Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

In response to the article, “No pity for homeless,” I would like to apologize for the writer’s apathy and ignorance. The issue of homelessness is a very difficult subject to discuss and a more difficult subject to solve. However, if Americans hold the same opinions as this student, the homeless situation will never be resolved.

Categorizing all of the homeless as, “lonesome, dirty beggars” exemplifies how ignorant students can be. The homeless society consists of little girls, little boys, mothers, fathers, the mentally ill, Vietnam veterans and substance abusers. Furthermore, to state that the homeless “put themselves in the situation that they’re in” is ignorant. Everyone of those “beggars” has had their own circumstances leading to their homeless situation. In the 1980s, President Reagan cut from the budgets of mental health institutions, releasing thousands of the mentally ill onto our streets. Did they choose to be homeless? Did the Marine who returned from Vietnam with post-traumatic stress syndrome choose to be homeless? Did the little boy born into a homeless family choose to be homeless?

Instead of bashing these unlucky citizens, we should learn from them. Let the homeless of America be a symbol to us of what may happen if we don’t prioritize our lives, if we abuse alcohol or drugs, if we do not graduate from college. Let this lifestyle, filled with desperation, help us to appreciate how fortunate we are.

For the sake of the future, break free from your distorted bubble of reality and open your eyes to the world’s inhabitants. The most celebrated figure in history was a man named Jesus. Whether you believe in him or not, you must agree that he has had a profound impact on this earth. Guess what? He was homeless.

Danielle Hilligoss
Sophomore

Dear Editor,

The story in the Oct. 7 issue of the Campus Times (“Expansion plans discussed”) indicating that the University of La Verne College of Law might merge with Encino conveys a false impression. “Brainstorming” sessions often produce a great many ideas, but ideas do not necessarily mean plans. While the College of Law naturally is open to consideration of any ideas which will strengthen its programs and the mission of the University, there are no plans to merge the two campuses.

Ken Held
Dean and Professor of Law

Dear Editor,

I was initially amused by your Oct. 14 article on “campus censorship.” However, I found the basis for your claim lacking in foundation.

I, also, found it hypocritical that the Campus Times, while criticizing the Student Center’s grammatical ability, failed to demonstrate its own competency in printing the article. A good investigative journalist would have uncovered that unconstitutional censorship applies to state action and not to actions of persons or institutions such as the University of La Verne. Had Changing Times (sic) read the First Amendment, they would have found, “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.” The Constitution was written as a limitation on the government and not a limitation on the people.

The ULV administration cannot be denying students their First Amendment freedom of speech because this Amendment is not a restriction on ULV with regards to its students.

The Changing Times (sic) belittled the ULV policy of requiring pre-approval before signs or posters are displayed on campus. The article gives the perception that since students are allowed to “poison their bodies..and compromise their moral stature,” they should be allowed unfettered discretion to post any sign the student fancies as part of their college experience.

I feel ULV should be commended for taking reasonable and responsible steps toward ensuring that ULV remains an academic environment unencumbered by the obscenity and vulgarity of a few.

Next time the Changing Times (sic) seeks to cite unconstitutional law as the basis of its opinion, they should research the more recent rulings of the Supreme Court. The cited 1968 case as used by Changing Times (sic) misstates the current law.

Thomas Diaz
College of Law
Class of ‘94

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