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Letters to the Editor

Editorial Unfairly
Impugned DoD

Your editorial [“MIT Can’t Access It’s Own Research,” March 14] asserted that a Department of Defense investigation of alleged research misconduct by two Lincoln Laboratories scientists who contributed to a classified 1998 report would only be credible if it decided the allegations were true. That assertion is founded on the unwarranted conclusion that the allegations must be true and the unspoken assumption that no one in the Department of Defense can be trusted. It is surprising and disappointing that you would impugn highly respected scientists at the Lincoln Laboratories without waiting for the results of the investigation, and denigrate the newly appointed investigator and those overseeing his review only because they have chosen public service in the Department of Defense. Your readers have a right to expect a more informed and judicious opinion from your editorial staff.

Rick Lehner

Communications Director,

U.S. Missile Defense Agency

Can’t We Buy Real
Doors for Lobby 10?

Walking up to 77 Massachusetts Ave., a visitor encounters MIT students, marble columns, and a front door blocked by a metal bar. A sign on the door requests that, in order to save energy, the visitors avoid using the main entrance. I suppose this is less embarrassing than the signs that used to declare the door broken, and the caution tape that has prevented people from using it for months on end over the past couple of years. But it is still an embarrassment and an annoyance. If having an automatic door wastes too much energy, then install a non-automatic door. As a school that is at the frontier of science and technology, we should be able to find a solution that will allow us to have a usable front entrance all year round, and not just for Campus Preview Weekend and Orientation.

Alya Asarina ’06