In protest

Protesters made their signs against sexual assault visible Monday to members of the athletics committee of the Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees. 

Re “Students protest at JSU meeting over football recruit accused of sexual assault” (News article, Jan. 22):

In regard to Jacksonville State University students protesting a football recruit’s acceptance, I would kindly point out that Landon Rice has been convicted of no crime.

If students wish to cry and wail, that is their right. Rice also has the right to the presumption of innocence until such time as he is convicted of a crime. That is one of the blessings of living in a free society.

The inane notion that we are entitled to safety has somehow corrupted public discourse. None of us are safe. A near-earth asteroid strike, an x-ray burst from a dying star or the eruption of a super-volcano could wipe out every man, woman and child on the planet.

Safety is an illusion. The belief that any of us has a right to safety is a delusion.

Victor T. Cypert

Jacksonville