Opinions Archive: 2007

Letters to the Editors

I find it ironic that Chris Horkins, in his rebuttal to Woodhall’s column, uses similar tactics to those being implemented in his defense, calling the piece an “unprovoked attack” and “uninformed vilification.” This is exactly the stance Woodhall seeks to criticize ...Continue...

Dean Harris a ‘remarkable role model’

People’s true characters are only revealed under duress. Take, for example, Sodexho’s decision not to grant a liquor license to Science Formal in 2003 because they deemed the raucous event too risky.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

I’m not clear on what the point of having Tom Woodhall writing a column on the AMS election is.

Pointing out that both teams are very cautious and not prone to expressing radical opinions can only be said so often. The most unfortunate aspect of his effort, however, lies in his critique of the Other Campaign. I’m not connected to it directly, but I would think that alternative views and voices would be appreciated, especially in this two-team race.Continue...

Who is running the show?

Surely, most, if not all of us, want a say in the institutions that shape our lives. We may even be crazy enough to want to control part of those institutions. We assert this control, to a limited extent, in our
political system through voting; and this, we’re told, guarantees that we are properly represented. This is what we call a democracy, and, flawed as it may be, we find solace in knowing we can dismiss
our representatives if they exploit their power.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"I was completely baffled by your editorial against the new counsellor for the School of Business," remarks one Journal reader. "I’m supposed to be outraged that business students have decided
to spend their money on a service that will help them? Even though it won’t hurt me in the slightest?"Continue...

TPC: Balancing between work and play

AMS elections come and go, but there is one thing about Queen’s that doesn’t change. We work hard.
We play hard. When I was first thinking about this year’s AMS election, I thought I would remain unbiased. But after spending more time with Alvin Tedjo, John Paterson and Liz Craig (TPC), I know they are the right choice for next year’s AMS executive and for me. TPC represent more than just three faculties or three issues or themes—they represent the Queen’s lifestyle, the balance needed between work and play.Continue...

CMM ‘steps ahead’ on three main issues

Students do have a choice, and that choice is a simple one to make. Kingsley Chak, John Manning and Julia Mitchell (CMM) wish to take the AMS 'A Step Ahead,' and they have focused on three issues that are vital to the quality of student life at Queen’s with tangible objectives to serve these priorities ...Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"Props to the Journal for the front page photo highlighting just how symmetrical the teams running forthe AMS executive this year are. This pathetic lack of choice extends beyond appearances. Just
compare the team’s platforms."Continue...

Human dignity undermined for three imprisoned immigrants

Imagine you stopped eating today, and ate nothing again until the end of the term, perhaps even longer.

That’s life for Mohammad Mahjoub, Mah-moud Jaballah and Hassan Almrei, who have been on liquid-only hunger strikes for more than 66 days, 55 days, and 55 days respectively.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"The world is plagued by bloodshed and oppression. This is an obvious statement. The causes of these atrocities are typically numerous but often reduced to one basis—religion. This is a great over-simplification and really doesn’t give credit to the value of religion ..."Continue...

Looking beyond the taglines

In most jurisdictions, elections are issue-driven. On our campus, however, they tend to be more a
test of the candidates’ popularity than their policy goals for the student movement. In a way, that’s
not such a bad thing. That’s because, as every newly minted AMS executive soon finds out, our student government already has a sophisticated policy framework that, for the most part, works well.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"Firstly, I’d like to commend Matthew Puddister for his boldness in writing ‘A virtue out of ignorance.’ In a society largely predicated on political correctness, it’s encouraging to see someone express a likely offensive opinion with evidential substantiation. Having said that, I do question the means by which he reaches his conclusion. A skim through his case studies certainly supports the idea of religion breeding violence and inhibiting human progress, and at a logical level his arguments are sound. However, they appear to be based on only a selective interpretation of the facts ..."Continue...

Know the places you’ll go

A student of the liberal arts is forever confronted with the confused looks of loved ones and the inevitable, “Where does that get you?” or “What are you going to do with that?” The most frustrating part may not be the questions—but the inability to formulate a good reply.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"The one interesting part of the otherwise tiresome Dixie Chicks affair is actually perfectly exemplified by Andrew Kelly’s review of Shut up and Sing . Kelly and the majority of Queen’s students are likely to imagine that they are superior to the redneck hicks in the American heartland."Continue...

House-hunting tips for first-timers

When time is an issue, even a constructed one, it’s easy to ignore reality and jump at the first possibility. It’s not necessary to sign early in Kingston. There is no shortage of housing, and it’s important to remember that when hunting for a placeContinue...

Better communication key to candidates’ success

Yes, it is that time of year again. AMS elections! This is the time of year that student politics reaches
its zenith. A more vulgar form of public politics is dominant, as several AMS hopefuls bid for your support. One way in which they deserve or attain your confidence is by stressing student issues which
the general Queen’s populace holds dear ...Continue...

‘A virtue out of ignorance’

Religion belongs to the infancy of the human race and in this light, is God seen as a Santa Claus for
grown-ups? Clearly, humanity needs to grow up.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Jason Laker, associate vice-principal and dean of student affairs, points out that reform “requires a national commitment as well as a provincial one.” This is absolutely true, but how can we get politicians to focus on financial aid and make those commitments? Laker explained that “those commitments are important but so are safe streets and good health care.”Continue...

The world in 2007

The world in 2007 will witness many important political events, but there is little to inspire optimism
on the international stage. In Canada, voters will likely be heading to the polls for a third federal election in four years. They will be asked to consider a number of important issues, including Canada’s military engagement in Afghanistan, the so-called “fiscal imbalance” between Ottawa and the provinces, and Canada’s environmental policies.Continue...

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