Only the most interesting people are singled out as hapless victims by the Shredder (“Bummer,” April 22), and so, in spite of ourselves, we are slightly flattered to have been recently slandered at his/her hands. At first we thought, “The Shredder is goin’ down!” but then we realized it could be difficult to shame a man/woman who hides in a cloak of anonymity.
In fact, we want to thank the Shredder for proving a point we and our 1,800 friends could never have collectively nailed. It seems the Unruly Gathering Ordinance for our college town was created from a belief college students in groups are not to be trusted. Our decision to curtail what we began to suspect would be an unruly and possibly dangerous group gathering to protest the ordinance speaks to the fact that most students are in fact responsible adults capable of good judgment and self discipline, and they should be treated as such. Blaming the passage of the ordinance on two people who put an honest effort into making a difference is unreasonable. If the Shredder thinks this law is so irrational and unconstitutional, why didn’t the Shredder speak?
The really odd thing about this whole situation is that older people with more experience who should know better than to allow the passage of such a provincial ordinance remained silent. The Shredder remembers the sound of silence, right? It’s the sound his or her girlfriend/boyfriend makes when the Shredder says, “Was it as good for you as it was for me?”