Volume 94, Issue 70

Friday, January 26, 2001


Letter the Editor

Be like the smart kids!

Letter the Editor

Wally's prices are INSANE!

Re: Bill 137 will give Ontarians more choice, Jan. 25.

To the Editor:

After reading the letter about the possible privatization of licensing, I was shocked by this plan and mystified as to the logic of the respondent.

If licensing agencies passed too may bad drivers, those drivers would possibly die, therefore giving them less customers. Thus, this would "not be advantageous for a business to do."

Koziak also states this would give us "choice." Choice in a service does not mean better service. An advantage would be price. With lowered price usually comes with a loss somewhere else. Would you prefer the person in the car next to you be tested at Wacky Wally's Discount Driver Testing?

Finally, I think we, as the people the changes will effect, should watch carefully any situation where government is looking to privatize anything that most of us require.

Most privatization looks to save money for the government. The private sector is out to make money and they will find a way, at any cost.

Chris Pollett
Kinesiology II

Not exactly model coverage

Re: Model Parliament Coming to Western, Jan. 10.

To the Editor:

The Gazette, the newspaper that we trust to inform us of all campus events could only be bothered to publish one "Brief" on Jan. 10, merely explaining when and where the event would take place. The event I am referring to was Western's 16th annual Model Parliament.

This event has been a tradition among politically minded students for almost two decades. The last few years it has lacked promotion, and thus participation has been extremely low.

As a result, this year's planning committee concentrated on increasing promotion in hopes of getting more students to attend. The efforts started in October through to December. A promotion booth was set up in the Atrium, overheads were shown in classes, an ad ran on TV Western, and The Gazette was informed of the event and was invited to cover it.

As a result of these efforts, the number of participants doubled, the majority being first time participants one Member of Parliament also attended. Enthusiasm of all participants was amazing, debate on bills prepared by each party was stimulating, the heckling was more than entertaining and the social events were a great opportunity to get to know other fellow students.

Even though a Gazette reporter stopped by on Saturday and was given a list of people he could contact, a story failed to materialize.

It is extremely unfortunate that this measly letter to the editor is the only coverage that the 16th Annual Model Parliament will see. And I only hope that the Gazette begins to put University Students' Council events at the top of its priority list so this never happens again.

Candace Hepworth
2000-01 USC Model Parliament Commissioner

A complaint about The Gazette, how original!

Re: Duke prof first to offer course over Internet, Jan. 24.

To the Editor:

I feel that I must express my outrage at the appalling nature of your reporting on the Duke professor hosting the "first ever" Internet course.

First, I would to point out that we at Western have at least one such course that is available.

The second point that I would like to express is that there are two completely on-line universities available in British Columbia which do not even have campuses to host classes. All of the courses are available through digital means. There is also a university in the US which also offers courses on-line: ArsDigita.

These are just a few small examples, there are many others which can be found in a single web search for on-line universities. I even have a colleague here in my office that has stated he has taken courses abroad from an American university on-line.

Remember, thanks to misrepresentation by the media, Al Gore will forever be known as having "Invented the Internet."

Chris Power
MSc. Computer Science

Write good things, now!

Re: Something's rotten in Denmark, Jan. 24.

To the Editor:

I am baffled at how Aaron Wherry is able to chastize the University Students' Council for any absurd "rumours and innuendo" that have recently been circulating.

Furthermore, if there exists any "anger and boredom with the current state of student politics on this campus," it has only developed due to what I believe are The Gazette's negatively biased writings over the past few months.

If Mr. Wherry really has a problem with the image of the USC, I think he could try to alleviate it by dedicating some of his columns to positive comment on the many successful, well-appreciated and essential services the USC provides.

Marty Zahavich
King's College councillor
MIT/English II

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