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Mandatory participation policy op-ed rings true

Brian Kevin Beck, Emeritus Associate Professor

October 12, 2016

You editorialized well on “mandatory class participation.” It made me (retired teacher) recall and think. First, “anxiety” about speaking up.  (1) Are we over-worrying about sensitive “teacup” students being disturbed?  (Like “trigger-warnings,” etc.) (2) More relevantly, if anxious now, why ...

Letter to the Editor: Brussels, bicycles and talk of terrorism

April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016 Remember “Brussels?” It’s in Europe, or was last week, or parts of it were. For our troubles, I’d recommend an OTC (over-the-counter) tranquilizer — “R.E.A.D.” (That’s Resistance, Evasion, Avoidance, Denial). Works fine for now. Our “leaders” employ it effectively. T...

Letter to the Editor: Contrasting ideologies cause conflict

February 2, 2016

Feb. 2, 2016 In response to Jeff Ehren's Jan. 27 letter First, sincere thanks for walking your talk. You recommend we “stop, think, ask, and have conversations,” in this “learning institution.” Then you capably do so. But next, a red-faced apology to all. I did indeed say, close borders to “a...

Letter to the Editor: American history is essential to foreign policy

January 26, 2016

Jan. 26, 2016 In response to Brian Kevin Beck's Dec. 9 letter I honestly thought Mr. Beck’s letter was satire at first. I couldn’t believe that someone would write such an inflammatory call to arms in a college paper. Mr. Beck is claiming we are facing a foe “greater than Hitlerian fascism, Ru...

Letter to the Editor: Threat of terrorism not fully understood

December 8, 2015

Dec. 8, 2015 How will the extremist Islamic State, plus gargantuan immigration, affect your next 40 years? Your children’s whole lives?  Below, some thoughts on a situation insufficiently understood or confronted. The two issues are the fast-&-obvious military attack, but also a slower-but-covert demographic immig...

Letter to the editor: Ben Carson, Sharia law and the Constitution

September 29, 2015

So candidate Dr. Carson opines that Islamic Sharia law is incompatible with our Constitution. And that a Muslim president would be problematic. His opinion, but he might have expanded more on why. True, concerning Sharia, he raises issues. At least as I’ve read and been told, Islam’s tenets aros...

Letter to the Editor: free speech drives democracy

September 15, 2015

“Free speech” is democracy’s indispensable life-blood for its survival. But although protected legally, it may be threatened “socially.” Recently, former athlete, now (suspended) ESPN commentator, Curt Schilling, tweeted this: “It’s said only 5 to 10 percent of Muslims are extremists. ...

Letter to the Editor: Professor assesses political-correctness

April 1, 2015

April 1, 2015 What unites the following? (And, does it matter?) -Oklahoma Univ.: aboard a bus, off-campus, only some fraternity members sing an “n-word” chant. It’s videotaped. Next day, the president banishes the fraternity from campus, evicts all members from the house. -A Seattle bus...

Practice critical thinking

January 28, 2015

Jan. 28, 2015 The Paris terrorist attacks show that social problems badly need competent, “critical” thinking. But does current education (yours?) provide a robust repertoire? Like: Comprehensiveness: overlook nothing vital, see “both,” “all” sides—fair-mindedly… Beware propaganda—on...

UW-W Professor Emeritus comments on 9/11 and peace

September 18, 2014

Sept. 17 2014 Well, we’re back to human reality. We have had a generous recess of peace recently. Space-wise, ISIL [ISIS] is the exposed, sharp-edged ninth part of a larger, non-melting iceberg. And time-wise, it’ll be a long war. We can perhaps “mow down” ISIL, but surely, such “crabgrass”...

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