Regarding Jason Joyce's column on Charter Communications not carrying the Big Ten Network ("The Making of a Bad Deal," 11/16/07): Amen, baby. Missing a couple Badger football games was frustrating but acceptable. However, I am a rabid Badger men's basketball fan, and I get angry every time I think about missing so many games this season.
As for Coach Bret Bielema's suggestion that I go to a bar and watch: Great in concept, but guess what: Some of us Badger fans have full-time jobs, and heading out to a bar at night to watch a game is not an option.
Once again, it's all about money. The cable companies and UW athletics are both responsible. Like the UW athletic department needs more money!
As a proud UW alumnus with two degrees, I will no longer consider sending the university any donations. It's a two-way street: Screw me, screw you.
The intelligent designer
Regarding Dean Robbins' review of the Nova documentary on the court battle intelligent design being taught in the classroom (11/9/07): Not all creationists believe in the "young earth" theory, which claims the earth is less than 10,000 years old. Many think the earth and the universe are considerably older.
Evolution, like creationism, is not directly proven. Both are theories and from them flow sharply contrasting worldviews. Both are faith based. Either one has faith in a divine creator with awesome powers or somehow, the universe came about from nothing and disorder.
I find the belief in a Creator to be much more credible. The complexity of the universe and life in general points to a very intelligent designer.