Letters to the Editor

College isn’t a time for coddling

This letter is intended to provide some balance to what The Tribune has provided to its readers regarding the so-called SLO Solidarity movement promoting “tolerance and inclusion” on the Cal Poly campus.

So far, The Tribune’s editorial, news articles published and letters to the editor all are supportive of the movement and the school administration’s reported intention to take action to satisfy at least some the movement’s 41 demands.

A quote from a recent letter by Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Everett Piper to his students regarding similar protest activity on his campus and others across the country adds a refreshing perspective and some balance to the issue:

“Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place,” but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up. This is not a day care. This is a university!”

Donald Hirt, Paso Robles