Here are today’s Ottawa Sun letters to the editor.
MUST FIGHT FOR FREEDOM
Re: Universities sowing the seeds of their own obsolescence, column, July 4
Victor Davis Hansen’s article on the situation in universities was, as usual for him, brilliant. Another professor from the University of California, John M. Ellis, has written a book, The Breakdown of Higher Education, chronicling the leftward tilt in American colleges and universities. In 1969, there were three left of centre professors for every two right of centre. By the end of the century, the ratio was five left to one right. Six years later, it was eight to one. Currently, he calculates the ratio at 13 to one. It’s getting even more unbalanced in recent junior hires, assistant and associate professors with an astounding ratio of 48 to one.
We can assume a study of Canadian universities would match his findings. It’s been a long campaign, but the liberal, progressive, socialist left has been very successful in converting campuses into one-party institutions where conservative views are curtailed or even forbidden.
The indoctrinated, woke, social justice warrior graduates are now attempting to make all of society one big university campus. As Ronald Reagan noted, “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
(Thanks for the enlightenment.)
THEY’VE GONE TOO FAR
I myself wear a mask when entering a store or another place of business, but for the city to legislate its one-size-fits-all directive by making them mandatory for everyone has just gone too far. If mask wearing was so important, why wasn’t it mandated months ago?
Secondly, some people, because of underlying conditions and other breathing problems, cannot use one. Once again, the politicians and bureaucrats know better than the great unwashed and more of our freedom is lost because of their quest for the so-called “greater good.”
(Isn’t it sad that such an act of consideration has to be mandated?)
My wife and I have worn masks when indoor shopping since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. We were surprised mask wearing wasn’t mandated when numbers were high. Despite this, the case numbers have dropped dramatically in Ottawa. If we were able to so substantially reduce the numbers without mandatory mask wearing, why make them mandatory now?
(As we slowly begin to reopen it becomes more difficult to maintain physical distancing.)
CANCEL CULTURE NOT NEW
Re: Trump blasts ‘cancel culture,‘ July 4
In the above article, a campaign official, paraphrasing expected remarks from U.S. President Donald Trump, said: “Those practising cancel culture are engaging in totalitarian behaviour that is completely alien to American life — and we must not accept it.”
I must disagree. Cancel culture has actually not been alien to American life. It has actually been a continuing integral part of life in the Americas since European colonists arrived there more than 500 years ago. Seeking to cancel Indigenous cultures. You could ask the Beothuk Peoples about that if they were not made extinct by colonists.
Since their arrival, the colonists have been striving to cancel Indigenous Peoples culture. The Canadian Senate recently blocked the bill to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
(A good bit of perspective.)