We have the Guest Column by LeNie Adolphson about the "Democratic Party: Failing on Iraq". I guess if you don't understand that only having enough votes (which is 60 in the US Senate) can the Demo's push through anything they want? Before you write a letter like this, shouldn't you have to know something about what your talking about? Not in the DE maybe.
Next we have a letter from John Kaufman about his big problems about parking if there is a SIU basketball game. Poor guy needs to review with Mr./Ms. (?) Adolphson the rules, I don't think there is a rule about deserving a parking place. Yes, it is popular to think you deserve a parking place right now among students, but generations of people have managed to attend college without a car. It just isn't that far to walk, suck it up.
Then we have a letter from Eugene Timpe - Emeritus faculity about "Two very different commitees". He claims that "The credibility of a committee is derived from its membership." What a pile of crap. Every group derives credibility by its actions. Great members don't make for great groups by default, and at SIU the results of committee's work is often the worst possible outcome. I find the anonymous plagiarism committee at SIU have among the best results of any group at SIU don't you? They are enacting real change and consequences for people acting unethically, this is a rare thing in the SIU community.
I will not get into the "Our word" business about the lack of post superbowl rioting from Bear fans, that was just a waste of space.
The ironic thing is that there was also a column about "Please cover the real issues". Here we have a student calling correctly for the media to cover the real issues and stop pushing yellow journalism. Here is a quote -
As a public who strongly relies on the media for essential information, we should set a higher standard for the news that is delivered to us.To the DE editorial group - just because people send these stupid editorials in, doesn't mean you have to publish them if they are just off the mark. My feeling is that the quality of the DE has been pretty good this school year, but remember you will be judged by the company you keep. Publishing silly letters to the editor really isn't the way to build the quality of the paper. Today there were to many poor examples of this, you can do better.