Good vs. evil

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

This ar­gu­ment over Simkins Res­i­dence Hall is a symp­tom of the flawed po­lit­i­cal think­ing in the coun­try to­day; the good guys against the bad guys. To get rid of Wil­liam Ste­wart Simkins’ name on a dorm be­cause he did ab­hor­rent things is an at­tempt to make be­lieve that peo­ple are good or evil. This myth makes us makes us happy and re­lieved be­cause it sug­gests those like us are good and those not like us are evil.

Leave the man’s name on the plaque and be­low it tell the good and the evil he did. Then each per­son who reads it can ask them­selves as they move on down the road: How much good and how much evil have I done?

tOM An­der­sOn tom-an­der­son@ex­


We have all heard of the ou­trage and furor raised over the name on the Simkins dorm at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas. I pro­pose we choose to re­name this dorm af­ter a true hero of the Demo­cratic party. Let’s re­name it the Robert Byrd Me­mo­rial Dor­mi­tory.

MArK leMM lemm.mark@ya­


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