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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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Nobody wants toxic waste in their backyard,
and not many people would want it 12 miles
south of Ann Arbor. However, this is precisely
where Envotech's board of directors proposes to
construct the second largest waste dump in the
nation. If constructed, this facility would endanger
both the environment and the residents of Augusta
and adjacent communities. Furthermore, the site
would not be nenessary were it not for flawed
government reasoning that seeks to import waste
for monetary gain.
The management of Envotech, a subsidiary of
Wayne Disposal, Inc., intends to build this facility
just a stone's throw away from campus. Ann Arbor
City Councilmember Bob Eckstein (D-5th ward)
concluded, "The city of Ann Arbor is well within
the range of particulate fallout from the proposed
incinerator, other environmental degradations and
adverse economic impact."
In addition, the two miles of land being consid-
ered for the dump has been described by the U.S.
Geological Survey as "prime farmland" and in-
cludes woodlands and wetlands. Milan, the city
closest to and most effected by this dump, obtains
its drinking water from nearby underground wells.
A toxic waste dump on this site could contaminate
that groundwater and poses a threat to the other
resources in the area.
Even more infuriating than the dangers associ-
'ated with a large toxic waste dump is the fact that
the supposed demand for this facility is based on
money, not need. There is no state-wide demand

for such a facility, nor will there be one in the near
future. Michigan handles more than 85 percent of
its industrial toxic wastes on site. This percentage
is increasing as a result of more efficient waste
Moreover, this is not our garbage. Currently,
over half of Wayne Disposal's waste originates
from outside the state. The selfish environmental
philosophy "not in my backyard" does not apply to
this situation. In the words of Michigan Citizens
Against Toxic Substances (M-CATS), "Michigan
must not become a paid toilet for other states'
It is unfortunate that economic factors often
outweigh safety concerns for individuals and the
environment when waste sites are selected. Ac-
cording to a variety environmental studies, there is
a disturbing pattern whereby toxic wastes are placed
in areas where people don't possess the wealth or
influence to oppose its construction.
No doubt, Augusta's lack of significant wealth
is a contributing factor to the proposed site loca-
But safety and environmental reasons alone,
this is a dump that should not be built.
This plan must be scrutinized more carefully,
especially in light of this statement from M-CATS:
"Experts say toxic waste could be reduced by up to
90 percent through methods such as reformulation,
changing production methods, recycling and de-
toxification, but it will never happen until we stop
the dumping."


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Proposed redistricting plan violates Michigan law

I n a move that violates the spirit of democratic
principles, theAnnArbor City Council's Demo-
cratic majority is backing a redistricting plan which
will effectively eliminate Republican opposition
on the Council for years to come. While the Daily
favors a Democratic City Council majority, en-
trenching the majority in this fashion is reprehen-
sible for a body of elected officials.
The. City Council is employing the time-hon-
ored method of "packing" - redrawing district
lines so that the opposing party's supporters are
concentrated in a few districts, leaving the "pack-
ers" a firm majority in the other districts. In this
ease, the 2nd and 4th Wards will be made largely
Republican, while the solidly Democratic 1st, 3rd
and 5th wards will ensure a constant six-to-four
majority for the Democrats.
It should be noted that "packing," along with its
partner,"cracking"-drawing district lines through
opposition enclaves to divide and conquer, consti-
tute gerrymandering - the drawing of district
lines for political benefit, and are thus illegal under
state law.

There is no doubt that the new district plan is
politically motivated. A memo to City Council
Democrats from attorney Tom Wieder, co-author
of the redistricting plan, states that "the overriding
principle which has guided me in drawing these
plans is to increase the probability of a continuing
Democratic majority. I think this is, far and away,
the most important criterion. I have also attempted
to produce plans which will look reasonable to the
public, the media, and any possible reviewing
court." This represents a clear admission of guilt.
It is unfortunate that the only City Council
member to oppose this blatant opportunism is Kurt
Zimmer (D-4th Ward), who, not coincidentally,
considers his own re-election to be nearly impos-
sible under the proposed plan. Perhaps opportun-
ism is the only motivation known to the current
City Council members.
If the redistricting plan survives Zimmer's chal-
lenge and is ruled unconstitutional, Ann Arbor's
voters will be left with only one recourse: to show
their City Council members how they feel about
gerrymandering in the April elections.

