University exaggerates flu threat

While it seems as though most people on campus are quite content with the way the university has been preparing for a potential swine flu outbreak, I am not.

In my opinion, the university has over exaggerated the potential threat of swine flu and this has only created an unnecessary sense of panic and hysteria on campus.

I had hoped that an institution of higher learning would have made decisions based on sound reasoning and facts rather than on the propaganda that the media is selling but it seems as though this is not the case.

It has been said that those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. I have always found this to be an incredibly powerful message but this warning seems eerily prescient when one looks at the current swine flu pandemic that is sweeping across the world.

As such, I thought it might be worthwhile to remind readers of the 1976 swine flu pandemic. While I have neither the time nor space to describe the events of this “pandemic” I would encourage people to Google “1976 Swine Flu CBS Documentary” and then formulate their own conclusions.

My purpose in writing this letter is to encourage students to look beyond the propaganda and hysteria and to instead discover the facts for themselves.

In doing so, I am sure that most will discover that all is not as it seems and this discovery may very well keep them safe and healthy.
Scott Hagell

Ride-by racism

I am an Afro-Caribbean woman. I moved to St. John’s to attend Memorial University. The island is cold and rainy, and school is very challenging, but I’ve found Newfoundlanders to be welcoming and warm.

At least I did until a few days ago. Today I feel like an anomaly, as though everyone is staring at me. I have a good reason for my new state of paranoia.

Last Sunday, as my 17-year-old roommate, also of Afro-Caribbean descent, was walking home from church, a woman passed her by on a pedal bike and called her a “Black Bitch.”

Adding to the tirade, the woman on the bike went on to inform my roommate that “You people make this city look ugly. Get off the road,” and she said other things that I dare not repeat through this medium.

My young comrade has only been living in Newfoundland for a month. She never expected this sort of blatant, overt racism. I’ve been living in St. John’s for four years. Nothing like this has ever happened to me. My confidence is truly shaken. As a matter of fact, my entire household has been left reeling.

Now, you tell me, who is making this city look ugly? One of the reasons that many international students choose Memorial is because St. John’s has a reputation of being a nice accepting place. But if anyone would ask my roommate about this preconception, after this experience, I’m sure she’d disagree.

My only question is how can such ignorance exist in 2009? Who can be so narrow-minded and so bold to have the audacity to curse a young stranger on a Sunday morning on a busy thoroughfare? I reject this racism.

Not everyone is the same, and a difference in my skin color does not make me a “Black Bitch.”
Carmichael Polonio

Matt Good is good

I find it hard to take an album review of Matt Good’s Vancouver (the Muse, Vol. 60, issue 3) seriously from someone who thinks “Strange Days” and “Apparitions” are Matt’s best-written songs.

Are you kidding me? Paul Hussey should have done his homework on this one before attempting to act like he knew what he was talking about. Seriously, are those the only songs he knows just because they were radio – play or aired on Much Music?

Ever heard of a little album called Avalanche? By the sounds of it, I guess not.

The entire album review sounded more like a Matt Good bashing rather than a review of the new album, which is great. Paul Hussey talks about Vancouver in two paragraphs while filling the rest of the review with irrelevant crap. What does Matt Good’s political views and past albums have to do with this one? He goes on to mention how all the fans long for the old Matt Good back.

Excuse me Mr. Hussey, but if you’ve ever listened to a Matt Good album in your life, all of them are pretty consistent in their lyrical content and melodies.

Mr. Hussey makes the comment “Who doesn’t want the Matthew Good Band to get back together.”

What? Matt Good’s solo albums are some of the most amazing albums ever produced.
Don’t get me wrong, The Matthew Good Band was arguably one of the best bands from Canada, but to make the assumption that we all want them to get back together is stupid. I think most of the fans would agree.

Before Mr. Hussey ends this poor excuse of a review he decides to attack Matt’s appearance. Seriously, dude, I’d like to see what you look like.

Tell me how this relates to the album Vancouver? I’ve listened to the new album and in my opinion it’s amazing.

Paul fails to mention songs like “A Silent Army in the Tree’s” or “Us Remains Impossible,” which are some of the best from that album.
To say that this album sounds “like a born – again Christian coming to terms with his life” is absurd.

This album is Matt’s attempt to honor the city where he’s found great comfort and peace through all of his struggles with mental illness and divorce. It is perhaps a little more uplifting than his previous works, but the lyrical content and sound still stands true to the Matt Good style.

The next time you decide to review an album Mr. Hussey, at least do it on a band or artist that you actually know something about. It’s blatantly clear from this piece of shit review that you’re someone who knows nothing about Matt Good or his music when you say that he “spent several weeks in hospital.” It was actually one week, and he was not “recovering from mental illness,” he had an accidental overdose from Ativan. This is when he actually found out about his mental illness.
What ever happened to newspaper articles being factual? Better luck next time.
Julie Osmond