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September 13, 2001 Letters


Too many university publications?

The Faculty of Arts and Science seems to have found another way of dissipating money to no good end. The glossy publication called Panorama duplicates that which is found in the Thursday Report. If the publication served any unique purpose, no one would complain. As it is, Panorama serves the egos of the few and nothing else.

Our departments are constantly reminded by the dean of Arts and Science that there is no money. It is not funny that money can be found for frivolous purposes but not for things that are serious: cleaners, people in the shops, faculty, offices, laboratories, invigilators, graders, and all things related to students.

We were told years ago that the dean was going to reduce the number of people in the deanery and increase the number in the departments. So much for hollow promises. There is money for the upper echelons but not for the troops.

Jack A. Kornblatt,
Adjunct Professor, Biology

Falun Gong prisoners tortured, says member

For the past two years, good people intent on improving their physical and spiritual well being through exercise, meditation and following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, have been subject to some of the cruelest treatment mankind has ever seen.

Millions of innocent lives have been devastated by government-sanctioned violence, torture and hate. As the Chinese government, led by president Jiang Zemin, has invested billions of dollars in a campaign to demonize the practice and mask their crimes, hundreds of thousands of people continue to be held captive in prisons, labour camps and mental institutions across China.

Many have not died by “refusing medical treatment or suicide,” as your article states (CTR, Sept. 13, page 10), but by vicious torture aimed at having them relinquish their beliefs. Many cases have been documented by reputable organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Incidentally, the teachings of Falun Gong, which can be read at www.falundafa.org, do not prohibit practitioners from seeking medical treatment, and suicide is strictly forbidden.

We have all felt the depths and evil of a force that does damage to humankind in the New York tragedy, an assault on humanity that is much more clear than the one against Falun Gong practitioners in China. This act of terrorism, hate and violence is rooted in the same force that wishes to persecute Falun Gong.

The Concordia Falun Dafa club consists of four students, who out of our own initiative have taken it upon ourselves to let more people know about the existence of Falun Gong and the truth about what is happening in China.

Jennifer Nadeau