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« brad12345 wrote on Wednesday, Apr 03 at 11:00 PM »
Very thoughtful and well written article....thanks!
« PlainsmanAlumna wrote on Wednesday, Apr 03 at 10:23 AM »
"We would like to see our relationship with the Bammers take a more civil tone, but we’re not holding our breath." "We can only laugh at the behavior of a fanatic for so long until we realize we might just be laughing at ourselves. After all, the rivalry between Auburn and Alabama is all about proving who is better, but in that pursuit we lose what makes us great schools and football fans in the first place. Instead we all turn into Updykes." Those statements are very ironic. By your own definition, you are Updykes too!
« dgh84 wrote on Wednesday, Apr 03 at 09:50 AM »
It is disappointing to see a university not question the wisdom of an industry insider to speak of our food production and quality issues. The issues of Monsanto's practices are numerous and in many instances troubling. Coupled with the idiotic court ruling allowing the patenting of life, we have fewer and fewer companies creating a larger monoculture in farming; a bad situation from many perspectives. As to the health issues, how can we know when most testing is done by the industry and rubber stamped by the FDA. A good counter point for consideration would be the book "The World According to Monsanto" by Marie-Monique Robin.
« itb0001 wrote on Friday, Mar 29 at 03:59 PM »
I'm sure the writer of this letter had good intentions, but if you took the time to go through Slum City you'd understand that you've made grand assumptions about its impact. And you know what they say about assuming. A representation of where people live does not reinforce a negative stereotype. The signs there did not say "This is what ALL of Kenya looks like." Frankly, I've been to places that look exactly like what was set up on the concourse. And in reality what was set up on the concourse was a lot nicer than what most people live in. I understand you acknowledge poverty exists here in the states and want to challenge students to take action, but what you've accomplished in this letter make a comparison that isn't fair and discredited all the hard work put into this event. First, not everyone is going to look at a student constructed simulation and say "This must be what ALL of Kenya, India, and other third world countries look like." This might be the case for some people, but that's there were volunteers there to talk them through the different exhibits. There is no "false distance". This logic of false distance, seeing a trailer park and seeing Auburn or Alabama flags hanging from them, one could assume all Auburn or Alabama fans live in trailers. They're surrounded by multimillion dollar roads and not far off from multibillion dollar cities, but they must just be poor. I don't think what you have said is fair to the organizations that put this little event together. And saying you think they had a good heart in it doesn't hide the unfairness of your statement. Comparing any poverty in the U.S. to poverty in third world countries is like saying the Super Bowl is the same as the Sun Belt championship. There is no comparison. If you took the time to go through what they had set up on the concourse you would have seen that they were partnered with SIFAT, Servants in Faith and Technology, which is an organization that focuses on long-term development to people in need, instead of short-term relief. This event was meant to open peoples eyes to how good we have it here and possibly gain some recruits to help people out in need. If it made you uncomfortable at the concept of poverty in other countries, as well as in the U.S., then I think the event accomplished exactly what it was supposed to do.
« ceciladkins wrote on Saturday, Mar 23 at 07:09 PM »
Since when do women play basketball? I guess I should get out more.
« ceciladkins wrote on Saturday, Mar 23 at 07:08 PM »
At least this sage has come to an end and all Auburn and Alabama fans can go back to just hating each other without damaging any property, even though the entire city of Tuscaloosa, including the campus, looks like crap and couldn't be made to look any worse, even by a hillbilly, typical Alabama fan like Updyke.
« iamroy wrote on Friday, Mar 22 at 11:19 AM »
If this means a "HANGOUT" Fest is coming next then you can bet your left arm I will be at the next Auburn city council meeting protesting. I'll probably be there anyway since I usually go but I'll be especially hot that night.
« iamroy wrote on Friday, Mar 22 at 11:16 AM »
I do'nt have much to say about this article but I would like to use this public forum to express my DISAPPOINTMENT in the Auburn University faculty for the new plans for Toomers Corner, most notably what I have termed as the "Poles and Wires" solution When I was a young Tiger my uncle would take me and my step-dad and step-brother to Auburn games, though usually non-conference except for one Kentucky game maybe in 1976? I don't remember. What I DO remember is rolling the Corner after games with him as we drank cold ones and "papered the trees". It brought tears to my eyes. I was maybe 10 or 12. I will not be taking Roy Jr. nor Louis nor Greg nor Martin to the new Toomers so they can role the poles and wires. I don't think they would cry as they threw toilet paper at a pole. BRING THE TREES ABCK.
« Atlas_Shrugs wrote on Friday, Mar 15 at 10:41 AM »
In response to Bearclaw's 11 March comment: That is factually incorrect. In DC v Heller (June 2008), the Supreme Court ruled that individuals do indeed have a right to self-defense with firearms. This was further supported when the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled (December 2012) that Illinois' total ban on carrying firearms outside the home or business for self-defense was unconstitutional. Secondly, the militia is a separate entity from the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force. It is a defensive force organized at the state level, occasionally being called to national duty. The 2nd Amendment guarantees our right to stockpile weapons and ammunition to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government. Self-defense against criminals, hunting, and other sporting purposes, while not the original intent of this right, are wonderful after effects. No wording of the 2nd Amendment refers to "muskets," nor would it have. By the time of the Revolutionary War, smooth-bore muskets were known by Appalachian settlers and frontiersman to be inferior in range and accuracy to the Kentucky long rifle, which possessed a rifled barrel. Keep in mind that the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1789, six years after the war. To have limited the 2nd Amendment to muskets at that time would have been anachronistic and ill-suited. Furthermore, while our Founding Fathers possessed incredible foresight, they could not have conceived of the weapons technology that would come about nearly two hundred years later with the Armalite Rifle, commonly known as the AR-15, and its many variants. Your desire to limit defensive firearms to one shot and reload (in the style of muzzle-loaders) proves that you have never been exposed to a military environment or defensive situation where such limitations would threaten your life. Such an argument, is once again, anachronistic and ill-formed.
« chiangrai wrote on Monday, Mar 11 at 11:31 AM »
I don't believe this guy wrote this rubbish. Unless the writer experienced Chiang Rai about 40 years ago, he is misleading everyone. I have lived in and near Chiang Rai for years. There is NO village within 20 miles of Chiang Rai that has children who have not seen white people unless the children are newborns. Chiang Rai itself has a huge population of expats and the surrounding villages have expats living in or near them, no matter how far out they are. Lastly, the tourists do run all over the countryside, hiking and on motorcycles and motorcycle tours. There is no place left untouched by tourists here. It is what it is and why the writer decided to take liberties with what it really is is beyond me. I guess losing credibility for the rest of his life isn't a big deal to him. What is real here is certainly worth writing about without embellishing anything.
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