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Page 4-The Michigan Daily- Monday, November 2, 1992

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420 Maynard Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
764-0552

Editor in Chief
MAYTIEW D. RENNIE
OpinionEditors
YAEL CITRO
GEOFFREY EARLE
AMITAVA MAZUMDAR

Edited and Managed
by Students at the
University of Michigan

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.
Deitch, McGowan for 'U' Regents

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he final authority on all crucial campus con-
cerns lies with the University Board of Re-
gents. Over the past few years, the regents have
grown isolated from students, resulting in a steady
decline in student participation in campus issues.
This year, students have a unique opportunity to
fill two openings on the board with candidates who
are truly committed to protecting student rights:
Democrats LAURENCE DEITCH and REBECCA
McGOWAN.
McGowan has responded to long-time criti-
cisms that the University administration has grown
at an exponential rate by saying "the University
must maintain a constant vigilance against the
proliferation of layers of administration." She has
pledged to make herself accessible to students on
campus by meeting with campus groups before
making a decision and then explaining her ratio-
nale. McGowan is involved with Ann Arbor com-
munity activities, including membership on the
board of the University Center for the Education of
Women.
Deitch, an attorney and state Democratic party
treasurer has pledged to make the regents account-
able to students. He has urged cutting waste from
the budget by increasing enrollment at the Univer-
sity and looking at ways to cut costs. He is also
committed to ensuring that due process rights be
included in the code of non-academic conduct.
Deitch argues that there is no place in the regents'
room for regents who nap. This is a welcomed
change from the regents who doze during the
precedings.
Both pledged to investigate the possibility of

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returning University policing to the Ann Arbor
police. Both are against the regents' repeated vio-
lations of the Open Meetings Act. In addition, both
have resisted making the politically popular pledge
to not raise tuition.
Incumbent Neal Nielsen is running for a second
term. As a largely ineffective regent, Nielsen has
rarely met with students on this campus. In an
attempt to play on the fears of middle class voters,
Nielsen has wrongly charged that the University
was using financial aid to redistribute wealth. De-
spite this, Nielsen pledged in a campaign advertise-
ment, "With your help I will strive to maintain the
accessibility of this institution for the residents of
Michigan." This committment seems hollow, when
Nielsen supports having campus police arrest home-
less and other undesirables on University property
as "trespassers."
Republican nominee Nancy Laro is the spouse
of a University regent emeritus. She has not pre-
sented any new programs or new ideas to make the
University more accountable to students. She asks
to replace one of the foremost proponents of stu-
dent rights on the board, retiring regent Veronica
Smith (R-Grosse Ile). To all of the candidates on
the board, Smith's dedication to student rights -
even when it was unpopular - should be emu-
lated.
In a race that affects University students more
than any other state residents, students must sup-
port candidates that are dedicated to real reform.
McGowan and Deitch are two candidates who will
serve the University well - if they follow through
on their campaign promises.

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Daily ignores Bush
To the Daily:
In a front-page article purport-
ing to cover appearances in
Michigan by the two main
presidential candidates ("Clinton,
Bush court state Reagan Dems,"
10/26/92), the Daily saw fit to
devote virtually the entire story to
the Clinton campaign.
Bush's speech before the
International Association of
Chiefs of Police was relegated to
four tiny paragraphs which failed
to provide an accurate portrayal of
the event. This is partly due to the
unfortunate decision to send
reporters to cover Clinton's event
but to rely on the Associated
Press's account of Bush's speech.
It is no wonder that Bush com-
plains that the media ignore his
message. Nor is it any wonder
that some students - I do not
count myself among them -
believe the Daily to be extremely
biased.
President Bush outlined his
goals for reducing crime - none
of which you printed - includ-
ing: working for harsher punish-
ments for sexual and domestic
violence; stricter gun control; a
national death penalty for those
who murder police officers or
commit grotesque crimes; the
elimination of gang warfare.
Your article also failed to
mention the two bills which the
President signed into law after his
speech, one of which prevents
"deadbeat dads" from getting out
of paying child support by
crossing state lines.
Likewise omitted was the
response of the crowd, which was
overwhelmingly favorable. This
was proven when an audience
member cried out, "God Bless
George Bush," - for this remark
received more applause than any
other comment throughout the
proceedings. Coupled with the
fact that police in Clinton's own
state have endorsed the Republi-
can ticket, this leads one to the
conclusion that Bush is the
candidate with a better agenda for
fighting crime.
Gil Renberg
LSA senior

