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Husain and Karlo Write Lousy Columns

Husain and Karlo Write Lousy Columns

I don't normally take the time to write letters to the editor, but now I feel obligated. The reason? The lousy columns that have been occupying the pages of The Tech in recent issues, written mostly by Thomas R. Karlo '97 and A. Arif Husain '97.

I don't particularly enjoy being critical, but I thought that I should let the editors know that these columns are not only completely irrelevant to me (for the most part) but also are not interesting or convincing.

Husain's columns about informational computing are not humorous or persuasive. I don't even know what he is trying to say, and because of this I don't want to read them. Karlo's columns are generally unsubstantiated and uninformed. When he wrote that MIT could better spend the $15 million Gates donated to Harvard, he didn't give worthwhile specific uses for the money. A new building for computer science perhaps would have been a good example.

Who cares? How about a need that we can all agree on, namely improving MIT's miserable athletics facilities.

My suggestion is that these writers get over the excitement of seeing their stippled, Wall Street Journal-style pictures in The Tech and write a column only if they can satisfy these criteria:

1. What they are saying is not obvious,

2. They have detailed facts that are not known to the public,

3. They can construct a persuasive argument, or

4. Their columns are genuinely original and humorous.

Benjamin A. Ellis '97