Bush is the candidate of ‘moral

To the Daily:

First of all, I’d like to thank Jason Pesick for showing
how foolish we “traditionalist, fundamentalist”
Christians are, especially for abandoning all trust in modern
medicine. I’ll consider myself admonished, if slightly
surprised, as I don’t know any Christians who feel that way.
I would encourage readers to talk to Christians on campus, and see
how many of them would refuse hospital treatment, instead waiting
for God to provide a miracle. Unless you’re talking to a
member of the Christian Science Church (which is in complete
disagreement with accepted Christian orthodoxy), you probably
won’t hear the “dangerous message” that Pesick
thinks we preach. For most Christians, healing can come in a direct
manner from God, or in an indirect manner, through the use of
medicine or the work of a surgeon. In this regard, I would
encourage Pesick to conduct some background research outside of
watching Pat Robertson and the “700 Club.”

Now, if I don’t support the candidate of
“science,” John Kerry, I’m happy to be supporting
the candidate of moral clarity, President Bush. Embryonic stem cell
research, like it’s companion issue, abortion, walks on very
shaky moral ground. You can use scientific terms like ESCR or
dilation and extraction, but the life of a human being is still
being terminated. The human embryos used in ESCR are 7 days away
from a beating heart, and Nancy and Ronald Reagan Jr. can’t
seriously believe that the esteemed author of “The Conscience
of a Nation” would approve of such a practice. It boils down
to this: Do we place an intrinsic value on human life, something
that no one can take away? Or does the value of humans change
simply by changing their size, location, development or level of
dependency? I’ll leave that one up to you.

Mike Saltsman

LSA senior


Alum ‘embarrassed’ about loss to Notre

To the Daily:

I am writing concerning the abysmal football effort this past
weekend. As students and recent grads, we’ve been put through
some rough losses by our beloved football team. With every loss
comes feelings of confusion, sadness and frustration. However, this
weekend’s game at Notre Dame brought on a feeling of
embarrassment that myself and other students and alumni have never
felt before. Through the ultra conservative play calling that
stifled our most talented players and rolled the red carpet for
Notre Dame, Michigan effectively gave up in that game before ever
stepping on that field in South Bend and did not come to win at
all. The choice of play-calling made it look more like a
kicker’s scrimmage than an actual game, and it seemed as if
Lloyd Carr owed Tyrone Willingham a favor. If this were a
heavyweight fight, people would assume we took a dive. There were
mistakes made on the field, but nothing that you couldn’t
expect in a hard-fought game.

The choice to run the ball with our non-existent running game
right at their defense and neglect even thinking about scoring a
touchdown doomed this game. We have the best receiving corps in the
nation and a quarterback who (despite his inexperience) can throw
at them past the first down marker and into the endzone. I
understand it is easier to unjustifiably blame the coach with a
lifetime of experience for the failures of the young men who
actually take the field; however, this is one game in which the
onus is squarely on Carr and the coaching staff. Myself and fellow
alumni walked out of South Bend thoroughly humiliated at our
team’s performance and without that benefit of knowing that
we went down fighting. We went down out of our own will. This
should never happen again. Our team should be given the chance to
compete and play like the leaders and the best in every game, and
hopefully the debacle we witnessed this past weekend will never
happen again.

Nelson E. Lopez


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