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OPINION

Page 4

Friday, April 15, 1983

Thne Mi~chigan Daily

Funseeking in

'Pollution land'

By Dick West
WASHINGTON - It's a ,miserable
disaster indeed that doesn't blow,
shake, rattle, or roll somebody some
good.
When the eruptions first started,
Mount St. Helens may have seemed an
unmitigated calamity. But that was
before the federal government
designated the catastrophe as a
National Volcanic Area, and souvenir
dealers moved in.
NOW, WITH another vacation season
getting under way, it behooves both
governmental agencies and private in-
vestors to provide more cataclysmic at-
tractions.
Tourists are a hardy lot. All they need
is a little encouragement and even
debacles can become Grand Canyons.
Thus far, to cite one distressing
omission, hardly anything has been
done to upgrade the sightseeing poten-
tial of Times Beach, Mo., and other
communities contaminated by toxic
material..

YET environmental adulteration
would be an almost ideal leitmotif for a
theme park.
I am even willing to suggest a name:
"Waste World." Here's the drill:
The promoters of "Waste World" buy
up tracts of land that have been con-
demned due to spraying, leakage,
spillage or some other inadvertent
method of spreading poison.
Each piece of property is then
developed to carry out part of the
"Waste World" theme.
I VISUALIZE as a typical unit an
amusement park called
"Pollutionland." It is built around a
towering, Alpine-like structure-Mount
Dumpmore-that is composed of
barrels and steel drums containing
toxic wastes.
Fun-seekers willing to stand in line
are rewarded by a roller-coaster ride
over and through Mount Dumpmore,
where they can see the containers
rusting and disintegrating, their con-
tents oozing into a nearby creek.
After that, board an elevated
monorail for a trip across the creek to a

titles tourists to watch panic-stricken
residents being evacuated to tem-
porary shelters in churches and public
schools.
Much of the appeal comes from a
requirement that all park visitors wear
decontamination suits and headgear,
complete with individual oxygen ap-
paratus and Geiger counters.
Most tourists, I'm sure, would love
dressing up like that, particularly the
younger members of a vacationing
family. It would provide an element of
adventure you just don't get climbing
the Statue of Liberty, traipsing through
the U.S. Capitol or driving through a
giant redwood.
Upon leaving "Waste World,"
visitors would passtthrough a
detoxification chamber, something like
a car wash, in which they would be
scrubbed and brushed clean of any con-
taminants. What fun!
Add a trace of acid rain falling on the
food pavilion and, migawd, how the
money pours in.
West wrote this article for UPI.

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man-made island where a faulty
nuclear reactor is regularly venting
radioactive gases into the atmosphere.

Scouting out sites for "Pollutionland."
THE FINAL thrill might be a ride on
a simulated railroad that ends with a
tank car jumping the track and defiling

the surrounding area with a deadly
chemical.
The single admission ticket also en-

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Editorials represent a majority opinion of the Daily's Editorial Board

Base missiles

O NE NEED not read between the
lines to see that the report issued by
President Reagan's Commission on
Strategic Forces, which calls for the
deployment of 100 MX missiles, is
basically the same costly and
dangerous plan that Reagan tried un-
successfully to push through Congress
last December.
Gone from the new proposal is
Reagan's plan for closely spaced, or
densepack, basing for the MX, but the
fruitless search for a secure basing
mode has yet to be completed.
Under the commission's proposal the
MX would be housed in existing but
reinforced Minuteman 3 silos. This
plan was rejected by the Senate in 1981
largely because the silos . could be
knocked out by Soviet warheads.
It would seem foolish, therefore, to
replace one vulnerable missile-basing
system with another, particularly at a
"'WE M1GHT NOT HAVE

cost of $14.6 billion just for building the
missiles over the 1984-1989 period.
More importantly, though, the
deployment of the MX will not serve as
incentive for the Soviets to negotiate
arms control, as President Reagan
believes, but will only cause them to
build their own comparable missile
system. Which, in the end, only pushes
our countries closer to nuclear war.
The "window of vulnerability" that
Reagan likes to refer to is a myth.
Even in the highly unlikely event of a
Soviet first strike-one that would
knock out all our land based
missiles-the U.S. would still have
more than enough nuclear warheads
based in submarines and bombers to
deliver a "sufficient" retaliatory strike.
Michigan Senator Carl Levin
responded to the Commission's
proposal by calling it a "dangerous,
expensive fraud."
We couldn't agree more.
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LETTERS TO THE DAILY:
Listen to the prophets of

