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Page 4 --The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, November 5, 1991
420 Maynard Street ANDREW K. GOTTESMAN
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 diW in ChiE
Editor in Chief
Edited and ManagedS
by Students at the STEPHEN HENDERSON
University of Michigan ,Opinion Editor
Unsigned editorials represent a majority of the Daily's Editorial Board.
All other cartoons, signed articles, and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Daily.
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Health care
Michigan Assembly finally adopts health program
L ast Wednesday, the Michigan Senate over- and the Democratic Congress are unwilling to act.
whelmingly passed legislation guaranteeing If citizens are to have an effective role in govern-
universal health care for state citizens not covered ment, they must have secure living conditions,
by existing policies. The legislation is beneficial food to eat, employment, quality education, and
because it establishes minimum health care to all health care. Poverty continues to rise exponen-
residents regardless of socioeconomic standing tially in this country while their is no clear vision
and reaffirms faith in Social Democracy. of leadership for assuring basic tenets of democ-
The Senate bill provides basic health care cov- racy.
erage to individuals for $75 a month and families This bill provides health insurance at reasonable
for $120 a month, if purchased as part of a group. costs to those who don't have it through subsidies
Without a group, costs would rise to $90 a month by the state government. It provides a basic hu-
for individuals and $180 a month for families. Tax manitarian service to those who cannot afford it.
incentives would encourage individuals, insur- Hopefully, this legislation will signal a trend in the
ance companies, and businesses tojoin the program. State of Michigan that fundamental services will
Proponents argue that the 800,000 Michigan be made available to those who cannot afford
residents who are without health care will be able them. Economic standing should not determine
to afford these costs. Democrats in the House, who whether people live or die.
do not plan to take action on the bill for at least two The Senate health care plan for the uninsured
months, argue that even this cost will be a burden will provide almost 10 percent of Michigan resi-
many will be unable to meet. dents with health care at a reasonable cost. With
The United Statesand South Africa are the only groups, businesses, and health insurance compa-
nations that refuses to provide basic health care to nies participating in this goal of health care for all,
its citizens. Unfortunately, health care is provided the number of people who are without insurance
only to those who can afford to buy it. Those who will dramatically decrease. The federal govern-
can not buy health care, are forced to put their lives ment should follow the lead of states like Michi-
and the lives of their family in danger. States, like gan, by providing humanitarian coverage to the
Michigan, must take the initiative to provide health many American citizens who so desperately need

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care for their citizens if the Bush Administration

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Cruel punishment
.Sentencing of AID S carrier to abstinece is wrong

D uring a time in which the AIDS hysteria con-
tinues to beset the minds of most Americans,
a decision by an Oregon court will most assuredly
add to the panic by further marginalizeing victims
c f the AIDS virus. The decision involved Alberto
Gonzalez who knowlingly transmitted the AIDS
virus to his girlfriend. He pleaded no contest to a
third degree charge of assault, a felony and two
misdemeanors.
Instead of treating the charges like any other,
the Portland judge sentenced Gonzalez to five
years of abstinence and six months under house
arrest. Clearly, such a sentence violates the Con-
stitutional principle of "cruel and unusual
punishment" and should be appealed.
Although the defendant was willingly given a
choice between a year in prison and his eventual
sentence, he should never have been presented
with such a choice in the first place. The judge's
sentence was unprecedented, violates the Bill of
Rights and has no basis in American judicial
thought.

The sentence of abstinence represents a viola-
tion of Gonzalez's right to privacy and extends the
hand of government into the most personal areas of
a person's life. Underlying the smiling faces of the
judge and prosecutors is a lack of resolve to ef-
fectively deal with those suffering from the AIDS
virus. The sentence merely stands to reinforce the
alienation that AIDS patients must cope with.
Gonzalez committed a crime by knowingly
transmitting a fatal disease to another person. He
should be punished like anyone else guilty of a
similar offense. The only problem that needs to be
reconciled by the judicial system is what specific
charges apply to a person who conciously trasmits
the AIDS virus.
After settling this decision, the judge may issue
a sentence soley based upon the specific charge.
Issuing a sentence based on the fact that the
defendant has AIDS, as the Portland judge did,
reinforces the rift that society continues to build
between those who have the AIDS virus and those
who do not.

