IN MY OPINION
In a global village there are no “foreign” students.
No one’s a foreign student in the global village
The letter by M.P. McCrillis (Billeting a Cheap and Inadequate Substitute for Proper Language Instruction, Feb. 23) implies that Canadian tax dollars indirectly support international students studying at Cape Breton University. However, in an area with a shrinking population such as Cape Breton, international students (whose tuition is not subsidized by our governments as is done for Canadian citizens) help keep post-secondary education accessible for Cape Bretoners.
In the past I taught English to international students at other post-secondary institutions. I also completed university studies delivered in my second language.
I recognize the challenges in both teaching and learning in the politically charged and ( for some) well-paid theatre of academe. International students’ English language proficiency is not a challenge unique to CBU, but the situation takes on greater importance because of CBU’s relationship to its surrounding community.
I wish CBU the best in its efforts to develop, deliver, or discover language programs in all possible formats for international students, and I hope support is not limited to the new International Centre for English Academic Preparation.
The presence of international students in Cape Breton enriches our community multiculturally, contributes to our area economically, and permits more university programs to maintain enrolment levels necessary for continued accessibility for Cape Bretoners.
CBU and the entire community owe international students support in return. In a global village there are no “ foreign” students. Connie McPherson Sydney
Insanity may be new defence
I am shocked and appalled at the MLA expense debacle. Glace Bay MLA Dave Wilson lives here and knows a lot of people can’t afford to pay rent and buy groceries (some don’t even have a bed) but he felt it was all right to buy patio furniture with our money.
Richmond MLA Michel Samson wanted us to pay for Internet charges for his apartment in Halifax. I must check to see if the public wants to pay for mine. Do they realize there are people who have to live on $441 for a month?
I have a digital camera received as a gift but it didn’t cost $2,000 and I doubt Premier Darrell Dexter will get better photos. The former Yarmouth MLA paid $8,000 for a generator while some people freeze all winter because they can’t afford heating bills.
Northside MLA Cecil Clarke says MLAs wouldn’t knowingly bilk taxpayers. Does this mean they didn’t know what they were doing? Are they not guilty by reason of insanity? Shirley Tremblay Sydney