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Feb. 1, 2001

Editorial board hasn't given Bush chance to prove himself as president

So we have had George W. Bush officially as our president for less than two weeks now. According to the editorial board, his 'course of action may further divide our country.'

Funny, that's not what many of the leading papers in the nation thought, including the New York Times and, as B.J. Goergen pointed out, the Washington Post.

I'm not sure what members of our editorial board would consider a productive week -- maybe they would be happy if Bush and several members of both houses stood in a circle on the White House lawn holding hands while singing a rousing round of We Are the World?

Bush has met with members of both parties on a regular basis -- seeing close to 90 representatives in the first week from both parties. His aides have studied past presidential transitions and even interviewed key people.

The Ashcroft nomination has been the only dark spot on an otherwise impressive transition period.

President Bill Clinton had a sloppy first week while in office, mired in controversy over gays in the military and -- oh yeah, confirmation of an attorney general! For the most part the Bush transition has been relatively smooth.

It seems that the editorial board is making a mountain out of a molehill. On his first day, the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, Bush denied aid to international family planning organizations that provide abortion counseling -- citing that abortion should not be funded in the United States or abroad. Not a shock -- we are all well aware of his stance on abortion. It's not as if he's overturning the decision; he just denied funding.

Bush unveiled his education package, allowing more local control, stronger accountability, a focus on the poor, minority children of the inner city and the dreaded subject of school vouchers -- the same school vouchers he had been talking about throughout the entire campaign and the debates.

It's not something out of the blue. While members of both sides of the party are a bit nervous concerning school vouchers, a lot of the package is being supported -- even by Sen. Edward Kennedy.

On Thursday, Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve board chairman, gave the Bush economic program a positive push during congressional testimony. So don't lose your heads -- we won't be hitting a depression any time soon!

The Office of Faith Based Administration allows faith-based programs to receive funds to better serve those in need. Federal money was given to such programs in 1996 with the approval of the Welfare Reform Bill.

Before leaving office, President Clinton gave approval to allow faith-based programs to receive federal assistance for substance abuse treatment programs.

Faith-based programs have been very effective within the communities they serve. Rest assured there won't be any 'Bible thumping' on federal money.

Alas, I hope that the fears the editorial board may have over the state of our nation will be calmed. After all, Bush has only been in office a little over a week. Perhaps we should let him finish unpacking his boxes before we start shredding his presidency!

Joanna Cattanach

Political science '03

This letter is in response to William Payne's letter in Friday's Lariat, suggesting that Baylor should adopt a policy that would not allow freshmen to park on campus.

I do not think that this would be a good policy to implement at Baylor since I know that a lot of freshmen do have to commute to campus as well.

There is a more simple solution to rectifythe parking dilemma that Payne and others have. I had a similar parkingproblem when I was going to junior college, so I made it a point to get up at 7 a.m. to get a decent parking space. Every day I got up, went to my favorite study spot in the library and studied until my class.

This solution worked for me in two ways. I not only got a good parking space everyday, but I also learned to study, got my grades up, and transferred to Baylor.If this solution worked for this night owl, then it will work for just about anyone. Experience has taught me that, generally speaking, the simplest solution tends to be the best one.

Diane Wedel

Communication Sciences and Disorders/ History '02