EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Finkelstein a hypocrite
To the Editor:
If The Gazette purports to publish an objective publication,
you've failed terribly as of late. Your coverage of Norman
Finkelstein's visit to campus was almost as slanted and revisionist
as his views were. Your argument of "academic freedom" hardly
holds up when it comes to someone who uses his status as an
academic simply to add false credibility to his unsubstantiated
and extremist views.
The purest irony is in his claim Jewish people have used the
Holocaust to milk the rest of the world for money and power,
when he has based his entire career on accomplishing the same
goal! He has made no contribution to the ultimate goal of achieving
peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict; rather, he makes his living
on encouraging those that have proven to be violent in the
first place. I wonder how he would have responded had he received
a welcome like Benjamin Netanyahu's at Concordia University
in Montreal last year.
The only way, it seems, he can attempt to satisfy his audience,
is by skewing facts beyond recognition, leaving out minute
details like wars and suicide attacks. And the only way he
can face opposition, as he demonstrated at his speech, is by
responding to reasonable questions with patronizing and emotive
responses he spits out with no factual accompaniment.
"Academics" like Finkelstein should not be allowed to step
foot into a fine institution such as this one. The Gazette
should do its job as a newspaper and reveal him for what he
truly is: a hate monger.
No laughing matter
To the Editor:
I am appalled at the audacity of The Gazette to print a cartoon
so sarcastic and satirical of a very real anti-Semitic sentiment.
On the very same page, an editorial column (which ironically
denounced closed-mindedness) discussed the value of impressionables
who "claim no prior involvement [on a controversial issue]
and attend lectures [like Finkelstein's] seeking what university
is supposed to offer them: education."
According to this logic, The Gazette is "educating" its readers
that all those who use the term "anti-Semite" are "Rage-a-Holics," entirely
undermining the plight of Jews who battle intolerance everywhere.
I feel the comic's message is totally unedifying and only serves
to piss people off.
To the editors, how could you be so careless? As a Jew and
as a Zionist, I freely acknowledge the Israeli government is
not immune to criticism. I also believe the Palestinian people
in Israel deserve a better quality of life. That said, I felt
after attending Finkelstein's lecture, he is little more than
a yes-man for pro-Palestinian/anti-Israeli pundits. His few
genuine reflections on Palestinian human rights and politics
were obscured by his lop-sided rhetoric.
The fact Finkelstein is Jewish holds little credence with
me regarding his opinions and I do not applaud what many are
calling his "objectivity" on the Arab-Israeli conflict. I prefer
those on both sides of the debate who engage in intelligent
and productive discussions on delicate but crucial issues.
As a final statement, I strongly ask for an apology from The
Gazette for printing the inflammatory cartoon and encourage
the editors to consider all such implications of future Gazette
To the Editor:
On behalf of the Samson's Sluggers ball hockey team, we would
like to thank everyone involved in Saturday's O.C. Cup. This
inaugural 16-team tournament was a great way to spend a Saturday
afternoon and was made even better because all the money raised
went to charity.
We would just like to express our thanks to all of the organizers
and ball chasers' who helped to make the day run smoothly and
made sure everyone had a good time. We will definitely be back
next year to defend our title.
"Who loves the Cup? We love the Cup! C-Upper!"
To the Editor:
If any lesson can be learned from the past eight years, it's
that a strong education system cannot be sustained without
a strong economy.
Upon becoming finance minister in 1995, Ernie Eves faced a
province literally on the verge of bankruptcy. The government
was losing $1 million per hour more than it was taking in.
It would have been easy for Eves, in cleaning up that mess,
to ignore universities. His actions, however, show this government
has made students its top priority.
The Tories' investment of $2.6 billion into post-secondary
education is the largest spending increase since the 1960s.
Part of that investment went into building the first new medical
school in 30 years. What a tremendous accomplishmen.
Dalton McGuinty wants us to forget all that.
Before you vote, ask yourself what this province might look
like if Eves had not let people keep more of their own money,
leading to the creation of over a million new jobs and record
investment in education.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Political Science II