Party poopers

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to comment on some of the things the College Republicans have been writing, saying and implying about the Democrats.

Although many of the College Republicans have assured me that this is "just politics," I question this in light of Dane Kerne's assurances that they are committed to encouraging open and tolerant dialogues. If they are truly committed to this, they must stop making such statements as, "Sadly, it seems political correctness has caused some to be intolerant of others when it comes to this perplexing moral issue (abortion)." (Daily Cougar, Jan. 24)

This is unfounded, implying that the Democratic Party refuses to discuss other views, based on one incident. Aside from the pure audacity of drawing such a conclusion from the decisions of a few at the 1992 (Democratic) National Convention, there is also the fact that there are many examples of this in the Republican Party.

Would the Republicans say their party is intolerant because Bob Dole's office refused money from a group of homosexuals? I believe the Republicans would dispute this for the same reasons that I dispute their logic. The actions of a few in either party do not reflect on the party as a whole.

I think a lot of the ill will between the College Democrats and the College Republicans occurred when we declined their invitation to a debate. I will not excuse our actions over the earlier debate, and I apologize if our refusal angered the College Republicans.

However, I hope all of us can put all of the insulting words behind us and can act with civility toward each other. This is not Washington, D.C., and I hope we can act like respectable human beings and not like bickering politicians.

Jennifer Ponce

freshman/elementary education

Priorities

To the editor:

Frankly, I don't understand the university's priorities.

Yesterday, I arrived for a mid-morning class to find the main parking lot next to the stadium overflowing. People would rather receive parking tickets than drive to the other side of the stadium.

What bothers me is that UH took its grant money, generously furnished by John Moores, and spent it on an excessively expensive "money pit," the new athletic facility. The way I see it, the money could have been put to better use building more parking lots or investing in another academic building.

Lets face it, the administration has to get its act together. Financial mismanagement, such as the athletic facility fiasco, has made UH a laughingstock of the state.

To add insult to injury, the Board of Regents is trying to decide what to do about Robertson Stadium. It would cost millions of

dollars to refurbish it, a luxury UH can't afford. I find it an insult to think the board puts sports in front of academics. Sports is, and always will be, secondary.

The purpose of the university is to obtain a degree. That's why I pay my fees. It angers me when I see the majority of my fees, as well as surplus funds, go toward a football program which hasn't had a winning season for too long.

I hope the regents realize this when they complain the state is being unfair.

Sal Bejar

freshman/political science

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Party poopers

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to comment on some of the things the College Republicans have been writing, saying and implying about the Democrats.

Although many of the College Republicans have assured me that this is "just politics," I question this in light of Dane Kerne's assurances that they are committed to encouraging open and tolerant dialogues. If they are truly committed to this, they must stop making such statements as, "Sadly, it seems political correctness has caused some to be intolerant of others when it comes to this perplexing moral issue (abortion)." (Daily Cougar, Jan. 24)

This is unfounded, implying that the Democratic Party refuses to discuss other views, based on one incident. Aside from the pure audacity of drawing such a conclusion from the decisions of a few at the 1992 (Democratic) National Convention, there is also the fact that there are many examples of this in the Republican Party.

Would the Republicans say their party is intolerant because Bob Dole's office refused money from a group of homosexuals? I believe the Republicans would dispute this for the same reasons that I dispute their logic. The actions of a few in either party do not reflect on the party as a whole.

I think a lot of the ill will between the College Democrats and the College Republicans occurred when we declined their invitation to a debate. I will not excuse our actions over the earlier debate, and I apologize if our refusal angered the College Republicans.

However, I hope all of us can put all of the insulting words behind us and can act with civility toward each other. This is not Washington, D.C., and I hope we can act like respectable human beings and not like bickering politicians.

Jennifer Ponce

freshman/elementary education

Priorities

To the editor:

Frankly, I don't understand the university's priorities.

Yesterday, I arrived for a mid-morning class to find the main parking lot next to the stadium overflowing. People would rather receive parking tickets than drive to the other side of the stadium.

What bothers me is that UH took its grant money, generously furnished by John Moores, and spent it on an excessively expensive "money pit," the new athletic facility. The way I see it, the money could have been put to better use building more parking lots or investing in another academic building.

Lets face it, the administration has to get its act together. Financial mismanagement, such as the athletic facility fiasco, has made UH a laughingstock of the state.

To add insult to injury, the Board of Regents is trying to decide what to do about Robertson Stadium. It would cost millions of

dollars to refurbish it, a luxury UH can't afford. I find it an insult to think the board puts sports in front of academics. Sports is, and always will be, secondary.

The purpose of the university is to obtain a degree. That's why I pay my fees. It angers me when I see the majority of my fees, as well as surplus funds, go toward a football program which hasn't had a winning season for too long.

I hope the regents realize this when they complain the state is being unfair.

Sal Bejar

freshman/political science

Visit The Daily Cougar