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LETTER: Health care repeal helps companies, hurts people

(02/03/11 8:00pm)

Health care insurance companies are excited that U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, and his Republican colleagues voted to repeal the new Health Care law. This law tells insurance companies that they cannot deny coverage for children with pre-existing conditions, and they cannot impose lifetime limits on coverage. They also have to allow adult children to stay on their parents’ health plans up to age 26, and Medicare recipients can have a number of preventive and well-care services without being charged a deductible, co-pay or coinsurance.

Student submitted ratings poor indicators of teaching effectiveness

(01/20/11 9:30pm)

Recent attention to issues involving student ratings of faculty, such as CMU’s national ranking based on and whether students should have easy access to SOS scores, focuses attention on the validity of such ratings when used as indicators of teaching effectiveness. At the crux of the issue is whether evidence supports the inference that college students learn more in classes where faculty members receive higher ratings. Unfortunately, research suggests they do not.

LETTER: Political discourse may get nasty, but is always necessary

(01/12/11 2:15am)

In response to the tragic shooting in Arizona, several news sources like the New York Times, Time magazine and our very own CM Life have published articles that put political rhetoric on trial. These articles cite an ad produced by Sarah Palin’s campaign that places a number of U.S. representatives in crosshairs. Political discourse like this, the argument goes, incites a culture of fear and violence.

LETTERS: A thank you from victorious county commissioner; rally cry for basketball teams

(11/15/10 3:00am)

First of all, I would like to thank all the voters of District 5 who voted for me this pass election day. I would also like to thank Anne Swift for bearing with me during the long, long campaign. I would also like to thank those generous folks who contributed to my campaign sometimes even twice.

LETTERS: Plastic bags hurt environment; university must prioritize funds better

(11/12/10 3:00am)

“Do you ever feel like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?” Katy Perry’s metaphor in her new single “Fireworks” may be catchy but it demonstrates a problem that’s occurring all over the country, including Central’s campus: plastic bags are everywhere.

LETTER: University must limit its own paper use along with students'

(11/08/10 3:00am)

It has recently come to my attention that CMU is somewhat hypocritical about how “green” they really are going. For this school year, CMU has emphasized the importance of recycling by placing countless recycling receptacles all over campus, as well has giving students a limit to how much they can print, and having water-conserving toilets in the bathrooms. But CMU’s recent decision to print thousands of copies of the student directory concerns me.

LETTERS: Remove term limits; vote for Cotter

(10/25/10 3:30am)

You are right to point out, as you do in (the Monday, Oct. 18) editorial, that the effect of partisan politics has been a problem for state government. What you seem to miss, however, is a broader problem that can only be corrected by a constitutional convention. Since 1992, there has been a growing and systemic lack of leadership, statesmanship and institutional memory in Michigan’s Legislature.

Members of LGBT community needs tolerance and friendship during trying times

(10/20/10 3:30am)

Last month was very difficult for the LGBT community and our allies with national attention being brought to the suicides of young LGBT individuals Earic Mohat, of New York; Seth Walsh, of California; Asher Brown, of Texas; Tyler Clementi, of New Jersey; Justin Aaberg, of Minnesota; Billy Lucas, of Indiana; and Raymond Chase, of Rhode Island.