Letters

‘A CHURCH IS A CHURCH’

“College of William & Mary Head Resigns, Raises Diversity Issues in Resignation Letter,” Feb. 13, 2008

 Some educators are being politically correct to the point of having no common sense. Why would you remove a cross from a church? I am a Christian and if I were to attend a service/function at a synagogue, I would expect Torah Scrolls to be there, some men to wear yarmulkes, songs to be sung in Hebrew and to be surrounded by Judaic symbolism. It isn’t about me! To put it simply, a church is a church.

 —Jill Forest

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS ISSUE OF RACE

“Obama Says ‘Yes, We Can!’ But Among Hispanic Voters: Can He?” Feb. 12, 2008

 There is something I do not understand from the comments of my Latino brothers and sisters with respect to Sen. Obama. Why do you think a White woman will represent your interests better than a man of color? This so-called friction between and among Latinos is something I grew up with in New York City. I am Puerto Rican. And I know firsthand of the racism and color issues within the Latino community. These issues are the 800-lb. monsters in the room that we refuse to talk about. I am sad and glad that these issues are coming to forefront now. Maybe our community will finally begin to face itself.

 —Ely Dorsey

CONSIDER NONTRADITIONAL PATHS TO THE PRESIDENCY

 “ACE: Significant Efforts Needed to Improve Diversity in College Presidency Ranks,” Feb. 8, 2008

 I would hope that consideration be given to nontraditional avenues to the presidency. In addition to trying to increase the number of minorities and women in deanships, colleges and universities should look to other senior leadership positions such as university advancement and student affairs when considering candidates for the presidency.

 —Rickey N.McCurry

HIGH TUITION OFTEN FURTHER BURDENS LOWER INCOME STUDENTS

 “Wealthy Colleges Under Pressure To Use Endowments For Financial Aid,” Feb. 3, 2008

 This article speaks to very important and current financial aid issues for low-income students. These students apply to higher educational institutions hoping to escape the economic and social conditions imposed upon them as a result of historical misfortunes—oppression, depressed cities, loss of jobs, underfunded and “socially polluted” educational systems, crime and other ills affecting life in distressed urban areas. These conditions are not caused by the residents, but by government and big business decisions, yet, residents are penalized. Enrolling in higher education is an attempt to escape the urban blithe, yet they enter higher education institutions and are further burdened with academic, social and financial adjustments—circumstances that their counterparts have not experienced and are, therefore, not hampered by these social and psychological burdens. Being forced to take bank loans and work part-time jobs on and off campus pushes these students into further hardship.

—Celia Younger



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