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Wed, Jan. 29

Letter: 'Small-town' column shows writer's positions


I continue to be amazed at The Daily Courier's use of the less than sterling columns generated by Randall Amster, teacher of peace studies and social thought at Prescott College.

His latest column on the "small-town news cycle" in the Aug. 4 issue is typical. His article purports to discuss the small-town aspect of recognizing friends in the news, but digresses quickly into three issues of interest to him. His friend, who was convicted of vandalizing the military recruiting office, whose actions make Amster feel "buoyed," the tragic death of a fellow Prescott College instructor, for whom we all mourn, and finally, the self-serving desire of Prescott College to create bicycle lanes on Grove, which, while costing a small fortune, will benefit hardly anyone other than the college.

It is quite clear that Mr. Amster lives in a very limited universe, perhaps one parallel to ours, and that the ongoing goal of his columns is to reaffirm his liberal and anti-war rhetoric. I was reminded of Mr. Amster on reading a recent "Peanuts" cartoon in the Courier. In it, Snoopy's cousin Spike muses, "When you don't know anything, you have to pretend to know everything."

Bob Weiss


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