Monday, September 24, 2007
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Should Columbia University have invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak?
I am very much in favor of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at Columbia University. Although I disagree with many of his views, I am not entirely sure that his views have been represented fairly, and so allow me to hear his views without media translation.
-Pete, Columbus, Ohio

We are a nation of people who are free to speak our opinions. I see no better way to express our values and ideals than to allow a guest to do the same regardless of whether we agree or not.
-Nikki, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

He should not have been invited. It was a disgrace to invite the leader of a country that is supporting the killing of American soldiers to speak. At least Columbia's president told him what most people in America think of him. -Michael

To: Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University. Congratulations on your publicity coup! Pity that in the process, President Ahmadinejad got the publicity blitz he was seeking as well. The two of you certainly make a great self-promotion team. (It's irrelevant that you insulted & maligned the man -- all either of you were looking for was publicity, and you both got EXACTLY what you wanted.) -Elaine, New York

Absolutely. It's good to debate issues even if those topics are sensitive. For the first time our news was unedited and Ahmandinejad was convincing in his statements. -Joe, Addison, Illinois

One group says the Iraq war is costing $720 million a day. How could that money be better spent?
Jack, The best thing we could do with the money used in Iraq each day is stop borrowing it and running up the debt for our grandkids and great grandkids to pay back. -Don, Columbia, Missouri

How could $720 million a day be used? My computer does not have enough space to list them all. Pay for universal health care. Bankroll Social Security and Medicare forever. Repair all the bridges in the U.S. Give every high school senior a 4-year college scholarship. The list goes on forever. -Grover, Fairfield, Ohio

By noon, every American could be a millionaire twice over. That would really boost the economy. Giving billions and billions away to oil execs, Halliburton, hedge fund managers and, generally, the top one percent of the wealthiest Americans hasn't really done much for my sector of the economy. Give me two million and then after lunch they can go back to shoveling money into their buddies' pockets. -Cy, Arlington, Virginia
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 9/24/2007 05:41:00 PM ET | Permalink
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