Letters to the Editor

Campus Times
October 9, 1998


Dear Editor,

This morning, I read the column, "Accept rejection, get over it" [Oct. 2] in today's Campus Times. I was impressed that you decided to write about that! Like you, I have gotten offers previously to set people up which I have always declined because I hate the role of matchmaker. Guys need to take a hint when a girl says she is not interested at all. But you also have to realize that some girls don't get the hint that guys aren't interested either, so it goes both ways sometimes. Basically, both sides have to accept what the other person says or it can escalate to bigger problems. All I have to say is: About time!

Julia Carachure
via Internet


Dear Editor,

"New club creates political awareness among students" [Sept. 25] fails to identify the "new" Marxist, Leftist, Anarchist Collective for Political Activism and Education for what it is -- another attempt to repackage a proven failed social, political, and economic agenda in the guise of an action committee that supports human rights.

I find it ironic that such a club establishes itself as a human rights advocate on one side, and then links itself to the Marxist left. Have we forgotten that Stalin brought us the death of 22 million Russians, and 3 million dead on the "killing fields" of Cambodia and Laos? This club also plans to protest human rights in China. Have they forgotten what political agenda is in power in China? Members of this club should remember that the name of "Marxism" and Communism are responsible for more murder than all the wars fought in history. Mr. Casarez compares the idealism of Marxism and Anarchism with the political philosophies and religion (and find nothing wrong with it). I find this offensive. The political aims of these organizations are about total political, social control and then financial control. There is no discussion about the rights in a Marxist state as Vladimira Chavez suggests in her quote. If you have any doubt at all, all you have to do is look back to history or the newspapers of today.

I believe in a fare and open discussion of the issues. The will of majority rule, and accountability of the majority to the minority to be fare and just. I also believe, "question not only the teacher, but anyone," but with respect and consideration of the teachers rights. Marxism and Communism as it has demonstrated in history leaves rights for no one.

If you are a member of this organization, I would strongly suggest you re-think your membership. Seniors Valancy Rasmussen and Eddie Casarez, advisers Dr. Reed and Mr. Lord, I strongly suggest you re-consider your marketing plan.

John W. Dietz
Graduate Student
via Internet


Dear Editor,

As an educator, and as a baby boomer, the events in Washington (my hometown) have made me both ashamed and appalled. Ashamed that the first "boomer" President of the United States would let us down, would ignore the integrity and leadership that our leaders must have. Appalled that this example is being seen by the entire World. But I am not currently interested in the entire World. I am interested in my students, the students whose learning has been entrusted to me. Upholding the trust of their parents, and, I hope, of them as well, is the most important job I have. I take it no more lightly than I did the necessity to use proper judgement when dealing with customers in my former career. Belief in ideals is what planted the seeds of this great country, and it is the result of the struggles endured during the planting of those seeds that we have inherited, some of us via Ellis Island. That result holds a responsibility to maintain our position as the greatest power in the world, a world in which we compose only 5 percent of the population.

In a well-written piece on Sept. 25 ["Mission provides invaluable education"], Shiva Rahimi pointed to the importance of our Mission Statement. Dr. John Gingrich was impressed, as I was, when he commended Shiva this past week ["Letter to the Editor," Oct. 2]. In the light of my disgust at what our government is going through with regard to leadership and integrity, I looked up our Mission Statement. There are four major concerns addressed in the Mission Statement: A values orientation, community and diversity, lifelong learning, and community service. Yes, the general education courses to which Shiva was referring help to fulfill these mandates. But we must carry the need to promote the importance of values throughout all of our classes. As baby boomers, we have benefited from being part of the most educated generation in history. And now that we are entering our "golden years," we owe our students, many of whom are our children, an example that is above question, which portrays honesty and belief in high ideals of conduct.

To our students and to their parents: I promise you that I will uphold the ideals of this University with integrity and the high standards for which you are paying. You deserve nothing less. I'm sure I am not alone.

Dr. Janis Dietz
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
via Internet


Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to Jennifer Parsons' column in last Friday's edition of the Campus Times. In her "Accept rejection, get over it" piece she resorts to her "men are dogs" complaint yet again.

Jennifer, "men are dogs" is not a take. It stopped being funny a long time ago. Hell, it never was funny in the first place. Every two or three weeks it's the same thing from you -- men are dogs, men suck, the evils of men. Blah, blah, blah. Enough already. Since you have so much knowledge on this subject I guess you felt that by only quoting Duke Kell you could get everyone to sympathize with you. Well, Jen, you're wrong. Feel free to mix in someone else's opinion. Actually, do us a favor and stop taking up space with these lame views.

Everyone knows guys are dogs -- all you are doing is stereotyping a group and in your profession, I think that's a dangerous thing to do.

Sergio Paredes