Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Opinion

OPINION

Proposal tramples fundamental rights

The proposed ban on smoking in “public” places, including bars and restaurants, that the Ingham County Board of Commissioners is currently considering is based on a misunderstanding of property rights.

OPINION

All four one

Third-party presidential candidates should have been included in Tuesday night’s debate and in future debates.Pat Buchanan of the Reform Party and the Green Party’s Ralph Nader were excluded from participating by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a commission set up to regulate the debate process.

OPINION

Council walkout was appropriate

At the meeting of the Academic Council of MSU Sept. 26, there was a student walkout protesting a successful motion by present faculty to send the issue of “Student Public Evaluations,” or SPEs, to the Faculty Council.

OPINION

Racism wasnt a factor with rock

After reading the article about the MEXA-fraternity incident (“Fraternity paints over heritage message on rock,” SN 9/25), I was completely disgusted with what has been said by those on each side of the quarrel.

OPINION

Not a chance

Students shouldn’t be peppered with survey questions while eating at a MSU cafeteria. The method in which a survey was given to MSU freshmen by the Department of Residence Life on the first day of class while they ate in the cafeterias could have been better. Eighteen percent of freshmen returned the survey, which was distributed throughout each residence hall cafeteria and covered a wide range of issues, including drinking, campus groups and money.

OPINION

What a drag

A proposal to ban smoking in all public indoor establishments in Ingham County just plain stinks.The Ingham County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposal at its 7 p.m.

OPINION

Proposal opens doors to students

While I approve of William Robertson’s attempt to add to the debate on school vouchers (“Vouchers combine church and state,” SN 9/21), I find his letter to be shortsighted and to misconstrue the issue. If it were possible to “separate church and state” as he implies, this separation would privilege atheism, which is, in its own way, just as much of a belief system. The above cliché that is thrown about with so much rhetorical glee obfuscates the Constitution’s true intent as I see it.

OPINION

Women should not permit cat-calling

I am writing in response to a State News letter written by Dave Wirth (”Runners shouldn’t sweat cat-calling,” SN 9/18). I just wanted to thank Wirth for setting me straight about the behaviors of males, especially groups of college men.

OPINION

U should not have to put up with hate crimes

I’ve seen “Revenge of the Nerds” and “PCU” - I know there’s a lot of “basic crap that freshmen deal with in college,” as Jennifer Carboni, director of Bailey and Bryan halls, said in The State News (“Residents react to lewd slurs scrawled through halls ,”SN 9/25). But never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that the “freshman crap” I should be anticipating would include the threat of rape. I refer to the malicious vandalism of Brody Complex on Sept.

OPINION

Fraternity taints Spartan image

The image of MSU has improved drastically from the fiery and riotous one just a few years back. The conduct of the students has greatly improved, the football team’s bowl victory and the basketball team’s national championship has helped to broadcast that new image to the rest of the country and the recent actions of MSU President M.