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Gheen’s anti-Obama rant nothing but bigotry
(This letter is in response to last Monday’s letter, “Americans being forced to learn Spanish.”)

It’s summer and I’m certain that readership is down and not too many people are submitting letters to the editor and I guess they have the room. So I think I’ll comment on Monday’s two letters. First, I suppose people need to realize that we do have a Mr. “Schmuck”, who is running for office. I once had a boss with the last name “Woodcock.” Mr. Weber, kudos to you on getting the State Press to remind us all that some people have really funny last names.

All kidding aside, the next three and a half columns of Monday’s print edition were devoted to a rant against the Obama campaign and are evil media for daring to suggest that teaching our children Spanish is a good idea. I was stuck in the health services building waiting to give a blood sample and I neglected to bring a book — so I guess it’s my fault but after I finished with a few very insightful pamphlets on drug abuse, weight loss, and, cervical cancer, I actually read all three and half columns of bigoted fear.

I feel sorry for people like Mr. Gheen of the ALIPAC. He’s right that there are problems in America that need to be addressed. However, blaming people who come here for a better life is not going to get us anywhere. Perhaps he forgets that a hundred years ago we feared the Irish and the Italians. Those un-American immigrants really messed things up. St. Patrick’s Day is so un-American isn’t it? Why must we all suffer under the oppressive nature of their culinary tyranny as well? Pastas and potatoes are surely a sign that we’ve lost our way!

Sadly, people just don’t understand that American culture isn’t a fixed idea that must be preserved. It never has been. It constantly evolves in the same way that our ethnic make-up has constantly evolved. Hispanic presence isn’t exactly new to the Southwest either. I don’t wish to offend any of my fellow “Americans” but Spanish was spoken here before English was. I’m not annoyed by pressing one for English. I’m annoyed that I’m on hold in the first place. This race-baiting is far more offensive to me than having someone with the last name “Schmuck” run for office — though in fairness, I haven’t actually reviewed Frank Schmuck’s positions yet. He might yet prove offensive too.

James Sena

Who’s going to pay for ASU to be green?
(This letter is in response to last week’s article, “New University purchasing policy favors environment-friendly providers.”)

While the University’s “going green” intentions are notable and a step in the theoretically right direction, its means to a “green” end are questionable.

The word “sustainable” and it’s accompanying conjugations are easily recognized as ASU’s new, coolest, New American U buzzwords. Fine, dandy, great. However, their recent announcement to favor green suppliers is a slap in the face to students.

ASU students have been tolerating annually rising tuition costs year after year, while being told the money is to build a better university for them. Well who is going to pay for ASU’s chic green lifestyle? Who is going to pay the salaries of our sustainability officers? Oh that’s right — the students are. I can see no means by which implementing shortsighted and poorly thought out green purchasing policies benefit a student’s education in ANY way. If I were one of ASU’s many suppliers, I’d be having a field day with this. Slap a green sticker on your product, mark it up 50 percent and bingo-bango, you’ve got huge profits.

All the while the student is paying for this mark up. How about spending more money to provide better professors, or facilities that somehow demonstrate some sort of contribution to a student’s four years here? How about contributing something to students other than extra time to pay of their student loans? Crazy idea, right?

The hype that backs this entire sustainability movement is getting out of control. Let’s call our product green, back it up with a minimum amount of documentation (who cares if it’s really green or not, as long as the customer thinks it’s green), and make money. You’d think that a University would be wiser. Apparently not.

When I’m applying for jobs this coming year after I graduate, I’ll be sure to note how ASU went green while I was there. I’m sure that’ll get me that star job to help pay off my rising student loans.

Nathaniel McGhee