Letter: Community must discuss issues thoughtfully, bring facts to discuss

Dear Editor,

Some in our community think like Calvin in Bill Watterson's comic strip "Calvin & Hobbes" -- that there is no need to discuss anything. "I've got better things to do than argue with every wrong-headed crackpot with an ignorant opinion! I'm a busy man! I say, either agree with me or take a hike! I'm right, period! End of discussion!"

Unlike Calvin and his friends, I hope we can discuss our problems with the insight of F. Scott Fitzgerald, because "the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."

Over the next few semesters, we will have to discuss many questions dealing with bad financial planning, fee increases, actions (taken in our name) that may be disrespectful and the success or failure of the new University Senate format.

We should also revisit the questionable use of eminent domain and how it is being used against the Werner family, because any action (or lack of action) by this university will reflect on each of us and the educational accolade we receive.

As we begin this discussion, we should remember, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy," Martin Luther King Jr. We must turn our backs on the rising fears being caused by some who wish to stop any form of discussion.

We must have faith in the same tools and limitations used by the first teacher at the first university to face these same types of challenges and controversies.

"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think" -- Socrates.

The biggest problem we have to overcome at BSU is the biggest problem facing the world today. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "What is the hardest task in the world? To think."

Eric E. Richardson
Alumnus, pursuing 2nd degree