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Wednesday, October 13, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 65, Issue 37

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What about us?
To the editor,

I have two reasons for writing this letter. First, I am very disappointed with the coverage The Daily Cougar has given "National Coming Out Week." I was involved in the "See you at the Pole" rally last month and that received no coverage at all from the Cougar.

In the short period I have been a member of the UH staff, I have noticed the lack of coverage for Christian organizations, events and issues. Anything dealing with alternative lifestyles, fringe social movements or the fad of the week, though, gets front-page treatment.

There is a large Christian contingency on this campus, as seen at the flagpole last month. We are too quiet on matters. We are known for what we are against instead of what we are for. We may lack strong leadership, but we are here.

Please grant us the same voice you have given the Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Alliance.

My second purpose is to denounce this alternative lifestyle. As a Christian, I am not here to condemn anyone, but Christians cannot condone sin.

We love the sinner (for we are all sinners) but hate the sin. I am here to say that our sins can be washed away by the blood of Jesus. He can free anyone of any sin, illness, phobia, hurt or alternative lifestyle. It is simply a matter of faith.

Anyone who is interested in more information on the Christian lifestyle: Please contact a church that teaches the gospel.

Mark Shiflet,

safety specialist

Editor's note -- The Daily Cougar published two articles concerning the flagpole rally: "UH students gather, pray at flagpole" ran Sept. 16, followed by "Students strengthen faith after Fort Worth shooting," which ran Sept. 30.


No trespassing
To the editor,

On Oct. 12, at 1 a.m., I was informed by a UH security guard that although I may have been a law-abiding tuition and fee-paying student, I was not allowed to enter the UH Law Center, let alone study.

In essence, I was trespassing. Mind you, I was studying in the Law Center commons because of the limited places to study after midnight. Since the Law Center Commons is open 24 hours, I was under the false impression that, as a student of this University, I was allowed to study anywhere.

To add insult to injury, this particular security guard approached me and rudely blurted out, "Goodbye. This building is closed," which certainly was not the case.

I realize that my overwhelming 5-foot-2-inch stature (and the fact that I was armed with a System Analysis and Design book) must have posed quite a threat. However, I was under the impression that the UH security force was here for the students -- but that's another letter.

Since when is studying for a midterm a criminal activity that warrants myself and quite a few other students to be thrown out?

I was unaware that my undergraduate status in the College of Business Administration restricts me to the LeRoy and Lucille Melcher Hall, and that if I need to engage in such criminal activity, I have to study on the stairs at 3 a.m. using the light from Diamond Shamrock. At least then I wouldn't be trespassing.

Erika Brooks,

senior, MIS



Letters Policy

Letters to the editor are welcome from all members of the UH community and should focus on issues, not personalities. Letters must be typed and must include the author's name, telephone number and affiliation with the University. Anonymous letters will not be published. Letters are subject to editing for clarity, language and space. Letters may be delivered in person to Room 151, Communication; e-mailed to dclettrs@mail.uh.edu; or faxed to (713) 743-5384.

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