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BY DI READERS | MAY 06, 2011 7:20 AM

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Mendenhall spoke too soon

Another chapter in celebrity spats on social media on Monday when Pittsburgh Steeler running back Rashard Mendenhall Tweeted about the death of Osama bin Laden. Mendenhall Tweeted, “What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side …”

We’ve only heard one side? The Tweet is stunning especially coming from a former student of the University of Illinois. Mendenhall must have been the one stuck in a cave for the past 10 years, because it has been clearly stated through videos and public statements that bin Laden took full responsibility for the attacks.

This brings up the issue of athletes and politics. Mike Greenberg, an analyst for ESPN, talked about this issue in his radio show the other day. He said that although we do live in a nation where we have the right to freedom of speech, we also live in a nation that has freedom of consequences. By this he meant that when some athlete tries to express his views on a certain issue, it is going to be criticized in the public media, especially if its “un-American.” So through this celebrities need to realize that their Tweets and all other social-media links will be constantly viewed by the public. Players such as Mendenhall need to think of the consequences of a message they post, especially when their boss is the U.S. ambassador to Ireland.

Jack Edwards
UI student

Don’t lighten fines

I read with dismay that the Iowa City City Council is again trying to cut students and underage people some slack — in this case, to make it less of a burden for breaking the law.

In my opinion, people should not do the crime if they cannot pay the fine, including entering bars after hours.

I also am truly sick of the whiners who insist on making things easier for students. In my opinion, this is favoritism as well as discrimination; every other class must pay full fines.

Mari Struxness
Iowa City resident

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