Letters to the editor

Article shows bias to foreign school systems

Dear editor,

As I was reading Joe Harrington’s Monday report, “Getting the taste of American public school,” on the interviews he had with the 14 of us about our educational experience here in the United States, I felt uncomfortable, but I thought I just didn’t read through it well. Then I decided to read it once and again. Unfortunately, my first impression proved right: The man just ignored all the positive aspects of our local educational systems.

The only two things he focused on were the achievements of the American educational system and the “failures” of ours. Of course, I share the views of my colleagues who were taken as sample references about the abundance and high quality educational tools and good teacher-student relationships here, but I just wonder why the writer kept silent about the good things our countries have, which have been acknowledged by all the American university doctors, mentors, program directors and assistants, classmates and friends.

I am not that fanatic about my local educational system, but I wish the report were a bit more balanced so that it could reflect the open-mindedness and intercultural tolerance I personally witnessed at Kent State University and Ohio schools and educational institutions since I’ve been here.

Keltouma Guerch

International Educators program participant, Morocco

Personal rights do not come before compassion

Dear editor,

I am writing to question Mr. Matt White on his past two articles titled, “Health care is not a right” and “Gun ban is not a crime.”

My question is, simply, when did owning a gun become a bigger right in America than the right to life? When did the rights of doctors to “pursue happiness” and gun owners to bear arms become a bigger deal in your mind than the right for someone to receive medical care?

I might be a “fascist” as you so kindly put it, and maybe I am misunderstanding compassion, or maybe I just missed the point where compassion meant that you injure and kill others in the name of your own rights.

Jacob Ley

Senior communication studies major

Driver not the person at fault for PARTA accident

Dear editor,

Monday’s editorial “The Bad Samaritan,” like many (stories) in the Stater, is ridiculous.

The bus driver had nothing to do with the incident. The fault lies squarely on Courts. A normal person would call to the bus driver for help or call a friend for help. He decided to go down a steep hill on his own and must accept the consequences of such a stupid mistake. The bus driver had nothing to do with his ignorance. She did the right thing by notifying her supervisor, which was about all she could do at the time.

Courts’ responsibility is ONLY HIS for making the choice to go down the steep hill knowing he could not negotiate it on his own.

Greg Severyn