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Thursday November 30, 2000

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Changing tunes on Tomey

To the editor,

As a regular reader of the Arizona Daily Wildcat, I must say I have noticed a sharp change in the attitude of the Wildcat's sports columnists in regard to the issue of coach Tomey. Since I have been attending the university and reading the Wildcat, I have been hearing and reading about how terrible the football coach was, as well as his need to be replaced.

As recently as two weeks ago, the school paper has printed negative editorials regarding Tomey's coaching ability, such as Rosenbaum's "Dear God, is Tomey a Goner?" One can't help but notice the glaring irony in the sports editorials of the past couple of days. I was under the distinct impression that the Wildcat's reporters hated Dick Tomey. Tomey even cited the media as his primary reason for leaving. Now these "journalists" want us to believe that they regret his leaving. Mr. Martin would like us to believe that he is sorry his profession caused so much grief and that he really thought Tomey was a great coach all along. I charge that he had a sudden change in opinion only after he saw for himself what damage had been done by himself and his pals at the Wildcat. Even more upsetting is Mr. Finley's thought that the fans had the greater role in Tomey's demise by having some sort of double standard for Arizona's coaches. Please do not try to shirk the blame you so greatly deserve, Mr. Finley.

I would suggest that Wildcat, and you Mr. Editor, would pay attention to what you publish and acknowledge any mistakes in judgment you have made. One last thought to all of those who called for Tomey's firing and only after seeing the damage it has done to the football team, changing your opinion: be careful what you wish for.

Thomas Crain

Computer science sophomore

Democrats' criticism unwarranted

To the editor,

From what I understand, the leader of the Democrats at the UA, Melinda Mills, recently criticized College Republicans President Manuel Espinoza and upheld Vice President Al Gore's decision to contest this three-week-old mess of an election further. Now, the reason I did not vote for Mr. Gore in the first place was due to my belief - which has now been overwhelmingly confirmed - that he will do whatever it takes to win this election. He continues to contest this election unfairly and immorally, but the worst part of what Mr. Gore is doing is what he has already done to the economy, specifically the stock market. The longer that Mr. Gore has challenged this election, the more significantly the stock market, and especially the Nasdaq, has suffered. My father owns a large amount of high-tech stock, while my brother, sister and I also hold a small amount, and as a result, Gore has already done long-term harm to my dad, and therefore my family as a whole, financially by continuing to give up a hopeless battle to fulfill his own selfish desires. The market may not recover from this for several years to come, in effect sabotaging an inevitable Bush presidency.

Basically, what I have heard from Al Gore over the past couple of weeks is, "I need to hurt you in order to help me, but it's for the good of democracy." Quite simply, that's not good enough. Attempting to childishly sabotage this election is one thing, but when he hurts my family, he makes it personal, and this is simply no longer acceptable.

Shane Dale

Undeclared sophomore

Country must move forward

To the editor,

I feel that I am in agreement with the majority of my fellow Americans in believing that this presidential election has gone too far. I also feel that the debates are unnecessary and need to stop, because it's over. Florida has declared Governor Bush the winner. The Secretary of State has certified the vote, and Bush is the president elect. Over 60% of the country agrees with this and believes Vice President Gore must concede, and yet he continues to demand "complete and accurate" recounts. The counties in question have been cherry-picked by Gore and will not provide fair results. Manual recounts themselves are completely inaccurate, as no one can truely determine what a voter meant to do. Personally, I would not want anyone counting my vote toward whatever party they believed I meant to give it to. I know that my vote went to the intended recipient, because I am competent enough to cast my ballot correctly. I hope that when this mess is all over, our country can unite and move forward. I hope Vice President Gore can accept the correct results, as well, and think about how this ordeal is going to effect how he is seen historically before he puts our country through any more anguish.

Theresa Markus

Psychology junior

Gore cares not for justice

To the editor,

In a letter in the Daily Wildcat, Melinda Mills stated, "The Gore/Lieberman ticket is simply doing everything they can to see every vote is counted..." I'm afraid that Mr. Gore's actions do not match this statement. Gore has pushed for recounts in predominately democratic counties. If Gore really wanted every vote counted, then he would also be pushing to have the 40% of the military absentee ballots which were disqualified included in the vote total. Why doesn't the great vote-counting crusader fight for these votes too? After all, these are votes just the same as the votes in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach. The difference is that military votes are predominately Republican. Gore is only fighting to count votes that he thinks will help him. Gore is not fighting for every vote, he's fighting because he wants to be president.

And, as for Gore fighting to see that "...justice is done," as Ms. Mills puts it, the Bush campaign is the only camp that has been fighting to uphold the laws of Florida. Gore has been trying to change them.

Anthony Nelson

Criminal justice sophomore.