I dont support Ralph Nader, but I do believe that this country needs a third party. In order for a democracy to flourish there needs to be a battle of ideas, something that a third party and Nader provides, and they should be commended for their work. Will Nader cost Vice President Al Gore the election?
With all the discussion of presidential candidates in The State News during the past few days, I think it is worth mentioning a third-party presidential candidate who has not been the subject of much media attention - Howard Phillips of the Constitution Party. Phillips is the only 100 percent pro-life candidate on the ballot.
Events have a way of clustering in order to force you to consider certain issues. Two weeks ago, I wrote a column explaining some points of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and within days I was swamped with letters saying, among other things, that I should refrain from writing about any international conflict that didnt involve India.
I am responding to Charles McHughs letter on the MSU police (Police presence was offensive, SN 10/25). I am disappointed that such a high ranking member of this fine university should be so blind as to miss the police officers that were all around the Auditorium for both the Ralph Nader rally and the MSNBC television show Hardball with Chris Matthews. They were present at both events just as they are for all major events that occur at the Auditorium or any other major meeting place for students, faculty and the general public. I am also saddened by his implying that MSU police are racist, which is unfounded, especially in light that the Department of Police and Public Safety is one of the most diverse and friendliest departments I have ever had the pleasure to interact with in my time in the Lansing area or any other community I have lived in.
I was troubled recently to read of the State News endorsement of U.S. House of Representatives candidate Dianne Byrum (SN10/24). I think that if the paper had really investigated Mike Rogers, it would have immediately known that he was the man for the job. While Byrums every policy follows the Democratic Partys platform down to the very letter, Rogers ideas show his qualifications to be this districts representative. Rogers is not a career politician.