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Letters to the Editor 2/28
Published 2/28/2012
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Pacific and Hege impressive at debate


Last week, I attended the first debate between the candidates for ASWSU president and vice president where they were asked questions about their views on student issues, ASWSU and campus life.    

I was impressed by the answers of Joey Pacific and Samantha Hege and felt they distinguished themselves from the other candidates by answering with clarity and consistency.

How a person communicates is just as important as what they communicate when working with multiple individuals and groups. I saw that Pacific and Hege responded to the questions under pressure in a way that explained the issue and built trust at the same time. I could see them working effectively in the role of president and vice president and plan to support them in the election from March 6 and 7.

The next debate will be March 1 and televised on Cable 8. I hope as many people as possible take a closer look at the candidates and make an informed voting decision.

Heather Wilson
senior, communication 

Christians are being persecuted by Muslims


Egyptian Muslims are killing Coptic Christians in their churches, Nigerian Muslims are burning Christian women and children in their churches, yet, the U.S. government is stepping all over itself in its effusive apologies to the accidental burning of Qurans. How long before President Barack Obama will be bowing and groveling before some foreign despot?
Joe Irving
WSU alum, 1961
Liberals do not know anything about guns
“One shot is all it takes.” Next thing you know, a life is saved. Three armed men broke into the home of a 68-year-old grandmother who defended herself with a .410 shotgun loaded with birdshot. Two of the criminals were shot and all three fled. They are now in police custody.
A hotel clerk was attacked by a career criminal twice her size armed with a knife with the intention of rape and murder. The clerk drew her handgun and shot the assailant once in the chest killing him. Many more stories like these can be read at Armed Citizen.
Guns are necessary to defend ourselves against each other because guns are the only thing that levels the field between attacker and defender. It removes the advantage that criminals rely on — physical force. “The Gun is Civilization” by Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret) makes this point far better than I can.
Furthermore, comparing the murder rate in the U.S. to the U.K. is a fallacy because the U.K. exceeds America in all other violent crimes. England’s total gun ban may have reduced gun murders/crime, but it has also increased all other crime rates.
Let’s look at another European nation, Switzerland. Swiss gun laws are more restrictive than ours, private citizen gun ownership is far higher and gun murders and violent crime are the lowest in the industrialized world. These facts suggest that gun ownership reduces crime, not gun control laws or bans. The majority of gun murders in the U.S. occur in cities and states with the strictest gun laws suggests the same.
Every argument the article uses to justify disarming the law-abiding citizens of this nation are nothing more than the old discredited talking points of progressives, liberals and Democrats. Deal with the real issues facing the nation, like the debt.
Michael D. Nealey
senior, mechanical engineering
Do not vote for Santorum, he is a religious zealot 

People must know who they are electing as president before he walks into the White House. Do not let Rick Santorum's "nice guy" sweater vest fool you. He is a zealot who should never be allowed anywhere near the Oval Office.
Gay marriage, he continues to insist, is a step toward the legalization of polygamy, pedophilia and bestiality. 
He says "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" should be reinstated to spare U.S. troops the horror of showering with a gay comrade.
As a conservative evangelical, he opposes birth control — even for married people — on the grounds that it enables behavior "that is counter to how things are supposed to be."

Santorum's insane foreign policy is even more alarming. A religious theocrat who believes the U.S. is engaged in a holy war against Islam, he has promised to bomb Iran if he is elected Commander-in-Chief. Are you ready for this?
Ron Lowe
WSU alum 

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