Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, This is my first semester at MWSU, and I am looking forward to graduation with a degree in Social Work. I’m sure you receive many letters of compliant about the limited parking on campus, but this one is different from the others. I recently received two violations for parking in reserved parking areas for faculty members. The citations are currently on appeal and should be overturned due to legal justification. However, through this ordeal I did learn that faculty members have reserved parking. Why is that? Why can faculty members park in student areas, but students can not park in faculty areas? As students we pay good money to the college for our education. Many students have work loans that rival and exceed many faculty members. Part of the student’s tuition covers the many benefits of going to a large campus area. But faculty members get paid to park closer to their office and students have to pay to park further from our office. I have the utmost respect for professors and faculty members, but why do they get the privilege of parking closer to their office? In this day and time one would think that all public actions and rules of discrimination by official public administrators would be extinct. To treat faculty members as senior citizens or ones that are handicapped is outrageous. There should be a review of the parking regulations on campus. If the policy of allowing faculty members to park closer than students remains, then we should divide the parking lots by how many credit hours a student has on their transcript. Or divide the parking lots by race, sex, religion, etc. Discrimination must end at MWSU by allowing “Equal Parking.” - Scott Buis

Letter to the Editor: Amendment 2

On Oct. 28, 2006, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church invited Tarek Saab and his friend Jason Jones to speak on Amendment 2. Tarek has appeared on Donald Trump’s show The Apprentice, Season Five, and is the CEO of Lionheart Apparel for guys. Jason Jones is the media director of Human Life International and travels in many foreign countries. These two “thirty-something” men presented a very stimulating call to the  volunteers in attendance to defeat Amendment 2. It was awesome! They defined stem cell research into two types: adult (65 medical treatment successes), and embryonic (0 cures). They emphasized  how the amendment deceives voters because it attempts to re-define cloning by leading people to believe life begins when the fertilized egg is implanted in the uterus and not at conception. Tarek told the volunteers that California has been working on embryonic stem cell research for the last 15 years and h as spent $6 billion and still no cure. “It doesn’t work,” said Tarek. Jason spoke of his global travels and has seen many corruptive documents, but nothing like the deceptive language written in Amendment 2. This amendment will mandate taxpayers to pay for this research by enshrining this into our state constitution. But more horribly, how this Amendment 2 will exploit women, worse than abortion. Both men have stories of how they became to be Pro-Life advocates: one was a spared abortion, the other was the father of a child to whom the mother had a secretive abortion. These two young men were both emotional and passionate about getting out the truth after their own traumatic experiences. They both had wonderful testimonies in their spiritual journeys defending the truth. These out-of-town visitors have taken time out from their regular busy lives to promote culture of life, and to help us Missourians defeat Amendment 2. They believe that prayer, penance, and action is what is needed to defeat this amendment. Evil happens when good people do nothing. Wake up Missouri! Sincerely, Pat Baker

Disabled voters’ responsibility

Dear Editor: Supporters of stem cell research hope Missouri’s disabled voters will make their way to the polls on November 7th. If not, a flood of campaign cash may decide the nation’s closest Senate race. As conservative columnist Robert Novak noted in a recent column: “Missouri polls show this race on the razor’s edge between Sen. Jim Talent (R) and state Auditor Claire McCaskill (D). Talent, however, has more than 15 times as much cash (emphasis added) in his own campaign account for the home stretch--$4.2 million to $250,000.”* However, Missouri also has 889,917 voters with a disability**—21.4% of the voting public. Disabled folks like my paralyzed son Roman tend to vote Democratic, and overwhelmingly support stem cell research. If wheelchair drivers turn out in substantial numbers, even a tidal wave of money won’t keep the anti-research Talent in power. Thank you, Don C. Reed Chair, Californians for Cures *Evans-Novak Political Report, October 18, 2006 **American Association of People with Disabilities, U.S. Census 2000.

Letter to the Editor: Have we totally lost our sense of pride?

My name is Brandon Boswell, and I felt compelled to write this letter upon the fifth anniversary of the murdering of thousands of innocent American citizens, which is known as 9/11. As I watched the Fox News Channel most of the afternoon this Sept. 11 I eventually began to think about the fact that America is so divided today. And to be honest, it bothered the hell out of me. As all the pictures from five years ago flashed across the screen, a feeling of stupidity started to creep into my body. I thought to myself, “What ever happened to us Americans being united?” “Why can’t we Americans put aside our political, social and whatever other differences we may have, and just be Americans?” Some people say the Bush Administration has caused this division. So what if you don’t support the Bush administrations policies. Does this mean that we should divide ourselves as American brothers and sisters under one great flag and create a war here in our homeland? What if we put aside these disagreements and decided to support our president and each other in this time of war? Would the possibility that the war on terror could end much quicker be in the cards? I am optimistic that it would. The rest of the world sees the polls splashed all over the television that this country is divided, and our enemies are only emboldened to fight the cause of freedom. We need to look at President Bush as an American president at this time, not a Republican president. On my way home from class that afternoon, I was listening to 96.5 The Buzz and the disc jockey had an interesting story. He talked about how he was present in New York City on 9/11, and how after the attacks everybody was very loving and caring. People didn’t see each other as Republican or Democrat. They didn’t see each other as black, white, Jew, Christian, Muslim, or atheist. They only saw each other as Americans. Where has this attitude gone? We have become blind to our unifying nationality. I am a conservative and constantly find myself screaming at the television when the likes of John Kerry or Hillary Clinton are on the screen bashing the president and his policies. But on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, I thought about how those politicians are Americans just like me. We must unite right now, just as we did during the World Wars. America is at war, and there is no denying it. Even if we pulled out of the Middle East, the enemies of freedom would still attack us. It is an ideology of hate and anarchy that our enemies want the world to live by, not just succeed in driving America from the lands they inhabit. We didn’t ask for this war, it was given to us right on our front door step. Now we must do what ever it takes to win it. God Bless. Brandon R. Boswell