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What exactly is a "special-interest group"? The Deseret News used the term to describe animal-rights activists in their case against the Salt Lake Organizing Committee's sponsoring of a rodeo as part of the 2002 Winter Games ("Rodeo decision appropriate," Jan. 7). The Deseret News suggested that a "special-interest group" (the animal-rights activists) shouldn't be allowed to interfere with the affairs of the Olympic committee. But isn't the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association also a special-interest group? For the matter, isn't SLOC a special-interest group?

People, in general, are special-interest groups; they debate their way through life, trying to construct an environment that represents each individual's ethics and values. There is no "normal" or "mainstream" category that adequately encompasses the feelings and attitudes of the bulk of society

Who says SLOC represents the objective, non-special interests of the stereotypical "everyone" (who isn't a radical)? Who says SLOC has complete, unquestionable authority to make decisions regarding the real and intense impact the Games have had and will have on Utahns, both human and not?

J. Whatcott

Riverton