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BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 23, 2013 5:00 AM

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Re: Study abroad is not for everyone

A student can gain some knowledge about another culture without going abroad: befriending students from other countries, participating in events sponsored by UI organizations, taking a wide variety of courses, etc. Some programs concentrate on disciplines other than a second language. These may even be in Anglophone nations, in which language may not be an issue. However … even then, one should keep in mind a famous quote: “England and America are two countries separated by the same language.”

One can simulate an ocean in a bathtub at home, or at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Leisure Pool, but this is hardly a substitute for the Seychelles, Pinarello, Maspalomas, Myrtos, or Sopot. Foreign-language students can only benefit so much from classroom instruction; for those who can afford it, it is imperative to spend one semester abroad. Naturally, the program has to be chosen wisely, students should live with host families, enroll in worthwhile courses, and avoid — at all cost — spending time speaking English with their peers or engaging in an endless European bar crawl.

Osvaldo Francisco Díaz-Duque

Re: GMO prize well deserved

This editorial was not well researched at all. The World Food Prize has been made a mockery by the choices of the current recipients. Those who follow developments and news in food safety and food politics consider Norman Borlaug anything but a boon to the world’s agriculture and food production. GMOs are primarily being pushed by large corporations — such as Monsanto — that want to sell more chemicals (pesticides) and control the calorie: our food. Monsanto even is trying to prevent gardeners and farmers from using their own saved seeds. When they achieve their goals, we will all be at their mercy. For a much better commentary on the situation, see the op-ed by Jim Walters in the Oct. 20 Press-Citizen.

Caroline Dieterle


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