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420 Maynard Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Edited and Managed
by Students at the
University of Michigan

Editor in Chief
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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Army General was poor choice
G en. William Westmoreland, former com-
mander of U.S. troops in Southeast Asia dur-
ing the Vietnam War, spoke at the dedication of a
Vietnam Veterans of Washtenaw County Monu-
ment at the Ypsilanti Township Civic Center on
Sunday. The fact that this incident passed without
comment is disappointing considering Gen.
Westmoreland's role in the perpetuation of the
tragedy of Vietnam.
During his speech, Westmoreland stated rather
dubiously that the United States had been success-
ful during the war in Vietnam by preventing com-
munists from seizing more territory and creating a
balance of power so that China, the Soviet Union,
and Communist Vietnam, would stop trying to
invade other countries in the region. Gen.
Westmorland's version of history would appear to
,be different from accepted doctrine.
Westmoreland's role in Vietnam calls into
question whether he should be speaking at the
dedication of war monuments. According to many
experts onthe Vietnam War, including SamAdams,
former CIA adviser during the war, Westmoreland
was given concrete data on enemy troop strength
"and the number of civilians in South Vietnam who
were supporting the vietcong, and misled Presi-
dent Lyndon Johnson by falsifying data.

to dedicate monument
These are direct violations of the uniform code
of military justice. Westmoreland played a key role
in causing the deaths of tens of thousands of
innocent civilians with the systemic bombing of
civilian targets throughout the Vietnam War.
During the conflict, Westmoreland pressed for
the expansion of a war that the United States was
slowly losing. But rather than explain the deterio-
rating situation in Southeast Asia, the military
engaged in the systematic cover-up of information
critical to an informed decision making process of
the Johnson administration orthe American people.
In addition to perpetuating questionable military
activities, Westmoreland made racist statements
about the Vietnamese people and exemplified the
attitude of a society that didn't care about the
innocent civilians harmed by its intervention.
General William Westmoreland's speech to
Vietnam veterans was a sanitized version of the
Vietnam War. In the future, more monuments are
sure to be dedicated to the brave soldiers who
fought during one of the nation's darkest hours.
The speakers selected to dedicate those monuments
must not be people who took part in conceiving the
reprehensible policies of the war, but should instead
represent the soldiers that lived and died in the
jungles of Vietnam.

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Family leave
. -,Bush must refrain from using his powerful veto

L ast week the U.S. House of Representatives
overwhelmingly passed a bill that would
- guarantee employees up to 90 days of unpaid leave
<for family medical emergencies. The U.S. Senate
passed similar legislation last month. In fact, 34
rstates and every other industrialized country in the
world has this type of legislation. However, the
':Bush administration has threatened a veto, and the
vote in the House fell short of the two-thirds
majority needed for an override. This is a frustrat-
ing, familiar scenario for progressive national leg-
However, increasing political pressure on Bush
to deal with domestic and social issues, family
leave in particular, may result in a compromise.
The provisions of the bill are reasonable. It
requires employers with more than 50 workers to
provide three months of unpaid leave a year to
" -permanent workers, if they or members of their
'families suffer a serious illness. It also would
provide leave in the case of the birth or adoption of
a child. Only workers who have averaged at least
25 hours a week for a year would be eligible for the
But perhaps more importantly, it guarantees the
worker a job upon returning to work. When work-
ing families are dealing with the distress of a
medical emergency, they should not have to risk
-.losing their job at a time when economic security

is needed most. Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), a
sponsor of the bill, rightly asked whether it would
be fair to make parents choose between losing their
jobs and leaving a seriously ill child in the hospital.
This bill would provide some minimal security in
the face of medical emergencies.
Given the changing role of women and families
in society, this legislation is essential. One-half of
all women with preschool age children work out-
side the home. One child out of four is raised by a
single parent. Having a child with a serious medi-
cal illness could mean certain economic disaster
for many families.
The legislation appears even more imperative
considering the fact that 30 million Americans
forgo health insurance to try to keep their budgets
balanced. Workers do not deserve to be penalized
for health problems.
The Bush administration claims this is not nec-
essary legislation. He complains about unneeded
burdens on business. President Bush has continu-
ally failed to balance the needs of businesses with
the needs of working class Americans. With the
president's optimism concerning the economy and
his lack of concern for the plight of working
families, one would wonder who he expects to re-
elect him. If Bush plans on improving his national
image regarding his domestic policy, he must stop
vetoing reasonable and proper social legislation.

