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Letters to the Editor: November 11

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(1) Dear Editor, Chancellor Holub and the University of Massachusetts general population,

I am a recent graduate from UMass Amherst (class of 2007). Many of my family members have gone to UMass. My father went to UMass, my uncle went to UMass, my sister went to UMass, my fiancé went to UMass and I went to UMass. I was an RA at UMass for three years. Until recently, I have been a proud member of UMass Alumni. Then, even though your administration and campus speak out against it, you are still letting a terrorist speak at UMass.

You are letting someone who plotted and acted to destroy lives, ruin families, attempt to destroy this great nation, harm innocent people and steal away society’s peace of mind speak at UMass. You are using some sniveling story of “freedom of speech” to hide behind the atrocities you are too ashamed or too cowardly to stand up against. I used to champion the UMass campus, the good times I had, the great teachers, the events, the sports, the people, even sometimes the too liberal town. Not anymore. That feeling of community has been stripped from me because of your actions. Never have I been so ashamed to have been apart of something that was once so great.

Today is the sad day I take down my UMass pendants, scrape the UMass stickers off my cars, cancel all donations to UMass; the good word I spoke of UMass when telling friends and families about the good times, the great campus is all gone. All gone and replaced by a sense of shame, shame that I have supported UMass, shame that I went to UMass and shame that I recommended this University of Embarrassment to friends and family members.

There are still a few groups at UMass of which I am not ashamed. I would like to congratulate the UMass police for putting their foot down on the issue by organizing and attending a protest against this terrorist speaking. Well done, police, for standing up against this drivel of nonsense spewing from the professors at this once great campus. Also, President Jack Wilson must be commended for speaking out against such a deplorable human being speaking at a once great campus. Even he must remember though – actions speak louder than words.

The administration at UMass claims that it is letting this occur because of free speech. I support free speech. There is a fine line between supporting free speech and allowing hate to be echoed through the classrooms where many people have learned, taught and honored. You are giving a terrorist a forum to spout off his hatred. You are shaming the University by letting this atrocity occur on a campus without listening to the voice of the people who go there and who work there. You are bowing to the ACLU which is an extremist left wing propaganda factory.

I am sure you will lose many donations to the University over this issue, as you have already lost mine and I am sure many others as well. Perhaps if the losses get substantial enough you will finally think with a clearer head on matters such as this next time they arise, and with all the lunacy in the world today, I’m sure similar issues will occur in the future.

Remember, all that is needed for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.

Chris Fuchs Jr.
UMass Alumni

(2) Dear Editor,

With his column, “One last moment of triumph,” Mr. Perry has once again caused the Founding Fathers to roll in their graves, bemoaning their decision to so highly stress the importance of free speech. I suppose Al Gore, the inventor of the Internet, is also to blame because he allowed Mr. Perry such easy access to a wealth of misinformation. Perhaps Mr. Perry accidentally changed the filter in StumbleUpon to “right-winged nut job” and since then hasn’t been able to find any other sites.

As far as I can tell, one of Mr. Perry’s biggest concerns is that “Obamacare” will be so popular that it would be political suicide for anyone to oppose it in the future. “If a candidate is telling 30 million people he is taking their health care coverage away, those 30 million people are highly unlikely to vote for that candidate.” I have to ask, if 30 million people are that happy with the plan, then why would politicians be trying to get rid of it? Mr. Perry goes on to say, “Democrats needed to seize the opportunity to push this bill through while they still held the political power to do so and they did it.” Although this is a rarely accurate statement for him to make, it sheds no light on the situation. Why wouldn’t the Democrats take advantage of an opportunity to pass a bill that has been a core of their platform for the past half century?

Costs seem to be a huge focus of his article. “In the next 10 years we can all look forward to health care costs skyrocketing, probably doubling and tripling before the costs become too high for anyone to afford.” This statement confused me because these are very similar to the projected costs of healthcare if no legislation is implemented. This brings us to the real point of the column: Mr. Obama and the rest of the liberals have an elaborate plan to destroy our current healthcare system and replace it with government run health care.

