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Letter to the Editor: WSU should be held accountable for its rhetoric
Published 9/10/2012 6:00:00 AM
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I find myself reading with incredulity Mr. Pacific’s response to the Evergreen Editorial Board’s article on the 2012 financial aid debacle.

Exactly who is he to dictate where and when the Board’s, “anger and frustration,” should be directed? I do not dispute his contention that “not every problem that occurs in the world is someone else’s fault,” but clearly he misconstrues the mission that the Evergreen, and the press in general, is supposed to pursue.

Namely, accurately reporting events and in this case offering a candid assessment, supported by evidence, about who and how these events affect its student readers. Which is exactly what The Daily Evergreen has done and hopefully will continue to do.

While answering student reporters should not be a top priority, it certainly should be very high one if the administration is to be held accountable for the rhetoric it espouses about being concerned with student welfare.

Finally, I would note that suggesting congratulations to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for doing its job is like congratulating a parent for paying child support – one should not earn accolades for doing something they are supposed to be doing.

Michael Johnson Jr.
Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies
Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies

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Posted: 10/22/2012 10:33:10 PM

Jacqueline Paine

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