Daily ad virulent
To the Daily:
As members of the University
community, we wish to express
our outrage at both the back-page
Daily advertisement of Oct. 24,
entitled "The Holocaust Contro-
versy: The Case for Open
Debate," and with the policies of
the Daily which permitted
printing of the ad.
The "revisionist" attempt to
deny the historical reality of the
Holocaust is nothing more than
blatant anti-Semitism, hidden
behind a thin pretense of histori-
cal investigation and the academic
exchange of ideas. Indeed, the
intent behind such a letter is
anything but academic - rather,
it is an attempt to revive old
hatreds and neo-fascist sentiment.
This is no "free expression of
ideas," nor do the Daily's policies
promote such in this case. While
the Daily selectively omits ads
that are inflammatory and
offensive to some groups from the
"marketplace of ideas," an anti-
Semitic ad such as this is an
apparent exception.
Indeed, we would like to point
out that such journalistic practices
are absolutely antithetical to the
goals of the Michigan Mandate,
communicating to students and
the public at large that this
University is not a safe place for
Freedom of the press most
certainly is a great responsibility,
and requires a vigilant eye toward
exploitation by such- hate-filled
groups as CODOH. The fact that
the Daily is student-run surely
does not absolve it of such.
Indeed, the Daily's mixed front
and back page clarification and
"apology" of Oct. 25 do not, in
our views, clear the issue up.
We would like to pass the
proposal of a colleague, Kris
Siefert, (though there are many
other possible proposals) as a
means of moving forward from
such a misuse of the "free press"

- namely, that the advertisement
money accepted for printing such a
hateful message be used to
promote its opposite, for example,
via supporting the annual
Wallenberg lecture on campus.
In this way, CODOH money
will be used to enlighten and to
sensitize people to the virulence of
CODOH's message.
Armand Lauffer
Director, Project STaR
Neil Guterman
Ed. Coordinator, STaR
Greg Steinberger
MS WIS TaR Student
To the Daily:
I would first like to thank you
for printing my previous letter. I
must admit I was rather shocked
that you did. However, there seem
to be some misunderstandings
about exactly what was written.
Out of the two responses to
my letter that you printed, 100
percent of them put words into
my mouth. I believe that this is
partly due to the misleading
headline you printed above the.
letter which read "Gays not
normal." Nowhere in my letter
did I say that gay people are not
I said that the disease of
homosexuality is not normal. In
response to Michaela Petermann,
who suggested that I get to know
some gay people before I judge
them as abnormal, let me assure
her that I have. Whether or not
homosexuals are "sensitive,
considerate, and amiable" people
is not the issue. A person can
posses all of these qualities and
still be perverted in their sexual
In response to Konstantin
Hennighausen, who fabricated a
"circular logic" conclusion from
my first letter, let me see if you
can follow some "linear" logic.
Man was designed to carry the

seed. Woman was designed to
carry the egg. When a man and a
woman join together the natural
result is another human being.
A man cannot bear a child
with another man, nor can a
woman bear a child with another
woman. I'm sorry, but men and
women are not biologically suited
to have sexual relations with
people of the same sex.
Furthermore, I don't know
which is more dangerous, an
engineer that possesses "circular
logic," or an engineer that puts
words in someone else's mouth to
support his own conclusions.
Jeff Luther
Engineering senior
Quiet! (Please?)
To the Daily:
As I write this, I am forced to
tolerate the honking of a seem-
ingly infinite number of car horns.
To those of us who have been
here for a while, such honking has
become routine. Yes, they are the
sororities' little pronouncement
that they have indeed added to
their numbers, having extended
I'm sure the City of Ann
Arbor is truly happy that the
Greek System is alive and well. It
wasn't my waking thought, but I
wish these women the best. I only
hope that they would be consider-
ate to the rest of us. Their
egocentrism is annoying, to say
the least. I hope that in the years
to come they'll consider modify-
ing their painful ritual in the
interest of their neighbors. In the
absence of such changes, perhaps
they might extend aspirin along
with bids..
Jon Polish
LSA senior

