Layton for prez... er, PM
Re: “Layton speaks at Western,” Mar.
To the Editor:
I was thrilled to have the honour of hearing the leader of
the federal New Democratic Party, Jack Layton, in the University
Community Centre atrium last week. It is great to know we
have a viable alternative to George W. Bush as the president
of the United States. I will have to do some more research
before I decide whether I will be supporting Layton or John
Kerry for the Democratic nomination.
Oh wait, you mean Layton was running for Canadian political
office? Then why was he ranting against Bush, with barely a
passing mention to Prime Minister Paul Martin and Canada? Mr.
Layton, if I wanted to hear about the U.S., I’d go watch
CNN. Not that you’ll be getting my support anyway, but
that’s another letter.
That said, during Mr. Layton’s brief mention of Canada,
he did say something right. He stated that education should
be based on merit, not the size of your parents’ wallet.
This is absolutely true, but that does not make post-secondary
education a right. It is a privilege, to be given to those
that are deserving — based on merit.
This is where Jack Layton and the NDP have it all wrong. By
viewing education as a right — and not a privilege — they
are guilty of destroying the system of a meritocracy they claim
to espouse and creating one of “equality of privilege.” Equal
opportunity is different than equal privilege.
Everyone should have the opportunity to attend university,
regardless of income. However, I have little sympathy for those
who waste this privilege by throwing it away due to poor lifestyle
choices, and frittering away this great blessing we have been
given by living in this wonderful country.
More than drinking
Re: “Two sides to St. Patty’s Day,” Mar.
To the Editor:
I remain perplexed as to why society routinely associates alcohol
with an Irish political/religious holiday. Granted, there
are many stereotypes surrounding the Irish and their beverages,
but this was anything but the basis for St. Patrick’s
How many of you sporting what you think may be the Irish flag
even know what it symbolizes? The green represents the Catholic
and Republic cause — the orange is for Protestants, and
the white is the peace in between. The tri-color is not green,
white and red, so to the leprechaun wannabes who tried so hard
to convince me they were wearing the tri-color, bugger off.
While alcohol is (sadly?) a part of our lives, your article
pretty much tells us students that if we’re not drunk
on St. Patrick’s Day, then we are not normal. Perhaps
it is you who is unfortunate, as you must rely on any excuse
to drink. Or are you implying that your paper is best viewed
through drunken eyes?
Re: “St. Patrick’s Day: Irish and non-Irish rejoice,” Mar.
To the Editor:
I was extremely disturbed and offended by the comments made
by Adam Moody and Marina Knezevic: “Moody says on St.
Patty’s Day you drink your beers, then fuck your sluts
[and] drink your Labatt 50,” and “I passed out
at 10 [beers]?”
Where do you find these intellectually challenged, morally
offside people? I’m all for freedom of speech, but Moody
and Knezevic speak as though they’re dumb and dumber.
This goes to show that women are their own worst enemies by
supporting the stereotype that drunk Western girls are sluts.
I don’t suppose this charming Moody fellow will be “fucking
any sluts” anytime soon considering he’s ignorant
and refers to himself in the third person. It doesn’t
help me sleep at night knowing these two winners are my peers.
Visual Arts III
Raptors are losers
To the Editor:
For those of you who do not know the story, Lindsay Marshall,
a member of the Toronto Raptors’ “Dance Pak,” was
fired from the organization when a softcore porn site starring
her was discovered. She appears topless in the pictures and
there is a “members only” section that promises
web cam footage, as well as video and more pictures.
While I don’t condone or endorse her actions in establishing
the site, the Raptors failed to look into her background before
they actually hired her. In a province where women can expose
their breasts without fear of legal reprimand, I find it funny
a franchise in need of attendance would fire a woman who could
potentially be a large draw for the club.
The Raptors are arguing that she was let go to preserve the
family- friendly nature of the organization and the league
in which it plays. This argument confuses me. Is this not the
same NBA where countless players have been faced with charges
of rape, assault and fathering numerous illegitimate children?
While I am not sure how much money the “Dance Pak” makes,
I have a sneaking suspicion it is far less than the lowest
salary of their players. Would it not be logical to assume
that they would expect the same level of “moral integrity” from
their millionaire players? Obviously, this is not the case.
I think the Raptors and the NBA should seriously re-examine
where they are placing the blame for damage to their image.
King’s College History III