July 19, 2007

Letter to the Editor: Spokesman Review

RE: Senate All-Nighter

Dear Editor:

When I was in college, I had classmates who boasted of pulling all-nighters to finish their work. The implication was their dedication to their work was so strong they just had to work right up to deadline. Once a semester I would get caught up in all-nighter fever and stay at the studio working on a project. It was good for building camaraderie but not for productive work. It’s hard to have a serious academic discussion when you are focused on keeping your head from flopping onto your desk and consuming mass quantities of caffeine. I find it strange that we require truck drivers to take mandatory 8 hour rest breaks because they are steering dangerous loads, yet the Senate thinks they should decide how to steer the course of the war by not sleeping. Sen. Harry Reid’s recent stunt was not productive in debating the war and it sure didn’t build camaraderie. What a colossal waste of time, money and energy!