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Clerks unseal the certificates of results from all 50 states during a meeting of the U.S. Electoral College on Jan. 4, 2013, in the Capitol in Washington.

Associated Press— J. Scott Applewhite, file

‘Instead of acknowledging that the fish rots from the head and outlining immediate, concrete steps to reform the board, Murff looks forward to “creating institutional momentum toward greater communication, accountability and progress.”’

Floyd Killough

Baylor outrage

I appreciated the Sunday Focus Q&A with Bears for Leadership Reform leaders. But the letter to the editor from Ron Murff, chairman of the Baylor University Board of Regents, serves as proof that the board is not being “forced into the sunlight.” Indeed, the letter is further evidence that the board chairman is unaware he is a major part of the problem.

Murff did not say he would release a full written copy of the Pepper Hamilton findings.

He did not reveal the longstanding problem with a self-perpetuating, self-serving board.

He did not accept responsibility for the climate of chaos and the failure of the board to ensure compliance with federal law.

Instead of acknowledging that the fish rots from the head and outlining immediate, concrete steps to reform the board, Murff looks forward to “creating institutional momentum toward greater communication, accountability and progress.”

Nonsense.

I am proud that my two daughters graduated from Baylor. However, because we have no confidence in this good-ol’-boy Board of Regents, my granddaughter will attend the University of Texas where openness and compliance are required.

I call on Ron Murff to do the right thing and submit his resignation immediately.

Floyd Killough, Waco

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The Baylor University Board of Regents must release the Pepper Hamilton law firm’s report on the Baylor sexual-assault scandal in its entirety before the Baylor Nation can ever hope to heal and move forward. So what do we get from the Baylor Board of Regents? A promised disclosure of minutes of board meetings which, as the news media know, are already covered (however incompletely) in news releases.

Ron Murff and da’ boys are so deluded and removed from reality that they think this pitiful concession will placate we of the Baylor Nation.

Like Old Papa Smurf, Murff and the other “blue hairs” need to step down. You guys gotta go!

Dan Dayton, West

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I was fortunate to have Baylor students as volunteers when I worked in long-term care. I still take part in the “Steppin’ Out” service days at Baylor. The young men who came to our home to do some yard work were just wonderful young men.

Baylor has been going through so many unpleasant issues in recent months, but I just want to acknowledge that by far the majority of students are fine men and women. They are young people of faith and moral integrity. A big thank-you to these students who give so generously of their time and talents.

Carol Bartlett Stafford, Waco

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I’m sad the Baylor football program is experiencing issues of late. I understand that former LSU Tigers Coach Les Miles is in the running for head coach position. That’s an excellent predicament to be in.

Let me clarify that I don’t personally or professionally know Les Miles. But as an LSU fan, it was a sad day to see Coach Miles terminated as head coach of the LSU football team. His record plus player and fan testimonials speak for themselves. Coach Miles would become an extremely valuable asset and leader to the Baylor University football program if given the opportunity.

Alan E. McBride, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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We hear now that then-Baylor head football coach Art Briles didn’t notify the regents or the police about the alleged sexual assaults. Baylor, like any other large employer, has a chain of command. Briles’ immediate superior was the athletic director who was the first person to disappear when all this blew up. It was the AD.

There has been no mention of him lately. His name has not appeared in any news stories. If all this rhetoric from Baylor has the appearance of bovine scatology, it probably is just that.

Jack Crane, Waco

EDITOR’S NOTE: Just in the interest of clarity, the dueling accounts between Baylor regents and BU assistant coaches also revolve around whether Briles or the coach of the athlete who claimed she had been assaulted informed anyone in Baylor’s judicial affairs office, which back then handled Title IX matters, and when Briles even learned of the allegation.

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Baylor University is looking for a football coach. I have a suggestion. Art Briles is one of the best coaches I have ever seen. Any off-campus problems should be left to the police.

Bill Foster, Waco

What happened to my vote?

You did your civic duty and cast your ballot for the presidential candidate of your choice. But in reality, you didn’t vote for your choice for president. No, you just thought you did. You voted for someone called an “elector” who is a member of the Electoral College. They are the chosen people who actually elect the future president. You don’t.

This is in the Constitution and depends on the number of congressmen from your state. A number of “electors” are chosen by the state political parties. This is where all the hoopla about the 270 electoral votes comes into play. Whichever candidate receives at least 270 electoral votes will be the president-elect. It doesn’t mean that the candidate with the majority of popular votes gets the job. The electors elect the future president in December and can vote however they wish. Your vote might not have any say in the matter.

Changing this situation is up to each state, and a lot of states have already voted to do away with the Electoral College. Texas has not. A bill to do this was introduced back in 2011. The bill went into committee where it eventually died for lack of action. Looks as if the legislators don’t want to lose control.

Should you think as I do and believe it would be a novel idea that the vote you cast is for the person of your choice, then you need to take some action. I suggest that we bombard our state legislature with demands for the resurrection of the 2011 HB 1498 or whatever it takes to make them listen to us and to change this archaic system. I don’t want anyone to decide my vote for me!

Jack Lauder, Killeen

Spreading fear

Fear is a powerful emotion that spurs many into action. In some countries, creating an atmosphere of fear in various groups will bring about a revolution. Phobias tend to take on a life of their own and become larger than the events which created them.

The political far left in our society has been creating various fears in selected groups, especially during the last presidential election process. They have now produced the demonstrations and riots after the results were announced.

The left, by charging that those on the right are homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, racist and sexist, has created a phobic atmosphere among their followers. Thus, there is now a large group who are xenophobic — that is, they fear anything strange or those with ideas different from their own. It is a phobia of opposing ideas.

Without understanding what has been taking place, many on the left have been manipulated into this politically phobic culture and are not able to understand or appreciate our constitutional electoral process. Unfortunately, some of our schools, instead of using the election as an opportunity to teach students how our electoral process works, are teaching anarchy and revolution based on their xenophobia.

Manufacturing phobias allows the political elite to mobilize their followers to turn the United States into a banana republic in order to advance their own agendas.

Don Hardcastle, Emeritus professor of physics, Baylor University, Speegleville

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The silver lining of the anti-Trump riots? They are burning down pest-hole cities created by socialist Democrat policies. We should thank the rioters for their service to urban renewal.

Rick Ellis, Axtell