Letters to the Editor
I was concerned to read the Sept. 6 article, "UI researchers: Community college students uncertain about Affordable Care Act," which cited a study showing that many students don't know about the benefits of the new health care law.
The News-Gazette's Sept. 9 editorial "When markets speak, officials should listen" makes several good points as to why the Landmark Hotel was a poor investment and why governments shouldn't fund private development projects.
Periodically we hear of a water main rupturing, due to its old age. This prompts authorities to advise those persons affected to boil their water. Sometimes a few hundred persons are involved.
Now — fast forward — 50 years hence:
In the U.S., we have a long tradition of civil disobedience against morally repugnant social orders — against lawless British rule and slavery, against discrimination against women and the exploitation of labor, against warmongering, segregation, mass incarceration, etc.
Concerning the very complex issue of the Steven Salaita crisis, I find Jim Dey's columns especially unhelpful. Perhaps Mr. Dey considers his role as a columnist different from that of a reporter, but in the ever-narrowing field of print journalism, both roles require professionalism and responsibility to the subject matter.
Is there anything meaningful that you can say with just 140 characters? Perhaps a pithy quote lifted from a more loquacious essay will fit within that limitation.
But no learned discourse can be contained within the Twitter defined canister. No reasoned argument with evidentiary support for its thesis can be advanced in a tweet.
Here are letters to the editor on the subject of Steven Salaita (here is the second compilation, and