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Taoists, Sikhs, Parsis, Americans who choose to commemorate their African roots, Wiccans, followers of any other religion, or even atheists, have no desire to require Christians to observe Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Ramadan or to prevent Christians from observing Christmas by forcibly seizing the holiday and replacing it with their own observances.

OPINION

Month not only about Christmas

I am writing in response to John LaFleur’s column (“Retailers sold out Christmas to be politically correct,” SN 11/30). LaFleur seems to think Christmas was the original reason people have a celebration at the end of December.

OPINION

No need to bash other holidays

I was very disappointed to read the column published in Thursday’s State News titled “Retailers sold out Christmas to be politically correct,” by John LaFleur (SN 11/30). While I completely understand Mr. LaFleur’s frustration with the holy day of Christmas becoming commercialized, I don’t understand his need to blame other religious holidays at the same time of year for the increase in commercialism. There is no need to bash Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice.