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Respect other opinions

To the Editor:

I am dismayed by the responses I have seen in recent weeks to protests at MIT. I have seen posters asking, "Need a cause? Protest protesting at MIT." I have been assaulted by Athena system messages demanding that the US withdraw from Nebraska. I have heard entire lectures boo and hiss at students who staged dramatic takeovers and shootings during the class. And I have heard snippets of conversation -- "It wouldn't be such a problem if they didn't draw so much attention to it," or "God. Not another protest!"

I address myself to those in the community who embody and spread this attitude: Have some respect.

This is an academic community, based on the supremity of ideas, yet you are ridiculing those who express them. If someone feels strongly enough about an issue to publicly express his beliefs, you owe it to that person to listen with an open mind, and to consider carefully whether his or her beliefs have any validity in the world as you see it.

If you want to wrap yourself in apathy and shy from social conscience, that is your right, but you must respect the opinions of others.

David Flanagan '89->