Letters to the Editor – October 9, 2012

My life in college is not like “My Life in College”

Dear Editor,

I’m writing in regard to the article “My life in college: Pitfalls of a karaoke bar”. I had to ask myself after reading the article: is this what women my age actually think about themselves? I can’t condone an article that subjugates my gender through the self-deprecation of someone who obviously doesn’t get out much.

The author’s belief that a woman dressing “whorish” relegates her to treatment as a “street walker” by men shows an utter lack of self-respect, and this mindset precludes any form of respect from other men or women. There are ways to be sexy and sassy without wearing torn fishnets and abusing alcohol.

Furthermore, approached by a guy she immediately deemed “douchebag,” the author still pursued him. No woman should ever settle for someone approaching in an ill fashion. I have come to the understanding that the author is not experienced in this realm of socialization, but saying no to negative male attention will prevent costly encounters with sexual assault – especially after too many drinks.

I’m writing this because I hope that the author reevaluates her role as a female student at our university. I hope she gains enough self-esteem to avoid desperately scraping the romance out of a drunken backseat encounter with a Titanic reference. I understand most of what was said in the article was a poor attempt at humor, but that doesn’t mean losing pride in one’s womanhood in the process. Have some class.

Thank you for your time,
Kayla Harrison

Angry about Afghanistan

Dear Editor,

I am writing to express my anger and frustration about the brave U.S. Troops that continue to be forced into harm’s way for absolutely no good reason!

I am 53 years old and I clearly remember the very many protests during The Vietnam War.  There were literally millions of people that had grown to detest this slaughter of humans on both sides of this war.  I am not angry at The U.S. Troops that fought in this war, but then as now, I am angry and frustrated by the ignorance that pervades Washington, DC to continue, yet again, to put U.S. Troops in harm’s way for absolutely nothing!

The Vietnam War was fought to keep South Vietnam free from Communism.  Here, again, U.S. Troops were called upon to shoulder the over-whelming danger of doing the fighting and dieing.  My memory is that the Vietnam Troops may-as-well have not even existed!  After years and years of bloody loss, The Communist took South Vietnam anyway!  Again, what good was accomplished by so much loss by U.S. Troops and their families?

Now, we have the asinine quagmire of Iraq and Afghanistan.  The Government of Afghanistan, if you can call it that, has even asked The U.S. to leave!  Why in the name of humanity can’t our government see how insulting these ungrateful warring people are to U.S. Troops and our country?  The “friendlys” killing U.S. Troops answers this question!

Timothy Bledsoe

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