WPresident finally signs unemployment benefits legislation

, ra^ :r r .f ..

nce again President George Bush has proven
that his understanding and his concern for
foreign affairs faroutweighs his ability to grasp the
problems and concerns of his own citizens. He has
:.:finally taken it upon himself to approve a bill that
will extend unemployment benefits to many job-
less Americans. But his action is inadequate and
several weeks too late. The president is pandering
forvotes. Bush cannot belet off the hook so easily.
For three months Bush has played an unaccept-
able game of power politics. Freely using his veto,
Bushhas prevented the distribution of much needed
benefits. After stonewalling Congress twice al-
ready, Bush has finally decided that, "We can help
people who are really hurting." Perhaps it would be
a better to say that Bush can help his chances of
reelection by throwing a bone to the American
:' Bush is obviously out of touch with the domes-
:--tic ills that plague the working class. In vetoing
:what was essentially the same legislation twice
before, Bush's reasons for doing so are laughable
-at best.
: The first time he vetoed the legislation in Au-
gust, Bush claimed that the economy was improv-
ing, and extending unemployment benefits was
therefore a useless gesture. Bush attempted to
Nuts and Bolts

distort the reality of our present economic slump.
The brief summer surge of consumer activity was
expanded to indicate a complete economic recov-
ery. As usual, Bush decided to overlook economic
indicators and ignore the large number of Ameri-
can workers whose only sustenance would soon
end without the extension of benifits.
The second time Bush tried to take the fiscal
high ground he proclaimed that to extend the
benefits would "break the budget." How friendly it
is that Bush should finally decide to care about
deficit spending after the 1991 budget deficit
reached $270 billion. Further spending should be
discouraged, but the necessity of the bill far out-
weighs the overall cost of $5 billion over five
George Bush, the last of the big spenders, again
came up with a poor excuse to hold back extended
Last week, Bush finally ended the charade and
endorsed a new version of the bill which will
extend benefits to six, 13, and 20 weeks, depending
upon the economic condition of the state receving
the funds.
After three months of politicking by Bush, the
American workers will receive much needed
benefits, no thanks to George Herbert Walker Bush.

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1991 marks the Bill of Rights'
200th anniversary and as can be
expected celebrations abound.
Everybody's invited and all of the
various amendments and clauses
are repre-_
freedom of Brad
speech ,Berna
freedom of rnatek
due process
clause... All
except one
that is-the
well regu-
lated mili-
tia, being necessary to the security
of a free State, the rightof the people
to keep and bear arms shall not be
Among the Bill of Rights the
Second Amendment is somewhat

other amendments look the other
way in regards to the right to bear
arms. As a result the Second
Amendment has been allowed to
come under a"social" interpretation
which waters down both the
meaning and importance of the
Meanwhile, a coalition of vari-
ous groups has come together to
engage in a sort of revisionism.
They are, knowingly or not,
reinterpreting the Second Amend-
ment into oblivion. It is said that the
amendment protects the right to
create a militiaand little more. Sure,
we'll allow guns for hunting, which
is purposeful, but not for self-de-
fense, which is not.
Those that engage in this sort of
revision fail to understand the true
purpose of the Bill of Rights. Other
matters aside, the Bill of Rights
enumerated rights upon which the
government cannot violate.
Through the Second Amendment

and bear arms." James Madison,
the author of the Second Amend-
ment, remarked that "the advantage
that the Americans have over every
other nation is that they are armed."
The founding fathers were suspi-
cious of the government and wanted
to ensure that Americans could
protect themselves from the state.
The Bill of Rights guarantees
certain freedoms that the govern-
ment cannot violate and are sworn
to protect.
If all else fails and government
cannotperform its function, or worse
yet it becomes a hindrance to the
rights of the people, then the Second
Amendment is a last ditch guaran-
tee which allows the people to
protect themselves.
There are problems with gun
ownership, no doubt, but it is no
different than any other right; some
will be irresponsible and such people
should be dealt with accordingly.To
revise the Second Amendment out


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