Volume 95, Issue 55

Thursday, January 10, 2002
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Maybe reading is bad for you?!

Chicken soup for the student soul

Maybe reading is bad for you?!

Re: "Denying Hitler," Nov. 30

To the Editor:

It was with interest that I read the editorial that commented on the decision of Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books and Music, to remove copies of Mein Kampf from the shelves of Chapters and Indigo.

Whether you feel Reisman's decision was 'censorship' or not is irrelevant. An owner of a corporation made a decision based upon something she felt was necessary and has the ability to carry out that decision. What's wrong with that?

Bottom line: Business owners are not politicians. Customers are not constituents and entrepreneurs/corporate moguls have no obligation to be accountable to them.

While it may be in their best interest to offer products that appeal to their customers, it is entirely the right of the owner to decide which products should be offered.

If a business owner chooses to do something with their possession, they have every right to. They should not be restrained by having to repress their own beliefs to appease the masses.

The only exception to this rule is if their action threatens lives or endangers a person's well-being. It cannot be argued that the removal of this book falls into either of those categories.

In the end, you have two ways to protest something like this: don't buy books at Chapters or buy out the chain from Reisman. Since I highly doubt few, if any of us on campus have those kinds of funds, option one is your best bet.

To be honest though, it won't make a hill of beans worth of difference. I'm sure Reisman will continue to have people packed into her mammoth, Starbucks-filled reading wonderlands – enough to have her skipping all the way to the bank.

Paul Yeoman

Honours Political Science III

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