The other side
To the Daily:
I hope that most students who
read the Daily take it with a grain
of salt, as I do, and are not
dependent on the newspaper for
their knowledge of University
issues. The entire point of an
editorial is to voice the opinion
which the opinion staff holds,
hoping to sway popular opinion.
However, these are usually filled
with "factoids" - facts obviously
never checked by the staff.
Letters sent in direct conflict
with the editorials regarding the
University police have not been
printed; it seems the opinion staff
cares to air no opinions other than
its own. The University commu-
nity deserves to hear other
viewpoints, which are vital to
campus debate.
The Daily cares only about
perpetuating its own side of the
"debate." This is also true in
regard to other issues, such as the
Student Rights Commission
(SRC). Today, Michael Warren
wrote in a letter, "The Daily has
neglected to report on the SRC's
activities." Of course it has! If the
opinion staff believes the current
SRC isn't working for students'
rights, why would actual activities
be reported? Popular opinion
could be swayed in the opposite
direction, then!
On Jan. 21, the editorials
centered around regental power to
deputize police officers. I agree
that we should hold campus-wide
elections to elect the two students
who will represent the student
population for the oversight
committee. Who wouldn't? But
the editorials seemed a far cry
from debating whys or whats of
the real issue.
Rather, they sensationalized
the entire issue, speaking of "cops
with guns gearing up for a war"
on students as if a police state
were imminent. It was so propa-
gandistic and ridiculous that. it
was more a campaign speech for
the "SRC in exile" and their fact-
finding research mission. The
things supposedly uncovered have
been public knowledge for
months, but who would know
since the Daily has failed to report
The editorials mentioned the
police being unresponsive to
crime, and the threat of being

attacked by "student snipers."
They made fun of the police who
risk their lives and made the
campus sound incredibly safe, but
at whose expense? I never saw
one thing in the daily about the 23
strong armed robberies last term
in and around campus, when
some people were beaten so badly
they had to be rushed to the
The local NBC affiliate and
the Detroit Free Press did report
these. The biggest threat to our
well being on campus is not
"student snipers," but people who
are not affiliated with the Univer-
sity and have found perfect
victims in an uneducated univer-
sity population. Where have the
actual crime and arrest rates been?
Also, the editorials criticized the
police for ordering typical
weaponry, and made a year's
supply of bullets sound like a
week's worth. Why was this so
Furthermore, the editorials
touched slightly on the public
hearings, without mention that
they're coming up on Feb. 20 at 4
p.m. at the regents' meeting. Why
would they fail to announce the
whens and wheres? I am guess-
ing, so that no one with opposing
viewpoints will fill the dockets.
Anyone who cares about the
future of the University police on
this campus can sign up for a five-
minute spot at the hearings by
going to 2008 Fleming.
I myself encourage everybody
who supports the police being on
this campus, as I know many do,
to go and sign up. Don't let the
Daily staff speak for everyone.
Amy Spade
LSA senior
Adam and Ernie
To the Daily:
I thinks that homosexuality is
morally wrong and that we as a
nation should not give in to their
demands for equal treatment. For
one thing, homosexuals cannot
produce any offspring, unless they
adopt (or in the case of lesbians,
have artificial insemination).
If God wanted us to be
homosexuals, He would have
created Adam and Ernie instead
of Adam and Eve. Also, it is
incredible that mankind is the
only "animal" on Earth that has
homosexual acts within its own

species. That truly says a lot for
us as the pinnacle of God's
creation. We are, indeed, in dire
Bennett Seacrist
LSA junior
MSA not pro-life
To the Daily:
In response to Mimi
Arnstein's allegations against
Conservative Coalition using
MSA funds in a partisan manner,
we would like to clarify some
misconceptions she and other
students may hold. The Budget
Priorities Committee (BPC) of
MSA allocated funds to Students
For Life for their "Racism and
Abortion: A Pro-Life Perspec-
tive." However, the committee
does not endorse either a pro-life
or pro-choice stance. The
committee's purpose is to allocate
funds to all student groups
regardless of their political views.
The criteria on which the commit-
tee bases its decisions are the
amount of student involvement
and range of its effects on
University students. For all
practical purposes, it is the
mission of the committee to set
aside its political agenda and
work to give student money back
to the students.
Ms. Arnstein also questioned
the actions of the Women's Issues
Commission. Although it is
chaired by a member of the
Conservative Coalition, it, too, is
non-partisan, and all the students,
regardless of political affiliation
or gender are encouraged to
attend its meetings. To Ms.
Arnstein, and other members of
the University community who
share her concerns, the commis-
sion meetings are held on
Sundays at 4 p.m. in the MSA
Sejal Mistry
BPC Chair
Heather Johnston
Women's Issues
Commission Chair
The Daily encourages re-
sponses from its readers. The
editors reserve the right to edit al
letters for style and space. Send
all letters to: The Michigan Daily
420 Maynard, Ann Arbor, 48109
Or, via MTS to: The Michigan
Daily, Letters to the Editor.


