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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 26, 1988

Speaker:

Dems

move from left

BY MONICA SMITH
Most Americans are to the left of
Presidential candidate Michael
Dukakis, a speaker at Guild House
said last night, adding that the
Democratic party does not offer a
real choice for progressives.
Justin Schwartz, a philosophy
professor at Kalamazoo College, said
that not only Dukakis, but the
Democratic party as a whole, has
moved farther to the right. nw
"What I have in common with'
Ronald Reagan is that I too am a
former Democrat," said Schwartz, in
a speech sponsored by Solidarity.
Schwartz said he believes'
Dukakis will lose the upcoming
election against Vice President
George Bush and that his loss willl
incorrectly be attributed to his
"liberal" attitudes.
Rather, Schwartz argued that
Dukakis is not liberal at all. He said
Dukakis supports increased military
spending and accepts the Reagan taxl
reform.
Schwartz cited Dukakis' support
of the U.S. downing of an Iranian
airliner in the Persian Gulf as
indicative of his attitude toward thel
Third World.
Schwartz says Dukakis will lose
the election "barring a miracle." Al-

though the Republicans will win,
they will not represent the majority
of the American people because only
half of the eligible voters will vote.
If everyone voted, he said, the
Democrats would never lose because
the majority of Americans favor so-
cial programs and reforms that the
Democrats claim to support.
"Bush is right: Dukakis is out of
the mainstream. But Bush is even
farther out of the mainstream," he
said.
Schwartz said the Democratic
party is not representative of pro-
gressives because of its pro-business
and pro-defense stances that are
similar to the Republicans.
"Progressive change does not
come from inside the Democratic
party," said Schwartz. "If you want
more from the Democratic party,
stay out of it." He said that indepen-
dent political action is the alternative
to party politics.
Schwartz said that in order for
progressives to make changes, they
need to be spend their time organiz-
ing their own party and mobilizing
grassroots support. Activity outside
of the voting booth is necessary for
progressives to bring about the
changes which will provide a "real
choice" for Americans, Schwartz
concluded.

.LEAND"^R"^"""D oily
Justin Schwartz, a philosophy professor at Kalamazoo Col-
lege, speaks at the Guild House on the failings of the present
Democratic party.

Speakes: Campaign about personalities

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michael
Dukakis should have taken advantage of the spark
and charisma of Jesse Jackson in his presidential
campaign, President Reagan's former press
secretary said yesterday.
"Clearly the minority vote in this country is
overwhelmingly Democratic. I do think he was
getting votes from non-minority areas in the
primaries. But clearly Dukakis was worried he
would turn off non-minority voters."
Speakes, who was Reagan's chief spokesper-
son from1981 until last year, said the 1988 pres-
idential race hasn't been an issues campaign be-
Ra e
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permits and encourages rape," said .
Ifcher. Men often don't identify their
behavior as rape, but rather as the
norm for sexual relationships, he
said.
Men need to confront their own
behavior and attitudes and realize that
women have good reason to fear all
men as potential rapists, Ifcher said.
He cited FBI statistics which show
that one in three women and one in
ten men will be raped sometime in
tleir lives. According to information
provided by SAPAC, in most rapes:
are "date" or "acquaintance" rapes.
J In order to combat the rape cul-
ture, Ifcher added, men should not
tilerate sexist jokes or behavior.

yond squabbles over the Pledge of Allegiance and
prison furlough.
"You hear the criticism that this is a dirty,
low-down campaign, and I think this is because
it's a campaign without issues and a campaign
that has based itself on personalities and therefore
degenerated into a schoolyard name-calling cam-
paign," he said.
"No campaign is without its negative aspects.
Anybody who runs against the record of his op-
ponent sometimes runs a negative campaign,
though some call it simply pointing out the
record."

He said the public should demand more "meat
and potatoes" rather than "cotton candy" from
candidates who have learned to cater to television
news programs.
The media and polling are playing increas-
ingly significant roles in electing the next presi-
dent of the United States, he said.
Speakes pointed out that about two weeks ago
polling had shown that Dukakis and vice presi-
dent George Bush were in a dead heat in their race
for the presidency.

