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Archive for Tuesday, March 24, 1998

THE ELITE TEAM

March 24, 1998

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To the editor:

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the KU Jayhawks basketball team. I wish I had the writing skill to better express my feeling of deep appreciation to Coach Roy Williams, his staff and these truly outstanding athletes. My life has been made so much richer by watching them play. You are still No. 1 and always will be. Anyone who has played and enjoys basketball knows that at any given time, the best team ever can be beaten scorewise, because the ball just refuses to make contact with the basket, no matter how skillfully shot.

You bet I wanted them to win, because I'm selfish and it meant I could see them play many more times.

I called my daughter in California each time, moments after the games had ended and mailed pounds of clippings and papers to her. She, in turn, mailed clippings to me. One I received recently called the Jayhawks, ``The Elite Team,'' and with that I wholeheartedly agree. With their skill, talent and character, no one can top them.

What an enjoyable and tremendous season it was! It is always sad to lose the seniors, but I know they will go on to richer lives and may all their dreams come true.

And Coach Roy Williams, you are the greatest! The part you have played in these athletes' lives will benefit them, not only now, but long after their athletic prowess is over.

June Henry,

528 Walnut.

Debate on life

To the editor:

The March 12 Journal-World carried a story concerning an effort in the Kansas House of Representatives to pass a resolution forcing the attorney general ``to file a lawsuit challenging Kansas' abortion law, and assert that life begins at conception.'' Before the hearing Rep.. Janice Pauls asserted that ``the point is, any unborn baby is a person and can be proven to be a person under medical science.''

Although I do not doubt the persuasive skills of the Kansas attorney general, to ask her to argue for the truth of either of these claims seems to ask too much. Unfertilized ova are living cells. It follows that there was life before conception. Accordingly, we KNOW that life does not BEGIN at conception.

The claim that unborn babies are persons has no better claim on truth. Presumably the term ``person'' is used to distinguish between us and non-human animals and to give some content to the expression ``person from outer space.'' Thus, people must exhibit such characteristics as the capacity to reason, the capacity to communicate in reasonable complex ways, and a concept of self. There is no reason to think that any fetuses exhibit any of these characteristics. Thus, there is no reason to think that fetuses are people and rather good reasons to think they are not.

Of course, nothing above shows that a good argument for the wrongness of killing fetuses is not available.

Don Marquis,

529 Tenn.

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