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OPINION

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The Michigan Daily
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Page 4

-Friday, September 19, 19E

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Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan

Weasel

by Robert

Vol. XCI, No. 14

420 Maynard St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Editorials represent a majority opinion of The Daily's Editorial Board
Court seals abortion fate,

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pro-choice public
W HAT. SEEMED to be a final much zeal
curtain dropped on the Hyde voters-ev
Amendment controversy nearly three opposed to
months ago, when the Supreme Court that Reag
decided that Congress was not prefer to
required to fund abortions for the poor. tions, has
But Secretary of Health and Human sentiment
Services Patricia Roberts Harris com- And inI
passionately decided to take a curtain didates fo
call, refusing to cut off abortion fun- their respe
ding until the Court had acted on a efforts of
motion to rehear the case. hierarchy,
In the interim, the federal. gover- Madeiros
nment has been funding about 1,0O wrote and
abortions each week for indigent strongly c
women. ballots for
Wednesday, the inevitable hap- The Ca
pened. Harris' noble effort had its last wortis evi(
hurrah when the k Court refused to his charge
rehear the Hyde arguments, settling posite from
the issue for as long as Congress stays
in its current conservative frame of The gr
mind. Poor women in need of abortions rights eve
will have to seek alter- affirmedv
natives-possibly dangerous ones-to 1973 is not
Medicaid funding. anti-abort
The sourc
Lightening up this week's news creasingl
from the abortion front were two items organized
of national interest. In Washington, an suade legi
aide to presidential candidate Ronald rabidly op
Reagan said Reagan would not stand The trul
by a particularly reprehensible plank American
in the Republican platform that called private n
for federal judges to take a "pro-life" dividually
pledge before ascending the bench. basis she1
The plank, part of a platform that practical.
Reagan once vigorously and unreser- Some tin
vedly endorsed, probably reeks of too on Capitol

fights on
otry to win the favor of many
ven those who are somewhat
abortion. It is a healthy sign
gan, who most likely would
remain deaf to such objec-
apparently recognized those
s and changed his stance.
Boston, two pro-choice can-
ar Congressional seats won
ective primaries, despite the
the city's strong Catholic
with Archbishop Humberto
at its top. The archbishop
id publicized a letter that
ondemned voters who cast
r pro-choice lawmakers.
tholic leader's cautionary
dently were either ignored by
es or produced a reaction op-
rm their intended one.
adual erosion of abortion
er since the Supreme Court
women's right to choose in
t the product of any definite
ion trend in public opinion.
:e of the problem is the in-
y well-financed and well-
lobby that has begun to per-
slators that the electorate is
posed to abortion rights.
th of the matter is that most
s still consider abortion a
matter to be decided in-
by each woman on whatever
pleses-ethical, religious, or
me soon, we hope our friends
Hill will get the message.

.

LETTERS TO THE DAILY:
Networks faulted on tenns coverage

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'To The Daily:
Many are the times that I have
borne the frivolous whims of in-
comprehensible television
scheduling without resentment
and without complaint. However,
now that insult has been added to
injury, I feel that I must com-
plain.
On Sunday, September 7, 1980,
the CBS Television Network
televised the finals of the U.S.
Open Men's Singles Tennis Match
at four p.m. This match was no
ordinary match for several
reasons. For example, the U.S.
Open is the greatest tennis tour-
nament in this country and one of
the four major tournaments in
the world, ranking with the Fren-
ch and Australian Opens and
Wimbledon as a priceless jewel in
tennis' Grand Slam. Next, the
two men who competed in this
match were Bjorn Borg and John
McEnroe who are, respectively,
the number one and two tennis
players in the world today. They
are assured of notching places in
the tennis hall of fame as two of
the greatest tennis players who
ever lived.
Indeed, many suggest that
Borg has, at age twenty-four,
already achieved that status.
Also, there was incredible drama
in the match -played between
these two protagonists. Bjorn
Borg has won every major tennis
tournament in the world with the
exception of the U.S. Open, a
prize that he has sought but failed
to achieve for eight years. He
'Corvettes'.
To The Daily:
I am somewhat surprised that
The Daily Arts page, usually one
of the paper's stronger sections,
would print drivel like Patti
Dietz' review of the
Motels/Nikkie and the Corvettes
show at the Second Chance. Ms.
Dietz managesto make several
misleading or even untrue
statements in her first two
paragraphs. First, she implies
that Martha Davis is the only
woman in "new wave" who is
both a lead vocalist and an in-
strumentalist. Has Ms. Dietz
heard of the Pretenders, the B-
52s, the Slits, or Joan Jett? Does
she realize that many 'new
wave" bands have women mem-
bers who play and do not sing?
Secondly, and I admit that this is
nitpicking, the Motels have been
around since 1977 or '78. They
were not, contrary to Dietz' asser-
tion, "conceived by Davis in 1979."

