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Ruston native commends columnist's courage

This item originally appeared in the October 7, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.

Dear Editor:

As a native of Ruston and a graduate of Louisiana Tech currently living in San Francisco, I return to Ruston about once a year to visit my elderly father. 

The Tech Talk arrived in his mail, and upon reading it I was pleasantly surprised to find Nick Todaro's well-written column on the recent passage of the Louisiana same-sex marriage constitutional amendment. 

I applaud Mr. Todaro's courage to speak the truth about this issue and especially in the newspaper of a university certainly not known as a hot-bed of progressiveness.

 Of course, I only had to turn a few pages to see three more columns on the matter, with commentary I found more in line with my expectations of the average resident of North Louisiana. 

Case in point were comments by John Stepp, a junior computer information systems major, who pointed out that homosexuality was an "abomination to God." 

Perhaps Mr. Stepp should consider reading the Book of Leviticus again, which lists all of those abominations. He may be surprised to learn that the eating of shellfish is equally abominable. Be careful of lightning at your next crawfish boil, Mr. Stepp.

No doubt Mr. Stepp is an avid supporter of President George W. Bush, a man who should be included in the list of abominations. 

Having worked in the Silicon Valley for the last 18 years, I have seen an unprecedented mass exodus of computer related jobs since the beginning of Mr. Bush's administration. 

After another four years of a Bush presidency, entry-level computer jobs may be as rare as an unpolluted Louisiana waterway.

By the time he graduates, Mr. Stepp may have to consider India or China in order to get that prized computer job. 

There may be other career choices for him in 2008, but he'll need to practice saying one of the following: "Can I supersize that for you?" or "Welcome to Walmart."

Say what you will about California, but its economy alone is bigger than most countries, and its population is one of the most open-minded and progressive in the U.S. 

The combination of those two factors is no coincidence. You won't find the next Bill Gates at a Jimmy Swaggart service.

The passage of this amendment only proves that the intolerance of a closed mind is still celebrated in Louisiana. 

Until that changes, Louisiana will never be more than the state that just edged out Mississippi in the battle for last place.


Mark T. Mays

Accounting Graduate


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