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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The TPUSA Debacle & Cornell’s Flirtations with the Far-Right

After more than a week of local confusion regarding Turning Point USA (TPUSA), this dark money-funded activist group cancelled an Ithaca-area event meant to feature far-right personalities Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens. We feel the need to clarify a few things about what has recently transpired. First, the university deemed TPUSA’s fascist provocaceutering “free speech,” legitimizing an alt-right event on campus that was solely cancelled for logistical and bureaucratic reasons. During initial negotiations, Cornell curiously identified no problem with TPUSA’s “Professor Watchlist,” an online McCarthyist blacklist that counts several Cornell faculty among its “dangerous ultra-liberal academics.”  When TPUSA relocated the event to an off-campus venue, Cornell allowed it to retain the name “Cornell Campus Clash” — insisting that no brand violations or reputational concerns were at stake in an alt-right provocation directly targeted at Cornell students. It washed its hands of any further responsibility for an event meant for its own students, displacing event security costs onto the City of Ithaca and its local taxpayer base.

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GUEST ROOM | Cornellians Must Combat Anti-Semitism

On Saturday, Oct. 27, an anti-Semite committed the worst anti-Semitic act in America’s history. We have an obligation to mourn the eleven Jews slaughtered in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life synagogue. We also have a collective responsibility to act against anti-Semitism. I propose starting right here, on our campus.

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Letter to the Editor: Re: ‘Kim | Be Aware and Show You Care’

To the editor:

Thanks for the very good piece about the professorial discussion about the current reality of Ezra Cornell’s egalitarian ideals as embodied in the university’s motto. Alas, as you well know, Ezra never said “Any person…. any study”, which you claim in the first sentence. Lest some readers believe that, your writer should have included something to the effect that this is a recent (last 15 years) informal and casual substitute for the much more profound and dignified words of the university motto, which several years ago was voted the best among all US colleges. “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.”
Isaac Kramnick, Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government, Emeritus

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Letter to the Editor: Re: Letter to the editor: ‘Faculty and Staff in Solidarity with Transgender and GNC People’

To the editor:

The faculty signatories among the Cornell Coalition for Inclusive Democracy manage to applaud themselves for their bold immigration stance in a wholly unrelated solidarity letter regarding transgender rights. It perfectly reflects the Left’s proclivity to link every progressive cause together under their loosely and poorly defined banner of “human rights.” These same faculty dedicated to inclusion and openness happily and willingly teach at an institution that the Sun recently informed us rejects close to 90 percent of the thousands of applicants seeking to arrive. This amounts to a veritable caravan of students stopped before even getting to the CU campus border! How would they feel about their classes, their campus offices or even their domiciles being open for anyone who wishes to occupy them consistent with their advocacy for unrestrained immigration in the nation writ large? Or why not remove tenure and open their departments to anyone wishing to offer instruction in their subjects providing the prospective professors are fleeing persecution?

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Letter to the Editor: Why The 161 Things Needs Major Changes

To the editor:

The 161 Things Every Cornellian Should Do has been gaining significant attention over the past couple of days. As I was reading the list, I noticed some activities would be considered inappropriate and even illegal. I am not in favor of eradicating the list; there just need to be some major changes to ensure everyone complies with the law.  It all started when I posted a meme criticizing the 161 Things on Cornell: Any Person Any Meme, the Facebook page. Some students have caught on and are now in favor of wanting those changes.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Faculty and Staff in Solidarity with Transgender and GNC People

To the editor:

The Cornell Coalition for Inclusive Democracy condemns in the strongest terms the leaked Department of Health and Human Services memo that seeks to redefine sex in federal law as “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.” This definition would deny transgender people protection under federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The proposal would limit equal access to healthcare, housing, education and fair treatment under the law. It would functionally deny many trans people documentation of their identity, citizenship and immigration status, and the ability to travel freely. For others, it would force them to choose between the life-threatening dangers of the closet and living in a state of constant exposure and vulnerability. The proposal sends a chilling message that the government refuses to recognize the existence and identity of transgender people.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Sun’s women’s ice hockey coverage is lacking

To the editor:

Your lack of coverage of the women’s ice hockey team is disgraceful.  This is a nationally-ranked team packed with talent that continues a long tradition at Cornell.  That talent, past and current, has found itself on the rosters of Canadian and U.S. National teams, and the coach currently doubles as a coach for Team Canada.  At the very least, this group of women deserves the full support of the Cornell community. Michael A. Smith ’69

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote for Tracy Mitrano J.D. ‘95

To the editor:

On Tuesday, November 6, I will be casting my vote for Tracy Mitrano to represent the people of New York State’s 23rd district. I support Tracy for her position on many of the bread and butter issues that we face — a basic level of healthcare for all families, strengthening our public schools, protecting our precious environment and ensuring a living wage for all working people. These are all areas currently under attack by a Congress dominated by Republican lawmakers like Tracy’s opponent, Tom Reed. His voting record speaks for itself. Another important reason for my strong support of Tracy Mitrano is her emphasis on the importance of protecting our nation from cyber threats.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Listen to Amanda Kirchgessner for State Senate

To the editor:

I am a fervent supporter of Amanda Kirchgessner’s campaign for NYS Senate. My biggest reason, until recently, was her strong support for the NY Health Act, which would provide a Medicare-For-All type system for all New Yorkers. Her opponent Tom O’Mara opposes the bill. Electing Amanda would be a big step toward getting the bill passed. As her campaign has progressed, something else has also become clear.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote Mitrano for environmental protection

To the Editor:

For protection of the environment, vote for Mitrano in the New York 23rd District. As the next generation, nothing will be more important to you all than a clean, livable environment.  President Trump has withdrawn the USA from the Paris climate change agreement and promotes fossil fuels, exacerbating atmospheric CO2 levels, essentially saying, contrary to the overwhelming majority of scientists and our recent hurricane experiences, that global warming doesn’t exist.  Trump has repealed regulations on powerplant emissions, and regulations protecting streams, river and lakes, and thus our water supply. Local congressional representative Tom Reed has voted with Trump 97 percent of the time.