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Feb. 27, 2001

Americans too often seek easy ways out of complicated problems

I was disappointed by Amethyst Hensley's column last week. The answer to starving children is not as easy as keeping government funding for family planning groups. We live in a culture that always looks for the easy way out, the microwavable, just-add-water solutions to complicated problems.

Perhaps if our government throws money at these groups, we feel we have done our part and can settle back in front of the TV without the slightest twinge of compassion at the next Christian Children's Fund commercial. But this says to the world, 'We don't have time to care, but we'll stand back while your next generation dies to save us all the trouble.'

Do you know what that answer resembles? AIDS.

It is killing off whole generations in some countries. It is easing overpopulation, meaning less mouths to feed. So, if that's all we have to offer a world in need, we're out of a job!

What the world really needs of us is not more family planning funds. They need us to be willing to dirty our individual hands by feeding the hungry, educating the ignorant, healing the sick and encouraging the broken-hearted.

It's not our government's job; it's my job ... and yours.

Alexis Carmer

University Scholars '03

In Friday's Lariat, two letters responding to Amethyst Hensley's editorial piece criticizing Bush's decision to cut funding to certain international family planning organizations were both wrong, but for different reasons.

The first letter was just amusing: Does John D. Basie really expect a short opinion column to provide incontrovertible evidence for its assertions?

The second letter, Anna Bryan's, is far more troubling. Her argument that the problems of other countries are not our problems is both short-sighted and dangerous.

The statement that 'we did not cause these problems' is a questionable proposition at best; and the statement that 'the people (in developing countries) do not even try to help themselves' is just offensive. Bryan concludes by placing herself in the 'real world' and Hensley in some ivory tower.

Bryan also ignores how the United States exploits cheap labor in developing countries, how her purchases would be more expensive if it weren't for this exploitation and how a relatively small amount of money can have a tremendous impact on an impoverished country.

The reality of the absolute poverty in developing countries shows how pathetic her whining about America's problems really is.

Christopher M. Newton

Master's candidate, International Relations

I think I speak for a couple thousand Baylor students when I say that every time Clint Cox writes an opinion column, I feel like getting sick. In his latest tromp over the truth, he has taken readers to a land where his wishes become reality.

He states with certainty that, had Florida had its votes counted, they would have come to a different conclusion. It's sad that now, four months after election day, that he has to return to this. George W. Bush is president of the United States. Al Gore is an ex-vice president. I'm sorry that is hard to grasp for Cox.

Cox also talks about the fact that Republicans are seeking to destroy our First Amendment rights by limiting the media's reports of exit poll data.

Seriously, Cox, settle down! Perhaps the Republicans are pursuing this change because it hurt their results in western Florida. Perhaps 200 voters in western Florida turned back in the last 10 minutes. I don't think this is an unreasonable number, but it is enough to cover the reviews you said were made by the local newspapers.

Don't get me wrong. I am all for everyone's votes being counted. I want the decision of the voter to be clear, if for nothing else than to shut up the people who can't handle a loss afterward. I just get tired of the bashing Cox gives to Republicans anytime he gets the chance.

Chris Yount

Business journalism '03