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4A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 9, 2002


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Unless otherwise noted, unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of the majority of the Daily's
editorial board. All other articles, letters and cartoons do not
necessarily reflect the opinion of The Michigan Daily.

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It isn't lying if it's just a cover-up

campus housing - it is nearly always
overpriced and often of substandard
quality. At the moment, Integroup has a
good track record in this area; rent for a
one-bedroom apartment runs for $483
in the East Lansing development. If
Integroup wants to endear itself to stu-
dents, it should publicly make a long-
term commitment to keeping rent for its
units down while keeping quality up -
prices such as East Lansing's should not
be temporary.
By doing so, not only will Integroup
be saving students sorely-needed
money, but it will also be setting a stan-
dard that other landlords will have to
follow if they wish to remain competi-
tive. Furthermore, Integroup ought to
follow the example set by University
Housing, whose full-time workers are
unionized. Integroup must treat its
workers like it should' treat'its tenants
with respect and professionalism, and
not as potential subjects of a fleecing.

students on campus.
The University administration needs
to learn from housing developments like
Integroup's. There is a clear demand for
affordable housing on campus, and Inte-
group is pursuing this market. The Uni-
versity needs to reclaim leadership in
this area and get working on student life
issues. The President's Commission on
the Undergraduate Experience's report,
released in 2001, made several ambi-
tious proposals, including both more
residence halls as well as expanding the
sense of community within them. At the
moment, the administration says it
wants to complete yet one more study
before taking action and moving on its
past proposals. However, the University
has researching this topic for years - it
is time for the administration to stop
talking and start acting. The state of stu-
dent housing on campus is reaching a
critical point, and no one is in a better
position than the University to address
the shortage.

ix months after the
release of the
;;:.. Environmental
Protection Agency's
"U.S. Climate Action
Report 2002" - a study
finding global warming
is a problem and
humans are responsible
for it - the Bush
administration has finally decided to do
something about global warming. Last
week it announced the government should
consider mandating pollution cuts, right
after 10 years of research to make sure
that's really a good idea.
Why wasn't the first study good
enough? In fact, why aren't the years of
research that has led about every scientist
not being paid by the oil industry to con-
clude that global warming is a serious
problem enough? George W. Bush's "sci-
ence" advisors claim that they have to fig-
ure out exactly what will happen because
of global warming. They can't specify-the
exact environmental and economic effects
it will have, so they need to take the next
decade to decide what, if anything, to do.
This is no surprise. A year before the
EPA report came out, Bush stated, "No
one can say with any certainty what consti-
tutes a dangerous level of warming, and
therefore what level must be avoided,"
telling us what the administration's
response to any climate change studies
would be.
What does "certain" mean though?
We know the basics. The Earth's cli-
mate is changing because of human gener-
ated emissions.

We know what the effects are. Rising
temperatures are leading to drought in large
areas of the world and rising sea levels that
threaten coastal areas. We're also aware of
the health problems caused by pollution.
Bush's "certainty" standard can't be met.
Whatever is learned, it is unlikely anyone
will ever be able, as he is demanding, to
say exactly how or when changes will
occur. This is a problem of trends, not inci-
dents and deadlines.
Some still deny there is any such thing
as global warming, but realizing reality
couldn't be denied to quite that extent any
longer, Bush has decided to try to redefine
the problem. It's no longer about power
plant and car emissions causing the earth to
slowly but steadily heat up, it's a problem
of undefined consequences that we'll do
something about if we figure out what they
are. In 10 years. Maybe. And that wasn't
last week's only instance of Bush trying to
bury an issue he has no interest in facing
the truth of.
After resisting pressure for an indepen-
dent investigation into U.S. intelligence
failures before the Sept. 11 attacks for.over
a year, he finally agreed to one. However,
to chair the investigation, he promptly
appointed someone known for lying to
Congress and the public, whose consulting
firm has financial ties with the same
regimes trying to weasel out of any blame
for producing terrorists, who is an apolo-
gists for tyrants the world over, and whose
sycophancy towards those in power is leg-
endary. Henry Kissinger is not known for
being particularly concerned with uncover-
ing the truth. But Bush has made quite
clear he isn't either. So we can have our

