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Letters for November 23

Letters for November 23

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A great experience at Aggie football weekend

Howdy, football fans in Aggieland. Thank you for a great experience in Aggieland during the weekend of the Nebraska-A&M football game.

We drove 13 hours to College Station from the middle of Nebraska to be able to see this last meeting between two great teams. We are also band geeks, with a son who was in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln drumline for three years, so we came mainly for the marching band experience and hoped for a great game on the side.

We couldn't have asked for a better weekend. From the midnight yell practice to the last tick off the clock at the game, we were greeted with helpful and friendly Aggie fans.

As we made our way around campus participating in the various traditions, people went out of their way to explain where and when things were taking place and to be sure we were being treated well.

I hope that the stars all align correctly and we can play the Aggies again in the Big 12 Championship. I hope you beat Texas this week.

Thank you again for a great time. It softens the blow of losing to be part of such a great tradition. You should all be proud!

JODY B. JACOBI, Husker fan (and now an Aggie fan, too)

Hastings, Neb.

Saddened by headline on pope's comments

I am saddened by how ignorant the headline (Eagle, Nov. 21) about Pope Benedict XVI's comments in the book Light of the World sounded: "Pope: Condom use OK for male prostitutes" It couldn't have missed the point more if you said the pope actually condoned prostitution.

The book is an interview, a discussion with the man, Joseph Ratzinger, on his personal opinions. Never mind that the full context is not revealed, these statements are not made in his official teaching capacity, nor are they an encyclical, an apostolic constitution, a papal bull, a motu propio, an act of the church's Magisterium, nor anything of the kind. There is no official church teaching here that condom use is OK for male prostitutes.

What galls me is that the media's whole stance on condoms and the church seems to be that it thinks that millions of people are having sex out of wedlock, committing adultery, having multiple sex partners, prostituting themselves, but are not wearing condoms because the pope says it's a sin. It would be laughable if it wasn't so sad.

In the same interview, in statements the article didn't mention, the pope said things such as, "As a matter of fact, you know, people can get condoms when they want them anyway. But this just goes to show that condoms alone do not resolve the question itself." Or, "This means that the sheer fixation on the condom implies a banalization of sexuality, which, after all, is precisely the dangerous source of the attitude of no longer seeing sexuality as the expression of love, but only a sort of drug that people administer to themselves."

As far as the full context, I suggest you read the book.



Thanks to considerate employees at The Eagle

Last Thursday, when I checked my post office box, my copy of our local paper, the Hays Free Press, which primarily covers Buda, Kyle and northeastern Hays County was not in my box.

Much to my surprise and delight, when I checked the box Saturday morning, there was an envelope from The Eagle with my Hays Free Press in it. I don't have a clue how my paper got to The Eagle's office.

It is really refreshing in these times to have someone who is a total stranger do something like this which took both time and money.

Please convey my most sincere appreciation to whomever did this for me.

My compliments to The Eagle for having this kind of considerate folks.



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