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Letter to the Editor

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 01:12

Dear Editor,

I was perplexed by Carolyn Saund’s op−ed in Tuesday’s issue, which seems to better demonstrate the author’s level of education than any substantive point. I did appreciate the Jonathan Swift references; his satirical article, “A Modest Mroposal” was directed against the English elite’s callousness towards Irish poverty. Ms. Saund’s op−ed seems to be mocking the hyper−sensitivity of the Tufts student body to accusations of bias, but I’m not sure that satire does the issue justice. Although there is certainly something to be said for more tolerance and understanding when discussing issues of “race, gender, religion and sexuality,” the author apparently mocks all those concerned by those problems on the Tufts campus. I’m happy to hear that op−ed contributors are well−read, but certainly there are more intelligent things to say about bias on campus than making an elaborate Jonathan Swift pun.


Ben Van Meter

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