Letter to the Editor

This Letter to the Editor is in response to a Letter to the Editor by Scott Shultz, printed on Dec. 6. Shultz expressed his support for the CSULB organization 49ers for Israel. “The virtue of any organization is demonstrated in what it advocates,” wrote Scott Shultz. For this very reason, California State University, Long Beach’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine organizes Palestinian Awareness Week and other events on campus to encourage student involvement. SJP promotes an understanding of a unique culture and society that is constantly under threat. During PAW, a mock separation wall is put up for students to pass by during their normal school day. Israel began construction on the actual wall separating the West Bank from what is now considered Israel in 2001. In actuality it serves as a physical manifestation of the Palestinian struggle. When SJP puts up the wall, we are attempting to convey to students the dehumanization and humiliation Palestinians face daily in order to get to work, school or visit family on the other side. This is not about demonizing Israel. It is about spreading the narrative of an underrepresented population forced into a confined space and made to answer a

By | 2015-12-09T01:45:46+00:00 Dec 9, 2015 | 1:44 am|Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Today|

Letter to the Editor

>The virtue of any organization is demonstrated in what it advocates. 49ers for Israel at California State University, Long Beach advocates for peace, love and life. Interest in the club has increased dramatically this semester as more events are held and positive word of mouth starts to spread. At weekly Monday meetings members enjoy each other’s company while chowing down on free food and newcomers are greeted warmly. The group focuses on pro-Israel education and advocacy discussions. Most conversations, even on serious matters, remain civil and positive. Most importantly, 49ers for Israel take the high road in the face of hate and negativity. At the beginning of the semester, hostile individuals gave nasty looks, knocked pamphlets off tables, and on one occasion threw trash at a member. Police security has become necessary at times. The fight against anti-Semitism, especially on college campuses, is ongoing and takes on many forms. CSULB students, for the most part, are focused on their own personal struggles and are unaware of what is going on in the Middle East. Some groups exploit this lack of information and bombard students with disturbing visuals and false information on their way to class. In November, 49ers for Israel

By | 2015-12-09T01:46:34+00:00 Dec 6, 2015 | 11:23 pm|Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Today|

The Daily 49er turns sixty-six this week

Sixty-six years ago this week, the Forty-Niner, started printing on a mimeographed sheet that was distributed outside the first Park Estates apartments that became Long Beach State. The newsroom consisted of a manual typewriter housed in a tool shed that leaked when it rained. The newsroom grew to more roomy and less drafty spaces -- the old LA 4 building, the dim SSPA basement, then, last winter, the new, refurbished LA 4 building. Over the years, students learned to write and edit deadline stories over varyingly sophisticated mediums, ask questions and collaborate with each other. They’ve won some awards and also made some mistakes. They did this while working other jobs, and of course, going to class, taking tests. Usually. Isabel Patterson, one of the first editors of the paper, informed her professors in 1950 that they absolutely could not give pop quizzes because she had to get the paper out and had no time to study. Patterson went on to a career as a teacher and real estate mogul whose largesse brought us the child care center that bears her name. So apparently she turned out all right. And #tbh, editors at the paper today occasionally skip class from

By | 2015-12-09T01:58:18+00:00 Nov 12, 2015 | 10:23 am|Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Today|

Damned to hell, we look the part

I never thought I’d defend a man holding up sign saying “homo no more,” yet here I am, a gay man, and that’s what I’m about to do.   No, I’m not here to defend the words of hate-filled lunatics who claim to be Christian. I’m here to say we could’ve stopped the phenomenon. Instead, we’ve managed to make them look like the adults in the room.              For the uninitiated, California State University, Long Beach and many colleges around the country have “free speech zones.” These are zones in which the most inflammatory, hateful speech can be said with reckless abandon with no threat of retaliation by the school itself.   Such zones are generally filled with exactly one type of speaker: “Christian” crusaders holding signs damning fags to hell, masturbators to hell, whores to hell.   Everyone, it seems, is going to hell.   They can quote the entire Bible back at you, but they’d rather focus on the most hateful words of Leviticus. They are preachers of hate under the guise of Christianity, and almost universally hated on campus.                  Yet, somehow, they are not the most annoying.                 That title falls to their audience: students who

