It's not that I particularly enjoy rebutting the Alligator editorial board, but once again I find myself in the unfortunate position of having to defend a project I am involved in from its straw-man arguments and misinformed opinions.
As anyone who attended Saturday's Gators football game can attest, it was very hot and very humid. After fighting my way to my seat through my 90,000 closest friends, I was in need of water. So I went to get some free ice. I was refused. Why? "We don't have any cups," said the girl at the stand. Naturally, I assumed she meant, "We don't have the right cups," since behind her, concession workers were busy filling souvenir cups with ice for ,3.50 sodas.
I regretfully read Colleen Shea's Friday column, and I feel she made a mountain out of a molehill. The column started out griping about UF's health promotion initiatives, but Shea spent most of her time exaggerating the gym's atmosphere. Is it bad for UF to promote healthful lifestyles? Is it a problem the GatorWell tents hand out free condoms? And for as many parties as I see on and around campus, can it hurt to educate students about drinking responsibly?
In Monday's opinion column, Vincent Massaro lamented the poor treatment the homeless receive from Alachua County. Without the ability to beg in the middle of traffic, and without Tent City, "Where are the homeless to go?" the column asked. The answer is quite simple, Mr. Massaro. The homeless should do like everyone else - they should get a job.
I hope nobody feels sorry for the young man who got Tased. I expect that on campus this week, angry protestors will blame the University Police Department for being too aggressive, or blame Accent for inviting Sen. John Kerry to speak or blame Tennessee for riling us all up.
In response to William Sanchez's letter concerning Jack Kevorkian, I have just one question: Why waste your time caring about this situation? I would really like to know how his opinion would change after being confronted with a lifetime of pain and suffering without end. Would he decide to keep on truckin', or would he throw in the towel and end his own life? Would he call up Kevorkian and employ his expertise in the matter? If I ever reached a point in my life where the only thing that greeted me with every new day was the grim reality of more pain and agony, then heck, put me out of my misery!
I am writing in response to Daniel Burroughs's guest column in Thursday's Alligator, "Florida must keep Bright Futures Scholarship Program." The assertion that Florida must maintain the Bright Futures program unchanged is, at best, misguided. The state cannot sustain the financial burden of maintaining Bright Futures' low standards indefinitely. Bright Futures pays 75 percent tuition for a mediocre 3.0 weighted high school grade point average and an SAT score of 970 - 51 points below the national average.
I just wanted to congratulate Mike McCall on a completely enjoyable 10 minutes of ripping into the University of Tennessee on ESPN on Thursday. He started off a little weak, saying Rocky Top was one of the great traditions in college football, but recouped with a dig about being surprised that 100,000 people from Tennessee are able to memorize anything at all, and it all went uphill from there.
I am writing in response to Wednesday's letter "Clotheslines a hazard for children." I loved the tongue-in-cheek letter about rogue clotheslines. I could imagine those heinous downed nylon wires lurking in the shadows just waiting to pounce on some unsuspecting victim, the clothespin springs beckoning the innocent, and the ruthless sheets laying in wait to cause those "zooming" children to fall off their trikes.
As a result of the decline in Florida's economy, a special session of the Legislature this fall will consider an expected 4 percent to 10 percent reduction in the statewide budget. This would result in the State University System losing between ,100 million and ,232 million.
Never before have I been so against a proposal from the Student Senate and so supportive of an editorial from the Alligator. Accent's success lies not only in the experience, professionalism and dedication of its staff, but in its independence from Student Government's legislative branch. The Accent chairperson must be free to act quickly to respond to offers from speakers and be able to act even quicker to research and bid on potential speakers. Requiring the Accent chairperson to report to the Student Senate and ask for approval would strangle Accent's success.
Although I agree there is nothing wrong with controversial speakers, I believe that ,50,000 is a steep price to pay someone convicted of murder and stripped of his medical license. The truth is Mr. Kevorkian is a very sick individual whose ultimate goal is to experiment on the living.
It's been a busy week for the Department of Darts & Laurels. So much has been going on around campus. We've been so busy gathering quotes for "Overheard in Gainesville" and avoiding the Turlington preacher, we've barely had time to cross West University Avenue for a bite to eat or a pitcher to drink. Somehow we managed. But we also managed to bring you a special all UF, all the time edition for this week's…