also hoped this year to win the
Grand Slam, and with the French
and Wimbledon titles under his
belt, and appearing in the finals of
the Open, his goal seemed within
reach.
John McEnroe, a 21 year-old
fighter, a competitor's com-
petitor and the reigning U.S.
Open Champion, sought to
avenge his five set defeat at the
hands of Borg at Wimbledon a.
mere two months ago, a match
which some already consider one
of the finest ever played on
England's grass courts. The ac-
tors were in place, the stage was
set and the curtain was ready to
rise on what looked to be the
finest tennis match of the year.
When the people of Michigan
turned on their television sets on
September 7, did they see the
U.S. Open Tennis Match? No.
They saw instead a football
game. Oh. Was it a Super Bowl?
No. Was it some type of playoff
game? No. Then it must have
been some type of all-star game
or something else important
enough to supplant what
promised to be the greatest ten-
nis match of the year. No. No. No.
The people of Michigan saw the
Detroit Lions, whose 1979 per-
formance of two victories in six-
teen games was, to be kind, a
joke, play against the Los
Angeles Rams, another also-ran
team that lost last year's Super
Bowl to Pittsburgh. In other wor-
ds, CBS televised a couple of
third rate teams from a second
d
reCview hit
Dietz further proves her
ignorance (or perhaps her absen-
ce) when she claims that Nikki
Corvette's vocals were over-
powered by her band; to my ears,
the vocals were out front
throughout both sets. Dietz'
assertion that Nikki Corvette
does not interact with the audien-
ce or her band is patently absurd.
I did not see the Motels' set so I
cannot pass judgmept on Ms.
Dietz' observations; however,
her comments make it clear that
her knowledge of Rock 'n Roll in
general, and "new wave" in par-
ticular, is extremely limited. I
suggest The Daily make sure that
its reviewers have at least a
rudimentary knowledge of their
subject. I doubt, judging from her
review, that Ms. Dietz has heard
of Gene Vincent, the Shangri-Las,
or the New York Dolls.
-Mark Michaels
September 17

Sit-down campaigning

ELL, IT LOOKS like Ronald
Regan is back on the hot seat
whereas Jimmy Carter has no place to
sit down.
Reagan has taken to correcting him-
self, once again, after several in-
credibly faux-pas-free weeks. Unfor-
tunately for the Republican presiden-
tial candidate, tape recorders rarely
lie.
On Tuesday, Reagan told a Texas
audience of Mexican-Americans that
the U.S. should admit Mexican
laborers "for whatever length of time
they want to stay."
On Wednesday, probably at the in-
sistence of his campaign aides,
Reagan claimed his real remarks were
obscured by applause and he actually

said he favored temporary work visas
for Mexican aliens.
Reporters' tapes, however, clearly
show that Reagan was fibbing just a
bit.
While Reagan was equivocating,
Carter was celebrating: The League of
Women Voters decided Wednesday not
to represent Carter's absence at the
Sunday night presidential campaign
debate with an empty chair.
The League's decision-intended to
downplay Carter's unsportsmanlike
refusal to debate both Reagan and
John Anderson-is most unfortunate.
But with or without a chair, Carter's
absence will be obvious. We hope
American voters do not take Carter's
reluctance to debate sitting down.

