In a key case on affirmative action in the admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, the Supreme Court has told lower courts to make UT work harder to prove it is doing the right thing. Should university administrators use race as a factor in admissions to achieve diversity, or should all such policies be race-neutral?History is replete with failed societies that permit favors like raiding the treasury. Nothing is free in the long run; it must be acquired by the sweat of one’s brow!We are a strong nation and so far have withstood the raiding of our treasury by minority groups that feel they were unfairly treated in the past and have a right to demand restitution.Affirmative action is a prime example of this kind of deed, whereby the have-nots are permitted by law to raid our treasury.It seems that all industries, entities and even our schools have succumbed to this idea of rewarding those who haven’t earned it.Putting the less qualified in control is a mandate to mediocrity. If race or sex or origin is ever used as criteria for awards, it should be based on the most qualified. A look at history will reveal the most qualified. — Grady Fuller, KennedaleAffirmative action should not be an issue. All people should have the same opportunity.People scream about being treated unfairly and use the victim card. Race, religion, sex should not make a difference. Qualifications only.If you don’t qualify, go back and start over. Improve yourself or change direction and do what you are qualified to do. Standards don’t need to be lowered. They need to be raised. — Paul Hicks, Fort WorthRace should not be a factor in admissions, and all policies should be race-neutral.However, I think academic achievement should be a primary factor in admissions.Academically, the United States lags behind many other countries.We are in dire need of doctors, scientists, chemists, mathematicians, engineers, and so forth.Many U.S. college graduates today are insufficient in reading, writing and even grade school math. But, the U.S. is near the top in sports and entertainment! — George J. Anthony, Fort WorthI can’t think of any reason why race should ever be a consideration for admission to a school.How is race any way related to the school’s purpose, which is to educate society? I fail to see the connection at all. — Julie Bishop, WeatherfordFor 100 years after the end of slavery, blacks and Hispanics were systematically denied justice, education, opportunity and the vote, among other rights guaranteed to all U.S. citizens.In the mid-1960s, it took a multitude of stalwart blacks and whites who believed in the brotherhood of man to face the beatings, burnings, bombings and murder to force the South and the nation to right these wrongs.There is still a long way to go. The Republicans are presently conniving on the flimsiest of rationalizations to once again deny voting rights to minorities.It would only be fair for affirmative action to be in full force until the mid-2060s before re-evaluation. — Warren M. Lynn, Fort Worth
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