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4a Friday March 30, 2007 The Daily Illini www.DailyIllini.com Opinions neglect at Walter reed: Editorial Cartoon PaT abbOTT, ThE DaILy ILLInI disgraceful, un-american Terrible conditions, treatment undermine administration’s commitment to the troops “We owe them all we can give many visits to the facility, fell them. Not only for when they’re in sujay prey to his sharp reading skills. harm’s way, but when they come Kumar Now that I think about it, when home to help them adjust if they Sujay can be did the president start reading have wounds or help them adjust reached at newspapers anyway? after their time in service.” – Presi- opinions@ Sadly, this may be the first dent George W. Bush dailyillini.com. time you’ve heard about Wal- ter Reed. E very Fourth of July, I burn patients,” the hospital’s admit- Why aren’t we upset that 50 American Flags. When- ted soldiers outnumber regular our soldiers aren’t getting the ever I hear the word Con- patients 17 to one. respect they deserve for risk- stitution, I go on a rant about Outpatients at Walter Reed ing their lives on the front how the government staged are sent to one of five residenc- lines? Isn’t what’s happening Sept. 11. When soldiers return es after treatment. at Walter Reed un-American? from war, I welcome them back If there is an overflow, some Instead, we’d rather roast with a parade of spit. are sent to nearby hotels and Dick Durbin after he read a If I were to really carry apartments. They spend 10 memo about prisoner treatment out any of those actions, it months on average there, but at Guantanamo Bay and said would make sense to call me many stay for far longer. In the that “you would most certain- un-American. summer of 2005, outpatients ly believe this must have been Greek philanthropy methods But if a premier American peaked at 900. done by Nazis, Soviets in their military hospital failed to pro- The Washington Post jour- gulags, or some mad regime ... vide injured American soldiers nalists spent four months inter- that had no concern for human with the care they desperately viewing frusterated soldiers, beings.” Durbin’s analogy was miss the mark on charity needed, what would you say? family members, veteran aid harsh, but not out of line. Walter Reed Army Medical groups and current and for- An emotional Durbin later Center in Washington, D.C. mer staff members at Walter apologized, saying, “Occasion- houses injured soldiers who Reed. ally words fail us, occasionally have returned from the wars Shocking stories of wound- we will fail words.” in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ed soldiers managing other Durbin was right. Sometimes a Army’s top medical facility has injured soldiers, memory-loss we will fail words. few weeks ago on Feb. 20, aries purely wanted to give been under fire for subpar con- patients missing appointments The Pentagon and President Zach Good, a columnist dan back to the community.” ditions, unsatisfactory manage- and navigating quarters on Bush should read over the last for Pennsylvania State’s mollison As a former fraternity mem- ment and outpatient neglect. their own, janitors serving line of the United States Army Daily Collegian, was quickly ber, I can relate with Good’s Dan can be Complaints have been report- as bilingual translators, drug “Warrior Ethos,” a set of prin- and quietly dropped from his reached at frustration. During my two ed since 2004, but it was only dealers lingering near hospital ciples by which every soldier paper for making some contro- opinions@ years as a brother, I cared after the Washington Post entrances, and an incredibly lives: I will never leave a fall- versial posts on Facebook. dailyillini.com. deeply about my organization ran an investigative series complex paperwork process to en comrade. Good’s firing is yet another and its well-being. in February that the hospital even be admitted to and dis- demonstration of how our gen- society. In fact, Good acknowl- But as time wore on and came under public and media charged from the hospital eration’s continuing embrace of edges on his Web site (www. as I began giving back to the scrutiny. were thrust into the pub- the online world can affect and zachgood.com) that “any time campus community in my own It’s amazing how clear a sto- lic sphere. even thwart our real lives. The an institution such as Penn ways, I became increasingly ry can get after appearing in a The most decrepit res- controversy that Good’s com- State can rally thousands—nay, frustrated by the fact that my nationally read newspaper. ident hall at Walter Reed, ments have received heat for millions — in the fight against fraternity was more interested In the aftermath of the Post’s Building 18, was reported to is a source of frustration that a disease is truly a success for in setting up social philanthro- investigation, the Pentagon was be mold-laden and rotten, rages both in and outside the mankind.” py events intended to improve blamed for failing to cut costs and a haven Greek community: the nature Then why are non-Greeks our image among other Greek and improve efficiency at its for mice, cock- of Greek philanthropy. like Good and myself critical organizations (mainly sorori- top-notch military hospital in roaches and Good has taken a lot of heat of events like THON? Because ties) than in creating events the midst of war. bureaucratic for criticizing Greek char- we believe that charity events that would use our group’s One month after the story was indifference. ity work. His controversial that are based more on social- incredible collective power to published, the secretary of the Less than a week Facebook posts were direct- izing and self-promotion than truly help the needy. army and two other top-rank- after the article was ed toward a widely publicized on an earnest desire to help While Greek charity