Hoping Marx was wrong
One hundred years ago, or even 50 years ago, everyone understood that a corporation was a piece of paper created by the state so that owners of a business enterprise could avoid personal liability for the debts of the business enterprise and to provide an entity to own things and to sue and be sued.
Everyone understood that the corporation resulting from the piece of paper was an amoral, soulless creature, incapable of love, hope, belief, compassion, fear or remorse, a creature without pride of ancestry or hope of progeny."
Today corporations have a government-protected right to bend elections, and a government-protected right to disobey the law by the assertion of religious beliefs they are incapable of having.
Karl Marx predicted that in time corporations would become more powerful than governments. Let's hope he was wrong.
David Beale, Medford
Fifth Grade Strings say thanks
Thank you to the hundreds of community members who turned out to support the July 21 Ashland Schools Foundation event to support the Fifth Grade Strings Program in the Ashland Schools.
More than two dozen local musicians provided a wonderful evening of eclectic music and helped us raise close to $10,000 with the show and auction. In addition, we have also received $10,000 in donations from individuals and businesses in the community. Thank you one and all.
Now we are just $5,000 from our goal in order to launch fifth-grade strings in our elementary schools next month. Please help us finish the job. Visit the Ashland Schools Foundation website at www.ashlandschoolsfoundation.org, and click on "Bring Back 5th Grade Strings Fund Drive"! for more information and to donate online or contact the foundation at 541 482-8197. We can do it!
Larry Cooper, Fifth Grade Strings Committee
While visiting Ashland to take my high school senior to tour SOU, I read Michael Hiltzik's column (Aug. 13) about academic freedom with a combination of interest and disgust. As a parent who will be paying tuition for my son's college education, I scrutinize the universities he is considering applying to for the political climate — the vehemence of the Jew-hatred/anti-Zionist/BDS activism of the faculty, administration and student organizations. I've been following which universities preach "tolerance" and "diversity" but actually ban speakers who dare to cross the PC speech police by mentioning the horrors of honor killing and stoning of women, child rape/forced marriage, or murder of gays under Islamic law. Brandeis University immediately comes to mind for banning the fearless Ayaan Hirsi Ali from speaking to some of its graduate students.
As a believer in free speech and due process, I have to agree with Mr. Hiltzik that the University of Illinois knew exactly who they were hiring when they recruited Steven Salaita from his tenured position at Virginia Tech to be UI's "Middle East Scholar." That he happened to tweet his version of the blood libel against Jews ("At this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children would anybody be surprised?") was simply poor timing for the University of Illinois. I guess, in what passes for academia these days, the chickens have come home to roost. Any parent paying for, or any student taking on debt for a college education would be wise to do their homework in advance before giving one dime to institutions that recruit, employ and give tenure to such "scholars" — as well as to so-called Liberal Arts colleges that are, in fact, anything but liberal.
Marci Rosenthal, Boulder, Colo.