TODAY’S LETTERS: Readers Respond to Column About CSU Student Editor

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By: E&P Staff

Readers wrote in this week about a column about embattled Colorado State University editor and his thoughts about President Bush as well as another column about the UAW tensions. Another letter raises questions about non-combat deaths in Iraq.

Treat Controversial College Editor Like A Student– Not A Villain
I’m Clay Lambert, managing editor of the Half Moon Bay Review. I was also editor of the Rocky Mountain Collegian in 1985.

I wrote a letter to CSU’s Board of Student Communications saying much the same thing you did — that college publications have always been home to silliness, that this is a “teachable moment” and to fire a kid for making a mistake is just plain wrong. I’d say the entire campus has been treated to a terrific lesson in the First Amendment and real and perceived limits of free speech.

Anyway, thanks for sticking up for the kid who sits in my old seat.

Clay Lambert

If this young man learns nothing of importance in his college years, it will be a lesson of much value if he learns that there are consequences for his decision to violate socially accepted norms for public discourse.

I believe he should be removed from his editor position to send a clear signal to future “journalists” that there are still some who find their total lack of social morality offensive and will respond to it accordingly.

Pine, Ariz.

I couldn?t agree more with your views on the poor editor.

It seems to me we?ve gotten to this point because of the separation of student papers from the universities? teaching function.

I remember well, in the early 1960s, when the Indiana (University) Daily Student was a laboratory newspaper of the Department of Journalism, how we would plan our coverage, report and write stories, etc. There was always a faculty advisor on duty, who read galley proofs. On those very rare occasions when a story could spell trouble, they would work with us to ?save? the story ? and to make it better.

Joel Whitaker
Spencerville, Md.

Detroit Paper and the GM Strike: Picking At A Scab
Your column on focusing on labor union strife at the Detroit newspapers over ten years ago seems to miss at least two major points.

1. UAW work rules, wages and benefits had pushed costs per car of labor/benefits/retiree benefits to a point where GM, Ford and Chrysler were in danger of continuing their spiral down and costing significantly more economic damage for the state of Michigan.

2. Michigan is in a difficult place today?.to regain economic strength the state must bring new business into Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and other locations. But, very few companies are coming or planning on coming unless there is a right to work law or signs of support for reasonable and logical labor contracts that enable new companies to know they will be able to employ Michigan residents and remain competitive in a global business environment.

Tying the editorial positions this week of the two papers to the 1995 newspaper strike and residue of that action is not substantiated in any way through interviews with editorial page personnel at either paper.

In the call for right to work laws in September by the News as well as this week?s editorials in The News and Free Press, the newspapers are expressing clear thinking about what the Michigan labor picture needs to look like in the future to avoid more serious economic drain and population losses.

Bravo to the Free Press and News for taking a leadership position to help Michigan succeed in the 21st Century.

Tom Culligan
New York, New York

U.S. Military Doctor Dies in Iraq in Non-Combat Incident: Many Pay Tribute
Many of the non-combat deaths noted by E&P below, especially heart attacks in healthy, young and/or athletic individuals, are likely caused by the Department of Defense’s “anthrax vaccine.”

DoD is covering up the number of non-trauma deaths among anthrax vaccine recipients, whether deployed or not. The MSM has failed to investigate, and the Pentagon reporters in particular will not pursue this obvious story.

John Richardson

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