Writing Flashback: Letters to the Editor, Part 3

In parts one and two there was something of a theme (cars and sports, respectively), part three has none. This is merely a collection of my other, mostly high school and college not-quite-fully-formed political thoughts, and some other ramblings from more recent years.

THE PLAIN DEALER 

Perot not the answer (1992)
Cheers to Mike Royko for not jumping on the Ross Perot bandwagon. His columns taking a serious and objective look at the Texas billionaire have show his empathy toward the government, and exposed his government-insider wheeling and dealing while claiming to be an average Joe American. Of course, with his billion dollars he can’t relate to the problems of poor and middle class America.

It’s time for people to realize that while our great presidential and executive branches have power, anything he does means nothing if he can’t work with an uncooperative Congress.

Instead of taking the easy route and electing a new president, we should throw out some of the career politicians in Congress and create a government that will work together.
Timothy D. Minneci
Chagrin Falls

Untitled (April 20, 1992)
Health care, unemployment and reducing government spending should be what the next president deals with first. Foreign policy is always important, but should be put on a back burner until problems at home are solved.
Timothy D. Minneci
Chagrin Falls High School

N.E.X.T. (New Edition Exclusively for Teens) (June 9, 1992)
Since I will attend Bowling Green State University, located almost three hours away, I will not have the parental “security blanket” to help me with any problems that come up.

I’ll enjoy the freedom that college provides. Hopefully, it will give me a better perspective on how important it is to be responsible for one’s actions.
Timothy D. Minneci
Chagrin Falls High School

THE BG NEWS

New union will be more important to community than Prout (1998)
I am writing this in response to all the negative press that has been given to the decision to tear down Prout Hall in order to expand the Student Union.

The current Union, as stated in The BG News, was designed for a campus of 6,000 students. Currently, their are over 18,000 students enrolled at BGSU, which means that while the student population has tripled, the union, which is supposed to be a focal point for social interaction, dining services, and more recently, computer lab accessibility, is pitifully out of date, undersized, and poorly equipped.

Slowly each year, this school creeps closer and closer to becoming a commuter University, which is evident by, among other things, the empty on-campus parking lots and barren atmosphere of the University as a whole on weekends. The University of Toledo is a commuter school, yet they have a far superior student union to accommodate their student population.

Isn’t this what the issue should be, the good of the whole school, and yes, the ability to retain and attract students based on a place that provides an option to bars and keg-parties?

Would it not be prudent for the University to provide a place for student to go ON-CAMPUS so that they don’t have to drive to Toledo and see a movie or walk downtown in the middle of a BG winter to hang out at a coffee shop?

This is what we should be thinking about when we discuss community and how to keep students here on the weekends. This is not couch potato-politics – social interaction and relaxation is a basic human need.

Yes, Prout is in an ideal location, and yes, the program there has built great community, but is that a result of the building, the people who carry out the program, or the program itself?

The idea that the building creates leadership and not the program is ridiculous. By that logic, I would face a “handicap” because I have lived in Founders for four years, and because I didn’t live in Prout. I couldn’t have become a Resident Advisor or a campus radio station executive at WFAL.

I am sorry if some people feel betrayed because of what is happening to their “home,” but as a long time student of BGSU, I believe it is time for a very average University to start taking steps to make it the superior school I was told it was years ago.
Timothy D. Minneci
Sports Information
Senior

THE OTHER PAPER

Moore and McCarthy: No comparison (July 1, 2004)
In response to Jordan Gentile’s review of Fahrenheit 9/11, the mere fact that Michael Moore and his “strategy” are referred to as the “left wing answer to McCarthyism” in the first paragraph quickly renders the entire review without merit from the start.

Having been out of high school for a number of years, I’m sure my American history knowledge is a bit foggy, but I seem to remember that Joe McCarthy was a government official investigating the activities of its citizens (fairly or unfairly) with regard to their political allegiances and personal activities.

McCarthy had things such as the Alien Registration Act, the House Un-American Activities Committee and the FBI at his disposal.

Last time I checked, Mr. Moore had none of this power or the perceived authority that a person in the position of McCarthy’s contained. If anything, Mr. Moore is the diametric opposite of Joe McCarthy.

One used the powerful and massive resources of a government to hunt and harass its citizens, while the other is a single citizen questioning the decisions, loyalties and competence of a sitting administration.

If anything, the McCarthy-like tactics are still being employed by the conservative right just like they were 50 years ago.
Timothy Minneci

Dem Blackwell backers will pay (July 27, 2006)
Democratic East Cleveland Mayor Eric Brewer should be ashamed for supporting Republican Ken Blackwell for governor (“Blackwell and the black vote,” July 20). It appears that Mayor Brewer is backing Blackwell for the color of his skin rather than the quality and impact of his proposed programs and initiatives.

Blackwell’s rabid pro-business, pro-privatization tax cuts for the rich, anti-social services, anti-environment, pro-extremist, religious-right views are the polar opposite of what Mayor Brewer is supposed to stand for if he truly is a member of the Democratic Party.

That said, Mayor Brewer would be wise to review the political career of St. Paul, Minn., Mayor Randy Kelly. Elected in 2001, Democratic Mayor Kelly endorsed and campaigned for George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election.

He was defeated 69-31 in the November 2005 general election, the greatest defeat for an incumbent mayor in St. Paul history.

Democrats who turn their back on core principles of the party and back far-right extremist Republican candidates for office will be confronted and challenged when they face re-election.
Timothy Minneci

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