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The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 8, 2002 -

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like a failed dot.com company - spending cash said the budget prop
and racking up debt," said Rep. A.T. Frank (D- accounting practices.
Saginaw), the ranking Democrat on the House "It's all tied together
Appropriations Committee. micks," he said. "All th
He said Engler's budget ignores a structural illusion that there's mon
deficit in the state's spending plan and will leave Gast acknowledged
the state in worse condition than 1991, when put together, but said
Engler took office. should hurt future bi
Other Democrats agreed. administration did a g
"Much of what the governor proposed today in state programs in its
seems to be based on a wish and a prayer," said "It's got a good layer
House Democratic Leader Buzz Thomas of as expected, Gast said.
Detroit. "They are hinging a lot of our revenues Lawmakers found 1
for this budget on economic growth, which is a actual budget, althoug
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proposal to raise the state diesel-fuel tax to 19
cents a gallon from 15 cents.
"It obviously is being sold as 'everyone will pay the
same tax," said Sen. Donald Koivisto (D-Ironwood),
noting the gasoline tax is 19 cents a gallon.
He said truckers must also pay other fees and
taxes, however. Truckers have long opposed such
an increase.
Gilmer said the diesel tax increase is a key part
of the budget paclage and will pay for critical
transportation projects.
Rep. Mark Jansen (R-Kentwood) said he
doesn't want the administration to drain the rainy
day fund to just over $250 million, saying it
should be left at twice that amount.
. "It took us 10 years to get.it to where it's at
now ... and we've got it down to a quarter of what
it was," he said. "It should be bigger."

They're back, amid snow-covered
peaks and streets ringing with
chants for the home team. They're
back, in a country desperate for
another "miracle," ready to wave
the red, white and blue.
They're back, this time in the
land of American Indians and Mor-
mons, rodeos and the Rockies.
1 Two decades after some college
hockey players wrapped the nation
in Olympic glory at the Lake Placid
Games, the Winter Olympics have
returned to America.
Only this time, they're draped in
the sentiment, celebration and
drama of a nation rattled by terror
and ready to show the world it has
The 2002 Winter Games begin
tonight, and Utah, one local said, is
"way more than ready."
For that matter, so is America.
"The anticipation is exciting, but
now it's like, 'Whoa!'" said Patricia
Haslam of Bountiful, Utah. "Now,
it's just awesome."
The Olympic torch arrived yes-
terday in Salt Lake City, the last leg
of a 13,500-mile, 46-state journey
toward its final destination: the
opening ceremony at Rice-Eccles
Olympic Stadium.
President Bush and U.N. Secre-
tary-General Kofi Annan are sched-
uled to attend the event, which
promises" to be sentimental and cel-
ebratory - juggling American
patriotism and Olympic protocol.
The International Olympic Com-
mfttee agreed Wednesday to let
Americans carry into the stadium
the flag recovered from the rubble
of the World Trade Center. Eight
U.S. athletes, joined by New York
police and firefighters; will carry
the stars and stripes in a solemn
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tribute before the parade of nations.
Organizers had planned for the
flag to fly at the ceremony but
determined it was too delicate.
Speedskater Amy Peterson, a three-
time Olympic medalist, will carry
another flag on behalf of the U.S.
Even before the official start of
the games tonight, competition gets
under way hours earlier with quali-
fying rounds in ski jumping. Com-
petition begins in earnest tomorrow
on the powder and the ice, with
events in moguls, cross country ski-
ing, ice hockey, figure skating and
In all, more than 2,500 athletes
from 77 countries are participating
in the games, expected to draw up
to 80,000 spectators a day. The
sporting program is the largest ever
for a Winter Olympics, with 78
events in 15 disciplines and seven
sports. That includes 10 new or
returning events, among them
women's bobsled and skeleton, a
headfirst version of luge.
While security was a dominant
presence - even athletes were
forced to wait outside the Olympic
Village while their bags were
searched - it didn't detract from
the spirit df the games.
"It's a dream to be here," an exu-
berant Jeremy Bloom, an American
moguls competitor, said after he
arrived. "This is it!"
Athletes were focused on the
competition, tourists on scooping
up souvenirs. Even residents were
reveling in the Olympic frivolity.
Haslam joined a small crowd out-
side~a downtown shopping center
this week to cheer on her son,
Christopher, and 60 other third-
graders as they belted out patriotic
songs in a prelude to the games.