efforts ing military officials including published, the White event at Penn State called others miss the mark regard- may be flawed, it does no good the commanding officer of the House said that Presi- THON, in which members of ing what charity is supposed to completely denounce them. center were removed. dent Bush “first learned fraternities and sororities raise to be about. As Good points out, THON’s Since it opened in 1909, Wal- of the troubling allega- charity contributions by host- Good writes on his Web site $5.2 million contribution to ter Reed has treated wound- tions regarding Wal- ing a 48-hour dance marathon. that charity should be “an act cancer research is a cause for ed soldiers from every war. ter Reed from the sto- The THON effort at Penn State performed involuntarily, the celebration, not complaint. But Grotesquely described in the ries this weekend in The raised 5.2 million dollars this reward of such benevolence it is important to recognize that investigative report as a “hold- Washington Post.” year for cancer research, and being the inward satisfaction there is a difference between ing ground for physically and Apparently, what was obliv- for criticizing the nature of this one feels as a result of improv- social philanthropy and chari- psychologically damaged out- ious to the President on his event has landed Good a com- ing the life of another. Charity table efforts that stem from a parison to the KKK. is not a chore, but rather a labor true desire to help others. To I can relate with the heat of love.” In respect to THON, directly serve another requires QuotE of thE day Good has received. In response Good reveals that “the condi- far more thought, care, and to my March 9 column enti- tions under which THON began empathy than fundraising for “y tled, “‘Sickened and disgust- more than 30 years ago com- self-promotion, and it deserves ou in the press certainly have had a lot to report lately. Take the current ed’ by IFC inaction on serious pletely spits on this theory. far more respect. controversy. I have to admit we really blew the way we let those attorneys issues” in which I critiqued the According to the THON web- Greek organizations have go. You know you botched it when people sympathize with lawyers. Greek approach to philanthro- site (www.thon.org), “In an long desired to receive more py, I received an e-mail from a attempt to rebuild its image, recognition for their philan- -pReSident GeoRGe W. BuSh to laughter and applause at the White house Correspondents dinner Wednesday night. frustrated fraternity man ask- the Interfraternity Council thropy efforts. When the Greek ing me, “Was there no room in started Dance Marathon in community goes beyond stag- “i the article to praise positive 1973.” Referring specifically ing social philanthropy events t would be in the desert sands. Laser beams would shoot out of it so aspects of Greek life? Why cri- to the phrase “In an attempt to and shaking cans on the Quad it would be the first thing people flying in would see. tique philanthropy, one of its rebuild its image,” Good argues and instead demonstrates a real most positive attributes?” that this statement “overtly passion to have a direct hand -deSinGeR luCkman Van pieR on plans to build a 50-foot tall robot replica of pop singer miChael JaCkSon. The Critics like Good and I can’t proves that THON was some- in creating change, then they pop star is thought to be considering making a comeback in Las Vegas. deny the positive impact that thing contrived for selfish rea- will receive the recognition events like THON have on our sons, not because a few vision- they seek. lEttErs to thE Editor the next generation flagship university has become and called them good. In an ide- the current number of troops HR 1591, thus cutting our off Assuredly, anyone around the more difficult than getting into al world, it would naturally fol- deployed to and around Iraq. If funding for our armed forces world can create talent over a It’s pretty ironic that the Princeton! low to use all such plants and the U.S. withdraws soldiers from and almost certainly extending period of years, but in the four Suntimes article “Brain Drain” We need a diverse group of give thanks. However, we do not the Mideast then a mass rede- the Iraq war into the term of the years as a mathematics and about Illinois losing too many students, the opportunity and live in an ideal world. What he ployment would be the only way next president. economics student here, I can sharp grads appears on the same consideration to be able to get overlooked occurs only two chap- to oppose Iran. Mr. Johnson has a habit of ascribe many failures of myself day my wife and I brought our admitted into the U of I. As a fel- ters later: Adam’s fall. Accord- We have found our selves in breaking campaign promises. in obtaining knowledge in sever- daughter down to Champaign to low alumnus, I pray my daugh- ing to the Bible, the whole earth a rigorous game of chess where When first elected, he prom- al mathematical theorems just visit the campus! We have spent ter can advance her education to is fallen as a result. See Genesis every move we make can either ised to limit his service in Con- on the level of difficulty. I have three days here at the U of I. such a fine University as this! 3:17 and following, “Cursed is help us or hurt us in this possi- gress to two terms. Now the first also watched many people strug- Our daughter Mandy has vis- My daughter has won numer- the ground because of you ...” ble nuclear war with Iran. The major vote of his fourth term has gle with mathematical concepts. ited the Illini Union, attend- ous civic and educational awards, Sadly, the goodness of the Navy launch displays our air broken yet another promise; to Furthermore, proof and problem ed a molecular biology lecture has a wide range of talents and earth has been marred