First of all, I'd like to start by correcting the numbers originally written in "Anti-war effort mounts" in the Daily on Jan. 29. I was one of the 14 University students who took part in the 20-hour cross-country trip to Washington, D.C., this past weekend for the national anti-war protest. Once we arrived, we met with almost 500,000 other protestors.
Some people would like to believe that our protests are unpatriotic and send a message to the troops that we do not support them. The real truth is that we do support our troops and we praise them for the dedication they have for our country, but we do not support the cause in which they risk their lives. We want to support them by providing them a healthy and full life, and not by putting them in the front lines of life-threatening danger.
Right now, my only sister and four of my friends are in Iraq risking their lives for a cause that some of them aren't even sure about. My biggest fear is that one of their lives might suddenly end without them even knowing why.
I want our loyal citizens brought back safely to their home country. Is that really so unpatriotic?
If the letter-writer from Wednesday's Daily ("Digging dirt on the competition") is referring to the Obama/Madrassa story, she should be informed that the incident had nothing whatsoever to do with Sen. Hillary Clinton.
The story, a complete fabrication, was published by Insight Magazine and repeated twice on the Fox News network. Insight Magazine is published by the unambiguously biased Rev. Sun Myung Moon (yes, THAT Rev. Sun Myung Moon). Not only was the story false, the implication that Sen. Clinton had something to do with releasing the information was also false.
Like the editorial cartoonist, the writer is entitled to her opinion, but she is not entitled to her facts. I'd appreciate it if the Daily would refrain from publishing false information in its letters column.
The cartoon may indeed be inaccurate (it should only have a Republican shovel and no Hillary shovel), but the writer's response is yet another fabrication. This is interesting since she claims to know the truth about the incident. She does not.
I am exasperated by the media's embrace of partisan barbs over simple, verifiable facts, all in the name of "balance." Well, "balance" is overrated. The facts don't need to be balanced. The facts are: Clinton had nothing to do with the smear against Obama. Insight Magazine and Fox News reported an inaccurate story, which they did not verify. Since the writer is concerned over accuracy in journalism, she should be concerned that Insight and Fox News both failed.
Blind support wrong
Republican Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman has cosponsored a resolution to not support President George W. Bush's troop surge in Iraq. Now Sen. Coleman has every right to do this, but it puts me as a conservative in a tricky position.
Coleman is a Republican, but I personally cannot support this decision of his. I happen to agree with the strategy behind the troop surge, but this is not what I'm debating at the moment.
The point is: Sen. Coleman is a Republican who is upsetting me as a conservative, and I intend to voice my opinion about it. I am of the firm belief that blindly supporting a politician because he or she has an R behind his/her name is not only wrong, but does not serve my conservative principles.
Some in the party might not like this approach, and I think that is what hurts us as Republicans. At least some of the reason why Republicans lost so many seats in November is because they weren't listening ... they had their blinders on.
Those in the Republican Party should not be silencing dissent. I will never support a liberal, but I will also never blindly support those Republicans who I feel are wrong on an issue.
What goes around
I don't know any other avenue to say this: This morning, I stupidly left my purse in the seating area of the Java City café in Moos Tower.
When I came back about an hour later to look for it, some wonderful person had turned it in to the coffee counter. I'd like to express my gratitude to this person - I firmly believe what goes around comes around, so you are due for some good karma!