Since writing my opinion article about the elections, I have been criticized for my decision to support John McCain and Sarah Palin in their run for Presidential office. Last week, Phil Kyle sent in a letter accusing me of “falling under the propaganda of the Republican political machine.”

I would like to ask Phil and everyone else on campus, what is the difference between this and the political machine that is at work on college campuses, leading students to believe that they have to be liberal or democrats – just because they are in college? I do not mind a healthy debate and I was actually glad that Kyle responded to my article; however, I think it is awful when people refuse to respect others opinions and their right to that opinion. With that said, I would like to respond to the letter that is printed in this weeks issue from Adam Metzer. First and foremost I take my responsibilities as an editor very seriously and I vow to give both candidates fair coverage in the news section. I am, and so is anyone else allowed to write an article full of biases in the opinion column.

Last weeks election reporting was fair as it was covering both speeches. The articles were written to cover what was presented in the speeches at the rallies and how it was perceived.  The word “Maverick” was used to describe McCain and Palin because that is the word they used to describe themselves, and that is said in the article. It is evident that Metzer would only be satisfied if we only covered the candidate he endorses which just happens to Barack Obama.

That proves my point exactly. We are at the point where most educators are opinionated about the election that they fail to notice or teach appreciation for both parties. Students whose views are not the same as the professors are often not acknowledged. Since when did it become wrong to have an opinion? I got into a political discussion earlier this week with a student who didn’t have the same political stand point as I do however we were able to discuss our views and we did it respectfully.

I think instead of forcing students to think that they are wrong if they have a conservative belief we need to encourage people to make an educated decision that can be their own, and to endorse a candidate that they respect and value because they came to that conclusion on their own not just because they are in college and believe that is what is expected of them.

Augusta Nissly is a senior majoring in speech communications. She is the Editor In Cheif of The Snapper