Letters to the editor

Recent school shootings were targeting women

Dear Editor:

Main stream media and the Daily Kent Stater editorial staff are missing the most important issue with this recent slew of school shootings: Two of the three recent shootings — Colorado and Pennsylvania — specifically targeted women. These school attacks play out on a greater social scale of violence against women.

Recently this forum held a point/counterpoint debate discussing third-wave feminism. If anything, this recent school violence directed at women, and the media’s lack of acknowledgment that this is violence directed at women, supports any argument why feminism is more necessary now than ever before.

This specific variety of violence against women is by no means a new phenomenon. Perhaps the most well known occurred in 1989 when Marc L‚pine divided women and men onto different sides of a classroom at a University of Montreal affiliate school and proceeded to shoot nine of the women while screaming, “I hate feminists.”

Gun control and classroom security discussions are important, and conversation should not be diminished on these topics. However, the media’s lack of identification of a large-scale social issue, such as violence against women, is unacceptable.

Rebecca Swaney

Senior English major

Lack of morals in our treatment of Sudan

Dear Editor:

Morality: President Bush defines it as pro-life, heterosexual marriage and torture to keep America safe from terrorists. The very issue his presidency is founded on is the same that has idly watched thousands of innocent people being slaughtered in Sudan. I am a 17-year-old and can’t help but correlate the present day to the days when I was in history class.

In history, we learned about the Holocaust and the millions of innocent Jews who were used as scapegoats for the ethnic cleansing that the Germans were determined to carry out. After our class had learned about the unimaginable hatred toward a single group, we were asked, “If you knew what was going on, would you idly stand by and allow innocent people to die?”

I always used to think that America would never stand on the sidelines when it could liberate thousands of people. Unfortunately, that adolescent belief proves to be wrong. In fact it is just the opposite.

America has not done anything to help the innocent people in Sudan – maybe because it is too difficult to transport the resources to such a deserted area or maybe because there is no oil protruding through the ground. Whatever the reason may be, the reason is wrong. During Vietnam there were protests by Americans who were furious about the government instituting the draft. And we will never forget the infamous shootings at Kent State.

But I ask you — are Americans so selfish that they will only fight if they are directly affected? I can’t wait for the day when Americans get more upset about the death of a human being than an increase in gas price. President Bush’s presidency is founded on morals. Well, where is he now? Better yet, where is the moral religious right that brought George Bush into the oval office? I have not seen them fighting for the morals of the innocent Sudanese.

When will this country take a look outside itself and stop stuffing its pockets with paper when it could be saving thousands of lives? Morality is more than just social issues that lead you into office. Morality is having the heart to put others before yourself and doing things not because they will have a benefit, but because they are right.

Ali Shadle

Freshman communication studies major