Opinion | Letters To The Editor
There’s been a lot of talk about Senate minority leader Michael Christ’s comments concerning the new Taco Libre Party. Some have said he’s angry, whiny and unprofessional. Others have a few more choice words for him. As the people who elected him to represent us in the Senate, we couldn’t be more proud. He’s telling it like it is.
My name is Susan Webster, and I currently serve as the Swamp Party spokeswoman. I am very excited to announce that our party’s slate has been released. After three days of qualifying, slating and interviews, Swamp Party is confident that we have selected the 50 most qualified and capable candidates to serve the student body in the Student Senate.
Voting isn’t just a necessary part of democracy. Voting is democracy. And, as the Supreme Court ruled in a 1979 landmark case, students establishing residency have the right to vote in the communities where they attend college. Students pay state sales tax. They are subject to the jurisdiction of the court system where they attend school. Most importantly, students are directly impacted by the decisions made by elected officials in the city, county and state governments where they attend college. Yet, at UF, the status quo prevents far too many students from exercising their fundamental voting rights.
Kudos to the approximately 30 UF students who lobbied legislators in Tallahassee on Thursday to support in-state tuition for foreign-born students who meet Florida residency requirements and graduated Florida high schools.
As a rule, we get the government we deserve. Political institutions work well when citizens are engaged: following the news, electing good representatives and pitching in ourselves to address serious national problems like health care and national security. When people are detached, governments generally fail.
About 160,000 students, afraid of being attacked or harassed, skip school every day. Bullying begins in elementary school, peaks in middle school and lessens in high school, but it does not stop there. It has recently moved from inside school hallways onto the football field. Though evidence is still coming to light, it’s clear that a Miami Dolphin lineman, Richie Incognito, acted inappropriately toward a vulnerable teammate, Jonathan Martin. The fact that the resulting investigation has made hundreds of headlines is no surprise: Bullying is a significant problem. The fact that many children admire NFL players makes it critical for locker room behavior to be honorable.
Chances are if you’re reading this, you have student loan debt. You may have a federal subsidized or unsubsidized loan, a loan through your school, or your parents may have even taken out a Direct PLUS Loan to help cover the costs of your education. I have a twin sister attending Florida State University, so I happen to have all of the above. I have federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans, and my parents have taken out loans in order to pay for housing and books.
The author of the column does not realize that those of us “ready for Hillary” are not mindless supporters of the political class, but rather citizens simply excited to support the possible campaign of one of the most qualified and groundbreaking potential candidates this country has seen.