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Letter to the editor: In defense of WHO, preventative medicine

Last week, the Optimist Editorial Board published a response to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) press release concerning the carcinogenic effects of red meat. I was greatly disappointed with this response–not so much for the difference in opinion but more so for the content of this response. First, I would like to clarify the WHO’s […]

Letter to the editor: Removing the article

Ms. Jackson, I am currently writing to you in response to one of your latest articles titled, “Freshman apprehended on campus after police say he evaded arrest.” I am a close friend to Davis and was present during the events last Friday night. To be honest, I find the article informative and for the most […]

A letter from the fans

First of all, I would like to say that I have no problems with anybody on The Optimist staff. My disagreement with the column in question in no way expresses my feelings toward Collin or Daniel. I have had many conversations with both of them about ACU Athletics and oftentimes see eye-to-eye, and this column […]

Letter to the editor: There is no war on police

By Taylor Crumpton Last week, The Optimist’s Editorial Board released an editorial piece entitled  “War on Police Will Not Solve Anything”. The author did an excellent job of combining the nationalistic feelings inspired by September 11 with the recent loss of an Abilene Police Department officer, crafting an editorial piece that displayed the way white Americans think about the innocent black lives lost and the Black Lives Matter movement. The Black Lives Matter movement is about police accountability and the removal of the systemic barriers that enable and condone its racial practices. The main issue is a lack of accountability for various actions against the African American community. Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Trayvon Martin are just a few of the innocent black lives that were taken because of the lack of accountability that exists within our current police system, leaving the black community to mourn […]

Letter to the editor: Editorial inaccurate in implications

By Adia Johnson There was an anonymously written article published on police brutality on September 11, 2015. I, along with many other African American students, found the article offensive and would like to meet with you to discuss our reasoning and to take measures to prevent similar future articles. In order to touch on why […]

Letter to the editor: SA still a value to students despite less student involvement

The Optimist Editorial Board thinks that the best leaders on our campus “have better places to be” than the ACU Students’ Association. We disagree. SA is blessed with the unique opportunity to serve the entire student body in a multitude of ways. Most importantly, SA serves as the voice of the student body to both […]

Letter to the editor: Indictment hurts student’s image

Hello, my name is Heather and I am writing in response to the “Grand jury indicts former student” article. I read the Editorial Board’s, “Why we report on indictments of students” article and all of the points could have been directly addressed without disclosing the student’s name in the first article. I understand that points 1 […]

Yikkity Yak, don’t come back

Pretty please with a cherry on top, stop putting any posts into the Optimist that come from the social media sensation “Yik Yak.” You’re not helping anybody, you’re not representing our students well, and you’re certainly not “reporting” when you put Yaks into the paper, regardless of whether they are good, bad or ugly. Speaking for […]

Yaks create a level playing field for all ideas

There has been a lot of talk about Yik Yak at ACU since it’s grown in popularity, as well as some fairly adamant comments about whether “yaks” should be featured in the Optimist. Some feel that the yaks can be mean and because the Optimist is publishing a few yaks a week, they are endorsing […]

Letter: Reminder to save water

By Cheyenne Barry, freshman accounting major from Henrietta, Tommy Lininger, sophomore criminal justice major from Sacramento, Calif. and Danqing Zhu, freshman international studies major from Fauzhou, China. We would like to send out a friendly reminder to all ACU faculty and students to conserve as much water as possible. The water supply here in Abilene […]

Solomon: Sin should not be praised

Response to “Our demand leads to celeb supply” by Mathew Solomon, junior information technology major from Austin Ms. Alicia Wood, To begin this response I must say that you make a valid point. The reason why Cyrus has accumulated so much fame is due to our societies’ sick fascination with celebrity immorality. I understand that […]

Emery: Son encouraged by Chapel audience

Wednesday morning, Abilene Christian Elementary Students performed their Christmas program during Chapel. My son had a solo part. He got flustered and had to start his song over. The ACU students in attendance cheered for him and encouraged him before he restarted and after he finished. That really meant a lot to him and he […]