TO THE EDITOR:
I've noticed that several organizations on campus have hosted debates between the College Republicans and the Young Democrats, with stand-ins representing presidential candidates George Bush and John Kerry.
My question is, why? Are we really still unsure of where these candidates stand on the issues? Neither has proposed any plan for campaign finance reform, universal health care, an end to corporate welfare, a viable resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, et cetera.
Why not invite representatives of third-party candidates to present viewpoints that haven't been repeated ad nauseam?
To my ears, the Democratic and Republican platforms are merely echoes of the prevailing corporate agenda in Washington, while third parties actually have their own voice. Why not give these voices a microphone? Don't student organizations owe it to their members to present all their options in these debates?