TO THE EDITOR: It’s nice that the Chapel Hill buses are free, but I rarely take the bus because I find it to be more trouble then it is worth. I would be happy to pay to ride, only if the system were more sufficient. The route maps show too few street names, making it hard to tell where to get off. Also, not having a pamphlet with a complete system map makes using the public transportation even more arduous. Then to top it off, the buses come infrequently and at odd intervals.
TO THE EDITOR: This past Wednesday night N.C. State University hosted a screening of Tucker Max’s movie, “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell” as well as a question and answer session with Tucker. His movie is based on his real life experiences, which include sex with intoxicated women. This meets the legal definition of rape because an intoxicated person cannot consent to sex. His movie also objectifies women and promotes a culture where rape is acceptable.
TO THE EDITOR:I was struck heavily by the insensitivity displayed in Brenda Davis’s recent letter to the editor (“DTH headline for Smith article was inappropriate,” Aug. 27). After reading the letter, I couldn’t help but wonder if Ms. Davis shared the sentiments concerning the media’s coverage of Ted Kennedy’s death. Many of Ms. Davis’ comments concerning the late Courtland Smith could also be applied to Kennedy — who some have accused for causing a drunk driving death.
Friday, Sept. 4 marks the first day of sorority rush. And though it pains me to say it, I love every blessed minute of the process. Somehow I escaped the call of the Greek Sirens my first year of college, and I am happily “unaffiliated” to this day. So this time of year means something different to me. Instead of philanthropy and sisterhood, it means a lot of solid me-time.
We are hurting.Like many students around campus, The Daily Tar Heel is struggling to come to grips with the loss of our classmate, Courtland Smith.You have every right to question how we’ve covered the issue, and you have exercised it. That’s why I wanted to explain why we’ve reported the way we have.Because the situation is so painful, we’re even more mindful of our role in the community as we report on it. We have worked hard to avoid any sensationalism and have always kept in mind that the people most affected by our coverage are our friends and neighbors.
UNC serversThumbs downthe middle of the first day of classes, it seemed like the Internet was down all across campus. Without Student Central, how could we find where the classes that we were just going to drop were located?FootballThumbs upThe North Carolina men’s football team has already sold out its first three home games. Let’s hope the team doesn’t get too nervous now that the stands will be packed with fans. DTH readers
TO THE EDITOR: I did not know whether to laugh or cringe at Justin Crowder’s assertion that the University’s Tobacco-Free Campus Policy is discriminatory toward LGBT students. (‘Campus Smoking Policy Discriminatory to Gays,’ Aug. 26) Crowder seems to fail to identify that tobacco is a drug. A legal drug, yes, but still a drug — and one that is the single most preventable cause of death, disease and disability in the United States. Tobacco kills more Americans than does AIDS, alcohol, drug abuse, car crashes, murders, and suicides, combined!
TO THE EDITOR: The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and the cause of young children and children with disabilities lost a dear friend in the passing of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). The blizzard of legislation that he supported for children with mental retardation, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, State Children’s Health Insurance Program and others provided the basis for much of our work.
TO THE EDITOR:The Daily Tar Heel’s headline “Courtland Smith leaves legacy of leadership” (Aug. 26) is inappropriate as this underage alcohol abuser driving 95 miles per hour drunk on a major highway that could have resulted in innocent people maimed or killed. This insane behavior from a so-called “student leader” needs to sound an alarm that alcohol abuse kills and those that condone this behavior such as so-called prestigious fraternities should be eliminated, hopefully before there is another death. Brenda DavisUNC ‘75
TO THE EDITOR:I am appalled that The Daily Tar Heel made Courtland Smith’s 911 tape available. Making something like that public does way more damage than it does good. Yes, people want to know what happened, but actually releasing the tape on the Daily Tar Heel Web site seems purely selfish and for shock value.
As the health care debate rages on, young Americans should pay attention. Rapidly rising costs and the nearing retirement of the baby boomers raise the stakes of health care reform for the under-30 crowd.There is much reason to root for expansion of coverage to America’s roughly 46 million uninsured (13.2 million of whom are young and healthy), but it must come with a focus on cost and efficiency.Unfortunately, the effective kamikaze tactics of some Republicans combined with President Obama’s strategic missteps have put these goals in danger. So beware of the myths.
In November’s municipal elections, Chapel Hill will be voting for a new mayor and for four seats on the Town Council. These local officials will work closely with the University, so Chapel Hill’s student population should take an active role in deciding who gets elected.Chapel Hill is our home for four years (sometimes more), and by voting, we send a message to local leaders that we are committed to making sure their policies and actions serve the best interests of UNC students.
Police should release video camera footage from the police vehicle that was nearby when Courtland Smith’s death occurred. Smith’s recent death was certainly a tragedy for his family and friends. But it also raises questions as to the conduct of the police officers involved in his shooting. While Smith’s 911 call was released, it does not tell the whole story. Footage from the in-car video camera should also be released to the public.
When an apple has bruises and worms, you no longer need to inspect it. You know it is rotten. Yet on our campus marketplace of ideas, many are insisting we do exactly that: turn a rotten apple over and over again, hoping some part still catches the light.During the summer news doldrums, Chris Clemens, the faculty adviser for the Youth for Western Civilization, stepped down, temporarily muzzling the organization at the University.
The Chapel Hill Police Department and University police are teaming up. And the campus and the town are safer for it.Both groups are now working closer together to help protect students and citizens alike.On July 1, University police began exercising newfound authority in the area just north of campus.The impact will probably be most felt in Granville Towers, which the University recently acquired. This is a highly concentrated student population living off campus — and prior to this agreement, University police didn’t have jurisdiction there.
Bill Strom, a veteran member of the Chapel Hill Town Council, announced his resignation July 30, just after the deadline for local election filings. This puts the town of Chapel Hill in an uncomfortable position, as the council must now appoint a member to his seat instead of having it filled in the election. Whatever Strom’s motives for giving up his seat after the filing deadline, his decision makes the Town Council less democratic. There’s already one council member who is there by appointment.
TO THE EDITOR: The “Special Anti-Racist Issue” that blanketed many copies of Tuesday’s Daily Tar Heel again raises a host of overlapping ethical and social justice issues that were brought to head at last semester’s incident involving former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo, beginning with free speech on campus and leading to the emotionally charged issues of racism and immigration reform.