The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 80, No. 57, Ed. 1, Wednesday, April 29, 1992 Page: 2 of 8
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Keith Alewine Editor in Chief
H. Todd Thomas Managing News Editor
Lance Fleming Opinion Page Editor
Keith Alewine Chris Anderson John Barlow Brian Belt Malissa Endsley
Lance Fleming Bobby Gombert Deana Hamby Wendy Hornbaker Roger
Massey Matt McKinney Michael O'Connor H. Todd Thomas Levi Turner
The Optimist Is a twlce-a-weok publication of the students of the Department of Journalism
and Mass Communication of Abilene Christian University and serves as a Journalism labora-
tory for the department's students. The unsigned editorials are the opinions of the students
on the Optimist Editorial Board and do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the
university. The signed columns cartoons and letters to the editor are the opinions of their
creators and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Optimist Editorial Board or the uni-
Letter writer represents faction
that should alarm U.S. citizens
The Optimist recently received a
troubling letter from an off-campus
source that you will find below in the
A favorite technique for letter writers
seeking to stampede readers is known
as the argttmentum adpopulum and
I; this letter is a perfect example of the
technique. In this method of persuasion
i the letter writer uses emotional lan
guage to appeal to readers' prejudices
jather than their intellect.
Words such as "seditious treason"
.and "pariah" do nothing to advance the
writer's arguments. They are intended
.to rouse the reader to indignation and
evoke an irrational emotional response.
The technique also serves to divert
the readers' attention from the argu-
ments the writer presents which in this
case are lamentably weak.
The point of the letter is how the
media has been snatched by a small
band of liberals that has attacked Presi-
dent Bush and other Republicans.
That is only one of the many fallacies
of the letter. This editorial -will Tiddress
just a few. i J.'
The letter says tha real'S'tory of this
presidential campaign is how high
Bush's rating has remained in spite of
all the recent attacks from the leftist
However the media has nothing to
do with economic problems this coun-
try is enduring.
A poll in the March 27 edition of
Newsweek reports that only 42 percent
of Americans would vote for Bush if
the-election were held today. That's
down from his high of 9 L percent dur-
ing the Persian Gulf War.
That poll is just a reflection of how
tired the American people are of gov-
ernmental ineffectiveness. They see a
president that has lived off the Persian
Gulf War and done nothing substantial
to help the country's failing economy.
Liberals have highjacked the press
Writers says press
.To the Editor:
The press has recently referred to
how low President Bush has fallen in
the polls. I believe the real story is just
the 'opposite: how HIGH his ratings
have remained under the onslaught of
the leftist media.
! Georce Bush's magnificent and
remarkable accomplishments in creat-
Jj'.ing the coalition that defeated evil in
1 the Mideast was the embodiment of
everything that liberals from Wilson to
..Stevenson to Mondale had ever
i . Combine this with the unparalleled
.jiimuuy vicuiiy wiutii mew uuviuus
U .Democrats' war) and the leftists knew
X "they were in trouble. In fact the entire
was on the verge of extinction: Bush
had to go!
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reserve the right to refuse to print letters that contain personal attack obscenity
.defamation erroneous information or invasion of privacy.
The Optimist refuses to print letters that are not signed or letters that bear
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and begun a withering and relentless
attack on the presidency.
No one has highjacked the press. As
it has always done the press has tried
to report fairly and objectively on both
The problem the Republicans have is
they have had one of their own in the
White House since 1980.
The media has spread its spotlight
and criticism evenly on both Bush and
Bill Clinton. In light of Clinton's recent
problems for anyone to say the media
is biased is unfair.
The letter writer once again men-
tions the Persian Gulf War and how
members of CBS NBC and CNN acted
as propaganda stooges.
But if there were any propaganda
stooges they were members of the the
military machine Bush assembled.
The media was on hand to do a job
but all television reports newspaper sto-
ries and photographs were screened by
military censors. From the outset the
war was controlled by the government
so you would see what it wanted you to
'And that brings us to the final point
and that is that Bush and other Republi-
cans need to stop living off the Persian
America has serious problems and it
needs a leader with the foresight to
deliver it from these problems. If the
American people don't think Bush is
the man for the job they have the right
to vote him out.
The writer closes his letter by saying
all Americans should be alarmed and
offended that the press has supposedly
been kidnapped by liberals.
However what the American public
should really be alarmed about is peo-
ple like this letter writer who seem to
want to continue to live in a world
where only one side of an issue is
reported and where change comes
along about as often as Halley's Comet.
Their envy and need to cover up fool-
ish pre-war congressional media state-
ments led them to the seditious treach-
ery witnessed over the last nine months.
They hijacked our press and began a
withering and relentless attack on the
presidency. Pariah's like Fonda Gart-
ner Tisch and Moyers used every cun-
ning derelict and devious tool available
to turn an altruistic American accom-
plishment into something less.
Noble became malicious magnani-
mous became maligned. To refer to the
propaganda stooges at CBS NBC and
CNN as newspeople is a perverted
All Americans should be alarmed and
offended. Our once free press has been
snatched by a small evil gang with a
powerful determination to grab control
of our republic.
Thomas Jefferson forewarned us
about such malcontents. They lost in
die USSR and Eastern Europe but their
conspiracy is winning here.
John B. Thosteson
Abilene has many different faces.