investigation, as long as it won't say any-
thing the administration doesn't like.
Remember the late 1990s when it was
obligatory for every Republican officehold-
er in the nation to go on TV, wringing their
hands, and bemoaning what Bill Clinton's
lies were teaching our children? How come
nobody is asking what Bush is teaching our
children? That if you don't like the way
something is, just cover it up. That the
truth is whatever you want it to be as long
it's mouthed by handpicked cronies. Sound
like lying? It is, but on a much grander
scale and about (to make a monumental
understatement) much more important
things than what we went after Clinton for.
Two nights ago conservative commenta-
tor Cal Thomas was on TV asking why
everybody was concentrating on what a liar
Kissinger is when it never mattered for Bill
Excuse me?
The story dominating the news for
about three straight years was what a liar
Clinton was. Despite Republican revision-
ism, the president's lies were believed to
matter a great deal. What's shocking is
how Bush's lies are ignored. Clinton was
accused of covering up everything you
could think of and his (usually trivial or
contrived) transgressions were harped on
ceaselessly. This president's blatant bury-
ing of any truth he dislikes get little, if
any, scrutiny before the press moves on.
What's that teaching us? Maybe something
regarding that old saw about the liberal


Peter Cunn e can be reached


Keeping platform promises
Impending budget cuts may mean tuition hikes

State governments all over the
country are suffering from
crippled budgets and Michigan
is no exception. Last week, the state
Legislature attempted to balance the
budget, leaving significant cuts
throughout many important financed
areas including higher education. The
University is among the institutions
that will suffer the most and will be
receiving $9 million less than the pre-
vious year. The state Legislature
needs to recognize that financial cuts
toward higher education are only hin-
dering the state's educational reputa-
tion and ignoring the long-term
benefits of funding higher education.
Despite the difficult financial climate,
the University has planned ahead and
students will not have to worry about
a mid-year tuition increase. University
officials such as Provost Paul Courant
believe tuition will not rise for Winter
2003, but a hefty tuition increase
could be in place for Fall 2003.
While cuts were expected for the
next fiscal year, the severity of the
cuts was not foreseen. Republican
Gov. John Engler's executive order
aimed to cut funding for universities
and colleges by 2.5 percent. Legisla-
tors were still dissatisfied and the
Senate supported a proposal to
reduce the cut to 2 percent. The
state House has not yet voted on this
plan that would allocate surplus
Michigan Merit Award funding to
decrease the budget cut by .5 per-
cent, without reducing the number
of Merit scholarships.
One kink in the bill's eventual pas-
sage is that the state House linked the

use of the Merit Award surplus with a
separate bill that would mandate that
the state's boards of higher education
be elected regionally instead of state-
wide. The creation of districts would
be a troubling move and through their
decision, certain legislators have
decided to play politics instead of best
serving the state's educational system.
Fortunately, state Sen. John Schwarz
(R-Battle Creek) believes the Senate
will take this hostile amendment out
of the budget.
This budget cut gives students a
chance to see their newly-elected offi-
cials in action attempting to follow
through with their tuition-reducing
platforms. In light of this November's
elections, now is an appropriate time
for those elected officials who
stressed tuition control in their plat-
forms to take advantage of the situa-
tion and act to ease the burden of
excessive tuition.
Regent Andrea Fisher Newman
(R-Ann Arbor) based most of her
successful campaign for re-election
to the board on her voting against
tuition increases, and it will be inter-
esting to see if she controls herself
even with such slack funds. Others
who emphasized lower tuition
include officials at all state levels all
the way to Democratic Gov. -elect
Jennifer Granholm herself. These
officials owe their constituents a
solution to this problem. The state is
dependent on an affordable higher
education system to maintain an edu-
cated and competitive workforce and
spur on the state's long-term eco-
nomic well-being.

