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Reader's view: Treat fellow citizens with the respect they deserve

I'm a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I have two jobs. I'm the president of an organization and a state board representative for another. The claim in a letter on Sept. 13 ("Tighter controls needed on today's college students") tha...

I'm a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I have two jobs. I'm the president of an organization and a state board representative for another. The claim in a letter on Sept. 13 ("Tighter controls needed on today's college students") that college students are all here to "waste parents' hard-earned money" and are all drunk, genitalia-sculpting, public-

urinating nuisances was absurd and ignorant.

The writers' request for students to be treated differently than their fellow citizens was nothing short of disturbing. When we break the law, we are reprimanded -- just as any other citizen is. But punishment for cleavage and "sloppy clothes"? Punishment for not acting like a "lady" or a "gentleman"? Judgment over what subjects are worthy enough to be studied? Banning co-ed cohabitation? Controlled socializing areas? It seemed the letter writers would prefer that UMD adopt a campus environment similar to George Orwell's "1984." They seemed to forget students have the right to express themselves, just as they have the right to express themselves by writing hateful, discriminatory letters to the local paper.

Students fuel Duluth's economy and promote growth in our great city. Go to any downtown store. Who are the main customers? Students. We are a powerful force for Duluth's economy. If we disappeared, like the letter writers requested, Duluth would lose a very significant source of revenue.

The letter writers should consider actually meeting the college students they claim to know so much about. If they did, they would learn we are hard-working citizens who want nothing more than to make a better life for ourselves through education.

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Unless Duluth wants its next generation's best and brightest to continue fleeing Duluth after graduation, people like the letter writers need to learn how to start treating fellow citizens with the respect we deserve.

Samantha Bisogno

Duluth

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