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    SnarkySep 29, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Before I even begin this comment, I would like to state that in no way do I deny being biased in my response to this article. Indeed, I know Ms. Vogtle personally and freely claim that I am offended on her behalf for this obviously confrontational response to a quite normal article, however, while it is the reason I read this article, I find myself annoyed for an entirely different reason as well. I am writing as a student who is aggravated by the quality of the article above.
    It is not that it is grammatically in the wrong consistently or that it is obviously a mess but that it has no point other than refuting a previous article. I think I speak for others when I saw that we of short attention spans don’t have interest in hearing of the same topic three times, in the same vein, even if it involves differing opinions. I’m sure I would think differently had I been interested in this topic in and of itself or if it had been the subject of a lecture, but I find this article (from my perspective)to be utterly superfluous. I realize that opinion articles are generally superfluous to everyone who does not care about them but I can’t be expected to think an article worthwhile in any case if all it does is refute a fellow Merciad writer while offering nothing on the subject of tasers that is particularly relevant or any opinion on the issue that is new. Also, if counter-point arguments in a small paper were to go on forever it would become boring very quickly. In the end, I am simply bothered by the fact that this article is allowed such a lack of focus on anything but a pointless refutation. Lastly, I’d just like to say that I do not view Mercyhurst as crime-ridden, does anyone else? If so, I’m rather interested in hearing why. That’s an article I’d like to read.

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      JohnBaranowskiOct 7, 2010 at 11:00 am

      First, I’d like to point out that with this second response, this article is now tied for “most comments”, even though that category has been removed from the sidebar.

      Second, I am shocked by this comment. If anything, snarky’s comment is completely superfluous, not Ruic’s article. I also know Ms. Vogtle, I feel no remorse in saying that her concerns are misplaced. In a point-counterpoint, there is supposed to be some argument, and considering that Ruic has always used a confrontational style (which works REALLY well for him, I might add), there really is nothing wrong with his article.

      This is an important topic, the safety of our campus. Do you know why nobody seems to feel Mercyhurst is unsafe? Because there aren’t enough articles telling us the reality of our situation. The campus isn’t going to push that there are safety issues, that would be quite detrimental to enrollment. What we can do, is be aware, and help our police force to better protect us. When arming our police officers, who are trained as full-fledged police officers, almost all of which have firearms training which is not easy to get through, was brought up, everybody freaked out at the possibility of guns on campus. Tasers are a very, VERY effective compromise. They don’t kill people (I bet office supplies have a larger kill rate), and they really can’t be abused, considering the video camera models and models that disperse a confetti of serial numbers with every fire. How can this possibly be a bad thing? I’m still waiting on a good reason not to issue TASERs.

      How about we actually pull our collective heads out of the sand, look at reality, and do a little something other than saying “No” to every option? That sure would be a nice change of pace.

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