Slow pokes
My grandparents could clean the streets faster

This is what winter is supposed to be: frolick-
ing through the enchanting snowy terrain,
brisk walks in the clear night, building snowpeople
on the front lawn, and nailing your neighbors with
slushballs the second they step outside.
This is what winter in Ann Arbor is: trudging
through inhospitable terrain in a hopeless quest to
reach your first class before it ends, rivers of
mucous rolling down your face, into your mouth
- with no Kleenex at hand and the next public
bathroom six blocks away - slipping on icy side-
walks and fracturing some or all of your bones and
being left to die in the freezing tundra as attractive
members of the opposite sex or appropriate sexual
orientation walk by laughing.
Ann Arbor is a winter city, but one would never
guess it from the lack of winter activity facilities
here. Students without cars have no outdoor op-
tions. The nearest ski hills are hours away, and the
only decent sledding hills are in the Arboretum,
where armed police conduct anti-sledding sting
Probably the worst aspect of Ann Arbor win-
ters, aside from the lack of snow-related activities,
is the city's inadequate snow removal system for
streets and sidewalks:Wheras other northern cities
have aggressive and efficient plowing departments
which hit the streets early and stay out all night

until every flake is gone, the Ann Arbor depart-
ment, responsible for keeping our streets clean and
who's motto could be que sera, sera, has a more
mellow, laid back attitude.
After last Monday's snow storm, the city snow
plowing administration decided to save money by
delaying removal of the nine inches of snow on the
streets because they were expecting more snow
two days later.
This is like a fire department declining to put
out a house fire because they expect the entire
block to catch fire soon. Meanwhile, the city lost
countless dollars as the town was virtually immo-
Even more than a week after the big storm,
many AnnArbor streets remain unplowed, and city
sidewalks areoften more hazardous than the streets.
Property owners are legally obligated to clear
adjacent sidewalks of snow and ice by noon the day
after a snowfall. For each subsequent failure to
clear the sidewalks, the city can charge property
owners up to $500.
Although the snow removal from the streets is
slow and inadequate, and the enforcement of the
sidewalk ordinance is lax, there are two telephone
numbers to call if you are frustrated by the slush
and ice. To report unplowed streets call 994-2359,
and to report unshoveled sidewalks call 994-2818.

Looking beyond Martin Luther King.
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Among the many cries for
freedom and equality that have
rung in the American auditorium,
one man's voice still seems to
survive, echoing in the American
mind and leaving its unalterable
impression on our national
Yet, this voice that so moved
the nation was never an emotional
outburst of frustration or revenge,
but rather a very simplistic plea to
human reason and universal
ethics. It was the voice of Rev.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
What this man wanted
America to do was to purge itself
from the very prejudices and
dogmas that had established and
legalized the doctrine of social
discrimination and racial inequal-
ity. He asked for his people to be
recognized as a part of humanity,

of Black equality. Rather, it
transcends any particular cause or
categorization and serves more as
an emblematic resistance against
the injustices that exist within
Without the firing of a single
bullet, Rev. King was able to
publish the fallacy in the white
man's belief that the Black race
was somehow inferior. His own
life was a manifest paradox: here
was a Black man who was more
talented, educated and civilized
than many whites.
But more importantly than this
specific achievement, Rev. King
showed the nation that there was a
way to bring about change, to
alter for the benefit of mankind,
and that this way didn't include
violence and revolution, but
peace, love and reason.
I feel that what America now

when it considers pornography a
form of art.
Why not also then consider
theft, murder, and fraud as
different types of art and legalize
them all?
Who are we to say that an
unborn baby is not a human being
and thus does not have human
rights? Isn't the fact that unborn
baby is God's creation enough to
deter us from its slaughter?
America has indeed come a
long way. From the years of
slavery to the time when this
University sets a day apart to
commemorate the life and deeds
of a Black man, the progress has
been incredible. But, the nation
still has a little more to go.
Today, more and more people
are getting involved, taking sides
and fighting for what they believe
is the right thins to do.

Nuts and Bolts

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by Judd Winick

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