Letters To The Editor: Issue 3

Dear Editor,
Generally speaking your newspaper is biased, focusing more on the mindset of left leaning thoughts. But in recent papers I’ve been pleased to see an effort to show different perspectives. One thing I’ve noticed is your point – counterpoint articles. I would have liked to have seen an argument for the new tax, but it’s not like we can ask you to change too quickly. This is one of the lesser biased papers since I’ve been here, which made it a little more bearable to read. Just add more perspectives if you want to gain the respect of other groups.
Austin Herbert
Senior
 
Dear Editor,
I read “Technology Will Lead to the End of Social Skills.” I love that you decided to approach this topic because it’s having a huge impact on our generation today. As a teenager myself, I’ve realized how much technology is affecting us in a huge way, and I thought that I was the only one in our age group who realized this. I’m a very observant person, and as I look around our society today, it kills me to see how much technology has affected our social lives.
I’m a victim towards the act of being addicted to technology like my phone for example. I’ve found out that it distracts me from completing specific things such as my homework, or hanging out with my friends. It’s also affected me from going to bed at the time that I should, and the next day regretting it when I’m exhausted in school. The sad part is that it’s only going to get worse. The more that they improve technology making it bigger and better to buy, the more likely that we all become slaves to it. It’s taking over our lives, and instead of crying out for help we’re continuing to let it.
Jazemine Hairston
Senior
 
Dear Editor,
I read “Link Crew Class Appreciates Staff and Faculty Members.” I liked how the article started saying there’s been some negative things, but then it lists some things the media rarely talks about. Also I like how it states Link Crew trying to make a change. This article shows the good quality of Loy Norrix.
Sincerely,
Teraysia Shavers
Sophomore
 
Dear Editor,
I read the article named “Emerging From the Water” written by Caitlin Commissaris. I like this article but there is a couple things I would change. I think there should have been more quotes from the swimmers. I like how Caitlin explained the bond the swimmers made and how in the beginning, she actually made it feel like you were diving into the pool.
Sincerely,
Katie Schneider
Freshman
 
Dear Editor,
In response to Jalin Pritchett’s article, “Confederate No More: The Double-Crossed Flag is No Longer Relevant,” I would like to say that I was pleased with the author’s description of the contemporary impact that the Confederate flag has on modern day society. I think Pritchett does an excellent job at explaining the context in which the flag should be viewed. Let’s not forget that the cause for the Civil War was slavery, and that the Confederate States were willing to go to war for their “right” to own other human beings. A disgusting image- a reminder of the hateful ideals posited and practiced by the Southern states in the 20th century. By appropriating the flying of the flag simply to “uphold values of the Confederacy” is lunacy.
Wil Moss
Senior
 
Dear Editor,
I read “Confederate No More: The Double-Crossed Flag is No Longer Relevant.” I liked the points this article brought up. I agree that the Confederate flag is no longer relevant and shouldn’t be around anymore since it is a symbol of racism and hate.
Thomas Mayer
Sophomore
 
Dear Editor,
I read the article titled “Pseudoscience Has Popularized GMOs” and I liked it. Clayton really explained GMOs well and why they are a problem. He has uncovered the truth about the harmful foods we consume and has given reasons as to why they aren’t healthy for our society. He also states how GMOs aren’t helping more than regular crops do. He has a valid point as to why GMOs are bad and I agree with him. GMOs are doing more bad than they are good.
Erika Wagoner
Junior
 
Dear Editor,
I have a rebuttal about the Confederate flag article; If the Confederate flag was to be banned, you would have to ban the American flag as well. You say the Confederate flag represents the oppression and racism of the African Americans pre-civil war, but that logic would say that the American flag represents the near-genocide and brutal treatment of the indigenous Americans. The trail of tears is one example of this. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it was the result of the Indian removal act in 1838, where 16,000 indigenous Americans were forcefully relocated, 1,000 miles away, and 5,000-6,000 died en route.
Cade Peterman
Freshman
 
Dear Editor,
I read the article on “New Tax: Kalamazoo’s Commitment to Helping the Homeless.” I really enjoyed  this article, because it shows how much we can work together to help others in need. Being able to donate money and so much of it all because of good people working together to help others is just outstanding! I like how you said that kids shouldn’t have to struggle over financial issues especially at such a young age. They should be focused on homework and their education. It’s sad to think that kids that we pass by in the hall have nowhere to go. I think that kids our age take that for granted by even us not wanting to stay home all the time because we want to go out with friends.
Katline Salinaz
Junior
Dear Editor of “Confederate no More,”
I am interested in your story. I do believe this topic is important to talk about this issue. However I am a supporter of the Confederate flag it’s part of our history and should not be “buried.” It’s interesting why the Nazi flag isn’t banned but the Confederate flag represents a form of government before the constitution. The Confederate government where states have more power than the central government. Just as the Fascist flag represents a Fascist Germany. The Confederate flag represents an America with The Articles of Confederation. As time went on states started to use slavery to get support for the civil war which tagged the Confederate flag with slavery. Just as the swastika is tagged with the Holocaust. The swastika used to mean good-fortune, well-being, happiness. So what I did not like was the misinterpretation of what the confederacy stood for. Just as Hitler must be remembered, so must the confederacy. So history must not be repeated.
Tavion Davis
Senior
 
Dear Editor,
I completely disagree with the article by Jalin Pritchett “Confederate No more.” Mostly the sentence “Not only does it represent a racist statement but it takes away someone’s independence.” Unbeknownst to many people, only a few wealthy people owned slaves. Some southerners of the time even condemned slavery, but to them, it was an issue of the rights of the state. But to many people now it’s a symbol of individuality. Not racism. If we were to get upset over every flag that had a dark past we would be protesting the U.S. flag, for once flying over a country that supported slavery and legalized sexism. But we won’t, because no one cared that the Confederate flag even existed until a nutcase shot up a church. How does it even take away someone’s independence? It’s a dumb piece of fabric. It takes away someone’s independence the same way Mussolini’s flag takes away an Italian’s. It doesn’t.
Connor Peterman
Senior
 
Dear Editor,
I read the Knight Life Newspaper and I like how opinionated it was. The paper gave students a say in many, if not all, of the topics. I also love how the paper is open to feedback and suggestions to improve. Keep up the good work.
Dennasia Dixon
Junior
 
Dear Editor,
I read “All Hail the Homecoming King, Long May She Reign.” I love this article, not only because Sabi and Nessa are two of my really close friends but because of the support that was shown. I loved how they stayed positive and mainly focused on the topic (The King) and how they pointed out how supportive people were for Sabi. The article could help others come out to their friends. You never know how much support you have unless you speak up. I like how they mentioned there was negative support but ended it there. Positive things most of the time overpower negative things.
Ti-Zhane Mitchell
Senior