The idea that PAW is heroically retaining its independent status has got to be someone’s idea of a joke. It’s never been independent in all the time I’ve been reading it.

PAW editorial continuously genuflected at the altar of war mania for 20 years and only published alumni letters that questioned it after the disastrous, unhinged withdrawal from Afghanistan. According to the Costs of War Project at Brown University these immoral and illegal wars cost $8 trillion and 900,000 deaths.

Now PAW’s editorial has spent the past nearly two years elevating every possible random COVID story no matter how ludicrous while simultaneously making sure that no legitimate scientist or scientific debate about COVID and the government response ever appears in its pages.

I recall years ago, when the late Professor Bart Hoebel was intimidated into stopping his research and publication into the effects of corn syrup on the brains of rats, I wrote a letter questioning the University’s failure to support him and PAW agreed to print it only after I agreed to temper my language.

But by God, PAW will spare no effort to jump aboard every preposterous virtue signaling bandwagon that comes down the pike.

Ken McCarthy ’81
Tivoli, N.Y.