Give all points of
view a platform
It’s great to see free speech being upheld in the lawsuit against the Fresno State assistant professor, Greg Thatcher. We should be able to hear controversial speakers of unpopular opinion/views because if we truly believe that these speakers are wrong, then we need to shine the light on them by hearing them out so that we may prove or disprove them.
Denying these controversial speakers or views a platform to communicate their reasoning and evidence to those with other perspectives circumvents critical thinking, and reduces confidence in one’s own world view in that they haven’t tried to test their world view against others at a very deep first principles level. This type of engagement needs to occur in all schools because it keeps the power of choosing what is right and wrong with the people, not in the hands of faculty acting as a surrogate parent that screens what you see or hear and then claims it is for the good of the student.
Truth does not fear investigation.
This letter is in response to a Nov. 21 article in The Exponent. The article titled “Man accused of vandalism and threats” goes into detail of a Dinuba man arrested in “connection with vandalism and criminal threats.” The article recalls three separate incidents that recently took place. As a fellow Fresno County resident I am concerned with the growing vandalism that has recently taken place in the community.
The man arrested made multiple threats and was charged with two counts of vandalism that we are aware of. How are the residents supposed to feel safe knowing such crimes are being made daily? Although the man was arrested he has since made bail. Who is to say that he will not make such threats again?
I expect our communities to feel safe, and feel that our opinions on such important issues matter. I hope this response can enlighten other concerned citizens of the community to come forward and voice their thoughts. Maybe we then can come together as one voice to put an end to such incidents.
Are you safe?
I lived in a place south of Reedley Cemetery for nine years. I lived there until I was broken into two times. I then moved to Sierra View Homes Retirement Community into an apartment.
After some time, I had to use a walker. I was walking in the parking lot and standing by some parking cones. A person from the maintenance department hit me and broke the two back wheels of my walker and also chipped one of my front teeth.
If I were a cat or a dog and was abused like that I would be in jail. I thought when you go to a retirement center that you would be in a safe place. Are you safe?
A tale of two incidents
One morning, there was a man catcalling a lady on the street. Appalled, she looked away and continued walking. However, bystanders were not as passive. A man who was walking passed the scene, began scolding the man who had catcalled the woman, “Have some manners man, you don’t treat a woman like that!” To which he had nothing more than a wave of the hand for a response.
This made the lady stop and take notice, he then approached the lady asking if she was okay. The man asked if she wanted him to continue walking with her the rest of the way. She agreed, and the rest of her day went well.
However, one afternoon a gentleman was catcalled (if you may) by a woman. She told him he was cute and although he asked her politely to stop, she continued. In comparison to the way the public reacted in the previous scenario, no one said anything to diffuse the situation.
Nonetheless, a few bystanders applauded the woman and congratulated the man when he wanted nothing more than for the situation to cease. No one was there to ask him if he was well, and no one told the woman to stop.
Former player talks
of ‘true underdog’
This is a response to the article published on Nov. 30 pertaining to the Immanuel High School football team. Immanuel’s football program is portrayed as the underdog of Division V, as if they are expected to face adversity year after year when in reality this isn’t the case.
As a former player for the Mendota High School football team — another Division V school at the time — I played against Immanuel twice. We lost to them in the Valley Championship after they had a dominating season by a score of 35-20. At the time Mendota was ranked seventh in the division and Immanuel ranked first. We were the true underdogs.
True underdog teams are commonplace on the west side of the Valley, at public high schools where recruitment isn’t allowed. Contrary to the article, they are expected to do well.