Time to abort an exhausted debate

Extreme tuition rates should energize students more than abortion.

Johnathan Brown

Well you did it: within merely two weeks working as Opinions/Editorials Editor at the Minnesota Daily I have been bombarded with more letters to the editor and guest columns than I could ever have dreamed of. Indeed, this must mark a glorious turning point for community involvement and student engagement. Oh, wait. All those letters and guest columns you wrote were aboutâĦyou guessed it: abortion, or more exactly last weekâÄôs abortion protest waged by Students for Human Life in front of Coffman Memorial Union. The display was loud and nasty; if you avoided it, kudos to you and your stomach. Students for Human Life pulled all the stops to get your attention, equating abortion with genocide, even showcasing photographs of mangled fetuses. Now of course, we all know abortion is an important debate in contemporary American politics. Millions derive their vote from this issue alone. But to spend so much time and energy writing letters and columns to rehash a long-dead debate is wasteful. The most polarizing issue in America will always remain so as long as half the citizenry interprets abortion as a womenâÄôs rights issue and the other half interprets it as murder. Now, if youâÄôll give me that point, you might even give me the next one: move on. Find a new, dare I say local, political cause for your energies, because we dedicated and poorly-compensated newspaper writers are doing our damndest to fire you up about political issues you actually have the power to affect. Undergraduate tuition here will have increased 15% over two years while administration postures as if theyâÄôve reduced it. Replace the pointless pro-life/pro-choice signs you waved last week with indictments of your blatantly unaffordable tuition. Fetus or human, your children wonâÄôt be able to attend college unless you put a stop to these unbearable tuition hikes.