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Letter to the Editor

UPD cares

During the past three months, University Police Department has seen an increase in calls for service and activity on and activity reported from off-campus sources and the monitoring of online social media activities. Statistics since the beginning of August compared to the entire year of 2014 show a noticeable increase in the use of drugs and alcohol on campus. During 2014, there were three DUI crashes, 10 DUIs, 11 zero tolerances, and 13 notices to appear issued for drugs while in the operation of motor vehicles. Officers issued 852 warnings and 488 citations for traffic infractions on campus. Since...

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Inclusion in Missouri is the only path toward resolution

Like Aiden Strawhun, who wrote the “Exclusion in Missouri hinders resolution” article in the Nov. 18 edition of Eagle News, I paid close attention to student protests at Mizzou and what their goals are. Strawhun’s position on the issue, quite frankly, horrifies me. The students’ demands — especially, for 10 percent of faculty and staff to be black by 2017 — are reasonable. They’re asking for employment at the university to be more representative of the U.S. at large, seeing as 13 percent of the U.S. population is black. Asking us to look past racial-ethnic identities and such means...

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A response to students who believe that guns should never be allowed on campus

We are at that point in time again where a school shooting has left the nation in disbelief. Over the past few weeks, the heightened fear of students nationwide wondering if a shooting could happen at their school is indeed a legitimate one. However, politicians and college administrators, especially the Faculty Senate at FGCU, are seeking the wrong solutions to this epidemic. First of all, we must all agree that in the past 10 years, all the school shootings that have taken place across the country have one thing in common: they were all in gun-free zones. Sandy Hook...

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Relocating the information building is unnecessary

Discussions have formally begun to relocate the information building (misnamed “booth”) from the main entrance to the university because “the booth blocks incoming traffic.” An intelligent observer knows the information building is not positioned in the middle of the road to block traffic. So how does the booth block incoming traffic? When faculty, staff, students and visitors stop at the building, in more than 10 vehicles at a time, to get temporary parking permits, the right lane to main campus with incoming traffic, especially during the busiest hours, is partially blocked. A solution: stop issuing parking permits at the...

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Christian student addresses the false messages from the preacher on campus

I’m going to hell. At least, that’s what I’ve been told multiple times by our neighborly bullhorn preachers. Apparently, my dreadlocks and tattoos are a major hindrance if I ever wanted to go to heaven. Also, the God they have shared with me cannot wait to punish various people for eternity. My only problem with this is that they claim this God they speak of is Jesus of Nazareth. The Jesus I was told about the other day on campus, by the man with a bullhorn, seems drastically different from the Jesus I know. In John 10:10, Jesus said,...

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Letter to the Editor: The moral case for campus carry

Dear editor, Licensed students, staff, and faculty should be allowed to carry guns on college and university campuses. Fears that allowing campus carry would increase violence are simply unfounded and promote a mistaken perception of gun carriers. The hard data is revealing: those who are licensed to carry concealed weapons are extremely law abiding. License revocation rates for Florida (which currently accounts for 1.3 million of over 11.1 million current licensees nationwide) are extremely low. While Florida has issued over 2.6 million licenses since 1987, the annual rate of firearms-related violations by licensed carriers is only 0.31 per 100,000. To understand just how low this...

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