- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Yale’s silence

“Katherine Bailey and her sister, Margaret Pothier, have a bone to pick with Yale President Richard Levin over his university’s admission of a former Taliban official as a student. Mrs. Bailey lost her husband, Garnet ‘Ace’ Bailey, on 9/11.

“Mrs. Bailey’s sister, whose daughter graduated from Yale last year, has written Mr. Levin three times to demand an explanation. All she has gotten back is a single ‘form letter’ that repeats the same vague 144-word response that has been Yale’s sole statement on its Taliban Man for the past five weeks.

“[Yale] decided to divest from Sudan, whose government condones slavery and has been accused of genocide. But when it comes to harboring a former top official of the Taliban, another murderous regime whose remnants are even now killing Americans, Yale’s official silence continues — and speaks volumes.”

— John Fund, writing on “Ivory Tower Stonewall,” Monday in Opinion Journal at www.opinionjournal.com

‘Common good’

“Immigration, yes; colonization, no.

“Until and unless our political leaders put in place the tools and forces needed to achieve this control, responsible and moral Americans ought to oppose any measures that would signal our acceptance of the de facto colonization of our country.

“President Bush’s guest-worker proposal is such a measure. It may serve short-sighted business interests intent on cheapening the cost of labor in our economy; it may serve the corrupt interest of Mexican and other foreign elites seeking to relieve the pressure created by their own policies of greedy exploitation. But it does not serve the common good.”

— Alan Keyes, writing on “Immigration, yes! Colonization, no!” on Tuesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com.

‘Cheap cosmetic’

“It says something that the most vocal supporters of a bill purporting to strike at power politics are people in power. Outside the Capitol, it’s hard to find anybody who thinks the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act is anything but a cheap cosmetic.

“[T]he entire bill offers a snake oil solution to a genuine malady. Lobbyists do have too much power in Washington relative to regular citizens.

“Lobbyists are substitutes for knowledgeable staffers in a federal government sprawled so greatly, micromanaging so intently, that K Street’s 14,000 foot soldiers are a necessary backstop.

“If lobbyists have a hand in everything Washington does, that’s at least partly because Washington wants a hand in what everyone else does.”

— Kerry Howley, writing on “You Can’t Outlaw a Free Lunch,” on Monday in Reason Online at www.reason.com

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