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Updated on March 27, 2009 at 3:42 PM

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Re: “NSPIRG faces funding cut

@Andy

Hold a moment Andy, you're being a little rough, don't you think? Nowhere did I say that my primary concern was with their non-dal executive. I am primarily concerned with the focus of the organization itself. I am not concerned that it is too left leaning, but am very concerned that its working groups, such as SCAW have been protesting against military jobs, when many of the people that they levy are dependent on the military for their livelihood.

Now, if you have read my other posts on the stop NSPIRG site, you would know that I also have a big problem with any political group receiving a direct levy from students at all. Surely, NSPIRG is non-partisan, but they certainly do aspire to an agenda. This agenda does not operate in the interests of all students that pay that levy. I personally believe that it is a just agenda, but many do not. Surely, people who do not believe this can op-out, but we all know what the problem with that is--- People often don't know about NSPIRG's existence until the short two week period is over. Not only this, but when I tried to opt-out, it was a hassle. I had to send three e-mails and go to two appointments (they didn't make one of the ones we had organized). They clearly wanted me to lose interest. This is where my second criticism of this organization lies; it enjoys keeping its full details from the student's eye, so that it can continue to receive its funding.

Now, this is only a problem when it comes down to political organizations. CKDU, the Gazette may seem to have orientations, but anyone who does not share the same political belief can participate in these organizations. However, in the case of NSPIRG, people who do not believe in environmental issues cannot participate. This is a major problem.

Now, you asked for my personal motivation, you can have it. I believe that groups like NSPIRG are giving the environmental movement, and the social justice movement a bad name. They are willing to be discreet about their existence, use tactics that undermine student involvement, and be exclusive to individuals of different political beliefs. This is in my view dishonest (note: there is a huge difference between dishonesty and lying, I am not accusing them of that) and unkind. In short, NSPIRG lacks the integrity that proponents of environmental issues deserve.

And hey, don't be so rude towards other people. You seem to think that there is some sort of conservative conspiracy. I get really pissed when people suggest this; it is an insult to me, and the rest of the people who are not conservatives involved with this movement. People who make claims like this are akin to the reason why I oppose NSPIRG.

Posted by Cicero on 03/26/2009 at 6:11 PM

Re: “NSPIRG faces funding cut

I am involved with the stop NSPIRG group, and I think that there are three big things that the Coast missed in this article. I will list them here.

1. Wedge is not the leader of this group, nor the founder. He is the one who has registered the website because he had a credit card on hand at the time. He just likes the idea of getting attention, which is also why he is so easy to pick on...

2. Most of us don't have many problems with NSPIRG. I enjoy their stance on most issues. I do believe however that they have lost their integrity, in the sense that they have alienated themselves from their support. They are not acting in Dalhousie's interest, but in the interest of the community. This is not a problem in itself, but it is when many people who fund NSPIRG rely on military funding for their livelihood. This really is not associated with the conservative movement. I vote for the Green Party.

3. NSPIRG "faces loss of its core funding from the Dalhousie Student Union if a controversial motion passes at the union's annual general meeting April 1" is a flat out lie. The motions will force NSPIRG to:

A. "BIFRT that NSPIRG stop paying their staff members that are not Dalhousie students, keeping them inline with there original referendum question."

and

B. "BIFRT NSPIRG's entire funding be held in trust by the DSU for the reminder of the term and their payroll that runs there the DSU will be cut off to the remained of this term"

In short, NSPIRG will have its funding held only until next year.

I believe that this article was a tad one-sided, and seemed to be more of an opinion than an article. However, that is not an accusation toward the Coast, just an opinion.

Posted by Cicero on 03/26/2009 at 2:50 PM

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