Letters to the Editor/The Drawing Board

Firing Squad’s frostbite due to its stupidity, not shuttle

I normally enjoy commiserating with The Firing Squad, but Jennifer Aronoff’s pathetic complaint about the Frostbite Express was, well, pathetic.

I can certainly understand why she was bummed that the shuttle didn’t follow the set schedule, but honestly — waiting 45 minutes in the cold for a shuttle? That’s absurd. How long could it possibly have taken her to walk from downtown Evanston to the Sports Pavilion and Aquatic Center?

She made it sound like she was coming from Timbuktu. Instead she was about a measly mile away — easily walked, mind you, in about 15 or 20 minutes. Even if she is a painfully slow walker, it would not have taken her the 45 minutes she spent waiting for the shuttle that never came.

True, she would have had to put forth some energy to walk, but wasn’t she going to SPAC anyway? You know, to exercise? Jennifer, you just blew $6 on your own laziness and irrationality. Now that’s dumb.

Lauren Bradley

Weinberg freshman

The only way to understand bicultural world is to live in it

Doug Stuerenberg’s Thursday letter reveals little about how we all share the same problems and more about ignorance. He said, “Stop worrying about trying to be Asian — whatever that means — and you’ll be less confused.”

If he had any idea what that meant, which he apparently doesn’t, he would realize that for someone living in a bicultural world — one at home, and another one outside — struggling with ethnic and cultural identity is not a choice.

He also talks about what “most Americans” want and suggests being an Asian American has “nothing” to do with that. Are you suggesting that being an Asian American is not being American? Being Asian American means a lot more than “nothing.” For many being an Asian American with first-generation parents will influence how they become “rich and successful” and “get married.”

These are their lives and unique struggles. Yes, everyone has struggles. I don’t see why you need to trivialize Naureen Shah’s, especially when you don’t understand them.

Also, regarding Nathan Taflove’s cartoon, the depiction of a crying girl being torn between two cultures is hardly a laughing matter. Don’t trivialize the experiences of millions of Americans.

Shah doesn’t blame all of her quandaries on her family’s experiences — and you wouldn’t understand even if she did.

Li-Chung Wang

Weinberg sophomore

Sports fee attack loses effect with its over-the-top sarcasm

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