rate conference. As the facts
reveal, the absurdity of the
situation speaks for itself.
Not content merely to scar
every tennis lover in the state,
the Michigan CBS Television
Network rubbed salt into the
wounds of tennis fans by showing
the last sixty minutes of the
match at eleven-thirty later that
evening. The Michigan network
sought to placate tennis fans by
showing one-fourth of a four hour
match,- failing to realize that
unlike football, where the impor-
tant, game-winning plays can be
reduced to at most a couple of
minutes of television time, in
tennis every point, every service,
every return is important
because that one point may
spell the difference between
defeat and victory.
Some may argue that since
football is, supposedly, the more
popular of the two sports that
anytime they conflict, football
should be shown. Of course, such
thinking completely ignores the
A bortion uns
To The Daily:
Ten years ago an editorial in
California Medicine stated, "The
traditional Western ethic has
always placed great emphasis on
the intrinsic worth and equal
value of every human life regar-
dless of its stage of develop-
ment." The editorial went on to
warn that this ethic was in
danger of being destroyed under
the guise of improving the quality
of life by changing attitudes
toward abortion which "is
becoming accepted by society as
moral, right, and even
necessary."
That this prediction has come
true is evident in a recent letter to
The Daily (Sept 11). The writer
tells of the many problems un-
wanted pregnancy can cause and
insists that "right-to-lifers" have
no right to defend the unborn un-
til they relieve every problem of
every woman caught in such a
pregnancy. The alternative our
correspondent offers is for the
unborn children of these unhappy
women to bear the brunt of their
problems all their lives. The
Supreme Court has made this
A poem fo
To The Daily:
In reading of the uprising in
Guatemala, as well as in
Nicaragua and El Salvador, I
wrote the following verses.
I am aware the lines are imper-
fect, but this is the second ver-
sion, if not the third. As for being
a poet, I have for some years
read at West Park and the Guild
House and have published
privately five books of verses.
At a retired professor of history
at Eastern Michigan University,
with a Ph.D. in history, and a one-
time Rhodes Scholar from North
Carolina in 1914, I have lived in
Michigan for 57 years.
0, GUA TEMALANS,
GUATEMALANS
My countrymen mistreat
your lands,
Spanish and Indian folk,
A nd gain from labor of
vnur hand

"c

rights of millions of American
tennis lovers who should be able
to see their favorite sport oc-
casionally.
But football embodies, more
than any other sport, those values
which Americans have come to
regard as sacred: brutal,
aggressive, contact violence and
a rigid adherence to the clock
Tennis, it must be admitted, can-
not offer these sacred values.
As an afterword, the people of
Michigan, amid much jubilation
and celebration, saw the Detroit
Lions defeat the Los Angeles
Rams. By so doing, the Lions
pulled to within one game of
equaling last year's sterling
record. Perhaps, in time, they
will win two or three more
games, but it will be a very long
time before they can approach
the drama and excitement of a
U.S. Open Tennis Final.
.-Robert A. Chamberlain,
Jr.
September 11
Fund solution
human sacrifice legal.
We all have an obligation to ,
support and help our suffering
fellow humans;. few of us are
willing to give of ourselves and
our material goods to the extent
needed. Yet, it is difficult .to see
how pro-arbortionists can point
an accusing finger at right-tq- *
lifers when they themselves
would put the full burden of such
relief on the unborn child. To °
them, abortion is an efficient, ef-
fective way to end the problem
the presence of a child might
cause and is the ultimate
manifestation of their care and
concern. Over a millionsbabies a
year pay with their lives for this.
kind of loving concern. To use the
writer's words, "Can society's
exacting such a price from them
be called compassionate?"
Outlawing abortion may not
right all of the social ills that
plague our country, but it will
restore to the most helpless, in-
nocent segment of humanity the
protection of the law that has
been denied them since the 1973
decision of the Supreme Court.
-Patritia Rose
September 11

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Canham called 'selfish'

To The Daily:
Don Canham is definitely one
of the most successful
businessmen in college athletics,
but he is also the most selfish,
arrogant, and obnoxious. His
recent remarks against the
University's Marching Band con-
firm this. The Michigan athletic
department is guaranteed
another phenomenally successful
year, thanks to a sellout football
season, and by no surprise,
another increase in ticket prices.
Canham has exploited Wolverine
fans to the maximum, but then he
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cidence that, in 1973, when
Michigan's team stayed home af-
ter losing to Ohio State, the band
still travelled to California, selec-
ted from all the bands in the
country to perform at Super Bowl
VII. Michigan leads the Big Ten
and the country in athletic in-
come, but its band has one of the
smallest budgets in the country.
Canham has already done
away with one band
tradition-Band Day-because
he couldn't bear to give away
tickets to high school band mem-
bers that he could otherwise sell
at $10 a head. Now, rather than
share that incnme he 2rrniZantlv

r Guatemala
To Boston spread the word!
"Your fruit flag for
bananas roams
Which has our spirit stirred.
"Your millions of dollars
can speak
With bullets and the drum,
From Puppets' chains we
seek
Our much diminished freedom.
"A hundred years before
our day
Garrison tried to free the
slaves,
But you have long forgot
his way;
Our lands are filled with
graves.
"Men are worth more than
property,
These central countries hear,
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