He added that poverty is one of the
most significant factors that drives peo-
ple into terrorist actions.
"We must try to understand that des-
peration, isolation, alienation of the
modern world drives people to take
actions which are so appalling in their
results," he said.
Halliday also recognized the role
the United States plays within the
United Nations, but criticized the
U.S. for exercising excessive power.
"There- could be no United
Nations without the U.S.," he said.
"But we do not need a United States
that manipulates or even corrupts
the work of the council and uses its
great economic, social and military
power to frighten other member
states into going in its own direc-
Recent polls, however, have
shown that American opinion is in
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you're 40, you'll look 50f' said
Dane Christensen, chief resident of
the department of dermatology at
the University Hospital.
After seeing 30 year olds with six
months to live because of skin can-
cer, Christensen said he strongly
encourages people to be sun smart.
To do this, Christensen said he
instructs people to use sunscreen
and beach umbrellas when outside,
and tells them to limit sun expo-
"There are no regulations on
what kinds of bulbs they use or
what wavelength they are putting
out," Christensen said.
Joseph Levy, vice president of
the International Smart Tan Net-
work and spokesman for the Indoor
Tanning Association, said the med-
ical community places too much
emphasis on the risks of tanning.
He added that there needs to be a
critical balance between risks and
benefits when it comes to tanning.
"It is as dangerous as encourag-

competition with Halliday's beliefs,
with some of the strongest presiden-
tial approval polls ever. But Halli-
day said this is the result of the
media's influence over the Ameri-
can public.
"The American government doesn't
think (its citizens) can handle the truth,"
he said.
Halliday credited the United States
with great potential to do good through-
out the world, but advocated using more
non-violent measures to help improve
human rights.
"We have a long way to go to pro-
tect the interests of individuals," he
State Representative Kris Kolb (D-
Ann Arbor) introduced Halliday. Kolb
was an Ann Arbor City Council mem-
ber when a resolution was passed sup-
porting an end to the Iraq sanctions.
"It is an honor to be able to introduce
someone of Denis' stature, and some-
one who is willing to stand up for their
values and convictions," Kolb said.
ing people to sunburn," Levy said.
He added that the study is not a
threat to the tanning industry
because the study incorporated
people who used home tanning
devices as early as 1975, before the
tanning industry existed.
The home devices used almost all
UV light and came with no direc-
tions, he said.
Levy also said that he questioned
the motives of the timing of the
release of the study.
"Timing of this was no accident,"
Levy said.
Despite the warnings, this year's
tanning rush is right on time, said
Krista Price, store manager of the
Tanfastic tanning salon on South
Main Street.
Business started picking up a few
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On Tuesday alone, Tanfastic
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Journalist Barbara Ehrenreich spoke to a crowd of hundreds last night at
the Michigan Union Ballroom. Ehrenreich was the guest speaker for this
year's Mullin-Welch lecture.
Continued from Page 1
Ehrenreich said she undertook the task of trying to live off her low
wages in each city and situation but she found that it was near
Not only were the jobs mentally demanding in terms of memoriza-
tion of rules, they were also physically demanding, she said, recall-
ing the various cleaning jobs where she often cleaned on her hands
and knees for hours on end.
"The difficulties of living with a low-wage job affect all aspects
of living such as costs of housing, childcare, and Medicaid," said
"The work ethic I had grown up with ... work hard and you will
get ahead ... was not true." Ehrenreich said. "Try to tell that to the
near 60 percent of hard-working Americans that make under $14 an
Ehrenreich said that while the experiences were harrowing and dif-
ficult, she probably had it easy being white and English-speaking.
She emphasized that many minorities and non-native English speak-
ers don't have it as easy.
Ehrenreich ended with a standing ovation and by saying that "Low
wages insult and betray what I thought were the values of America."
LSA sophomore Shyla Kinhal, who came to the lecture for her
Community Strategies Against Poverty Class, said, "We live in this
bubble at the University. We as students need to be more aware of the
issues that surround poverty and the government's role in it."
University alum Julie Evans came from Detroit to hear the famed
journalist because the book interested her so much. "Ehrenreich is

not advocating the welfare state,
what is important," Evans said.

but realistic living wages - that's

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promotion to minority whip, while
Dingell had supported her opponent
in the election among Democratic
House members.
Rivers said she believes Dingell's
comments are "a warning to other
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nationally recognized, that meet or
exceed constitutional minima; I don't
know if he has a constitutional right to
talk to his family on the telephone.
That's a privilege," he said.
Nazih Hassan, vice president of the
Muslim Community Association in
'Ann Arbor and Haddad family friend,
said that Haddad is not being treated

people in Congress that they're not
supposed to give me money."
Dingell's campaign spokesman,
Lon Johnson, was unavailable for
Dingell will be giving an informal
talk at the Foster Library in Lorch
Hall at 1 p.m. today on congressional
issues relating to students.
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