Friday Firing Lines: Abbott, Hall, Student fruit choices, the Tower

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Wallace Hall has been way more trouble than he is worth. Whatever your political views, you’d have to be crazy to think Hall is a good thing for UT. Thank goodness we have Bill Powers to stand up to him.

— Online commenter jennifer_roy in response to the news story “Report: Chancellor Cigarroa asked President Powers to resign in summer 2013” 

 

I think Mr. Hall has been demonized to a level he does not deserve. Not the brightest character on the Board of Regents, but not deserving of borderline abuse. Powers on the other hand deserves some additional criticism. His use of the press (Austin Statesman) to wage battles with the board of Regents was unprofessional and demonstrated poor judgement. That is one of the reasons Dr. Cigarroa had a problem with Powers, and I do not think the University community should brush aside so easily this point in their never ending praise of Lord Powers. There are two sides to most stories.

— Online commenter “Antonio,” in response to the news story “Report: Chancellor Cigarroa asked President Powers to resign in summer 2013” 

 

Seriously? No data on how this ratio of fruit eating compares to other universities or even national grocery store averages? No data on how this historical ratio (or even quantity) has changed over time? This article is the most laughably useless, content-and-insight-free garbage I’ve read at the Texan yet.

But wait! Turns out they did include some data on historical consumption: “’In the last 20 years, my bet is that there is more fruit being eaten now than then,’ Meyer said.”

Well thank goodness for that. I don’t know what I’d do without Meyer and his hunch. Please tell me this was an April Fools joke and this nonsense is about to get replaced with a real article.

— Online commenter “The Art of Logic,” in response to the news story “At UT, students prefer to go banana”

 

If you don’t like it so much why don’t you move? Democrats whine and snarl all day that they don’t like the politics here, without realizing that they (and we) would be much happier if they’d all just get the heck out.

— Online commenter “The Art of Logic,” in response to Noah Horwitz’s column, “In race for governor, Abbott shows no sign of swinging back toward the middle”