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Letters for February 7 - The Eagle: Opinion

Letters for February 7

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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 12:00 am

Election letters deadline

All letters concerning the March 4 party primaries must reach The Eagle no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 20.

All political letters will be printed by Feb. 27.

Should there not be enough space to print all the election letters, they will run in the proportion in which they were received.

Just knew The Eagle would run a story bashing the Catholic Church

On Feb. 5, a story about the United Nations rebuking the Catholic Church was released. Knowing the tendency of The Eagle to carry any negative story about Catholicism, I tweeted my prediction that it would be prominently covered the next morning.

Like clockwork, it was front page. As Baylor scholar Philip Jenkins (a Protestant) has declared, anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice. To be clear, abusing a minor is criminal and sinful. But, the Catholic Church has done more than any other international organization to stop such acts. In the United States, the reports have dwindled to a fraction of other religious organizations. Catholicism now has the strictest of policies.

Furthermore, the Vatican is leading others in addressing it. Pope Francis recently formed a commission to go even further. If the U.N. intended to look out for children, why not address the problems within the countries the committee's members represent: Thailand's high rates of child sex slavery, Syria's gassing of children, Uganda's forcing kids into war, the United States'  high rate of abuse in public schools and cover-ups at much higher rates than the Catholic Church.

Why not? Because it doesn't fit the U.N.'s agenda. Furthermore, the U.N. report urged the Vatican to change doctrine on abortion, gay marriage and contraception! The real issue is that Catholicism doesn't meet the progressive cultural agenda. This is blatant hypocrisy.

I wonder if The Eagle would carry the same kind of story if it was about Judaism or Islam? I have my doubts.

MARCEL LeJEUNE

College Station

Let's build the planned natatorium at Bryan's Rudder High School

This past weekend, I had the privilege of watching the No. 2 Texas A&M Women's swim team compete at the A&M natatorium.

As I watched, I couldn't help but think what a great area Bryan-College Station is for a child to be involved with the sport of swimming. They not only had the ability to watch and be motivated by Olympic-caliber swimmers in person, but also have many other great swimming opportunities here in the BCS area. Both cities have highly regarded summer swim programs through their parks and rec programs and both cities have great summer league swim teams, Bryan Barracudas and the College Station Tsunamis. Also locally you will find several Top Notch year round swim programs, such as the Aggie Swim Club, Aerofit Swim Team and the Brazos Splash swimming program.

Yes this is a great place to live if you enjoy swimming except for one important fact: We are Bryan residents and the city of Bryan does not have any indoor swimming facilities. My daughter has friends on the Bryan High Swim Team and she has been told that they have had many practices this year at 30 to 40 degrees and one practice at 29 degrees. Yes the pool is heated but your body is not under water the whole time and you still have to get from the pool to the locker room before your hair turns to ice.

The original plans for Rudder High School had a natatorium as part of the master plan, but this part of the project was eliminated. It is time to readdress the need for Bryan to have an indoor swimming facility. This would not only benefit or local athletes but also the residents of Bryan. There are so many programs and activities could be offered year round, as well as hosting swim meets that would allow the facility to reduce cost and stay busy.

ED COOK

Bryan

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