Bikes need reflectors
To the Daily:
This is an open letter to all you
folks who ride your bicycles
around campus at night. It's
difficult to see you!
It's especially difficult if you
wear dark clothes and don't have
reflectors on your bike.
Why am I concerned? My job
requires that I drive around
campus for about seven hours a
couple times a week and many,
many times I have not seen you
until you are 10 feet away from
my van.
I swerve, you swerve and we
both swear at each other.
Please, if you ride at night, put
a reflector on the front and back
of your bicycle as well as one in
each wheel. This will allow cars
on all sides to see you and avoid
hitting and/or killing you.
It's safe it's smart, it's fun.
Buy those reflectors.
Jeff Levin
first-year Social Work
student
Revisionists are
'right on target'
To the Daily:
You are "right on target" more
than you realize. Too bad you
were forced into an apology, but
then many of us realize the power
of the Jewish element across our
country, especially in Washing-
ton, and can appreciate your
plight. My admiration goes out to
you for having the courage to
print what many folks believe but
are afraid to speak out.
Although I can't substantiate
what I am going to write you, my
parents have told me the story
many times.
My mother had a nephew who
fought in the German army during
World War II, was captured by
the Allies and sent to Dachau.
There, he and other German
prisoners of war were forced to
build ovens for photos and
propaganda purposes. After the
job was completed, those prison-
ers were sent deep into Russia.
The plan was to do away with
men who couldn't talk.
Some were killed, some

escaped. Mother's nephew, was
among the lucky ones. After the
war was over he made his way
back to Germany and once letters
were no longer being opened and
censored he wrote myparents
about his experiences. We lived in
Detroit at the time, and over the
years and several moves, the letter
was lost.
Our young people need to
know the truth despite the
opposition you will face. The
generations of Americans living
during World War II, those born
after the war, and our present
generation have been so pumped
up with propaganda about the
holocaust, it's been taken as
gospel. The "pity me" propaganda
continue to this day in the media.
Carry on with your search for
truth.
E. Kugh
Spring Lake
Money is deciding
factor in ad
To the Daily:
I would like to add my
remarks to those already pre-
sented in the past days regarding
the advertisement that appeared
on the back page of the Daily (10/
25/91). The sponsors of the
advertisement were able to have
their views expressed because
they had what the Daily has an
ongoing interest in also having:
money. This debate really doesn't
have as much to do with freedom
of speech as it does with eco-
nomic censorship.
Last year, in response to a
series of advertisements that the
Daily published for Volkswagen,
Inc., I wrote a letter to the editor
expressing my view that students
at the University might want to
consider purchasing an automo-
bile other than one manufactured
by Volkswagen.
In considering Volkswagen's
claims of manufacturing a great,
reliable car, students might also
have wanted to hear the answer
by a representative of
Volkswagen's New York office to
my complaint of having two
mufflers fail on my car in two
years, as well as numerous other
unusual repairs, to wit: "Well,

Mike, they just don't build cars
like they used to."
I never received any satisfac-
tion from my complaint and
eventually sold the car having
paid out well over $2,500 in
repairs over three years. Since the
Daily was economically captured
by Volkswagen money, my voice
was prevented from providing my
fellow students what I thought
was a valid warning regarding an
investment of their money.
Hate mongers recently
captured the monetary interests of
the Daily and there just happened
to be no other monetary obstacles
to their publishing the advertise-
ment we all saw. In the case of the
Daily, freedom of speech truly
goes to the highest bidder.
Michael J. Monkman
LSA senior
Ad critics are
hypocritical
To the Daily:
In this firestorm of contro-
versy, may I ask but one simple
question? Where are all the critics
and deluge of letters when the
Daily publishes a full page ad
every year celebrating the
birthday of Israel? The ad is
signed by hundreds of dignitaries
and describes how Israel has
fostered peace and democracy
throughout the world since its
existence.
Many of us are just as dis-
gusted with this ad as we all are
with the Holocaust revisionist ad
published last week. Put simply,
both ads display the worst type of
advertisement in America today.
It's time to really put this entire
argument into perspective.
Thomas Renau
Rackham graduate student

