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Dear Editor,

I found it absolutely appalling that some of the teachers here at the University of La Verne were actually supporting this weakly attempted rally that took place on Oct. 11. I was also sickened to hear some of the comments being made at this particular rally. Some of these comments included, “I have to believe that President Bush had some type of part in the Sept. 11 tragedy,” and “I feel sorry for the many women and children that the United States is now bombing.” Not to mention the fact that there was no other solution to the problem, but rather, more criticism of our President and government.

First of all, to correct all of the uneducated people, we are not bombing civilian places in Afghanistan. The government has made it very clear that we are only bombing military and terrorist locations. Unless it has been national “take your family to work day,” then the Afghan citizens are not being harmed. Second, to believe that our very own President had his hand in on the happenings on Sept. 11 is absolutely ludicrous.

Every time I hear of someone preaching that what we are doing is wrong, they never have an alternate form of action. And “talking to the terrorists” is not an option! We are speaking of people who stone their women for showing their faces, hide in caves, and find it better to die than to live. There was and is no other way to deal with these fanatics.

The question has been asked of whether or not this war on terrorism will ever be won and if Osama bin Laden will be caught. The answer to both of these questions is YES! Eventually countries around the world will realize that housing terrorism is not in their best interest and are only putting their people in harms way.

It is time for these “anti-war citizens” to realize that in this case, war is the only solution to regaining the security of this nation. No matter how hard people try, peace will continue to remain a “pipe dream.” My only question is, whether these “anti-war”supporters would have supported the Revolutionary War that allowed them to speak the way they do about our government, houses and supports them? It is time for the American public to step up and get behind their nation. “Support, serve, or leave!”

Todd Farrell
Junior

 

Dear Editor,

I am writing on behalf of Associated Students Federation Forum in response to the editorial “ASF leads apathetic student body” Oct. 12 issue of the CT in which the student body as a whole was insulted by one of its own. It is surprising to see an individual receiving a higher education at the University of La Verne, where we are taught from the first day we step foot on campus that stereotyping leads to misconceptions, turn around and take a crude comment like “Do you know how much beer you could buy with $9,000” and use that single statement to represent what the author of the article calls “clueless” mentality of the student body as a whole.

The CT author of this opinion piece forgets that in insulting the student body, he/she also fails to make some important connections. ASF is composed of members of the student body. We are not a separate entity but instead an entity within the student body. With this said, it has been students (yes, ASF members) that have brought on campus the icons Sarah Weddington and Pico Iyer that the author so praises.

As for the fixing of elections comment, the author is making reference to last year’s ASF elections where there was a second election held for the position of ASF President. The author fails to point out and acknowledge that it was the president who called for the re-election because there were flaws in the original elections and that Michael Houdyshell, then in charge of campus activities and commuter programs, after looking at elections declared them valid.

Moving on to the claim that ASF has been forced to give the president more power, the author paints a picture that is far from the truth. It is obvious to me that the author has not taken the time to attend an ASF meeting. Perhaps instead of insulting the student body by comparing ULV to the movie “Clueless,” the author should concentrate on getting that all important CT rep to an ASF meeting so that he/she can make well informed opinion columns instead of what was written.

Mario Guerrero
ASF President

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