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

Editor in Chief
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ou better watch out when you'
Winter has arrived, and with its arrival comes
- W snow, ice, and treacherous conditions for
Michigan students. Every day thousands of stu-
dents slip and fall, posing potentially litigious
ituations. While most students do not file suit in
district court, perhaps some should to remind the
University that it has a responsibility to maintain
fe walking areas everywhere.
University Maintenance must clear a large area
including many roads and sidewalks with a limited
budget. But many areas are unsafe for walking
dither because the resources are unavailable or
basic removal procedures have been cut.
: Meanwhile, President James Duderstadt and
the members of the administration enjoy a heated
sidewalk to keep ice from the path to their cars.
This administrative perk cost thousands of dollars
- undoubtedly some of these dollars came from
According to the maintenance staffof the White
House, even the president of the United States does
not have heated sidewalks at his residence.
A more productive use of University resources

re dancing through the snow
than keeping the administration's feet warm would
be to thoroughly clear walkways to prevent people
from slipping. For those unfortunate souls who
must travel by bike to make it to class on time, the
grounds of Michigan can be a melange of ice
patches and fallen snow.
In the absence of greater salting and de-icing
procedures, students must make efforts to exercise
greater caution in walking to and from class, for
without this focus on safety, the prospects for an
increase in accidents remains great. Taking a few
extra minutes to get to class may alleviate some of
the danger in getting to class on time.
Undoubtedly, Duderstadt will safely walk on
the heated sidewalks to and from his car this
winter. However, at the same time some students
will be seriously injured.
It is not too much to ask that the maintenance
staff redouble their efforts to create safe areas to get
to class.
Without this, the slogan of Michigan as a "Win-
ter Wonderland" will be replaced with "Danger:
Ice Ahead."


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Charity should not evaporate with Christmas cheer

The Thanksgiving and winter holiday season
always encourages those who have to give to
those who haven't. The philanthropic and love-
thy-neighbor spirit is greatest during these times of
holiday cheer. Coats, toys, canned food, and free
-dinners are collected and distributed during
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah to ensure
that as many as possible enjoy the holidays.
The problem is that Christmas and Thanksgiv-
Ang are only two days out of the year, Hanukkah
would add another eight. That leaves 355 days
during the year when most people conveniently
forget about involving the homeless and hungry
And some universal sisterhood and brotherhood.
Volunteer organizations around the country are
perpetually underfunded and understaffed. During
hard times, such as these, operating non-profit
organizations effectively is a near impossibility.
Meanwhile, the hungry and homeless will con-
tinue to be hungry and homeless.
Compassion should not be a seasonal phenom-
enon. Those who live comfortably need to re-
member that the less fortunate did not choose to be
-so. The cynical game of life could leave anybody
in such a dismal situation. Thinking ahead would

mean helping out the poor, just in case you may
need help yourself one day. What goes around
comes around, they say.
Seasonal compassion, unfortunately, doesn't
exist because the comfortable care for their less
fortunate neighbors. Giving helps to build egos,
ease consciences, and offer tax breaks. Such com-
passion may be helpful in the short term, but in the
long run, it does little good.
Unless philanthropy is rooted in true compas-
sion, the homeless will continue to suffer in the
cold. Every citizen should take time to write a
check, small or big, to a non-profit organization.
Better yet would be taking an hour or two every
week to work in a soup line, or teach the uneducated
to read, or donating good clothing to a collection
firm -especially in the small community of Ann
Offering help because of a true compassion will
cause people to realize how enjoyable it really is to
give to those who have little.
Donating just to ease consciences does little
good for anybody. People should not just remem-
ber the homeless during holidays. We should help
them out every day.

Story was flawed
To the Daily:
Last month in the Daily, on
the front page, you address the
publication of the faculty/staff
salaries being published (11/25).
In the second paragraph, you
state, "The yearly raises, 4.5
percent on the average, are strictly
merit-based." You should check
your facts. At the School of
Music, for the past two years, we
have had across-the-board raises
- merit had nothing to do with
the increase. Also, for the past
two years, our raises have been
lower than 4.5 percent stated as
the average.
You may want to address the
state of finances in the different
units within the University,
especially those dealing with the
arts. I know that you are a fair
newspaper and will deal with
correcting the facts in upcoming
issues. Thank you!
Janet Schneider
Music School executive
Magic is right
To the Daily:
Your assertion that Magic
Johnson's decision to advocate
abstinence as the only safe way to
prevent the spread of AIDS
nullifies any good he could do as
a spokesperson for AIDS is
ridiculous. Public health advo-
cates have been stating for years
that anyone can acquire the HIV
virus - not just gay men and
drug users.
Only now, after a celebrity of
Johnson's magnitude has con-
tracted the HIV virus, is this
message being heard with clarity.
And while it is sad that our
culture responds more forcefully
to Johnson's story than the
countless stories of men and
women who have already
developed AIDS, our culture is
finally responding - and our

increased awareness of this
problem cannot be nullified by
.any single action.
And perhaps Johnson's
decision to advocate abstinence
will bring awareness of another
fact - that "safe sex" is a myth.
Condom usage does reduce the
chance of acquiring the HIV virus
during sexual activity, but just as
condom usage during hetero-
sexual intercourse cannot com-
pletely prevent the occurrence of
pregnancies, so condom usage
cannot completely prevent the
transmission of sexually transmit-
ted diseases (including AIDS).
Let us continue to work
towards ways of fighting this
disease. But let us not deceive
ourselves into believing that
advocating "safer sex" is the only
way to fight the AIDS epidemic.
Widespread condom usage will
slow the spread of AIDS, but it
cannot stop it.
Jim Huggins
Rackham graduate student
Let public decide
To the Daily:
The only thing Bradley Smith
"won" in Texas was the prover-
bial rope to hang himself with.
The real winners were the
overwhelming majority of decent
readers who are now made aware
of the utter nonsense of the neo-
Nazi line (most of us knew that
anyway, but there are always a
few, vulnerable students who
have learned something valuable
in the ensuing discussion).
At the price of the pain
incurred by reading the neo-Nazi
trash, we have gained much of the
information we need to fight the
neo-Nazi threat. The same
argument can be used to suggest
an altered policy for the Daily
with regard to other offensive
advertisements: If an advertiser is
stupid enough to offend a huge

mass of potential consumers with
racist or sexist ads, then that
company richly deserves the
resulting bad publicity and
boycott. The Daily need not take
such a paternalistic attitude
towards its readers. We can take
care of ourselves. t
Jackie Coolidgt
Rackham graduate studen*
Never again

To the Daily:
This letter is written in
response to the CODOH ad that
appeared in the October 24th
issue of the Daily. Although I am
against the printing of such ads, I
feel that the printing of this ad did
bring out some good things. For
instance, the realization that the
Holocaust can happen again. Yes,
even in America. We must
educate ourselves and future
generations about the atrocities of
Nazi Germany.
I have clipped this ad and put
it in my wallet, so that whenever I
am feeling content with my place
in society, I will take it out, read
it, and bring myself back to the
reality of life. After all, "those
who forget the past are doomed to
repeat it."


Matt Holden
LSA first-year student

Police state

Columbus program endangers
he threat of a fascist government robbing its
citizens of basic constitutional rights has often
been perceived as a radical cry from oversensitive
civil libertarians. But, the threat is real and civil
libertarians, as well as ordinary citizens, have good
cause to be fearful. Columbus, Ohio has instituted
a program called Project Ace. Project Ace is a new
means by which to fight the war on drugs and
Project Ace gives Columbus police officers the
authority to stop innocents in the streets and ask to
see identification. The police can interrogate the
pedestrians, demanding to know why they are
roaming streets. Naturally, the pedestrian cannot
be arrested without a warrant or reasonable suspi-
cion. But, the location of interrogation can be
changed. This means that an innocent person can
be held overnight at the police station without
being charged and without committing a crime.
Police in Columbus have been known to file
onto buses, asking for volunteers to empty their
dockets and purses. Statistics have shown that
,those carrying drugs do empty their pockets for
police, and so the method seems to be a successful
wone. One can only imagine such police tactics in
the now defunct totalitarian Eastern-Bloc states.
Authorities in Columbus, supported by the Co-
lumbus Dispatch, argue that citizens should be
aware that it is within their rights to refuse to
answer questions or display personal property at

civil liberties
the request of police. It is natural, however, for
people to respect and obey authority figures. Many
innocents who are wrongly interrogated by police,
will be unaware of, or just forget, the fact that they
are not obligated to respond to questioning.
Even those who are being arrested are informed
of their right to remain silent. Miranda v. Arizona
gave properly charged criminals enough knowl-
edge of their Constitutional rights, before seeking
council, to prevent self-incrimination. Innocents
interrogated for just walking through Columbus at
an odd hour aren't even given the same privileges
as those charged with criminal conduct.
The war on drugs and crime is a facade and a
failure. The war is actually allowing for the murder
of and civil rights violations against minorities in
the inner-cities. Naturally, Project Ace does little to
inconvenience the white population of Columbus.
With the execution of Project Ace, Black residents
have again lost basic Constitutional liberties.
Granting the police the right to interrogate, search,
and seize at will is not only unconstitutional, but
Americans must remember that the safest state
is a police state. Not long ago, the Soviet Union's
crime rate was significantly lower than the crime
rate here in the United States. But while a police
state may be safer, it is certainly not better. Ameri-
cans should not be willing to sacrifice there rights
for a war on crime.

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'92 elections: 'Anybody

It's that time of year again. You
can smell the stench in the air...
Better get your waders on in a hurry
because the 1992 Presidential Elec-
tion campaign is at hand and the
rhetoric is
to collect.r
All too of- Brad
ten in Bernatek
none of the'
really seem
like the per-
son we
want to
elect and we _
end up with
crooks like Edwin Edwards.
I believe that one should vote
for the candidates' ideas. On that
basis I will probably vote for Andre

a distinctive ideology and are
quickly becoming two sides of the
same coin.
I cannot recommend a specific
candidate but I am more than will-
ing to eliminate one of them -
George Herbert Walker Bush. Bush
most closely approximates the true
political whore. With other candi-
dates their positions arise from
principles laid out in maybe the
Bible, the Talmud, or in the case of
David Duke - Mein Kampf. For
Bush it is the Gallup Poll. More
than any other president he is a
whore to the prevailing public opin-
ion. He supports whatever he must
to maintain his public support,
whether or not he believes the posi-
tion is proper or not.
In fact, Bush's presidency has
been, for the most part, a continu-
ing series of lies and vacillations.
Remember read my lips...no new

but Bush'
ues to grow unabated by a president
who thinks that substantive steps to
stabilize government spending does
not match up to leveling Iraq.
Bush also promised to be the
"education president." As far as I
can see the only thing he taught us
was not to believe any of his prom-
ises. It only took him three years to
unveil his America 2000 plan. Quite
recently Bush has flip-flopped on
three important issue -- the abor-
tion gag rule, civil rights legisla-
tion, and the extension of unem-
ployment benefits.
While it's not necessarily bad
that a president would respond to
the opinions of the citizenry, Bush
gives himself over to public opin-
ion. In doing so he must abandon
any cohesive strategy that he may
have and the presidency ends up
throwing its weight whichever way
the wind happens to be blowing.

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