To the Daily:
Lest ignorance be permitted to
run amok, I write in response to
Katherine Metres' column,
"Clinton's pro-Israel bias hurts
peace," (10/20/92).
The crux of Metres' anti-
Clinton prejudice lies in Clinton's
statement that "Arabs are the
obstacle to peace." Is Clinton's
statement unreasonable?
Israel is smaller in size than
the state of New Hampshire. Yet
the Arabs opposed peaceful
Jewish settlements in Palestine
before the creation of Israel, have
waged five wars against the tiny
state, have issued the famous
"three-no's" resolution (no peace
with Israel, no recognition, no
compromise), have supported
international terrorist activities
against Jewish and Israeli civilian
targets, and have invested over
500 billion dollars in armaments
in the past decade.
Metres also complains
because Clinton referred to Israel

Many reasons to support Israel

as "a symbol of freedom, a home
to the oppressed and persecuted."
In Israel all citizens - Arab, Jewish
and Christian - have a right to vote
and to practice their religion
openly. Moreover, Israel was not
only the first country to grant
asylum to Vietnamese boat
people, but also airlifted tens of
thousands of starving Ethiopians
into its country, as well as war
refugees from Yugoslavia and
victims of anti-semitism from the
former Soviet Union. Israel also
has supplied food and medicines
to the Kurds, the besieged
population in Sarajevo, and
earthquake victims in Armenia.
Bill Clinton believes America
should support the other democra-
cies in the world, not the ruthless
dictatorships. (Can you say "Syria,
Iraq and Libya?") What do you
think, Katherine Metres?
Bradley Cohen
Second-year law student

Metres' assumptions faulty:

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Daily state and local endorsements

52nd STATE HOUSE: In this close race, North
campus residents may provide the deciding vote.
The candidate who provides the best plan for
revitalizing the state's economy and meeting the
:needs of students is progressive Republican can-.
didate MARK OUIMET. ACity Council member,
Ouimet has been active in the community, sup-
porting the domestic partnership act and other
progressive measures on the council. Ouimet wants
to boost the economy by making state government
-more inclusive in working with business, labor,
and environmental groups that have traditionally
been adversaries.
t Ouimet is committed to reforming the state
educational system by making funding equitable.
He is in favor of raising some taxes to pay for the
program. His opponent, aide to Sen. Lana Pollack
Mary Schroer urges some reform of the system
through cutting property taxes and raising the state
income tax. She wants to cuts taxes on the wealthy,
and raise taxes on the poor and middle class. She
argues against the cuts in General Assistance, but
is not in favor of reinstating it. This type of blatant
pandering is misleading.
53rd STATE HOUSE: In the race for the 53rd
house district seat between Democrat LYNN RIV-
ERS and Republican Terrence Bertram, the clear
choice for central campus voters is Lynn Rivers.
As an activist for abortion rights as well as an
advocate of budget and social reforms, Rivers will
lead the state of Michigan in the right direction.
The most glaring difference between the two
#candidates is the issue of abortion choice. Though
he now claims that his views on abortion "have
been misconstrued," Bertram has come out against
a woman's right to choose.
Lynn Rivers, on the other hand, not only sup-
ports freedom of choice, but has proved it by
speaking about it repeatedly during the campaign,
and participating in the Pro-Choice Week rally in
the Diag last month.
Rivers also seeks to reform the educational
funding system by tax-based sharing. She would
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victims are not attacked in court and are only
questioned within the law. He also advocates the
innovative "weed and seed" alternative sentencing
system for non-violent, young first-time drug of-
fenders.
His opponent, six month incumbent Kurtis
Wilder, is an Engler appointee and has never repre-
sented a client in a criminal case.
9th COUNTY COMMISSION: Voters should
return incumbent County Commissioner GRACE
SHACKMAN to office. As chair of the
Commission's Ways and Means Committee for
three years, Shackman has been a strong advocate
for a clean environment, affordable housing, and
alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders.
She has also streamlined human service operations
to reduce bureaucracy and administrative costs.
10th COUNTY COMMISSION:, Incumbent
CHRISTINA MONTAGUE is facing a populist
challenge from Republican Michael Dudzik. The
main issue: Dudzik plans to cut what he calls
wasteful spending, while Montague defends the
county budget as helpful to the working poor.
Montague has a strong record of public service, and
she deserves a chance to continue her work.
11th COUNTY COMMISSION: One election
where University students will be the primary
determiners is the County Commission seat in this
district. The district includes most of central cam-
pus, and the Daily endorses DAVE MONFORTON
for the job.
A young and enthusiastic Democrat, Monforton
is a fresh face to local politics. He has experience
with judicial legislation, forming compromises,
and working with competing groups through his
job as aide to state Representative Perry Bullard.
He sites as his main concerns Ann Arbor's lack of
affordable housing, absence of effective solutions
for mental health and substance abuse problems,
and inadequate job training solutions.
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To the Daily:
I found the generalizations
and false assumptions in
Katherine Metres' column
disturbing and lacking journalis-
tic integrity ("Clinton's pro-Israel
bias hurts peace," 10/20/92).
Metres fails to substantiate many
of her claims, and passes off her
opinions as fact.
The very basis of her argu-
ment is groundless. She claims
that Clinton "has actively sought
the massive funds promised by
the American-Israel Public
Affairs Committee (AIPAC)." As
its name clearly suggests, AIPAC
is a public affairs committee, not
a political action committee.
This is a very important
distinction, federal law prohibits
public affairs committees from
either endorsing candidates or
donating money to political
campaigns. If Metres' assumption
that AIPAC promised funds to
Clinton's campaign is so obvious,

