Letters to the Editor 4/19

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to the article, “Stuck Inside the Bubble”. Mason as a city isn’t the utopian town seen by Kastens, where everyone is blissfully ignorant of the outside world. Now, there are a good handful of people who are well beyond the clouds and would be wholly unprepared for any solo journey to an inner city area. But the other side of that coin is that there are plenty of students and families that understand fully that there is a much bigger, more dangerous world beyond Mason. In the reality of it all Mason is more like a fog: plenty of people get caught in it and will walk off a cliff because they accepted the blindness. Others will see through it and live with the knowledge of where to plant their feet.

Jacob Proffitt, sophomore

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to the article, “Obama’s Use of Executive Orders Questioned in Political Circles.” In my opinion, Obama’s use of executive orders to address the issues of guns, drones and cybersecurity is simply a political statement. All aspects examined, these executive orders do not have actual political power in terms of putting laws into place that will change anything in these issues. Rather, this power of passing laws to actually change the course of our nations history in these key aspects falls to the legislative branch. Even though most political discussion among average Americans is in regards to the President and his actions, it is really Congress that has the real power. […] Whether you are criticizing President Obama for supporting a requirement of gun purchase background checks or you’re praising him for addressing the cybersecutiy issue, you should really be directing your voice to Congress. Like past presidents, Obama has only issued executive orders to present his own position and to spur others into action. So if you have strong opinions about some of these issues, write a letter to your senator, or your representative. Ask for change from people who have the power to implement it.

Mohamed Elzarka, junior