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South Bend owes no debt

Observer Viewpoint | Monday, October 31, 2005

I am extremely frustrated. After reading the article “Baron wants better ND-city relations,” I cannot help but be saddened by the situation. The students who received eviction notices did so because they broke the law; the city of South Bend owes them nothing, and it’s absolutely ridiculous to think that it should. Speaking as both an ND student and as a resident of the South Bend area, I find it completely degrading that my fellow students call people in this city “uneducated, low-aspiring, low-achieving, but generally nice.” There is a high percentage of people who live here who are well-educated, high-aspiring and high-achieving, and who are more than “generally nice.” How can students who perceive themselves to be well-educated make remarks like this? The city may not meet every single need that Notre Dame students require, but it has enough to offer. These students’ tactlessness unfortunately puts a stigma on the rest of the student body, and it is no wonder to me why many South Bend residents often have such poor opinions of students.

Lindsay Poulinsophomore WalshOct. 28