Volume 96, Issue 15
Tuesday, September 24, 2002

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Re: "Paying the Bills," Sept. 18

To the Editor:

Accusations and misguided beliefs; these are two ways to describe the op-ed by Claire Quinns. First, she accuses The Gazette of endorsing their advertisements when she has no fact to back up her statement. Secondly, she is not familiar with the work of Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nation's and his "straw-man fallacy."

The Gazette is a reputable media outlet; it has been providing students with information (news) as well as a past time with its entertainment section. To insinuate that The Gazette promotes a "wet T-shirt contest" or a "fun with a sponge night" is comical. If Claire believes her statement is true, then I have a bridge in New York to sell her.

This is business. Revenue must exceed expenses for a business to succeed. This is a basic principle of economics.

Moreover, Claire fulfills the prophet of a "straw-man" according to The Wealth of Nation's. She proposes a problem and demands a resolution, yet she negates to propose "realistic" alternatives.

Claire, we are experiencing an economic downturn. Internet and news media advertisements are dangerously low. However, there are two industries since dawn immemorial that can sustain a recession: adult entertainment (the oldest profession in the world) and gambling.

Shawn Walia
Political Science III

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