Next week, the Columbus Dispatch will be censoring Doonesbury because of the graphic nature of the comic strip’s abortion story line. The newspaper reported that Universal Press Syndicate, the publisher of the strip, has stated that it would not be surprised if 20-30 out of the 1,400 newspapers that carry Doonesbury decide to censor the strip by running replacement strips being offered.
Are the folks that run the Dispatch serious? Columbus is one of only 20-30 out of 1,400 newspapers that believe the comic strip too graphic to carry it? Columbus must not be as big a metropolis as it likes to think itself. The Dispatch’s subscribers can read about the abortion debate on the front page of the paper and hear about it all day long on the twenty-four hour news channels, but if Doonesbury chooses to discuss it, the powers that be at the newspaper decides to ban it.
Call me a liberal if you want, which I proudly am, but I believe Doonesbury to be the best comic strip published. To censor it over the abortion debate is asinine. Shame on the Columbus Dispatch for deciding its readers too immature to read one particular comic strip that decides to address the most passionately discussed issue of the day!
Steven H. Spring
Fox television pundit Rush Limbaugh has sunk to a new low in political commentary even by the minimal standards of the Fox News channel. It was shameful when Limbaugh blasted a young female college student who testified before a Congressional hearing last week concerning a proposed requirement that insurance companies fund birth-control contraception, calling her a slut and a prostitute, but Limbaugh further ranted that if she was having sex on his dime, then she should post video of herself having sexual intercourse online for him to watch.
Limbaugh then proceeded to embarrass himself further with his half-hearted apology in which he never did fully apologize for his comments but claimed his repugnant remarks were something that only those evil, mean-spirited liberals would say. Limbaugh is one of the Republican Party’s most influential voices, and as such most Republicans have shied away from speaking out against these appalling comments. One conservative who did speak out was commentator George Will who opined that many Republican leaders are not afraid of bombing another nation but are afraid to speak out against Rush Limbaugh. Leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has stated that the liberal response regarding this issue has been outrageous after denouncing Limbaugh’s vile diatribe only that he would have used different words. What is outrageous was the verbal assault on Sandra Fluke by Rush Limbaugh and the Republican political machine and the lack of sympathy toward Miss. Fluke by a political party that likes to think itself as compassionate conservative.
As a political party that is so vehemently anti-abortion, wouldn’t you think every Republican would be very much in favor of contraception? Do Republicans not understand that by refusing to cover birth-control contraception with health insurance coverage, this will only lead to an increase in abortions? What is really ironic concerning the whole debate over female birth-control contraception is that nearly every other commercial on television now a days is for Viagra or any of the other similar male sexual stimulates that are covered by the health insurance industry.
Steven H. Spring
I acknowledge that with the recent hiring of Urban Meyer as head coach, alumni football ticket demand will be very high this coming season, however this does not diminish the absurd policy OSU enacted several years ago of not informing ticket buyers exactly what game they are purchasing tickets to. As some one who has been on disability for the past fifteen years, I do not purchase alumni tickets very often. I find the cost to attend games against significantly inferior opponents too great, that there are far more important things on which to spend my limited income. However, if I knew I had the chance to purchase tickets to the Michigan game, that is an entirely different ballgame.
Why on earth would anyone buy something without knowing exactly what they are buying? There is not one establishment that would stay in business with this type of asinine practice. During the past four years, I have written President E. Gordon Gee, Athletic Director Gene Smith and Alumni Association President Archie Griffin numerous times in an attempt to have them change this preposterous policy. In response, I have received letters from various university and alumni personnel trying to explain the rational for this policy. However, not one of their replies adequately explains the logic behind this ludicrous policy.
I rely on the generously of relatives to purchase my two alumni tickets and take me to a game. Last year, my daughter purchased the tickets but by the time we found out what game we were to attend, she had already made reservations to be on vacation in Florida. As a result she was struck holding two costly tickets to a game we could not attend. This scenario alone is ample reason why OSU should change this policy.
Am I the only alum who finds this practice disgraceful? This policy reeks of superciliousness and should be changed immediately. If OSU does not feel required to change this procedure, then we, the alumni of The Ohio State University should boycott all alumni events and sporting contests. Now is the time to Occupy Ohio Stadium and the OSU Athletic Ticket Office until this outrageous policy is reversed!
Steven H. Spring
OSU, Class of ‘87