Letters to the Editor


To the Editor:

Your recent article about Social Security reform mischaracterizes the appointment of Andrew Biggs, who joins the Social Security Administration in the hopes of helping young people get back our retirement money (“Social Security future bleak with Bush’s new appointment bias,” May 1).

The future of Social Security is bleak by virtue of future tax increases and benefit cuts, not as a result of experts who point out the effects that these measures will have on the financial security of future generations. The Social Security Administration does an excellent job of scoring reform proposals and predicting funding shortfalls, and there is no indication that any reports have been mathematically incorrect.

On the contrary, we should pay more attention to the work that comes out of the SSA. One professor in your article is on record suggesting that raising the cap on payroll taxes would solve Social Security’s funding problem, but this simply isn’t so. Eliminating the cap entirely would push the funding shortfalls currently forecast to begin in 2017 back to only 2025, a meager gain for such a huge tax increase.

There is great honesty in mathematics, and many of us would be better served by running some numbers before running our mouths.

Best, Ryan Lynch

I am responding to the articles “CSUN Greens hold Iraq war teach-in” and “End of Iraq war lies in reinstatement of draft”. It’s quite apparent that this paper leans quite to the far left as it always has done so in the past.

I for one have not heard one word about the recent al-Qaeda tape of where bin Laden’s no. 2 man al-Zawahiri laughed at the Senate’s pull out bill of Iraq, along with also targeting non-whites to be radicalized for Jihad. Al-Zawahiri and other ideologues like him would probably laugh at the defeatist attitudes brought by the author of “End of Iraq war lies in reinstatement of the draft,” or would support a comment made by a member of the Green Party official: “We have to defend the Iraqis’ right to resist … Think about what you would do in their shoes.”

Al-Zawahiri and his terror comrades do not care about the opinions of Americans who agree or disagree with the war in Iraq. They would probably smile with glee noticing how the American public sees the U.S. President as an “idiot” or support Iraqi resistance while that same “resistance” ends up slaughtering Iraqis on a daily basis. What I certainly fear from this point is that if the defeatist view points do certainly get their way (and there is a high chance of that), then the Middle East will end up like Southeast Asia where brutal regimes will rise to power even worse than the ones before such as all the sort of crimes committed by Ho Chi Mihn, Pol Pot and the Communist regime in Laos.

They always say those who never learn from history, always repeat it. Seems to be quite true once more.

Maxwell Hoffman History Major

In Response to “Broken door in Sierra Hall symbolic of university,” originally published on May 9.

I’m writing this letter in regard to the recent controversy regarding the broken door in Sierra Hall. This issue has divided our campus for far too long. Currently there are people on both sides of the door arguing about whether or not we should fix the problem, or just ignore it and hope it goes away. Today, I’m here to set down the position of every patriotic, God-fearing, CSUN student.

My friends, it is our moral imperative to fix the door. Currently there is a great deal of conflict and confusion in the Sierra Hall region. If we allow the door the fall to brokenness, the other doors in the region will follow its lead and also chose to fall into disrepair and chaos. As concerned students, we cannot allow this to happen. If Sierra Hall falls, so will the rest of the school. Before you know it, doors all over campus will be broken, and students will be trapped outside of buildings unable to get into their classes. The academic environment of the school will collapse, and pandemonium will erupt. If we let the door fall to disrepair, the terrorists win.

There are those who claim that our efforts to fix the door over the past four years have been a dismal failure. In response to such anti-CSUN, anti-freedom, anti-patrotic claims, I must ask them a question: Why do you hate freedom and God? What is so wrong with loving your college and religion? Why do you feel the need to subvert and undermine everything CSUN stands for? The moment you can answer these questions honestly you will understand the error in your logical ways.

There are others who say we need to consider the rights of the door, who say that the door should first be consulted, and maybe we should work with the door to come to a peaceful resolution. Such lofty expectations are unrealistic, as the door has constantly re-broken itself in response to our best efforts. In light of this we can only conclude that the rights of the door do not matter. It’s probably not Christian anyway, and as such can’t be expected to make decisions on its own. Rather we must do what we know to be right. We must fix it for it’s own good, regardless of how many innocent students and faculty members we annoy in the process.

Furthermore there are others who believe that fixing the door would be far too costly and wasteful. But trust me, we have the best and brightest structural engineers (including Rosie O’Donnell) working on this problem day and night, and I’m certain they will create some sort of cohesive plan to fix the door. But we can’t be pressured or rushed into finding a solution. If asked to set a timeline for the reconstruction of the door, it would only allow our enemies (like the atheists) to draft plans to re-break the door once we leave. Therefore, I’m also proposing an increase of tuition to keep our team of engineers at CSUN indefinitely, lets more problems arise and the door breaks again. I trust that this proposal will meet little or no resistance, and anyone who disagrees is probably an immoral supporter of alternative religions like “Wicca” anyway.

This debate over the door has gone on for far too long. We all need to work together to fix the door. We can’t have this constant and trivial bickering and arguing. This partisan “dooritics” gets us nowhere. If it continues the door will never get fixed, and the terrorists will win. God Bless CSUN.

Richard Wilk Concerned Student