Letters from the week of December 2, 2004

 The Devil and Michael Crow

Undermining overachievers: Regarding "Quid Pro Crow" (Joe Watson, November 18), I'd like to personally tell Mr. Ira Fulton and Mr. Michael Crow to get fucked! I'm completely disgusted at Arizona State University. "Unconstitutional" is a word that comes to mind.

Separation of church and state should be enough to keep these two overachievers from undermining our rights. One has an agenda that includes paying people off, the other speaks loudly because he sits with Mr. Fulton's hand up his ass. Religion and education do not mix at a public university with an extremely diverse student body.

The audacity of Mr. Crow to react to the opinion of a Mormon right-winger for fear of losing that payoff!

For Mr. Crow to think he can change the student newspaper to reflect this view of morality or move it off campus is outrageous. If the State Press gives in, there's no hope for a free press, and no free press means hiding aspects of reality. We don't live in an era of having to hide in the closet over a nipple. As soon as the George W. Bush administration is gone, we'll move on with our lives. Welcome to the new millennium!
Scot McKenzie, Phoenix

The right (wing) stuff: This is just what is bound to start happening more and more now that Bush has been reelected. His followers are saying that they have a mandate -- because he got elected by a slight majority -- to stick religious morality up our asses. They don't, and a pierced nipple isn't something worth kicking the State Press off campus over, either! Want to see a revolution? Keep up this kind of stuff.

For Ira Fulton to even react formally to that picture (which was done very tastefully, if you ask me) is completely out of bounds. He thinks he has bought the right to tell public employee Michael Crow what to do, and apparently Crow is fully willing to play along. Crow should be fired over this assault on First Amendment rights, not to mention his stepping on the campus art museum and banning political signs in campus windows (who cares about the frat boys he's clamped down on?). He doesn't get to dictate stuff like this at a taxpayer-supported institution!

And . . . haven't we seen enough of right-wing Mormon idiots around here? I mean the Mormons who control the Arizona Legislature and their polygamous country cousins up in Colorado City, who rape and enslave underage girls.

Mormons like Ira Fulton have no right to tell anybody what to do. This is hypocrisy! Why can't Fulton just stick to what he does best: raping the environment by developing the hell out of this area? He should give money to the university to assuage his guilty conscience over the foul deeds he's doing, instead of trying to call in favors.
Denise Clayton, Ahwatukee

The buck stops where?: So the big problem is: "Crow reacted by . . . threatening to sever all financial support for the newspaper"?

Huh? If the State Press is so up in arms about having its financial benefactor chime in on content, all it needs to do is stop accepting money from the university. If it can't pay for itself, then it needs to follow the directions of those who do pay for it or lose its funding.
Geoff Johnston, via the Internet

A controlling interest in ASU: I really enjoyed reading "Quid Pro Crow." As a native Arizonan, I like keeping up with the drama in the Phoenix area, and this story is a great one! A British commentator on NPR earlier this week made me realize what scares me about the nature of modern politics, and this article just confirms my fears. Even as good consequences have come from grassroots religious movements such as civil rights in America, radical and repressive acts can come out of the meshing of religion and government.

A church having a controlling influence over a public institution is wrong. Ira Fulton's control of ASU's president illustrates why this is wrong. The president of any public university should be removed if he allows a high-profile donor to try to run that public institution like he had bought a controlling interest in a corporation.

It goes to show how inept the ASU administration really is if it is considering essentially shutting down a facility helping children for a parking lot for a Mormon facility on campus.

Students, prepare those loyalty oaths: Here comes the radical right!
Alexis Glenn, Gainesville, Virginia

An eye-opener: I'm a former State Press-er and current ASU journalism senior. I'd like to thank you for "Quid Pro Crow." I was hesitant to read it, but it turned out to be an eye-opener.

The e-mails directly from Michael Crow truly reveal his agenda and mindset. I just wish the State Press were more public about the events so as to muster support from students and outside organizations. I had no idea this was happening to our great paper.
Jacki Shoyeb, Tempe

The price of free speech: I'm completely sick of watching the two recent so-called free-speech or First Amendment debates. One is about girls in a dormitory wanting to put up [political] window signs. The other was written about in New Times about the State Press being "intimidated" by President Crow as he threatened to cut off its funding if it didn't refrain from printing articles about genital piercing, or what have you.

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