In 2008, health care insurance was the 28th most profitable industry in the US, according to the Fortune 500. UnitedHealth Group, was the 25th most profitable company, beating companies such as Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson. So, is Obama trying to completely reconstruct the health care system? Maybe. Hopefully. Perhaps if Mr. Perry spent less time worrying about what hurt America and spent more time worrying what hurt the American people, he would worry less about how much money the insurance companies would lose, how much the government will spend and more about how many people it will help.

I would like to conclude with my favorite quote from Mr. Perry’s article, “The bill was recently labeled ‘the worst bill ever’ by a Wall Street Journal editorial.” Even after his criticism in his piece on global warming, where he quoted an economist and tried to pass him off as a climatologist, Mr. Perry still hasn’t learned that saying something doesn’t necessarily make it true. Thankfully, this is the case; otherwise, Mr. Ahmadinejad’s comments on the Holocaust would have forced every publisher on the planet to rewrite their textbooks.

So much for the good week, indeed. Thanks, Mr. Perry.

Alan R. Levin
UMass student


4 Responses to “Letters to the Editor: November 11”

  1. Dan on November 12th, 2009 6:35 pm

    Its a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it. Thanks Alan R. Levin, UMass Student!

    Former UMass Student

  2. Zack on November 14th, 2009 2:49 am

    @Alan R. Levin

    You ask, “If 30 million people are that happy with the plan, then why would politicians be trying to get rid of it?” For that question I have an equally simple question, is your I.Q. lower than a block of wood? I suspect I know the answer, but lets review this question in finer detail. Lets think of all of the huge social programs that liberal government leaders have created over the years: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and countless other “support programs.” Each one of these programs have completely blown away their “projected” costs, and in reality each program is a financial liability to our country. Yet no politician would ever attempt to end Social Security as it was originally intended, it would be political suicide. Once you give the general public a huge service program they think they are entitled to that program for life. Unfortunately we have an entitlement society today due to many of these irresponsible programs.

    In one way you are right, no politician would try to take away these programs or a government run health insurance plan, because the people using those programs would make sure that politician did not win. But if our elected officials actually cared about the well-being of our country they would stand up and speak for what they know is right. These programs have crippled our economy and our government, they have ruined the credit of the American dollar, and in my opinion, if the current health care reform bill passes, they will bankrupt the U.S. and leave us in the wake of China. Just because people like something does not mean that it is good for the country, our budget, or our general well-being.

  3. Alan R Levin on November 15th, 2009 10:51 pm

    Mr. Zack,

    I’ll be you feel real clever with that insult you came up with, huh? Isn’t it nice to have the Internet to hide behind so you can make inane comments to anyone you want?

    If Medicare is such a “liability,” as you put it, then why are all the Republicans complaining that Obama’s Health care plan will reduce Medicare? Isn’t that exactly what you want?

    Also, do you really think these programs are what have crippled our economy? Not the unregulated market? Not the two wars we’re fighting?

  4. Zack on November 16th, 2009 1:33 am

    I am not trying to hide behind the internet. If you would like to meet to discuss the issues then you are welcome to e-mail me. What the Republicans are complaining about has nothing to do with my personal view point. I happen to think that it is absurd for the Democrats to argue that they can pay for the health care reform by reducing waste in Medicare, when the very waste in Medicare has been produced by the government itself. So what we are saying is, “you wasted the money before, with a health care program, and now you are proposing to pay for a new health care program by reducing the waste that was allowed to grow under your watch.” Sounds a little off to me.

    I would also like to point out that our market has never been “unregulated.” And if it were ever to be completely unregulated and free I guarantee that there would not be the corruption, destruction, waste, and systemic failures that we have seen recently. Certainly the wars we are fighting come with substantial costs, both financially and with the lives of our brave soldiers. We know that freedom is not free, and that sacrifices must be made in order to protect our liberties and our citizens. Unfortunately our governments ineptness, and the lack of investment in our military and intelligence communities prior to 9/11 allowed for those abominable attacks to occur on our nation, and I think we would both agree that in regards to the safety of our citizens and the security of our nation proper funding and investment in our defense department must be maintained.

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