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Monday, May 10, 2021

Opinion

Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Underage drinking not cause of death

UF President Bernie Machen's logic was off on blaming Andrew Enriquez's death on underage drinking. The fact that Enriquez drank while 20-years-old is not what killed him. He may, however, have been intoxicated while driving. Such was the case when Austin Wright hit Gainesville Police Department Lt. Corey Dahlem on that tragic April night.


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Meyer acted immaturely, inappropriately

After reading Thursday's Letters to the Editor about Tasergate, I must say kudos to the Alligator for allowing both sides to be heard and kudos to many in the student body for seeing the truth. I would think a telecommunication senior like Meyer would understand that it's not about what you say, but often about how you say it.


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Defaced Wall embarrasses Gainesville

The tagging of the Dahlem memorial is one of the most disgusting acts of self-righteousness I have seen in my time spent at UF. I am embarrassed for the student body. This display of ignorance surely reflects poorly on the caliber of students at this university. As someone who disagrees with the actions of the University Police Department on Monday, I am appalled that students would take their frustrations out in such a disrespectful manner. Have your protests, make your signs, stand up for what you believe, but do so in a way that proves the young people of today aren't the self-righteous, spoiled punks with something to prove that we're made out to be. Stay classy, Gainesville.


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  COLUMNS

Virtual worlds have more possibilities

Just when you believed civilization to be crumbling down around yo, confirmed by all of the fighting, hatred and Tasering going on all over the world nowadays, a magnificent technological breakthrough comes along to lift everyone's spirits. The beacon of hope I am referring to is the Virtual Hills.


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Meyer incident not a political issue

It seems ridiculous that party lines have been drawn already. Those supporting Meyer are "Krishna-Lunch-eating, college-aged hippies," and those not supporting him are creating a police state. All this along the lines clearly marked on your voting ballots to be cast in a year.


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  EDITORIALS

Darts & Laurels

It would be an understatement to say we're glad it's Friday. This all Andrew Meyer, all the time coverage has just about driven us here in the Department of Darts & Laurels over the edge. But nonetheless, we're here for this week's recap of Tasergate. So read on, brave souls. If you don't, we might Taser you. Enjoy this week's "Don't Tase me, bro" edition of…


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Meyer should have obeyed Accent rules

Whatever all of this is, it isn't a debate about free speech. Accent shutting off Meyer's microphone violates free speech no more than your professor cutting you off in class. Just as a classroom discussion proceeds according to a protocol set by the teacher of hand-raising and turn-waiting, so too does a speech at an Accent-sponsored event follow a protocol set by the university: a protocol that stipulates, among other things, that questioners approach the microphone orderly, that they wait their turn to speak and that when and if they speak, they do so calmly and without profanity.


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Meyer coverage just what he wanted

Torture, brutality, injustice. These are only some of the words being used to describe Monday's spat. I had a lot of reservations to overcome in writing this, knowing full well that the reaction Meyer has received locally and nationally is right up his sadistic alley. For being a punk, he has become something of a martyr.


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Police prevented possible harm

In regards to the Tasering incident on campus during the Kerry forum, the UPD officers acted appropriately in the handling of Meyer. Students and faculty quick to cry out that this was an injustice need to objectively look at this situation and realize Meyer caused the incident, not the police.


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Defacing memorial crossed line

To the individuals who defaced the memorial to Lt. Corey Dahlem on the 34th Street Wall: Regardless about what you may believe about UPD's actions, you have crossed the line. By tagging the now infamous "Don't Tase me, bro!" over a memorial to a dedicated and upstanding officer, you covered up the most visible mark of an officer who exemplified how to protect and serve.


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