When you cruise along Sayles Boule-
vard you see a grand history of architec-
ture The streets of downtown are straddled
with the once-booming the fully disabled
and the newly restored. Driving in from
Dallas you can barely see the hopeful
gleam of Abilene through a tinted win-
dow. From the top of Abilene's tallest build-
ing you see only beauty. '
The Journalism and Mass Communica-
tion Department filled a room on the 19th
floor of the NationsBank building on
Chestnut Thursday to honor our gradu-
ates and hand out awards. The view from
the windows stole the show.
During the first part of the evening
while we stood in line to fill our plates
the city was a leafy shade of green.
"Wow Abilene has trees" said a number
of people. Yes to our surprise this town
looked like a forest from our new per
For finals take a fruit and
As the year winds down laziness sets
in and finals knock on the door. To rid
the end-of-the-year blues a swift kick in
the left shin is in order. But don't try this
by yourself; you'll need a friend to help
you. Oh and a kick in the right shin is
only a last resort. You'll need to at least
hop to class.
And for those caffeine addicts who will
attempt to overdose on No-Doz or
Vivarin - remember just say no. Drugs
are bad for you.
Instead of drinking coffee or extra-
strong Lipton iced tea refresh yourself
with a carrot or with a stalk of fresh cel-
ery. You'll be amazed how much more
you'll stay awake. An apple might be
good too if you're in that sugar-high
state of mind.
But remember to go to sleep. Sleep is
very important. If you don't sleep you
will be tired. If you are tired you will fall
asleep during the exam and we know
you wouldn't want to do that now would
you? Especially if so doing will humiliate
Wanted: a roommate or
So school is almost over.
No this isn't another column about
how I long for the freedom of summer to
release me from my many duties as a col-
I kinda don't want it to end.
Before you write me off as clinically
insane let me explain. Right now I have
a place to live I have a job and all my
friends are here. In a week-and-a-half
my lease will be up the Optimist will
have ceased twice-weekly publication
and my friends will retreat to their
respective homes including my
boyfriend whose homestate is Alaska.
Of all places.
It's not like I haven't tried to find a
place to live or a job. I have been an avid
reader bf the Abilene Reporter-News
classifieds for the past two months. I
even placed an ad in the Optimist to find
some roommates. Either everyone
already has summer living arrangements
offers new view of city
As we finished our meals and applaud-
ed award-winners the horizon slowly
turned from sky pale to pink-orange to
evening blue. A broad beautiful back-
ground. "Yes to our surprise
this town looked like a
forest from our new per-
Piece of My Mind
At the end of the evening some of us
pressed our noses against the glass and
gazed down at the shining sky of street-
lamps and building lights. The city really
looks good from there.
you in front of your classmates.
Finals are the quintessential elements
in any student's life. They represent 16
weeks of hard labor - that is unless those
16 weeks have been spent in the Campus
Center basement playing video games in
"Finals are the
Iri any student's life.
They represent 16
weeks of hard labor..."
that darkened corner room. Finals also
represent studiousness active thought
processes and at least 16 bags of com
chips and dip - those late midnight
snacks you thought nobody knew about
except for your roommate.
or word got around I tend to be a little
The employer at the one job I applied
for insisted I start work immediately
which is most impossible.' As for the
Nothing But Static
"General Help" listings in tins! Reporter-
News employment as a flatbed truck
driver or Chit Chat dancer does not
appeal to me.
Why don't I return home for the sum
jHHBMHHM "I even placed an ad In
B the Optimist to find
IBH tome roommates.
It's kind of like how nice the world
looks from here. Many students look at
the world from ACU-colored glasses for
about half a decade.
From this perspective we see the ever-
green goodness in people the colorful
expanse of opportunity the light of hope
This campus is a valuable part of the
real world but it largely is an exception.
Outside ACU is another aspect of the
world a part more soaked with prob-
lems and less densely'filled with Chris-
While at ACU we are given the chance
to prepare ourselves as Christians. When
we leave we are given the chance to
Some of us tarried a bit after the ban-
quet was finished and we admired the
view from a high place. Then we
descended to the first floor left the tow-JT
ering structure and stepped out onto the"
hit the books
Finals are supposed to embody the
gamut of knowledge from a plant cell to
a pica stick from mutual funds to the
contents of one of the Bean's burritos. 1(
a brainwave monitor could tap the pure
knowledge on this campus observers
would be amazed at what we knew - and
didn't know. But that won't happen -unless
one of our physics majors decides
to build such a machine as an honors pro-
ject. If you are a freshman sophomore or
junior don't be dismayed by these finals.
They will come and go many more timeff
If you're a senior about to graduate good
luck. You'll need it. I know because I'll
For seniors returning in the summer or
the fall don't worry. Santa Claus will see
to it that you get a big Hershey's Kiss
under the Christmas Tree come Dec. 25.
Mmmmm (as well as a possible diploma?).
So nix the caffeine grab a celery stalk
and study away. Success is just around yj
a sturdy box
mer like my friends? After an exasperat-
ing summer at home last year I swore to
my parents I Would never return to my
hometown of Beaumont to live again h
Not that Beaumont is a bad place to
live. But when the life goals of the peo-
ple I went to high school with are to pos-
sess the biggest car stereos and to have a
baby before age 211 just don't seem to
fit in. When conversation topics turn to
Pioneer JVC and Lamaze I am at a loss
And I guess it could be one of those
dent things. Being the youngest one in '
my family it's natural to feel that way.
Besides Beaumont is 450 miles further
away from Alaska than Abilene.
Anyway the point is that I am deter-
mined to'stay here all summer no matter
what. If anyone needs a roommate or at
least knows of a good sturdy box please
give me a call.
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