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Honorable intentions

The University community deserves a more informed perspective in response to several misguided assertions in Sam Leven?s guest viewpoint (?Single sanction truths,? Oct.


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Going too far

I am writing in response to Sarah Wade?s editorial cartoon published in the Oct. 6 issue of The Cavalier Daily.


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Show some class

I graduated from the University 10 years ago. I chose to stay here in Charlottesville to live and work.


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Non-smokers rights

I am writing in response to Michelle Lamont?s column (?Smokers have rights too,? Oct.


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Embracing diversity

Annette Robertson claims in her column (?Reverse discrimination,? Oct.3) that Affirmative Action is a racist policy.


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Lack of respect

I write in response to Seth Ragosta?s letter to the editor (?Show a little respect,? Oct.


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Taking the middle road

In response to both Amelia Meyer?s article (?Academic self-governance,? Oct. 1) as well as Seth Ragosta?s letter to the editor, (?Show a little respect, Oct.


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Economics and the election

I am glad to see that Amanda Nichols (?McCain provides relief,? Sept. 30) and Phil Sukys (?Obama encourages growth,? Sept.


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Greed is not good

Alexander Cohen?s paean to greed (?The G Word,? Oct. 2) asserts: ?The only way to determine what money a person deserves is to let him prove it in a free market.? As a professional economist, I have two observations.First: Presumably by ?free? you mean ?competitive.? I agree.


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Show a little respect

I write in response to Amelia Meyer?s article (?Academic self-governance,? Oct. 1). I take serious issue with Meyer?s characterization of self-governance as a marketing pitch of little value to the community and her sarcastic reference to the ?shining examples? of Honor and Student Council (according to her, the source of ever so many woes). Meyer not only ignored the entire point of student self-governance but failed to acknowlege the vast effect that our unique way of administering Grounds has in molding the academic and professional lives of her peers, not only in school but far after.


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Remembering Lizzy

Today is September 29th. It was a beautiful day two years ago, both here and in the central Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.


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Missed opportunity

A recent Cavalier Daily news article (?Third parties compete for votes,? Sept. 23) missed the opportunity to give readers a better view of what third parties and independent candidates are all about and, heaven forbid, a probing assessment of the barriers and challenges these candidates face to get on the ballot, in the debates and on the news.Rather, it noted that these candidates exist, gave a bland synopsis of what they stood for and then rehashed the typical responses that one reads in the media about the prospects for these candidates during a general election.A more thoroughly researched article would have actually told readers how many ballots the candidates are on rather than rely on Center for Politics staff member Dan Keyserling to tell us that, ?In a lot of states they are not even on the ballot.? Ralph Nader is on 45 ballots, including Virginia, according to his Web site, and is a write-in candidate for the remainder.


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Standing up

I read Dan Stalcup?s column (?Craig for a day,? Sept. 24), and though I have never met him I would like to shake his hand.


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Misrepresentation

The picture of a Tibetan nomadic family printed on the Nation & World page of Monday?s paper (Sept.


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Lacking alert

I?m just curious why, if we have an alert system in place, was it not used Tuesday morning? Upon trying to leave Cabell to grab some coffee before class, I came to face to face with a police officer yelling at me to ?get back in the building!? I would have been much more welcoming of a text message informing me that certain areas of Cabell were closed off and that students were not permitted to enter or exit on the first or second floor.


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The procrastination party?

While Alex Cortes claims (?A clear oversight,? Sept. 18) that the Democrat-controlled Congress has abdicated their responsibilities by taking a vacation instead of acting on the energy crisis, one might ask what exactly the Republicans accomplished during their twelve years as the majority party.


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Costs of crime

Geoff Skelley?s recent column (?Crime and punishment,? Sept. 19) certainly has merit for encouraging reform in areas of the ?non-violent? criminal sector.


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Groh’s mistakes

Being a former walk-on at the University, I was at the Gator Bowl against Texas Tech and I watched Peter Lalich on the sidelines in the first half talking smack with his buddies on the team and not even watching the game when we were on offense.