By | 2015-10-22T10:35:06+00:00 Oct 19, 2015 | 12:00 pm|Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Today|

Letter to the editor: Get rid of concealed weapons on campus

[related title="Related Stories" stories="34014" align="right" background="on" border="all" shadow="on"] I was disconcerted to read that concealed weapons are permitted in schools, and more so reading Lt. Richard Goodwin’s comment that based on his observation, he did not view “concealed weapons carriers as potential shooters.”  Everyone was surprised at the massacres that occurred at schools and on campuses around the country. One can’t help but ask why a person would need to conceal a weapon and bring it onto the campus of Long Beach State, or any other school in California. President Conoley has announced that CSULB will soon be smoke free.  I can only hope that she and Chancellor Tim White take the lead on a more important safety and health measure and work to make the CSU campuses gun free.   Martin Fiebert, Professor, Psychology

By | 2015-09-16T10:53:46+00:00 Sep 16, 2015 | 10:53 am|Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Today|

Letter to the editor: Bring on the smoking ban

In the article “Our View: CSULB should ban the smoking ban” the Daily 49er staff argued that the ban on tobacco that the university plans to implement next academic year tramples the rights of college smokers.   Access to a healthy living environment is a fundamental human right, according to the United Nations. Smoking infringes upon that right because it creates secondhand smoke, which causes serious health problems for innocent people. The president’s plan to ban smoking from campus by fall 2016, should be implemented immediately and without regard for the human chimneys that pollute our air and endanger our health with secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is just as unhealthy as smoking, which causes more deaths than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor-vehicle injuries and firearm-related incidents combined, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking also causes stroke and heart disease and can cause cancer anywhere in the body. Non-smokers who inhale secondhand smoke are exposed to many of the same poisons and cancer-causing substances as smokers, even if briefly exposed, according to the CDC. About 34,000 non-smokers die prematurely every year from heart disease caused by secondhand smoke. In children, secondhand smoke causes asthma, respiratory infections, ear infections and sudden

By | 2015-09-13T19:45:17+00:00 Sep 14, 2015 | 9:00 am|Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Today|

Letter to the editor: Ban the Abortion Fort

I am writing in response to the opinion article in Monday’s copy of the Daily 49er called, “Ban the abortion fort.”  I have just one question: If the pictures are scarring and viewers are uncomfortable, wouldn’t your next thought be “why?”  Why the negative reactions? There must be something disturbing about what is being photographed.  A picture is nothing but a neutral, unbiased portrayal of what is on the other side of the lens. If it is disturbing, why do we allow it? ProLife on Campus published the following: Just a few months ago, during our Genocide Awareness Project display of abortion photos on the campus of U.C. Berkeley, a professor approached me and I braced myself for the usual blast of profanity. Instead, he said thoughtfully, "These pictures are more compelling than I thought they would be." He then repeated several times as he glanced from photo to photo, "I didn’t know that this is what they looked like." He was deeply moved by the pictures and I was deeply moved by his humility. He was in his mid-50s. He has a Ph.D. He teaches at one of this country’s top-tier academic institutions. He didn’t know. If he didn’t

By | 2015-05-04T17:09:36+00:00 May 4, 2015 | 5:09 pm|Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinions|

Letter to the editor: In Support of the Genocide Awareness Project

Last week, the Daily 49er printed an article about the Genocide Awareness Project. Contrary to what some believe, the pictures GAP uses are authentic and depict the reality of abortion. If abortion is designed to terminate that life by vacuuming or tearing up the child, what does it look like? GAP encourages students to see the evidence in these pictures and to challenge them to do their own research. Just by seeing the image of prenatal development, like the one featured in GAP, is enough to see that life is not just a clump of tissue—it is a human life. What abortion does to that human life is saddening and horrifying. People need to ask themselves exactly why they feel these images make them uncomfortable. The images are uncomfortable and graphic because abortion is uncomfortable and graphic. I remember having the hardest time looking at those images, and what made me uncomfortable was that it was really happening. The event displays graphic images of a graphic realty. GAP came to share peaceful conversation with students—to show the humanity of the unborn. The media has become a powerful and effective means for communication and that is what GAP does with these

By | 2015-05-04T17:04:04+00:00 May 4, 2015 | 5:04 pm|Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Uncategorized|
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