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Letter to the editor

March 5, 2003

In regards to Nabeel Uwaydah's letter on Thursday, am I to believe that he interprets a non-vote as a vote for no? He mentioned that he felt he needed to represent the 10,000 students who did not fill out the Student Life Survey, and that clearly by their not voting, these 10,000 students meant to say that they were opposed to supporting programs that have been occurring at Baylor since before he was born.

Perhaps it is because I'm not a political science major, but my common sense seems to show that Uwaydah's view of how representative democracy works is actually quite flawed. The beauty of the democracy that we enjoy is that we have a choice when it comes to voting, not simply yes or no, or even which candidate should lead our country, but an even more simple choice of voting or not voting.

Two main reasons why someone would not vote is either they do not feel they understand the issue at hand or that they simply do not care about the issue. Uwaydah assumed in his letter that everyone who did not vote was simply lazy. Uwaydah then went on to infer that somehow there must be someone in that group who did not want to support Welcome Week nor the Student Life Fund and therefore he must represent them. I guarantee that there was someone in that group who also would like to increase the amount given to each organization -- yet Uwaydah did not represent them.

It is this picking and choosing of sides of an issue that we are protected against if only those who voted are taken into account. In fact, no proposition could ever pass under Uwaydah's logic, because 50 percent of people hardly ever vote.

Luke Prettol

Human Resources/

International Business '05