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Letter to the editor: Ohio State alumnus imprisoned in Egypt deserves more help

November 21, 2014
Letter to the editor: Mohamed Soltan will die soon. If no one with actual power moves to help him, he will die as a result of the last-ditch hunger strike he began in January. Soltan will starve to death, the victim of one government that has lost all respect for humanity, fair laws and justice, and another government that does not care to help one of its sons. Why is no one doing anything? Mohamed Soltan is an American citizen. Where is his country? He’s an OSU alumnus. Why aren’t other Buckeyes speaking up? In September, President Barack Obama met with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. He was in a… Read more

Letter to the editor: No inappropriate dancing or drinking at marching band dance

November 20, 2014
Letter to the editor: I would like to voice my opinion about the so-called “sexualized culture” and “excessive use of alcohol” of the Ohio State Marching Band. As a former member of the Athletic Band, I’ve had a previous insight into the band culture. When the report initially came out, I was appalled at the accusations made toward this phenomenal group of people.    This past weekend, I was honored to attend the annual Band Dance. As a junior in college, I have attended many club social events and what I observed at this band event somewhat surprised me. Alcohol was not served, which has not been the case at any… Read more

Letter to the editor: Blackburn House’s demolition leads to nostalgia

November 13, 2014
Letter to the editor: I listlessly scrolled through my email inbox when this excerpt caught my eye: “Blackburn House demolition in the North Residential District is scheduled to begin Monday (11/10). Demolition will take place over the course of several days and will be carried out by heavy construction equipment. Please understand there may be additional noise and dust in the area during this time.” Nostalgia made me pause — this announcement was eminent, but still stung. I flashed back to moving in on Sept. 15, 2011, my freshman year. Blackburn was my first home in a jungle of diverse people, challenging classes and powerful memories. Since then, I’ve moved… Read more

Letter to the editor: SB310 lays a framework for economic growth

November 6, 2014
Letter to the editor: I am writing in response to the letter to the editor published on Nov. 3 titled “SB310 a hit to industry” by Kylie Tien. Senate Bill 310 was signed into law in June, and its main accomplishment was the freezing of renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for Ohio for the next two years. Contrary to Ms. Tien’s claims, SB310 has laid a framework for growth across many sectors of Ohio’s economy and is a step in the right direction for the energy efficiency movement as a whole. Yes, that’s right, I just said that SB310, which freezes energy mandates in Ohio for two years, will… Read more

Letter to the editor: Students for Justice in Palestine discuss inequality, injustice in Israel, Palestine

November 6, 2014
Letter to the editor: Recently, more than 500 student activists from around the country converged on Tufts University for the fourth annual National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference. Run entirely for students by students, this year’s conference centered on the importance of joint struggle in the movement for justice in Palestine — that is, the imperative of connecting the movement to achieve freedom for Palestinians to efforts to dismantle racism, colonialism and imperialism both in the United States and abroad. We were joined not only by seasoned Palestine solidarity activists and those who have personally experienced the structural violence of the Israeli occupation, but also by organizers from the… Read more

Letter to the editor: People must stop the moving train that is climate change

November 2, 2014
Letter to the editor: Here in Ohio, I have made it my life’s work as a plant ecologist at Ohio State University to study our ecosystems, including how they respond to carbon dioxide, a major cause of climate disruption. For decades, coal and oil fired power plants, the largest sources of carbon pollution, have been allowed to dump unlimited amounts of dangerous carbon pollution into our air. This is changing everything around us, all the things we hold dear. Unless we act, we face stark consequences. Air pollution and our destabilizing climate — seen in floods, severe drought, wildfires, record heat and superstorms — remain a top global concern. This… Read more

Letter to the editor: Senate Bill 310 a hit to industry

November 2, 2014
Letter to the editor: In May 2008, Ohio Senate Bill 221 passed, requiring that 12.5 percent of Ohio’s energy portfolio would be from renewable energy by 2024 and that we would reduce our energy consumption by 22 percent by 2025. Additionally, at least half of the renewable energy had to be sourced from Ohio. This goal was being accomplished through annual benchmarks and requirements, increasing our renewable energy standards incrementally each year. But June 13, Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 310 into law. SB310 freezes our renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years, setting us back from attaining our goal as dictated in the 2008 legislation. SB310… Read more

Letter to the editor: Proposed EPA Clean Power Plan has great benefits

November 2, 2014
Letter to the editor: With headline-grabbing issues such as Ebola in the news recently, it is easy to overlook the looming concerns of climate change. In 2013, Columbus experienced a harsh winter, with storm-related damages totaling up to $124.4 million and about $833 million in the Midwest region. Now, the 2014 winter is forecasted to be colder than normal, and climate change might be to blame. These extreme weather events have been linked with carbon pollution. Companies must currently follow limits on emitting chemicals such as arsenic, lead and mercury. There are no limits, however, on carbon emissions. This is puzzling, as carbon pollution can lead to severe weather, health… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State student leaders propose ideas for sexual violence education

October 31, 2014
Letter to the editor: The epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses is now the subject of national attention. The Ohio State University community — its students, faculty and staff alike — has responded to this problem in a remarkable way. The student-led “It’s On Us” campaign empowers students “not to be a bystander to the problem, but to be a part of the solution.” We’re still learning as Buckeyes about how we can be part of the solution. Our collaboration represented by this letter is a first step in that direction. We as student leaders recognize the truly ground-breaking initiatives at OSU in the existing university response to sexual… Read more

Letter to the editor: Jon Waters’ dismissal was warranted, overdue

October 26, 2014
Letter to the editor: Like the rest of the university, I want an end to this marching band scandal. But I want it without the reinstatement of Jon Waters. As an athletic band member, I, too, was upset at first by his seemingly unwarranted dismissal. But after reading Ohio State’s report, I discovered that his dismissal was, in reality, very warranted — and maybe well overdue. There were three reported instances of sexual assault on female members of the marching and athletic bands. In one case, Waters eventually decided to prohibit the alleged male offender from attending an event — an event where he gave the woman the same punishment… Read more