to the Editor
the idea, not people
America, we value the ideas of free speech, respect
for opposing views and intelligent debate. Ezra Hood
has very strong views, and that is commendable. I would
love to see more people of all political stances voice
their opinion with such passion.
I personally feel, however, that he is absolutely terrible
at articulating his view. Mr. Hood would probably make
much more convincing points if he refrained from personal
attacks. In my articles I do satire opposing opinions,
but I generally avoid attacking the people behind them.
It is one thing to call an idea baloney,
but it is very different to call the writers kooks.
I am not saying he cannot be, or that it shouldnt
have been, printed. I am merely offering my observation.
Many people disagreed with redistricting and hoped (as
conservatives would if liberals had passed an unfavorable
law) the Supreme Court would overturn it. Like it or
not, that is the way the system was designed. Legislatures
make the laws, the courts test their validity. No one
is debating that this is a Republican state. They are
debating if the new districting disenfranchises minority
voters, who will not change their views simply because
Republicans outnumber them. Mr. Hood may not agree,
but this is a valid position, and he should do a better
job attacking the rationale behind it. Insulting an
idea wont make illogical criticism seem plausible.
As long as we are attacking people, I see Mr. Hood as
a backward thinker bent on perpetuating antiquated social
norms by paying off under-informed voters with tax-cuts
they will see little benefit from. Of course, even that
personal attack is more issue oriented than Mr. Hoods
provincial and un-evolved platitudes.
Brian Chatman, sophomore news-editorial journalism major