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Real fan supports Tech

This item originally appeared in the October 28, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.

Dear Editor:

I'm a senior at Louisiana Tech. I've been in Ruston all my life, and I really wasn't a big Tech fan until I was in high school and blessed to see the best quarterback/receiver combo in Bulldog football history.

That combo was Tim Rattay and Troy Edwards, and they helped me realize that I wanted to become a part of the Bulldog family.

I think there was a misunderstanding in last week's letter to the editor.

Yes, The Tech Talk sports staff (who does a wonderful job) did put people who wear LSU clothes in the doghouse. But that wasn't the whole quote.

People who wear LSU clothes on TECH's campus and at TECH football games were put in the doghouse because they should be wearing Tech clothes.

Wearing LSU apparel is not only disrespectful to Tech fans at the game but also to our Tech players. I can understand if you choose to support another school other than Tech, but don't do it on our campus or at our games.

Then there's the argument where we should support other in-state schools. I guess Auburn and Alabama should support each other. What about Ole Miss and Mississippi State? Or even Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech? No wait, I got it. Florida, Florida State and Miami.

The biggest rivalries in college football are in-state rivalries. You will never see an Auburn fan cheering for Alabama, and Tech fans need to establish roots that run deep in blue just as these schools love their teams.

Furthermore, there is a common bond between all of these schools. We all play in Division I-A. I can understand if you want to root for McNeese, Northwestern State or even Grambling because they don't play Division I-A football.

We are all on the same level (some teams are better than others) and we all have the same goal to win a national championship. The BCS rules just make it a little harder for us "mid-major" schools.

So next time you go to a Tech sporting event, leave the LSU clothes at home and save them for an LSU game, not a Tech game. Become a part of this great Bulldog family.

Binni Keleta

Senior

Health & Exercise Science

Texan expresses dislike for President Bush's policies

This item originally appeared in the October 28, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.

Dear Editor:

I voted for Bush in 2000. A president's values and deeds are more important than his words. Bush has betrayed the American people on every front. He has ignored the needs of the hungry, the poor, the uninsured and the unemployed in this country. Bush is a "steadfast, resolute, determined and purposeful" liar.

Bush can't be trusted to lead and protect Americans because he hasn't held anyone accountable for the grievous errors that have led to the death of thousands of Americans on 9/11, to the death and maiming of thousands of our troops and tens of thousands of Iraqis and to the recruitment of thousands to the banners of terrorism.

Bush has led by audacious totalitarian mendacity, immoral means to accomplish supposed moral ends, and utter incompetent stupidity in conducting foreign and domestic policy.

Through his policies and the complicit Republican congress, Bush has robbed our treasury and committed economic treason.

Four more years of Bush's deceptions and erroneous policies will bankrupt our country, put our troops in endless wars, rob us of our liberties, shatter our alliances and increase terrorism at home and throughout the world.

Kerry has the strength and character to protect and lead this nation.

Paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people ...

-- Hugo Black, Supreme Court Justice

I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.

-- George W. Bush

If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.

-- George W. Bush

The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy.

All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.

Hermann Goering said that at the Nuremberg trials.

Check out these videos and pass them on: http://www.needlenose.com/win04/vote.htm

"Hijacking Catastrophe" http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6895.htm

W. Kevin Rack

Independent Voter

Austin, TX

Student worries about voting

This item originally appeared in the October 28, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.

Dear Editor:

Will it ever go back to how it used to be? I no longer have to imagine what it must have been like for friends and families who were divided during the Civil War.

I'm experiencing it first hand. This year's election is dividing us all, friends and families alike.

Will it ever go back to normal, like in the good old days (two years ago), before this nasty election, when nobody had to worry about whether their friends were Democrats or Republicans or Socialists?

I have fond memories of what those days were like. So much less anger in our daily interactions with our loved ones. What happened?

As a young American being eligible to vote in my first Presidential election, I'm left to ask myself: Is this what it's all about?

Do people just turn off the political switch after they have voted and resume their pre-election lives and friendships?

When did the change occur that if I align myself with a political group it immediately invokes either a pleasant/distasteful reaction? Or has it always been like this and I'm just now old enough to realize it?

Did I miss getting the course syllabus on voting and maintaining friendships? I thought the whole idea of elections was to bring people together, united, rather than divided.

Whatever your political affiliations may be, remember that there are more important things in life, like your friends and family, than who gets elected Nov. 2nd.

Remember, at the end of the day, it's much more important to keep those friends than it is to lose them arguing over politics.

Sheldon Clark

Senior

Management and

Entrepreneurship

Reader fears more years of Bush administration

This item originally appeared in the October 28, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.

Dear Editor:

Wake up, America!

If you want four more years of George W. Bush (based on his previous four years), here's what you can expect:

Four more years of uncontrolled spending and trillion-dollar-plus deficits.

Four more years of shifting the burden of taxation from multi-millionaires to lower income earners.

Four more years of skyrocketing college tuition.

Four more years of price-gouging by the pharmaceutical and health care industries.

Four more years of raids on the treasury by Halliburton.

Four more years of unprecedented tax cuts for multi-millionaires during time of war.

Four more years of corporate tax loopholes, fraud and unbridled tax evasion.

Four more years of increases in local taxes to make up for federal tax cuts and loss of federal services.

Four more years of ignoring alternative sources of energy that would mitigate our dependence on oil.

Four more years of uncontrolled "pork-barrel" domestic spending, spending which formerly was deemed by Republicans as the exclusive domain of Democrats.

With a Republican president and a Republican majority in Congress, how can this be?

Four more years of the Administration's "blessing" on the exportation of hundreds of thousands of American jobs abroad.

Four more years of no taxes for those companies exporting jobs to other countries.

Four more years of failure to adequately secure our ports and borders against terrorists.

Four more years of a stagnant stock market.

Four more years of alienating most of our traditional allies, because of George W. Bush's "go it alone" bravado.

Four more years of George W. Bush's failure to "Leave No Child Behind."

Four more years for George W. Bush to gain his objective of destroying Social Security and Medicare.

Four more years of perpetual wars.

Four more years of calling up the depleted National Guard to supplement our depleted regular armed forces.

And, four more years of a deeply divided America.

Paul G. Jaehnert

Vadnais Hts, MN


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