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Oct. 18, 2000

Flynt has no right to complain about North allocation

This is in response to the statements made by the College Republicans in The Lariat last Friday concerning the Col. Oliver North allocation. Specifically, I thought the comments made by Joshua Flynt were out of line at best.

He posed the question, what did Student Government have to hide by going into executive session (all non-Congress persons must leave the room) to discuss and debate the North allocation. As a member of Student Government, I felt that going into executive session was the right thing to do. One main reason I feel this way is some representatives said some things in the debate that might have offended the College Republicans. One goal of congress is not to offend any person or group, but at the same time to do what is best for the campus as a whole. Another reason that I felt it was right to go into executive session was since this was the first significantly debatable allocation that we have come across this year I believe that some congress members would feel more comfortable debating knowing that nothing said in the room would be repeated. If we were not comfortable in debating then the right decision might not have been reached due to the fact that I stated above. Secondly, I feel that Flynt was out of line in approaching the External Vice President, presenting him with an official Student Government roster and asking him to mark down which way each representative voted. That is not allowed in any vote of Congress.

Lastly, I would like to see less complaining from the College Republicans about Congress going into executive session and having 'something to hide' when your proposal was passed anyway. I fail to see what else we can do for you. You proposed a bill. We passed the bill. You complain.

That is where I get confused.

Aaron Zoeller

Journalism/Public Relations '03

I am writing in response to Clint Cox's article on bicyclists in Friday's Lariat. I agree that every bicyclist must abide by all of the rules that drivers do. However, if you haven't noticed, cars are bigger than bicycles and therefore cause much more damage and death.

First of all, some people do not have cars and their mode of transportation is a bicycle. People riding bikes have just as much right to be on the road as people in cars, even at 9:30 at night. Over half of fatal car accidents happen at night; does that mean we should not drive at night?

Second, drivers must give the same respect to a bicyclist as they do to another driver. If a bicyclist wants to ride in the middle of the road, by law they have a right to if they can keep up with the flow of traffic.

Fact: This is a college campus. There are hundreds of students riding their bikes, as well they should be. As a person who rides a bike, I feel justified in saying have some sense, be alert and drive your cars responsibly. Of the 13 students killed in the past year, all involved cars, none involved bicycles. I think you're addressing the wrong issue here.

Katy Smith

Social Work '01

Bear Downs always seemed like a great way to promote cycling at Baylor, along with the issues of safety that every rider cannot ignore.

It helps, however, if drivers have a better fundamental understanding of the law. Clint Cox scrupulously follows the speed laws, and yet appears totally unaware that the Texas Transportation Code considers a bicycle to be a vehicle. No sidewalks, no grass. A cyclist is not just infringing on your road, he's following the law, too.

Randy Stevens

Baylor graduate '80

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