The buck stop s.here
Congress should consider helping mericans before Soviets

T he Pentagon and the U.S. Congress have struck
an agreement, allowing for $1 billion to be set
aside within the defense budget. The Pentagon will
have the authority to send the $1 billion to the
Soviet Union, if the military brass feels it neces-
sary. The Soviets are facing a cold and dangerous
winter, with no means to distribute food and cloth-
ing to its citizens. While humanitarian support is
always an admirable foreign policy, Congress has
erred in this philanthropic move. The first mistake
is allowing the Pentagon to decide how its budget
will be spent, which is clearly the Congress' re-
sponsibility. The second mistake is agreeing to
allow $1 billion to be sent overseas, when that
money can more effectively be spent here, in the
United States.
Currently, one of Congress' prime responsibili-
ties is to drastically cut the Pentagon's budget.
Congress' renewed support of the Strategic De-
fense Initiative and its endorsement of the B-2
Bomber demonstrate our congress members' basic
misunderstanding of their responsibilities. Con-
gress has painted this $1 billion as a cut in defense
spending. The defense budget needs to be cut far
more than a mere $1 billion. Considering the SDI
and B-2 programs are both multi-billion dollar
projects, the $1 billion "cut" becomes clearly in-
significant.
The logic of allowing the Pentagon to do what
it chooses with the $1 billion is curious. If the aid-
package forthe Soviets is a defense cut, why would
Congress give the Pentagon the authority to decide

whether the amount of $1 billion should be sent, or
less, or none at all? If Congress wants to send the
Soviets any money at all, it should be appropriated
through the proper procedures and committees -
not left as a footnote in the Pentagon's budget.
President Bush's neglect of the domestic situa-
tion has been highlighted often in the press. This
move by Congress is as equally insensitive toward
the needs of the American people.
Never has the amount of $1 billion been spent
on any school system in the United States. Detroit
schools lack even the most basic equipment:
books, pencils, papers. How can anyone justify
sending such a generous amount to the Soviets
when so much needs to be done at home?
Many call the move to aid the Soviets one of
national defense. They hold that the giant nuclear
stock pile lying throughout the primarily disinte-
grated U.S.S.R. present a clear threat to American
security.
A popular misconception is that issues of na-
tional security always consist of threats outside our
borders. Not so. The greatest threats to ournational
security are our failing education and health-care
systems, and the growing American underclass.
A check written for the amount of $1 billion
could do a great deal for education in America -
more than what the education summit accom-
plished, more than what our education president
has accomplished, and more than the president's
education bill will accomplish. Let's keep the $1
billion at home.

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by Ori Lev
The incompetence level at the
Daily has reached new and
unbelievable heights. By printing
Bradley Smith's disgusting and
vile neo-Nazi propaganda
disguised as pseudo-scholarship
the Daily has achieved a new low
in journalistic integrity.
The Daily, according to its
own policy, reserves the right to
refuse to print any ad. When I
asked the Daily editors on what
basis such a refusal would be
made, I was told that racist and
sexist ads would not be run. The
business staff has turned down
political ads in the past. The
conclusion. therefore, is that

The Daily's Editor in Chief
told me that while the Daily
wouldn't print certain racist and
sexist ads, he believes the ad in
question should have been
printed. As an example of an ad
offensive enough to not be printed
he said, "we wouldn't print a
picture of a naked woman with a
beer bottle."
How this view is reconciled
with the editorial statement (10/

pieces.
The issue here is not freedom
of the press. The Daily has the
right to print whatever it wants.
But it has the responsibility to
uphold its own policies. Contrary
to the editors' statement that the
Daily is "a newspaper committed
to the unrestricted... exchange of
ideas," the Daily has a policy to
censor ads they consider offen-
sive. My problem with the Daily

Nuts and Bolts

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by Judd Winick

I guess ads offensive to women and minority
groups are not accepted for print, but in typical
Daily fashion, those offensive to Jews are.

25/91) that the Editors "cannot

is that in failing to uphold its own

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