IN BRIEF
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Activists win suit against KKK
ATLANTA - Forty-nine civil rights activists who were pelted wit
rocks and bottles when they marched into virtually all-white Forsyth
County were awarded nearly $1 million by a jury that found the Ku Klux
Klan responsible.
A verdict unsealed in U.S. district Court yesterday also found 11
individuals responsible for attacking the activists, who marched into the
county north of Atlanta on Jan. 17, 1987, and were met by the counter
demonstrators, many of them KKK members or sympathizers.
Atlanta City Councilmember Hosea Williams, who helped organize
the march and was among those who filed the lawsuit, urged toward the
end of the trial that it be dropped because it would impoverish the
families of KKK members.
He said yesterday he would not take any money from the settlement.
U.S. wages increased 3.9 %
WASHINGTON - Wages in the past 12 months have risen an
average 3.9 percent, while private employer costs for benefits have soared
6.7 percent - more than double the previous year- largely on increases
in Social Security taxes, the government said yesterday.
The combined effect of the pay raises and higher benefit costs have
sent total employer costs up 4.7 percent in the 12 months ending Oct. 1,
compared with a 3.4 percent rise in the previous 12-month period, the
Labor Department said.
Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, has risen by 4.2
percent over the past 12 months, the government reported last week.
The steep increase in benefit costs resulted primarily from a rise last
January in employers' Social Security tax rate from 7.15 percent to 7.51
percent, the Labor Department said.
PIRGIM links toxic waste
and cancer in 13 counties
LANSING - Thirteen Michigan counties with higher-than-average
death rates from cancer also have more exposure to toxic chemicals, a
citizens group said yesterday.
But the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan said there was
no proof the toxic pollution caused the increased cancer rate. Officials said
their study showed only a statistical relationship between the two.
The counties showing higher levels of cancer mortality were Allegan,
Bay, Berrien, Cass, Crawford, Genesee, Kent, Leelanau, Macomb,.
Oakland, Roscommon, St. Clair, and Wayne.
Dr. Dan Dolanski, of the center for environmental health sciences in
the Department of Public Health, said he couldn't comment on the study
because he hadn't seen it.
But he said the department plans to begin within a few weeks a study
mapping areas of high cancer rates in Michigan and trying to determine
the cause.
Helicopter crash kills eight
OCOTILLO, Calif. - An Army National Guard helicopter on a
nighttime anti-drug smuggling mission clipped a power line and smashed
into a desert hillside, killing the five deputies and three members of the
National Guard aboard, officials said yesterday.
The fiery crash Monday came on the first night of Operation Border4
Ranger, a joint anti-drug smuggling program conducted by six Southern
California sheriff's departments and the federal government, said National
Guard Maj. Steve Mensik.
The program to stem the flow of drugs into the United States from
Mexico has been suspended while the accident investigation is carried out
he said.
The UH-1H aircraft crashed while investigating a car parked on a
remote access road off Interstate 8 in the Mountain Springs Grade area,
about 70 miles east of San Diego, Mensik said.
EXTRAS
Domesticated buffalo: just
another one of the dogs
GOLDEN, Colo - Nickel likes cops, thinks he's a dog, and enjoys
chasing cars, craves cream soda, and slams into fences when he's lonely.
Nickel is just a playful, fun-loving 700-pound buffalo.
Martin Homola, caretaker of Denver's Genesee Park in Jefferson
County, raised Nickel in his front yard when the buffalo's mother died
while giving birth two years ago.
"We fed him milk out of a bottle three times a day. We kind of babied
him," Homola said. "Our dogs cleaned him all up when he was born, they
kind of raised him, too."

And so was born a beautiful relationship with Nickel, named after the
buffalo-head 5-cent piece.
Park police officers often stop to visit, and the other day Officer Gene
McGuire brought along a bottle of cream soda.
Tipping his head back with the help of the officer's hand, Nickel
downed the sodain several healthy swallows - followed by a load belch.

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MSA
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CDC started as a group to fight
against the protest code, the
deputization of University public
safety officers, and the suspension of
regental bylaw 7.02. The bylaw
allows for the creation of the
University Council which gives
students a voice in University policy
creation.
Overdorf said, "I don't think we
should support this resolution
because it's destructive to the student
cause."
MSA employee Bob Rivera, an
active member in the creation of
CDC, said, "The spirit of this
resolution is to consciously interfere
(with a student movement). I think
this is a very dangerous thing to do."
He cited the fact that none of the
original CDC member organizations
have withdrawn.

Associated res
More than 1,000 people attended an anti-election rally yesterday at a university in
Johannesburg in support of boycotting today's nationwide municipal elections. Many of
them, including Black activist Winnie Mandela, marched to a campus gateway where police
ordered them to disperse, and then fired tear gas.

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Election
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high turnout among blacks as
support for its claim of "broadening
democracy" in South Africa.
More than 1,000 people held an
anti-voting rally Tuesday at the
University of the Witwatersrand in
Johannesburg and many, including
black activist Winnie Mandela,

marched to a campus gateway.
Riot police ordered them to
disperse, then fired tear gas and
rubber bullets. Authorities said there
were no injuries or arrests.
Near Cape Town, more than 30
mixed-race high school students
protesting the elections were injured
in a clash with club-wielding police,
a school official said.
A bomb exploded in Potchef-
stroom, southwest of Johannesburg,

causing extensive damage to a
shopping center and slightly injuring
a policeman. A car bomb killed two
people and wounded 42 Monday at
Witbank, east of Johannesburg.
In Zwide, near Port Elizabeth in
the south, a black candidate was shot
dead at his home late Monday. The
local newspaper that reported the
shooting said the assailant had not
been identified.

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