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Letter: Give DPS credit

To the Editor: Regarding the opinion column, “DPS: the lesser of two evils” by Vaughn Campbell ’18, published Tuesday, I take exception with the title: DPS is not an evil, lesser, necessary or otherwise. I have consistently found in my experience that DPS, the Department of Public Safety, is professional, ...


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Letter: Students for Justice in Palestine hummus boycott

To the Editor: Thanks for the article, “Hummus options added after SJP protest,” March 8. As a Mizrahi Jew, it was enlightening to read that “‘(my) ancestors have been eating hummus, (and) they have been eating hummus for their whole lives.’” This came as a shock, mostly because I don’t ...


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Letter: Supporting Middle East studies

To the Editor: I read Sara Al-Salem’s Feb. 26 column with great interest and empathy. Many years ago, when I was an international student at Brown, I had an emotional breakdown due to some private reasons involving my family. I could not handle the double stress of trying to sort out personal issues, ...


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Letter: Responding to student concerns

To the Editor: At an open university like ours, what happens in a classroom is always fair game for public discussion, and Kyle Tildon ’19 has every right to openly criticize one of his professors, as he did in his recent Herald column, “On the Classroom.” But that does not mean that his charges ...


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Letter: Compensated committee work

To the Editor: Last December, Brown decided to fund paid student research assistantships to support the work of two university committees — the Mental Health Community Council and the Title IX Oversight and Advisory Board. The Feb. 26 article titled “Brown launches funding pilot for student committee ...


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Letter: Syrian refugees in Rhode Island

To the Editor: Your report on the press conference on Syrian refugees sided with the protesters who came to the State House to shout us down. Yet polls show that our view represents the majority opinion of Americans, and probably of Rhode Islanders, regarding the potential danger posed by importing ...


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Letter: A closer look at ‘Carol’

To the Editor: Jennifer Shook’sFeb. 4 article “Carol’ performances captivating, not ‘groundbreaking’ cinema" reveals an unfortunate misreading of both the film and its production history. Shook criticizes “Carol” for showing us something we have already seen (white lesbian protagonists) ...


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Letter: Misguided notions on mental health issues

To the Editor: I disagree with the argument posed in Chad Simon’s ’16 Nov. 23 op-ed “Depressed? Who isn’t?” It comes across as misinformed, contrived and utterly pointless on the state of mental health issues. Firstly, Simon describes Counseling and Psychological Services as the “most ...


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Letter: Leave mental illness diagnoses to experts

To the Editor: In his Nov. 23 column, Chad Simon ’16 described his experiences with depression and mental health services at Brown. He went on to discuss his thoughts on how mental health issues should be viewed and dealt with on college campuses. Overall, his arguments are rooted in anecdotal evidence, ...


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Letter: Brown should not have joined Coalition App

To the Editor: An Oct. 6 Herald article described Brown’s becoming one of more than 80 founding members of a Common Application alternative called the “Coalition Application.” Members include every Ivy League institution, the California Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago, Pennsylvania ...


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Letter: The Herald should have supported Maier

To the Editor: I write to express my disappointment with The Herald’s unwillingness to support M. Dzhali Maier ’17, its embattled staff columnist, and publicly defend both its commitment to free speech and editorial independence. Responses to Maier’s columns by students and administrators correctly ...


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Letter: Race does not cause cultural and social variation

To the Editor: Your call for responses to M. Dzhali Maier’s ’17 Oct. 5 column “The white privilege of cows,” and your own editorial comment, have — rightly — focused on the issues of racism and free speech. First, I would like to say that Maier’s essay was “clear,” contrary to your ...


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Letter: Some acts of expression can be harmful

To the Editor: Something is missing from the attempt by Professors Ross Cheit, David Josephson, Glenn Loury, Kenneth Miller ’70 P’02 and Luther Spoehr to identify what is missing from the statement about the current debate over free expression by President Christina Paxson P’19, Provost Richard ...


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Letter: Column offensive, but not worth censoring

To the Editor: I sincerely hope The Herald reconsiders the removal of M. Dzhali Maier’s ’17 column “Columbian Exchange Day” from its website after it was published in the print edition last Tuesday, Oct. 6. While I agree the piece was ill-conceived and offensive, I believe the lesson you are ...


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Letter: Herald, University lack backbone

To the Editor: Be outraged with the Herald and University, not the writer. The Herald apologized for publishing a recent controversial column. Worse still, The Herald removed the article from its website. The apology and removal declared that there is a limit to which ideas are acceptable for discussion. ...


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Letter: The role of a free press

To the Editor: The only standard that you should use to determine whether to publish anything is the quality of what is written. If you made an error by publishing something that was of inferior intellectual quality and included factual errors or widely discredited and offensive or inciteful material, ...


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Letter: Diversity benefits the majority

To the Editor: Your recent editors’ note ends, “We do not and will not tolerate racism,” but this begs the question: What are you actively doing to dismantle it? I mean, if you ain’t for us, you’ve got to be against us. It seems many organizations at Brown and beyond think recruiting a few ...


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Letter: Veganism has deficiencies

To the Editor: I am writing in response to a recent column (“Horowitz ’16: The FAQs of veganism,” Oct. 7). While I commend AEPi for going vegan on moral grounds, I find blanket statements about veganism being healthier than omnivorism troublesome. Horowitz writes, “Plant based sources of protein ...


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Letter: Feminism should be political, not paraded

To the Editor: Robyn Sundlee’s excellent opinion piece (“Sundlee ’16: Selling out the patriarchy,” Sept. 30) identifies numerous oft-ignored points about the intersection of feminism and capitalism. Sundlee points out that when we buy “F*** the Patriarchy” t-shirts, we are probably “courting ...


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Letter: Race is not a valid genetic category

To the Editor: Because these letters are usually short, I will focus on just one part of the generally incoherent opinions column in Monday’s Herald (“Maier ’17: The white privilege of cows,” Oct. 5). Before that, I would like to acknowledge my position as a middle-class cisgender white male, ...





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