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Saturday, April 13, 2024

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Butler’s record speaks for itself

What’s the point of these articles? They list some of coach Butler’s accomplishments, praise her intensity and passion for the game, and then suggest her possible “downfall” based on comments from two former disgruntled players who abandoned their team last year as post-season play began.


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Action in Iraq, Libya fundamentally different

The current military action in Libya is not the same as the Iraq War. Plain and simple. In 2002 and 2003, the United States cooked up a reason to go to war based on faulty intelligence and post-9/11 hysteria. The U.S. went to the U.N., couldn’t get a military resolution, and we invaded Iraq anyway. In Libya’s case, the U.S. and our allies are riding with our allies in NATO on the back of a U.N. Security Council resolution.


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Evolution constant subject of critical evaluation

Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” was published in 1859, and the theory that life on Earth is in a constant state of evolution was around even before that. What columnist Zack Smith seems unable to grasp is the fact that the theory of evolution has, in fact, been subject to “critical analysis” for 150 years and has been proven every time.


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Citizens never unanimous in support

Zack Smith made a great point in his Monday column, “Planned Parenthood’s funds need a trim.” Not everything the government pays for is supported by every citizen of this nation. I personally do not support the wars our country is currently fighting nor do I support giving tax exemption to churches.


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Prioritizing organic foods for a budget

Thanks for printing Ashley Bray’s column on organic foods last week. It had some good advice, although I would argue that local production affects taste more so than choosing between organic and nonorganic. Nonetheless, I agree that the health benefits of organic food are worth striving for, and that those on a limited budget can employ a strategy of mixing organic and conventional, because eating all organic foods would be too expensive. For anyone wanting to try this, an invaluable tool is the “Dirty Dozen” list, which details the produce with the highest levels of pesticide residues.


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Anti-Planned Parenthood arguments ridiculous

I just wanted to say “bravo!” to Zack Smith for his insightful column published Monday on why Planned Parenthood should lose its funding. His sleuthing uncovered the fact that even though absolutely zero government dollars spent on the organization go toward abortion services, some of the money they receive is instead being used on insidious programs like “sexuality education” and “public policy objectives.”


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Columnist overlooks recycling benefits

I was both disappointed and appalled to read Laura Ellermeyer’s column in Tuesday’s  edition entitled, “Recycling proves wasteful in long term.” Leaving aside for the moment the fact that a first-year finance student such as Laura is entitled to hold whatever opinion she wants concerning recycling, I find it inexcusable that the Alligator would print such a socially and environmentally irresponsible article. First, it is a fact that recycling our cans, bottles, plastics and paper allows us to reuse our planet’s scarce resources over and over, thereby reducing the impact caused by the extraction of mineral, forest or petroleum products. Does Ellermeyer know that recycling aluminum cans saves 95 percent of the energy used to produce those cans from scratch? That means you can make 20 cans out of recycled material with the same amount of energy it takes to make one can of new material. Energy savings from recycling cans in 1993 alone were enough to light a city the size of Pittsburgh for six years. It also takes water — a lot of water — to process raw aluminum into cans. Why should we willfully waste resources when we can easily conserve them?


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Racial profiling a necessary evil

In a letter to the editor published Thursday, the concept of racial profiling is mentioned in conjunction with the evilness of the Republican Party and its opposition to affirmative action. While I realize I won’t make many friends with this argument, I have no problem with racial profiling. Is it ideal? Absolutely not. In an ideal world, every single person would be treated the same in every situation. However, that is simply unrealistic; thus, I believe racial profiling to be a necessary evil.


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