March, 29, 2014

Dear Editor,
     I have read the many pro comments about Condoleezza Rice being the featured speaker at the University of Minnesota Distinguished Carlson Series and wonder a few things.
     Do these people (and the people who invited her) already forget what she did in authorizing the war in Iraq and authorizing torture?
     Does it bother them that this war is still costing us $365,00 every hour and going up?  This is trillions of dollars costing our country.  It is thousands of dollars costing each one of us in Minnesota in taxes.
     Does it bother them when they do their budgets and find they can’t afford a baby sitter or go to a favorite restaurant?  Or can’t afford their home anymore or buy food they want to eat?
     People need to connect the dots.  And, the torture she not only condoned but promoted—does the question of “What if this were my child being tortured”? ever come to mind?  Does it bother them the thousands of our soldiers who lost their lives, that a little boy or girl will never see their mom or dad again?  Or, the thousands who were maimed and will never be whole again?  Or, the millions of people in Iraq who were killed?
     Aside from these immoral and illegal deeds, i have a visceral reaction to Ms. Rice being paid $150,000 to speak at our University.
     This, on top of the thousands she receives from her other speaking engagements.  Students can’t afford tuition and she gets $150,000.
     If Ms Rice isn’t a complete sociopath, she must be laughing all the way to the bank.  What a travesty!  And, what an irony that a university that seems to commit itself to seeking truth would invite and PAY a person with credentials like hers.
     Thank you,
     Patty Guerrero
     St Paul, MN 55102

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  2. Mary Beaudoin April 2, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    U of MN used to protest AGAINST war–now they encourage it!!!!!!!!!!
    When I was at the U, so many students and faculty were protesting against the US war on Southeast Asia that the whole campus emptied and classes were suspended for a quarter (the U was on a quarter system then). Now things have gone so far in the opposite direction that former Chevron CEO (who had an oil tanker named after her) who became U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice, a War on Iraq promoter (“We don’t want proof to come in the form of a mushroom cloud.”) and torture advocate (“It’s your baby–Go do it!”) is honored as a distinguished speaker on campus. As an alumni of the University of Minnesota, I am ashamed that Rice was invited and that the University is disgraced in this way. Recently Rice has publicly cautioned the American public against becoming “war weary.”

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