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Nov. 21, 1997

Views should be protected

I am writing in response to Cliff N. Coats' letter concerning his friend being kicked out because of her views on the medicinal use of marijuana.

This is the first incident I have ever heard of involving the expulsion of a student at an institution of higher learning because of the possession of different views than those carried by a professor. Frankly, it sickens me.

How self-righteous has this institution become? Sometimes I feel like I'm surrounded by Pharisees concerned too much about 'laws,' 'rules' and 'beliefs' that are unnecessary, and too little about what this institution really should stand for: intellectual and spiritual growth.

Allow me to give examples of views that are typically looked down upon at this university and how I believe they should best be dealt with. I do not agree with homosexuality. I think it is an abomination of the flesh and completely sinful. Do I go around persecuting gays? No. Why? Because, in fact, it isn't any of my darn business. I do not drink. I just do not like the taste of alcohol. Do I mock and belittle those who drink alcohol? No.

Why? You got it ... it isn't any of my business. The same thing goes for smoking, pre-marital sex and a slew of other beliefs. If those I disagree with want to explain their beliefs, fine ... the least I have to gain is an understanding of why they believe how they believe. Nowhere is it stated that I have to agree with them or undertake a serious paradigm shift.

It seems to me that Baylor has become drunk on its own self-importance. Perhaps the time has come for someone to kick Bobby Baylor off his high horse.

Lee Bailiff

Class of 1999

Men need to improve manners

I did not appreciate Mr. Blakley's editorial in yesterday's Lariat unjustly criticizing Ms. Lenarduzzi's article, 'Males need dating suggestions, tips' in Tuesday's Lariat. Where I come from, we don't take kindly to rudely criticizing a lady for no good reason. I found his sarcasm most distasteful. In fact, I'm not quite sure what point he was trying to make.

Was he saying that Ms. Lenarduzzi was wrong and that guys don't need any sort of manners? Maybe he was saying that women should swoon over men no matter how they act. Or maybe he just took Ms. Lenarduzzi's article too personally. I believe what Mr. Blakley really meant was that the content of Ms. Lenarduzzi's article (in his opinion) was well-understood and didn't need mentioning. Well, that is fine for him I suppose. But even though most of 'us guys' have some idea of what manners are, not all of us put them into practice all of the time. However, if I didn't treat a lady the right way, my grandfather, and his father and probably his father's father too, would come out of their graves and get me, and they would probably take me back with them. I remember even as a very small boy my father would tell me what I should and should not do, and he always made certain that I remembered how to be courteous. The truth is that old-fashioned courtesy like that which I was taught is relaxing just a little too much. There are numerous things which gentlemen should do that most guys don't even think about anymore.

My point is that being a gentleman is important, and not something to be made sport of. I invite any man to disagree, but I can assure you that it won't help you with your 'girl problems.' Call me an archaic, overly romantic fool if you will, but I will be a Southern gent until the day I die, just as any 'real' man would, and I will be certain to observe my manners like a second religion.

Bradley R Davis

Computer Science, '00

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