Put down the pens and come out swinging

So I was sitting on my couch the other day reading the letters to the editor section of our Mustang Daily. I was quite annoyed by the amount of space devoted to personal attacks on the authors of past letters in previous editions, who had differing political opinions than the current authors. Come on people, it’s only politics. These letters seem pointless as they accomplish nothing except allowing an author to vent about people not seeing things their way. There has got to be a better solution than writing back and forth.

Just the previous day I was contemplating how pathetic the current state of professional boxing. There are no epic champions or real contenders worth watching anymore. It is truly sad. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. A solution to both problems was staring me right in the face in the form of a letter to the editor.

I was reading the most current edition in which Leonard Bessemer was attacking Scott Nordholm’s article regarding whatever it was they thought Osama was thinking when he bombed our World Trade Center. I thought, how cool it would be to see these two guys put down their pens and put on some gloves and let them have at each other. They could go home afterwards feeling like true competitors rather than irate columnists.

Maybe if enough of these writers started duking-it-out rather than name-calling, they wouldn’t feel the need to carry their arguments via the Mustang Daily anymore. Thus leaving more room for articles with substance, like “Under the Covers with Janice.” Now that’s what I’m talking about.

Who knows, maybe we could find a way to market these fights and put the money towards that shake table the Civil Engineering Department has needed for so long. The possibilities are endless. One thing is for sure, it’d be a hell of a lot more entertaining than some of the recent letters to the editor.

Rusty Arend

Civil engineering senior

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