To the editor: What lessons do we draw from noting that polls show 70 percent of Arizonans support the new immigration law and that 70 percent of Americans support the intent of this law, while about 90 percent of the NAU Faculty Senate oppose this law?
I suppose that it is obvious. The NAU Faculty Senate clearly lacks diversity. It also lacks common sense. It also lacks any pretense to intellectual inquiry. When we add in the fact that this fringe group not only opposed this law, but also declared that it was "racist," then we can be sure that they also have no intellectual honesty. No wonder there are so many that look at the university with disdain. Certainly, if the level of education that its students are receiving is correlated with this vote, the taxpayers of Arizona are being cheated.
On the other hand, we should all applaud President Haeger's thoughtful remarks on this issue and encourage a more reasoned debate. It would be better if opponents worked at resolving the fundamental problems here rather than resort to hate speech. I, for one, oppose both substantive immigration controls and the welfare state that distorts people's actions in this regard. And, if I can use the Faculty Senate's own twisted logic, if you don't agree with me, you must be a racist.