To the Daily:
Watching the Oscars Monday
night, I listened to Sir Richard
Attenborough's acceptance
speech for Best Picture not just
with an attentive ear, but also
with saddening hope. Atten-
borough spoke of, Gandhi and his
teachings with an emotional
message to mankind. He com-
pared Gandhi to Martin Luther
King, Jr. another adherent to
the philosophy of peaceful
resistance. He also mentioned
Lech Walesa, who recently
proclaimed that he, too, has
released his mind from the
chains of the idea that we must
fight might with might, and that
peaceful resistance offers the
only hope for survival.
Few college students need to be
persuaded that we are facing
either an imminent or near-
future nuclear catastrophe
caused by the newly-fueled arms
race. Most of us realize that we
are burying warheads and
missiles for some real purpose.
The question is whether not this
strength in the ground and in
submarines beneath the sea will
ensure peace through detente, or
invite intercontinental, button-
pushing war, with an orange-
flamed Armageddon its hopeless
result.

that we speak loudly and carry a
big stick in dealing with the
Soviet Union. This is the
philosophy of fighting fire with
fire. We incredulously ask how
we can idly sit by while the
Soviets spend billions on the
weapons with which they hope to
conquer us.
Gandhi and Martin Luther
King, Jr., felt there was an alter-
native: our strength shall be in
peace and meekness, not power.
The West Germans believe in a
similar, however unattractive
alternative. In a major poll, an
overwhelming majority of West
Germans put it simply in their
cry for survival: Better Red than
Dead.
It's difficult for us, who have
been raised to believe in the ethic
of fighting to the finish, to
imagine accepting such a
dishonorable, defeatest alter-
native.
But which would our unborn
victims of a nuclear holocaust
prefer? Never to breathe the gift
of air and life? Or to see their
world blackened and destroyed
from the result of, as Sir Atten-
borough put it, "blowing our
heads off?"
Where does true honor
the competitive spirit drawn for-
th from the denths of man's evil

selves to open our ears and listen
to the prophets of peace. There is
a prophet asleep in each of us.
And we must somehow find the
strength to set them free with the

peace
hope that man will conquer his
own insane urges to realize a
stable, however self-deprecating,
lasting peace. - Randy Watson
April 12

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Petitions and the real world

To the Daily:
Now that Brian Sher has ap-
parently finished his crusade for
"responsibility" in The Michigan
Daily, perhaps the Daily could
defer to him once a week in
column form. His mindless, sor-
did picture of the way the world
operates would make for en-
joyable, albeit frightful, reading.
Never, in five years on this
campus, have I been so
bewildered by the insanity with
which a student leader plots his
course to fame. Sher honestly
believes one can challenge the
First Amendment by petition.
The Daily went far beyond its call
of duty in allowing Sher and his
clean-up-the-Daily cronies to air
their laundry. Sher says the
"writing has improved in recent
weeks" in this newspaper.
Sher is living outside the real
world. To cure the Daily's
"woes," his options included
organizing a boycott of the paper,
bombarding it with a barrage of

comment" to reporters.
Sororities live in the "good news"
world of pledge formals,
serenades, and philanthropic
projects. God save us if the near-
by student newspaper had the
gall to examine a "controver-
sial" issue.
And then there is the blithering
bumbling of Scott Schnell, who
claims the Daily's exploration of
the "Jap" issue would leave a
naive observer "prejudiced"
against Jews. He obviously
ignored the remarks of Margo
Pernick and others in the story
that added clarity and counter-
weighted the remarks made by
unnamed sources. He also ignored
the one aspect of the story that
has gone unnoticed all along-the
gist of the story was Jewish
women talking about Jewish
women. Surely, Schnell cannot
'seriously profer the notion that
"Jap" as a social definition is
generally foreign to more than a
handful of us. Saying that "Japs"

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