Letters

Daily should clarify stance on ‘truthful’ advertisements

This letter is in reference to the half-page advertisements The Daily has been running from campustruth.org.

Does The Daily endorse the advertisement? If it doesn’t it should make clear that it doesn’t. An editor’s note Monday used the free speech cop-out when it said: “I would also like to think I can expect a lot from our intelligent readers. I am confident you know the difference between our opinions and our advertisers’ opinions.” No, I don’t know the difference between your opinions and your advertisers’ opinions unless you put a line above the ad saying you do not endorse it.

The ads also say, “There are two sides to every story, but only one truth.” But when I see the accompanying photographs, the only thing that hits home is the stories that can be told about the different sides to the story. This may seem a bit naive, but what is the one truth? Because I sure can come up with a couple from the ads.

Truth one: The Israelis are good and the Palestinians are evil. This is a subjective opinion at best because there are two sides to this “truth.” This boils down to propaganda.

Truth two: Israeli children have the opportunity to go to school and aspire to be famous athletes, while Palestinian children have nothing to live for. Instead of the basic human instinct to live and hope for a better life, their futures are so bleak that they are willing to blow themselves up. Again, not the whole truth I’m sure.

I think it’s only fair The Daily point out to simple-minded people like myself what the self-evident truth is.

Kripa Freitas
Third-year economics graduate student

Affirmative-action bake sale makes both sides ridiculous

As an objective observer, but not an objectivist, I can’t decide which side to condemn more in the squelching of the College Republicans/Objectivist Club’s affirmative-action bake sale. The bake-salers clearly wished to spark more than dialogue when they set up shop at The Rock on Friday. They knew the university would shut them down — they said so in their press release the day before the sale. Their ulterior motive, apparently, was to