Well, the semester is just about over, and this will be my last column until school starts again. As such, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on some of the topics I’ve covered and some of the responses I’ve received.
So first thing’s first; toward the beginning of the semester, I wrote a column on how “the cost to fill up (with gas) keeps climbing and only very rarely recedes.” That was when prices were more than $3 per gallon, and needless to say, it’s a lot cheaper now.
I’d like to attribute the fall of gas prices to some sort of Republican conspiracy, but it’s probably more likely that various market forces are behind it. So anyway, I guess I was wrong (but we’ll see how long it takes for prices to go up again).
Moving on to abortion, I’m never going to argue about that again. I attempted to resolve a debate that has been going on for over 30 years in less than 600 words, and needless to say, I failed. I still stand by my stance that women should have the right to choose, but to defend that argument would require countless pages, and even then I doubt I will have covered all bases (that became painfully obvious to me through the responses I received about my first column).
So anyway, I will try to never bite off more than I can chew again.
As for marijuana, I’m sorry I spent so much time on this subject, but when people who do something as harmless as smoking pot are defined as criminals, I get a little irritated.
Now to clarify a little bit, when I say pot is “harmless,” I mean in a very relative way. At no point did I mean to say that it has no ill effects. Marijuana is a drug, and it has ruined lives (so have alcohol, cigarettes, video games, TV, fast food, etc.).
Additionally, at no point did I mean to advocate its use, and I sincerely hope no one took my writings as saying such.
I’m also sorry that I was a sore loser after the election.
As for the responses that people have written in letters to the editor, I say thank you. As an opinion columnist, my job is only to present my view, and your responses give the other side of the story.
However, when people call my arguments “na’ve” or “feeble attempts at being intelligent,” it kind of bugs me. On that note, though, I realize that I sometimes use similar criticisms, and now knowing how it feels to be on the receiving end, I will try to refrain from doing such in the future.
One final thing – when responding to my columns in a letter to the editor, please don’t call me “Mr. Nicewicz.” I’m 19, for crying out loud, and I’m just not ready for the “Mr.” title. Just call me Andy, I’ll take no offense (unless of course that’s your goal).
OK, well, I think that about covers it, and I’m sorry if I’ve missed anything. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my column, or at the very least I hope I’ve provoked enough interest to keep you reading next semester.
Anyway, good luck on finals and I hope you have a good break!
Andy Nicewicz is a senior political science major. His column appears every Monday in the Collegian. Replies and feedback can be sent to email@example.com.