To the Editor

Sep 132004

I would just like to thank Ken Zetye for the outstanding article

he wrote titled, “Not sending troops: Selfish” in the Sept. 10

issue of The Rocky Mountain Collegian. I could not agree more with

Ken’s stance on the issues of American military deployment.

America, as a world leader economically, culturally and

technologically, has an obligation to not only herself, but also

all countries of the world. Our troops should be treated and

respected as saviors, not pitied as men who must commit atrocious

acts of violence. Thank you, Ken, for serving our country and, for

that matter, the rest of the world. We wouldn’t be here without



Chas Schellpeper

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Sep 132004

I was inspired to write after reading Cady McClurg’s letter

published in the Collegian on Friday, Sept. 10. Your insight was

refreshing Ms. McClurg, but don’t be fooled into believing that

“robotically driven consumer(s)…instructed by advertisers to fear

disapproval by our peers” only describes your generation. Status

anxiety runs rampant throughout our society – age


It may surprise some how much corporate time, effort and dollars

are spent convincing the public what to wear, what to drive, what

foods they should like, and, yes, even what types of people we

should and shouldn’t include in our little cliques. If an

individual falls short of popular culture’s carefully packaged

ideas of normality (looks, clothes, car, music, etc.), then he or

she is likely to pay a heavy price.

Whether you like it or not Ms. McClurg, you’re a role model for

the “clarity of thought” you spoke of. I admire your ability to

think outside yourself, and your willingness to speak up.

David Munoz

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Sep 132004

In her column Friday, Meg Burd suggests that the plight of poor Mexican citizens is the responsibility of the large American corporations that employ them.

While it is unfortunate that Mexicans in Tijuana do not enjoy the standards of living that we do, it is not due to the manner in which employees are treated by the American corporations that employ them. Even if GE or Johnson Controls did not operate factories in Tijuana, young women would still have to walk home in the dark, would still have to work in sweatshop conditions, and would still have to worry about her ability to pay for the day’s food.

Burd also suggests that the quality of life decreases as more firms arrive to employ people. She seems to have forgotten that everyone seeks to improve his own situation with whatever means he has. Mexican workers are not forced to work at sweatshops; it happens, however unfortunately, that this is obviously the best situation for them, despite its lack of comparability of our situation.

This columnist makes this issue of economy in business and society too personal. These corporations are not taking advantage of the strife of the economy and people of the United Mexican States after its currency lost worth, but instead are seeking to maximize profit in a competitive world market by using the low-cost labor available in the Mexican market.

Robert Wade

Sophomore, Civil Engineering

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