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Letter: Fighting for public interest is a ‘civic obligation’

So, the Oregon Student (yes) Public Interest Research Group — are they biased because they fight for the public interest? It’s a hard line to know when you’re being political. I guess that these days wanting clean water, an at-least adequate education, a place to hunt/fish/hike, etc. are political issues.

If supporting the public interest group that fights for the public interest is political, then what isn’t?

Providing wheelchair access is a political issue. Lowering the voting age to 18 was a political issue. Violence against women is still a political issue. “Political” just means relating to government of public affairs of a country. Child labor laws were political issues. Does anyone really believe students shouldn’t work on these issues?

If we’re to judge Ben Bowman because he supports things such as wheelchair ramps, clean tap water and not paving over every square inch of our wonderful hunting and hiking places with concrete, then by all means cry out, “send him to the gallows!”

But alas, I am also guilty of wild political partisanship because I also would like a better world and believe that fighting for the public interest is noble. It’s not only a good use of student funds, but a civic obligation, one that I’d walk the Green Mile with Mr. Bowman to protect.

Steven Coatsworth@@http://directory.uoregon.edu/telecom/directory.jsp?p=findpeople%2Ffind_results&m=student&d=person&b=name&[email protected]@
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