Symphony off to a great 30th anniversary year
If the Texas Aggie football team of quarterbacks, centers, guards, linebackers, running backs, ends and all the others could play with the same ability, intensity and precise execution as the Brazos Valley Sympho-ny Orchestra team of violins, basses, cellos, flutes, bassoons, oboes and all the others played Sunday evening, they would win the National Championship.
Congratulations, Maestro Marcelo Bussiki, to you and your incredibly talented team of musicians for a wonderful first performance of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra's 30th Anniversary Season.
Texas Tech never will have the class of A&M
As I watched the Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M game on television, I heard the crowd booing while a player was down on the field. I asked my friends to confirm that I was really hearing booing because I was so shocked that a stadium full of fans would actually boo when someone was injured.
I've watched Little Leaguers become silent when a player is down, heard Kyle Fields stands eerily quiet and watched fans at Olsen Field on their knees praying for an opposing player after a collision in the outfield dropped him. Some of the fans actually went to the hospital to be there for the player and his family. This is how humans show concern and respect for one another.
What happened to the A&M team buses was done by a few, but when a majority of a crowd in a stadium boo an athlete who is down on the field, that is really tasteless and classless.
For years I have heard how Tech wants to consider itself a big rival similar to the A&M-University of Texas rivalry. "With fans who condone the behavior of this weekend, the R-shirts a few years back linking the Aggie mascot with the actions of Michael Vick and the goal post into the crowd fiasco, Tech, even if the Aggies weren't leaving for the SEC, would never have the class to be a real rival to A&M and UT.
UT stood by A&M's side as we mourned the loss of our students in the Bonfire collapse, prayed with and for us, played Amazing Grace on the football field, etc. That's class between rivals.
Shame on those who behaved so badly last weekend.
SHERVONNE DAVIS, '08
Seeking to do what the 14th District folks want
Bill Birdwell says it best: "John Raney represents all that matters when we look at the characteristics of a public servant. ..."
I have found a candidate worthy of my support. John Raney is running for the office vacated by our state representative, Fred Brown. He is the most non-politicaI politician I have ever met (and I've met many). This man has only one item on his agenda: to listen to the people in his district and to go about their business in the state capitol.
He is making the listening circuit, going to small-group gatherings in homes and at organizations to hear what people are saying. Raney listens and asks questions to clarify what he's hearing. He actually wants to know what is on our minds, and what he can do to represent our interests -- not his personal interests or the interests of some political machine.
John Raney even has volunteered to sit in a middle-school classroom for a day to get a first-hand understanding of what our teachers face each day. While I'm not a teacher, I applaud this hands-on approach to governing.
John Raney has some excellent ideas of his own, too. As a small business owner, he understands the nuts and bolts of our economy: creating jobs, operating within a budget, providing quality goods and services to make a profit, the roll of tax incentives to boost businesses to expand, how undue regulations create a burden on businesses and the necessity of respecting the customer's opinion.
I urge you to consider supporting a man of character who is concerned about your interests. Please join me in voting for John Raney for state representative, Texas House District 14.