by our power and our troops stationed bring our troops home safely “as approach is more like an art than class with about 300 students in has appeared on television, radio sin. No longer are all plants Iraq displays our ground supe- soon as possible”. How much lon- a science. attendance at Foellinger Audi- and newspapers. By the way, I good to eat (or to smoke). We riority. By having showing Iran ger are we going to give John- I would conjecture that for torium, a chemistry lab class at may have not told you, she’s only must make informed judgments our war capabilities we may be son a free pass? How many more many students in the arts, math- Noyles lab, toured the Anatomy nine years old! about them. But since I know lit- able to suppress any possibilities troops have to be maimed or ematics is just as difficult for wing at Burrill Hall, visited the I’m serious because she’s seri- tle about cannabis, I will leave of attacks. killed before he will do what is them as painting on canvas is music library at the Music Build- ous. She desires to go to Cham- that discussion to wiser heads right? How much longer can the for me. Furthermore, Sohn is ing (she plays violin), the main paign-Urbana and it’s never too than mine. daRRin SeymouR American people sit idly by and diluted in her knowledge of out- library and the newer ACES early to plan ahead and set your junior in aviation allow this travesty to go on? sourcing. When I was in Afri- library. goals. Count on her being there Samuel W. CaRRoll ca last year, pots, which artists She toured the Krannert Art and graduating with the Class grad student JeFF enGStRom traditionally made in Africa (I museum as well as the Spurlock of 2022. It’ll be sooner than you Calling out the alumnus ‘05 believe in Nigeria), were now Museum’s history exhibits and was granted a private tour of the think! Randy F. Gollay displaying strength congressman being made in China. Clearly, art can be outsourced, too. Art Krannert Center of Performing buffalo Grove, Ill. prudent Column oversteps consumers can select different Arts. She was inside a dormitory I am writing to ask my fel- designs from all over the world, room and even toured the Sigma This letter is in response to low citizens to call the office of On Wednesday, Emma Claire effectively “outsourcing” the art Delta Tau Sorority House. She Biblical support of the article on the Navy launch in Rep. Tim Johnson and ask him Sohn wrote in her article “Have to a different country. was inside the locker rooms at the Assembly Hall, visited the cannabis questioned the Persian Gulf. The article dis- cusses the United States’ tactics to fulfill his campaign promis- es. During the campaign, John- you hugged an art major today?” that art is a very important Assuredly, her major of indus- trial design will mix parts of Campus Recreation Center East While I appreciate Stan White used in order to subdue the cur- son said he wants U.S. troops human endeavor that has poten- both left- and right-brain knowl- and other subject classrooms looking to the Bible to sup- rent nuclear situation in Iran. out of Iraq “as soon as possible.” tial for income. I have hugged edge; it is worth emphasizing and various frequent campus port the legalization of canna- However, it does not touch And yet, when presented with an art major not too long ago — that people who will win in the haunts. bis (March 27, “Pass cannabis base on a major standpoint that the opportunity to set a dead- and I can’t agree with her more economy of today are those who She now knows the U of I. I’m law”), I am afraid his argument the U.S. is using and has been line for troop withdrawal, John- in these regards. On the other have both right- and left-brain pleased that she is excited to does not hold water. To fol- using since this issue arose. This son voted against bringing our hand, Sohn clearly oversteps knowledge. attend here in the future. Her low his line of reasoning: since past summer I deployed to Balad troops home. He would rather her bounds by claiming that left- An example would be com- educational upbringing, resid- the seed-bearing plant Deadly Air Base in Iraq, and found that tow the party line and do noth- brained knowledge in the math mencement speaker Jawed ing in the Stevenson School Dis- Nightshade was called good and the main focus of the war in Iraq ing while our troops are killed and sciences “... is rooted in a Karim who combined his com- trict lends well to possible future given to humans for food (Gen. seemed to be the civil unrest of and seriously injured in the sec- knowledge base almost univer- puter science knowledge with acceptance considering Steven- 1:29), we should partake thereof the country. Consequently, there tarian war in Iraq. The majority sally obtainable,” and that these love of short film in his creation son sends more of its students with thanksgiving. This could may be a wider focus for our of Americans want our troops skills are “... easily outsourced YouTube. to Champaign than any other have dire consequences. presence. brought home safely now. But to aptly educated individuals high school in America. The He is entirely correct that God By remaining in Iraq we pose because of Tim Johnson’s vote, abroad.” I find these comments ChRiStopheR paul SteineR demand to get into our states blessed all seed-bearing plants a strong threat to Iran due to the President will be able to veto offensive. senior in LaS Reader’s opinions: The Daily Illini reserves the right to edit or reject any contributions. Letters must be limited to 300 words. Contributions must be typed and include the author’s name, address and phone number. University students must include their year in school and college. Mail: Opinions, The Daily Illini, 512 E. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Letter to the Editor.”
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