LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Ed, help!

Ed de la Garza, please be certain in this, I am writing this not to attack you, but because I know that your articles often address racial issues between Caucasians and Latinos.

With this in mind, I would like to ask you to enlighten my ignorance, if possible, as to the comments of a Mexican-American gentleman (unfortunately, I did not catch his name) interviewed yesterday on the six o'clock news. While I in no way attempt to presume that the thoughts and beliefs of one individual in any way represent the whole of the Mexican-American population, I found his comments so deeply disturbing that I must question the extent they represent those of other Mexican Americans. So, Ed, I turn to your advisement.

With regard to the observance of the Battle of San Jacinto Tuesday, this gentleman chastised the men who donned appropriate apparel and weapons and reenacted the memorable scene of that battle. He was apparently offended that Houston could respectfully observe a date when, according to him, we went out and "beat up on you guys," ... as if the tyranny of Santa Ana played no part in the matter. He even suggested the scenario that Mexican-Americans celebrate the observance of the Mexican victory at the Alamo.

I am disgusted at this gentleman's words and am offended at such a preposterous proposal. Would he and any other Mexican-Americans prefer that Mexico had retained possession of Texas? Would they then make their residence in Lake Charles or perhaps Tulsa to pursue a more attainable education and escape the corruption of a Mexican government? Since when do Americans "celebrate" losses of American battles? Are we not all heart-felt Americans, or do those words that begin "I pledge allegiance" in elementary school and in the process of naturalization merely represent a formality on the road to pursuing the American dream? I sincerely hope not the latter.

To all Mexican-Americans, I say love Mexico, be proud of Mexican heritage and a culture centered around the family and a belief in the rewards of hard work, but in the matter of national allegiance, first and foremost, be an American.

Matthew Venable,

junior civil engineering major

Warm, fuzzy feelings

Somewhere between April 21 and 28, I managed to lose my MasterCard.

Well, I called the 800 number to cancel my card, and it turned out that someone had already called in to report that they'd found the card. All is well and wonderful again, and I'd like very much to thank whoever it was who found my card, except that they neglected to leave their name when they called in.

If you'd prefer to remain anonymous, that's fine. I'm okay with that. But if you'd like, you can drop me a line just so I have a name to associate with the warm, fuzzy feeling I now have in the bottom of my bank statement. You've just about re-affirmed my faith in humanity in general.

Now, the only question is, "Where did my ATM card go?"

Brian Egedy, sophomoric music major

begedy@bayou.uh.edu

Ur-ine trouble!

Imagine this: You live on campus in the Quads and you make several trips a week to the Towers to get something to eat. On your way, you pass the basketball courts, where several guys are playing basketball. O.K., now you are asking what's wrong with that? Well, let us tell you.

As you walk past the basketball courts, many students are subjected to the putrid stench of fresh urine. It seems that some of our more athletic friends cannot exert enough energy to find a bathroom. This in an appeal to all the offending urinators to practice some basic sanitary habits and locate a bathroom. We beg you not to forget what your mom (or dad) taught you at a young age. Toilet training is an essential part of ensuring your acceptance into mainstream society.

Remember, when in doubt don't whip it out.

Meagan Keck, junior interdisciplinary studies major

Sandra Mulkey, junior nutrition major

Karen Watson, senior history major

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