The Crassness of Lee
To the Editors of The Crimson:
Brian R. Hecht's article "Council Reelects Lee Unanimously" (Feb. 13) seems to be entirely appropriate in an age as crass as ours. I find it peculiar that the undergraduate body of such a prestigious university has supported an individual like Mr. Lee, an individual who carves his name in school desks and brags about it. The unbridled bravado with which Mr. Lee demonstrates his disrespect for private property is shocking. Unfortunately, it is surpassed by his easy use of four-letter words while being interviewed for Mr. Hecht's article.
Mr. Lee speaks of his leadership ability and his conservative point of view while his brother says, "he is someone who tailors his views to fit a situation." I find both his leadership ability and his commitment to conservatism highly questionable.
I have been busy working in the union movement for several years, and am delighted to now be studying at Harvard as a student in the Harvard University Trade Union Program. Presently, I am a labor leader from Local 375 of the Civil Service Technical Guild in New York City where I represent the architects, engineers, landscape architects and other technical professionals in city government.
As a labor leader I have found it important to be consistent in a cause. And I have never found it necessary to resort to using fourletter words in public speeches or interviews.
The coin of the realm should be courage, concern and commitment, not crassness. If Mr. Lee plans to be a leader and address issues greater than concerns on campus, he will do well to look long and deep into himself and decide for what he really stands. Chris Cohan Trade Union Program