9/23/2008 12:00am

Big donations should be viewed with skepticism

TO THE EDITOR:  Several people have been quick to applaud Dennis and Joan Gillings for their $50 million pledge to the School of Public Health but few have asked questions or raised concerns about the gift. A pledge of this magnitude the biggest ever for UNC-CH deserves some skepticism.

9/21/2008 12:00am

Successful black students accused of 'acting white'

I began my primary education in small private schools in the South. Despite being one of the only people of color in the entire school I wasn't singled out for striving to be the best because that was the standard for all students at these schools. I switched to the public school system to start middle school and my world was turned upside down.

9/18/2008 12:00am

Let's bring economic talk to the election forefront

TO THE EDITOR: As a nation we are $9.7 trillion in debt. The World Health Organization ranks our health care system as 37th yet we spend more money on health care than any nation. Our economy is heading for a recession and our middle class is disappearing. What does this all mean?

9/18/2008 12:00am

Letter reduced abortion debate to political issue

TO THE EDITOR: I was stunned when I read Julia Etter's Sept. 16 letter (""Cartoon shows how little students value democracy"") charging members of this campus with not respecting democracy. Her argument has nothing to do with democracy and everything to do with her desire to suppress the pro-life position.

9/17/2008 12:00am

Fundamentalists make up small dangerous minority

TO THE EDITOR: While the decision to promote the Obsession DVD by the (Raleigh) News & Observer may have offended some is it any different than distributing a DVD about how radical fundamentalist Christians aim to force their hypocritical and twisted version of morals and Biblical teaching on the world by verbally attacking people and/or bombing abortion clinics?

9/17/2008 12:00am

Senior citizen flustered by column's lack of respect

TO THE EDITOR: I am a "" senior citizen "" whose husband is a retired physics professor at UNC. I would like to respond to Andrea's Sept. 12 column (""Much to borrow from local seniors"") in the Friday DTH. I am a 76-year-old woman who read with interest your Friday column in the DTH.

9/16/2008 12:00am

Cartoon shows how little students value democracy

TO THE EDITOR: Sept. 12's editorial cartoon manifested how little some members of this campus value democracy. Student Congress held a forum Sept. 9 to answer objections to their decision to give $5000 to Carolina Students for Life to bring Justice for All a nationally traveling campaign featuring 18 foot pictures of aborted fetuses to campus.

9/16/2008 12:00am

Don't criticize the quotes criticize the DTH tribute

TO THE EDITOR: While I agree that some of the quotations on the front page of the Sept. 11 DTH could have been a little more patriotic it is inappropriate to criticize the people whose quotations were used.

9/16/2008 12:00am

DSP column showed little understanding of issues

TO THE EDITOR: Pablo Friedmann's Sept. 11 column (""The DSP apparel debate: Part 1 of 2"") on the DSP reflects a lack on understanding on the issue.  He wrote that Student Action with Workers"" ""failed to provide any evidence"" that our University is supporting sweatshop labor. This is simply not true.

9/16/2008 12:00am

Librarians at Carolina can make researching easier

TO THE EDITOR: As we embark on this new semester I invite the University community to make one of Carolina's libraries the first stop for your class assignments and research. Whether you are writing your first college paper or seeking specialized data for a dissertation our staff and services can help you succeed.

9/16/2008 12:00am

University should be local" state employer of choice

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing in reference to your Sept. 4 article (""Employees voice concerns at Forum"") regarding the employee forum's concerns about the UNC system's proposal for a substantially equivalent personnel system for university employees. The system-wide Human Resources Task Force" as well as many administrators on this campus — myself included — are strongly in favor of the proposal to provide university-specific personnel programs that would be more responsive to and supportive of" the needs of higher education.

9/15/2008 12:00am

Column misses chance to praise extraordinary elders

TO THE EDITOR: I do not understand the intent behind the Sept. 12 column ""Much to Borrow From Local Seniors."" Is it a satirization of senior centers"" a condescending ode to the older generation or a mean-spirited mockery?

9/15/2008 12:00am

DTH should be ashamed of front page quotations

TO THE EDITOR: As a student newspaper that purports to be one of the premier college newspapers in the country you should be ashamed of your pathetic attempt to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11.

9/15/2008 12:00am

Political rants division should be set aside on 9/11

TO THE EDITOR: On Sept. 11 I was extremely disappointed with our University community and The Daily Tar Heel. Rather than reading a respectful observance and remembrance of 9/11 I picked up the DTH to find a front page splashed with resentment dissent and political soapboxes – all surmounted by images of the American flag.

9/10/2008 12:00am

RHA supportive of safety programs here on campus

TO THE EDITOR: I write in response to the Sept. 3 letter ""RHA Should Fund Student Self-Defense Programs."" The Residence Hall Association's budget for 2008-09 approaches $50"0" half of which is geared toward resident programs.

9/10/2008 12:00am

A volunteer firefighter doles out fire safety tips

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to express my appreciation to the individuals who recently traveled to Washington D.C. to raise awareness about fire safety. As a volunteer firefighter in my hometown I feel that fire safety is not well-addressed for students residing on campus.