Volume 94, Issue 48

Thursday, November 23, 2000


Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

God, frogs, beakers and failed political decorum

To the Editor:

The ad starts with an open book laying on a dark table, a sound of thunder cracks and the rain begins to fall. Then as the writing is slowly dripping off the page, the book is struck by lightning and left smoldering. An ominous voice echoes "well, it appears God has spoken after all." (compliments of the Progressive Conservative party that just had to join in the fun of poking at Christianity)

In my opinion, the Liberals started the political attacks and accusations with racism and moving on to bigotry, even encompassing anti-Semitism. And now the New Democratic Party and the PC's have joined along in the assault.

I feel this is past political posturing, it is an outright mockery of both God and those who believe in Him.

This should be more than a wake up call to everyone of all political parties. Now is not the time to sit back and shake our heads at such pathetic behaviour. It has gone far beyond that. Let your voice be heard before election day.

To stay silent now is to abdicate in favour of a further loss of the rights and freedoms in Canada that we hold dear and the very rights that our country was founded on.

Place a frog in a beaker and gradually raise the water temperature. That frog will not leap to safety, but the end result is still the death of the frog. Many great kingdoms have come and gone, are we willing to be one of them?

Esther Whittingstall
British Columbia

Towing a Liberal party line

Re: Fontana falls flat, Nov. 17.

To the Editor:

I would like to tackle the arguments proposed by Ms. McMillan and Ms. Rynard in regards to the all-candidates meeting of Nov. 9, 2000.

I would argue the Honourable Member of Parliament Joe Fontana did an excellent job fielding student questions and concerns.

Not only did Fontana answer student questions at the public forum, but I also saw him on campus earlier that day having lunch in the UCC with concerned constituents just like yourselves.

In fact, I would not be the first to propose Fontana was the winner of the debate. He was the only candidate addressing concrete policy issues in a professional and parliamentary fashion.

The Canadian Alliance candidate, Nancy Branscombe, was leading an attack on Fontana that was unacceptable. All this candidate could muster was a 'look at the Liberals – they are awful,' while providing little or no solution.

I highly doubt a tax cut can help Canada's health care system or student debt. Fontana seems like a very experienced and approachable individual. I would hasten to add McMillan and Rynard seem diametrically opposed to Liberal party values, thus misplacing an attack on our member of parliament for political axe grinding purposes.

In terms of inquiring minds, I would encourage the two aforementioned students to dig deeper into the intellectual handbag and really understand the issues before the country.

Chris Smillie
Honours Political Science IV

Tories shouldn't point fingers

Re: Fontana falls flat, Nov. 17.

To the Editor:

We were disappointed to read McMillan and Rynard's letter about the all-candidates meeting on campus last week.

It is strange that McMillan and Rynard consider themselves to be "impressionable youth voters," given that they are both executive members of the Western Progressive Conservative club.

McMillan and Rynard have no reason to be "shocked." Joe Fontana spent several hours at our debate and the rest of the day visiting Western's campus, where he met and answered the questions of hundreds of Western students.

To our knowledge, no other candidate has taken the time to spend an entire day on campus. Although he announced that he had another engagement to attend after the debate, he did spend time talking to students and offered to meet others at his office should they have further questions.

Fontana has shown a great respect for students in his years as Member of Parliament for London North Centre. He has worked tirelessly for student issues, including ensuring tax deductibility for student loans.

We encourage all Western students to make their voices heard on election day and to focus on policies and values rather then on misguided attacks and finger pointing.

Brian Szemenyei
Social Science I
First Year Representative
Western Liberal Association
Julian Ovens
Western Liberal Association

Equity week gets praise

To the Editor:

A myriad of campus clubs recently took part in making Western a better place. The celebration of diversity known as Equity Week was demonstrative of the fact that there is a place that exists for all Western students. The clubs involved with this effort promoted an understanding and mutual respect that will last throughout the year.

I can only say that I was honoured to have been surrounded by such a sense of camaraderie and identity.

More so, I was privileged to see so many students and members of the community taking an active interest in diversity here at Western. A special thanks goes out to the ASA, MSA and the Persian students for their efforts to raise awareness and understanding.

Luke Petrykowski
Polish Students' Union President
Honours Biology III

Tobacco cash should honour the dead

Re: Students should have decided, Nov. 10.

To the Editor:

I would like to voice my opinion regarding the University of Alberta's recent decision to reject a $500,000 donation from a tobacco company and the subsequent Gazette editorial suggesting that U of A's decision was wrong and that if Western were offered such a "gift," we should take it.

If in fact Western were to accept such money from big tobacco, I propose that some of the funds be put towards a memorial wall where the names (and epitaphs) of members of the Western community who have died and will die from tobacco related illness can be placed and thus the wall would be named after them.

After all, any money given by the tobacco company ultimately came from them and do we not acknowledge benefactors who donate large sums of money for our libraries and stadiums by naming things after them?

The only thing is that I'm not sure that we can build a big enough wall to accommodate such a large number of posthumous eponymous tributes.

T. Jimenez
Medicine I

Cavalry rides in for N'SYNC

Re: Rock star status questioned, Nov. 17.

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to Mr. Steiche's letter questioning the talent of the musical group N'SYNC.

Steiche states that N'SYNC are "schlock stars," popular only because of clever marketing techniques aimed at teenage girls. I find it interesting how quick he is to belittle the group, yet has no information with which to back his claims.

Having seen N'SYNC perform live on two occasions, one being last Thursday in Toronto, I can attest to the fact that they are a group of extremely talented young men. They put on an exhilarating show consisting of energetic dance tunes complimented by tiring choreography that would make any dancer gasp in awe, as well as romantic ballads and some a cappella, featuring their beautiful five-part harmonies.

Many people are quick to shoot down pop acts such as N'SYNC. But why?

Is it simply because their music is upbeat, fun and has widespread appeal? N'SYNC would not be successful if it weren't for perfecting their raw talent. It takes more than a pretty face to make it in the music business today.

Furthermore, seeing as all three of N'SYNC's albums have gone multi-platinum over the past four years, along with the fact that they are growing ever-more popular among many different audiences, it doesn't look like these bright stars will be fading anytime soon.

Jennifer Singerman
Honours Mathematics III

Operation Massive, excuses, suckage and lessons learned

Re: Massive probe begins, Nov. 16.

To the Editor:

I heard a lot of excuses as to why Operation Massive wasn't.

Here is the real lesson no one took from this wacky adventure: The acts sucked, let's just face it.

What person would pay $15 for some obscure DJs that no one's heard of? This reason is a little more plausible than "it was too big for Western's campus." I'm not sure the kind of music that was played at this event is a big draw, anyways – at least not amongst Western's student population.

An actual concert is what warrants my $15.

In my opinion, promotion wasn't a problem. If the acts were actually a draw for people, they would have spread the word.

When is the last time you talked to your buddy about a concert with bands you have never heard of?

I hear the University Students' Council spent some major dough on promotion for this event. I don't want to be the guy that starts arguments and stuff, but I know the organizers and I know they did their best with what they could.

I also know that the failure of this event isn't their fault at all.

I just hope the next time the USC spends our cash, it'll be a little more worthwhile.

Mark Vanpee
Science III

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