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Opinion

A native history

Edward Rothstein's Jan. 27 review in The New York Times of the new National Museum of American History's exhibit, "Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty," notes that American Indians, indentured servants and women need a separate historical examination than that offered by the Smithsonian exhibit, which is also opening at Monticello. How I wish Mr. Jefferson's University of Virginia would heed Rothstein's advice.


Opinion

Personal rights

It deeply disturbed me in 2010 when the ruling by five Supreme Court justices bolstered the idea of corporate personhood.


Opinion

A religious foundation

I most heartily agree with Katherine Ripley's Jan. 19 column about the establishment of religion, titled "(Ripley's) Believe it or not." There is no way the Founders would have ever allowed any elected official to make any political decisions based on religious conviction. Can you imagine the chaos that would have ensued if the people who wrote the Constitution had believed that political decisions could be made based on a religious belief in rights given to them by "Nature's God" or a "Creator"? Why, they might have even declared independence from Great Britain!


Opinion

Facts and opinions

While I am disappointed at the apparent outcome of Johnathan Perkins' honor proceedings, I was even more disappointed to read the January 18 lead editorial, "A degree of injustice." We are able to infer from Law School Dean Paul Mahoney's recent statements that Perkins was subject to an honor trial.


Opinion

Supporting the occupation

I am writing again to declare my support for all occupations including Occupy Charlottesville. All over the country, the work is just beginning to address what is both morally and economically unjust.


Opinion

Humane research

As one of the physicians who co-signed the complaint against the University's use of kittens and adult cats in pediatrics training, I want to point out that, contrary to the University spokesperson's claims in the Nov.


Opinion

False starts

Last Saturday night was a perfect evening for football. The weather was nice. Field conditions were excellent.


Opinion

Constructive criticism

I am pleased that the Board of Visitors has approved the renovations to the Rotunda and that the work will be proceeding next year.


Opinion

Coming clean

In her recent visit to the University's Law School, Carol Browner, former director of the Environmental Protection Agency, made clear that when it comes to combating global warming, the enemy is not carbon but our own apathy.


Opinion

Missing the extra points

I refer to the Nov. 10 column, "Beware the Paterno witch-hunt," in which Fritz Metzinger says he is not defending Joe Paterno, but rather questioning the ferocity of public judgment.


Opinion

A star pupil

What a pleasure to read an article in your paper written by one of my former students! The article is titled "When the Goins Gets Tough" (Nov.


Opinion

Waging peace

Tomorrow, the Board of Visitors will be meeting to continue its stewardship of our University. With this comes the duty to make sure that the University operates in a manner that is consistent with the core values of our community.


Opinion

Burning goals

I was born and grew up in Charlottesville while my father, Edgar Shannon, was president of the University from 1959 until 1974.