Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

My father often told me as a child that if I complain but I don’t do anything to change it, I may as well stop complaining completely. I have taken that lesson as I joined SCSU’s Student Government this last year. I have always been a believer that if you want to be part of change, you must be willing to stand up for it and listen.

This isn’t always the easiest thing to do, it means not running away when you are faced with criticism but as I regularly tell my close friends, if someone told me they hated me genuinely, I would propose marriage.

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Letter to the Editor: Safety comes first

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Letter to the Editor by Emily Alden

 

Over the years, SCSU has spent a great amount of money and time in trying to make the SCSU campus safe for all students as well as faculty; but is it enough? There are many questions that I ponder and I ask myself: Do I feel safe here at SCSU? I am a sophomore here at State, and as a second year student I have heard a number of terrifying stories about gun shots, break-ins, knifings, and even deaths around the outer perimeter of campus. The St. Cloud police need to enforce more actions of safety and security rather than handing out minors to underage drinkers like they’re Halloween candy. Of course, we have invested a lot of money into our public safety system into making the campus a safer place, but public safety only controls the campus area. So, what about off campus? What is anyone doing for the students that live a few blocks outside of campus to feel safer?

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Letter to the Editor: Harry Potter or Glee?

Letter to the Editor by Francis Sadler

 

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‘Coexist’ banner abuses religious symbols

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Houses of worship often construct enormous religious symbols, beacons for weary travelers on the road of faith. Yet here in St. Cloud, our supposedly secular university has fashioned a 12-foot-high Islamic crescent, Jewish star, and Christian cross to loom over passers-by—in spite of the institution’s legal requirement to remain neutral on religious issues.

These icons line the façade of Atwood Memorial Center, the heart of St. Cloud State University’s campus. Together these religious symbols form the “Coexist” banner, where the crescent takes the place of the “C”, the star stands in for the “X”, and the cross is the “T”. This banner resembles the well-known bumper sticker of the same message, although the smaller version affixed to autos usually includes seven symbols total, not three.

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Are our priorities straight?

I am writing this letter because I am concerned about the safety of St. Cloud State University students. Students now are afraid to walk the streets of their own town because they don’t feel safe. The St. Cloud police and public safety need to concentrate more of their work on violent crimes in the area. This is so concerning to me because I myself am a student enrolled at St. Cloud State, and I am worried about my safety and the safety of my friends and family. My brother is a junior at St. Cloud State and during his sophomore year he was walking to the gas station a few blocks from his house to grab a snack before the store closed. On his way back to his house, he was confronted by two men and they demanded him to fork over his wallet. Being the tough guy he thinks he is, he refused. The two men proceeded to mug him. Luckily he landed a few good punches, and managed to escape with his wallet and his life. Hearing this, I was a little intimidated to come to St. Cloud for college, but I didn’t think it was a serious reoccurring problem.

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Has education failed us?

Over the years, there have been many changes to education in an effort to reform the educational system to better our society. With all our efforts, why is it that the U.S. falls 25th in math, 12th in reading and 20th in science in comparison to other industrial countries?

The goal of education is, and should be, to prepare students for what is to come in their lives, to encourage students to achieve a level of knowledge that will allow them to continue to learn without the support of an educator. This goal is understood and accepted as fact through many of the publically funded schools within the U.S. Why is it that our society continues to teach in a method that does not support this form of education?

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Parking at SCSU: Problems, concerns, and frustrations

Year by year St. Cloud State University has decreased issues with the campus and other issues. There are still current issues and a major issue affecting student at this university is parking. Where can you park? Parking tickets? Any parking places for students who commute? This is a big topic that needs to be revised.

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Promoting National Condom Week

Happy National Condom Week! So what?

So, nearly 19 million new sexually transmitted infections and more than 3 million unplanned pregnancies occur each year. The best way for sexually active people to prevent both STIs and unintended pregnancy is to use condoms correctly and consistently, even if you’re already using another form of birth control.

Take a moment during National Condom Week, Feb. 14-21, to discuss with your partner whose responsibility it is to provide condoms. Be open and honest about your desire to protect your reproductive health and to respect one another.

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Letter from the President: The state of our union

In my State of the Union Address, I laid out ways Democrats and Republicans can work together  to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.

We should ask ourselves three questions every day: How do we bring good jobs to America?  How do we equip people with the skills those jobs require?  And how do we make sure hard work leads to a decent living?

Strengthening the middle class requires making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing, and rewarding hard work with wages that allow families to raise their children and get ahead.  But it also means recognizing that the surest path into the middle class will always be a good education.

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Gun control policy: the best of snowballing and PR stunts

Two editorials in the Chronicle caught my eye last week, both about the same topic: gun control. It’s the topic of the month in political circles, sparked in large part by the shootings in Colorado and Connecticut, and people are lining up on both sides for what appears to be an epic political battle. Those who are pro-gun claim that the solution to gun violence is not more gun control, but less. Those who are anti-gun claim that getting these weapons off the streets will help make people safer. At least, that’s what they try to say before someone starts calling the other side names and the whole thing turns into one big mud-slinging war.

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