Volume 94, Issue 74

Friday, February 2, 2001


OPINIONS

Letters to the Editor

Stars are aligned for Chretien to start constitutional talks

Letters to the Editor

Broken cookie-cutter not good for baking politics


Re: Reader says "Economics 101" analysis "laughable", Jan. 30.

To the Editor:

In a recent letter to the editor, Rick Telfer says that "yes, businesses are untrustworthy. All they care about is profit."

This statement is ridiculous.

Although there are some "bad" businesses that exist in Canada, there are plenty of businesses that happily pay their taxes and obey the law. To simply say that businesses are untrustworthy and solely care about profit is to neglect the reality that many businesses are already participating, to great success, in the funding of public services and institutions such as post-secondary education.

Indeed, when one examines the Walkerton disaster, one realizes how government can be untrustworthy. When government officials don't perform their duties properly, the public is at risk.

What privatization does is allow for diversity in the pursuance of the public good. The cookie-cutter, state-centred approach advocated by Telfer only results in the under-funding of our public institutions, as has been demonstrated in universities over the past 10 years, and in our health care system for the past 25 years.

The state can effectively play a role as a catalyst for achieving the public good without being the funder and the manager of the public service.

Brett McDermott
Honours and Political Science



Full moon tonight? Letter to the Ed. dubbed "frightening" by reader


Re: Storm the Bastille! Jan. 31.

To the Editor:

Is it just me, or does anyone else find themselves frightened by Luke Petrykowski's letters?

Let me offer some advice: before you go spouting this left-wing babble, realize there is a strong chance you may alienate your fellow students in the process.

I find it hard to see a way in which the council is "preying" on the student populace. I have found for the most part, the council is legitimate and honest.

With the lack of student participation these days, students are doing well with what is offered. After speaking to current president, Dave Braun, I found myself impressed with his pleasant demeanor and sense of caring.

Just remember, this is a student's council election, not a Marxist revolution.

J. Kendall Cumming
Economics I




Small matter of vendetta?


Re:Jan. 31.

To the Editor:

Upon reading information in The Gazette on the issue of vice-presidential elections and discussing it with a few USC councillors, I believe councillor Hollick to be correct in the remarks she made in her letter to the editor.

She spoke very diplomatically and took a stance on an issue that was a hot topic. This is what good representatives do. Not once did I find her remarks to be insulting to the students of this university, nor did I feel that she needed further clarification on this issue.

What I do find insulting however, are Luke Petrykowski's continuous negative remarks to the hardworking and competent members of this council, and to anyone affiliated with the USC in general. I feel that since he was elected to the Senate in October and has taken a position on the council, not once has he attempted to work with any other members. These people give up their time to represent the needs of students, and I believe they've done a pretty darn good job.

As well, I found his "pack of wolves" metaphor to be flawed. Structurally, he states that the "pack of wolves" prey on the notion of democracy. A few lines following that, he then states the prey of the "pack of wolves" to be the student populace. Maybe the next time Mr. Petrykowski wishes to use such a grand metaphor, he should make sure it makes sense.

Paul Yeoman
USC External Affairs Committee
Honours Political Science II




Great expectations, yet disappointment


Re: Concordia backs FTAA protest, Jan. 31.

To the Editor:

About a year and a half ago, I arrived on this campus full of expectations and full of joy. After watching one too many Animal House movies and reading a little too much on the 1960s, I believed university would be the centre for intellectual debate, controversy and dissent.

To my dismay, student awareness of social issues is less than sufficient. University should not just be about classes and exams, but also about serious self-reflection and gaining an understanding for your community.

Acadia University and Concordia University did great things both for the world around us and their students, by allowing them to attend the Free Trade Area Agreement protest in Quebec City.

Will Western follow the example and allow its students to stand up for their beliefs in confronting corporate globalization?

Matt Rae
History II





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