Dow's Parker showed 'willful
disregard' for Bhopal victims
In reply to the Daily's article on Bhopal on
Dec. 6 (Contamination from Bhopal gas disaster
highlighted in film), I feel it's important to make a
couple of points. Few besides Dow Chemical
Co. could claim that only 4,000 people died as a
result of the Bhopal disaster; an article in The
New York Times on August 29, 2002, cites an
official government figure of 14,410, and even
that is considered conservative by many of the
Bhopal victims.
Our offer to pay for Mike Parker's plane
fare to Bhopal was so that he might see the
scene of the accident and its victims with his
own eyes. Our hope was that after doing so, he
might be moved to some action; although Dow
has helped to fund the Midland Symphony
Orchestra and the renovation of a Bay City
lighthouse, it has yet to contribute anything to
clean up the site or provide safe drinking water
to the 120,000 survivors of the Bhopal tragedy.
Finally; Parker appeared anything but intim-
idated by our presence. He spoke with us for 20
minutes, consented to be videotaped, praised
our intentions and concern and told us that he
respected our efforts. If anything has pushed the
limits, it is Dow's willful disregard for the vic-
tims of this horrifying tragedy.
LSA senior
The letter writer is the co-facilitator
of Justice for Bhopal.
Daily failed to explain anti-
American sentiment in Korea
I'm not sure how many of the readers of
the Daily really know the meaning of your
notable quote of the day on Dec. 4 that said
"Americans are not welcome here" - signs
of businesses in South Korea. While the
Daily clearly notes that there are anti-Amer-
ican sentiments in Korea, it forgot to tell us
why there are such resentments against
Americans in South Korea.
Toclear the readers of all misunder-
standing, let me briefly explain what the
mass media in the United States, including

that the driver of the tank was not in a good
position to see the girls and that the soldiers
who were in a good position to see the girls
tried to warn the driver by radio, but the
radio failed due to noise factors. What we,
the Koreans find hard to believe is how the
American judges freed these men knowing
among other facts that these radios are
designed to function even in the loudest of
battle situations. And if the radios were not
working, isn't that the responsibility of the
U.S Army and its soldiers? I wonder what
would the reaction of the American public
be if Korean soldiers on American soil had
been freed by a Korean jury after running
over two American girls with a tank.
Recently, in a popular Korean website, I
saw an anti-American cartoon depicting
bin-Laden being found "not guilty" by a
jury of all "al-Qaida" soldiers. Isn't this
what's happening with the American sol-
diers responsible for the deaths of these two
girls. It is natural that the United States
demands justice and want bin-Laden and his
soldiers pay for the attacks of Sept. 11. It is
also natural that Korea demands those
American soldiers to pay for the deaths of
thesetwo children.
I hope this explains the quote and the
anti-American sentiments that exists in
South Korea. Furthermore, I hope in the
future, The Michigan Daily and the rest of
the American mass media inform the Amer-
ican public not only about the unfortunate
casualties of American forces, but also
about the equally unfortunate deaths of their
civilian victims.
LSA senior
The letter writer is the president of the Korean
International Student Association.
An open letter to Webber from
a disgruntled University alum
As an incoming freshman along with your-
self and the other members of the "Fab Five" I
was given the great pleasure and privilege to
watch you play for the two years you spent at
Michigan. I was also a freshman at the time you
all lived in South Quad and although you would
never remember, actually held a few conversa-
tions with you in the lounge and lobbies.

to attend the games that now never took place?
Army not to blame for breach
of 'don't tell' part of policy
I'm quite amazed at the propagation of
ignorance by The Michigan Daily in its article
on the Army's dismissal of gay linguists, Trans-
lation: discrimination (12/02/02). I realize that it
was an editorial, but the Daily was incredibly
misleading with its arguments.
The Daily blames the Army for wasting
money by training gays, only to later dismiss
them. Well, there hasn't been a draft for quite
some time; those people knew exactly what
they were getting into when they volunteered to
sign on the dotted line. The waste of taxpayer
money should be blamed on those who chose
not to follow the "don't tell" part of the policy
and not on the Army. The Daily goes on to say
that bigotry should not be placed ahead of
national security. While this statement is very
powerful, it's dangerously flawed. The Army
wasn't looking for a way to discriminate against
gays, it was looking to maintain good order and
discipline, which is essential to our national
The Daily also states that "It is foolish to
think that in the middle of combat soldiers
would engage in inappropriate sexual behavior
instead of fighting for their country and their
lives." Are you kidding me? Does the Daily
actually believe anybody thinks this way? The
order and discipline that I speak of isn't just on
the battlefield, but in everyday military life.
A large percentage of even the most combat
oriented war-fighter's time is spent in training
and in day to day operations. Those of us in the
military take pride in knowing we are aiding in
a common good; that giving up some of our
freedoms results in a more effective combat
force. Military members give up the right to see
their family whenever they want. They give up
the right to live wherever they want. They give
up the right to say no to their boss, even if it
means a dangerous outcome. We all knew this,
and willingly accepted it. One of the freedoms
that those dismissed gays gave up was the free-
dom to openly express their sexual orientation.
They knew this, and willingly broke the rules.
Their lack of dedication causes resentment and
severely degrades the cohesion necessary to



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