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Mailbag: April 14

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On ‘Ecstasy grant funds ‘hug-drug’ story,’ April 13

I don’t think I’ve laughed harder at a picture on the front page of a paper. An “”A”” made out of pills is quite clever.

On another note, I’m glad to see this article. After having done a research paper on psilocybin (the psychoactive chemical in “”magic mushrooms””), I found out that a number of previously demonized drugs are getting new attention. LSD and psilocybin are being looked at for treating disorders from PTSD to OCD, cluster headache syndrome and

end-of-life anxiety. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is a major contributor to this work, and their Web site will help inform you of facts that “”Above the Influence”” won’t tell you.

— Gregory Gonzales

On ‘Former Wildcat director dies,’ April 13

Clyde Lowery was a journalist’s journalist. He fought for independence for the newspaper from the school, and passed that independence straight through, undiluted, to the Wildcat editors. He remonstrated us fairly and correctly when we screwed up, and watched us deal with problems, public and private, editorial or personal, in our own ways but to his exacting standards.

I am a far better person, and a much, much better journalist, because I had Clyde Lowery’s help in my early life and career. I owe him.

— Hans Laetz

Editor, Arizona Daily Wildcat, 1979-80

Letter to the editor

There’s a grassroots movement underway in this nation that will make sorority and fraternity housing on college campuses safer.

The Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA) is a solution not only for cash-strapped universities to improve on-campus housing maintained by not-for-profits, but also opens up options for private donors who are now restricted from making tax deductible contributions.

This April, I will be part of 102 Panhellenic women from across the nation headed to Washington, D.C., to convince members of Congress of the importance of this legislation.

We will be making certain facts known to Congress, including:

• More than 250,000 college students live in more than 8,000 sorority and fraternity housing facilities.

• Those facilities have a growing backlog of more than

$1 billion in housing improvement and safety projects.

• And contributors and donors who want to improve Greek housing across the country cannot receive a simple tax deduction for making their contributions dedicated to Greek housing.

• Equitable tax treatment under the proposed legislation will make a difference, particularly in older and historical buildings on many campuses that are owned, managed and maintained by sororities and fraternities.

• Guaranteeing that all student housing is safe benefits both the campus and our community.

— Jessica Hermann

Africana studies and political science undergraduate

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