then why haven't any charges
been brought up against AIPAC
by the Federal Election Commis-
sion or by the Bush or Perot
campaigns?
Metres also asserts that
Clinton's campaign is "top-heavy
with AIPAC related managers."
Although she gives no evidence to
support this contention, I don't
find it unusual or troubling that
some of Clinton's campaign
workers would support AIPAC.
After all, millions of Americans
support AIPAC.
In fact, I am sure that both the
Bush and Perot campaigns also
have. many volunteers who
support AIPAC.
I am not sure how Metres'
formed her assumptions, but
wouldn't it seem prudent to do
some basic research on the very
organization she presumes to
know so much about?

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Eric Edidin
Business School senior

Changes may help better Greek system

by John Lundin
I am responding to your Issues
Forum on Oct. 9 ("Greek system:
What's it all for?") and to the letters
that bashed the Greek system. I am
not in the Greek system, but I feel
that polarized views have ignored
the middle ground of the issue. Ste-
reotyping people in the Greek sys-
tem is not at all helpful.
There are many merits to the
Greek system. Some good examples
are friendship (brother or sister-
hood), devotion to social causes,
organization of social events and
development of social and coopera-
tive skills needed later in life.
However, due to the nature of
the selection process, the problems
that exist in the system are not go-
ing to go away.
Many of the problemsrlevied
against fraternities and sororities
such as elitism, date rape, racism,
homogeneity and divisiveness are
surely not all pervasi:c or necessar-
ilv the rdirect Aaft of the Greekr

the group. No new news, likes at-
tract likes. A manifestation of this
is that people, both Greeks and non-
Greeks, are often heard generaliz-
ing about a fraternity's or sorority's
members.
I do not believe there is any-
thing wrong with choosing who
one becomes friends with, but,when
entire groups have to choose who
they want to surround themselves
with, diversity becomes less of an
option. I am not speaking only of
racial or ethnic diversity, but diver-
sity in attitudes and backgrounds.
Without this type of diversity, nega-
tive attitudes, beliefs and actions
often go unquestioned. This is
where the problems arise.
One way to alleviate this prob-
lem would be to change the present
system or create a new one that
places all those willing to join ran-
domly in houses with others. Addi-
tional houses could be rented if the
needarose. This wouldbringpeople
together from different back-

opposite-sex perspective and pres-
ence. Some national chapters are
already thinking of moving in this
direction.
Working out, getting past and
finally appreciating the huge differ-
ences that would exist would be a
trial at first, but the payoffs would
be enormous. Learning to make a
group like this work would be in
itself an incredible growth experi-
ence. A group like this would bring
us to seek commonalties rather than
accentuate what sets us apart. Any-
thing beyond that would be agreed
upon by the group.
I can see no better means of
acquiring the skills and knowledge
needed for life than through a sys-
tem where variety would not be
stamped out or ignored, but cel-
ebrated.
Much resentment of the system
by outsiders would be alleviated
since anyone who wanted to join
and play their part in shaping it,
could do so.

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