I have not written to the Rice Thresher before, but after seeing the article about the removal of the Taiwan “banners” I feel I should express my opinion as well. I find such actions to be highly insulting not only to members of the Taiwanese community, but to the entire Rice community. In short, this action says that our faculty have chosen money and political pressure over the ethical behavior our campus is known for. The reputation of Rice University will continually be formed, for good or ill, over controversies such as this. In an effort to repair some degree of the damage done by the decision to remove the Taiwan banners, those responsible for making this decision should be held accountable for making a formal public apology, as well as an assurance that such behavior will not reoccur. I strongly encourage everyone to voice their ideas and do their best to ensure that this concern not fade from public discussion until a satisfactory resolution has occurred.