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OPINION

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The Michigan Daily

Thursday, June 9, 1983

The Michigan Daily
Vol. XCIl, No. 14-S
93 Years of Editorial Freedom
Managed and Edited by students of
The University of Michigan
Editorials represent a majority opinion of the
Daily Editorial Board
Court costs rub
salt in wound
UING THE government is an arduous and
time consuming process. In the case of the
Liuzzo family, their defeat last week in a
celebrated $2 million dollar lawsuit against the
FBI means over $160,006 in court charges and
seven years of fighting in vain.
If $160,000 sounds like a lot of money, it is
merely a reflection of the expense involved
when the government of the United States is
brought to court to stand liable for its actions.
Within the $160,000 dollars owed are $100,000
of cost incurred by the government in their
defense case which the Liuzzos, as the losers in
the case, must pay.
Monday, the family filed a motion with a
federal judge to force the government to pay for
their own court costs. In the interest of respon-
sible government it is a motion that should be
granted.

Sinclair

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Too often the only means of redress against
the government is through the courts. By
making the process of suing the government
excessively expensive and time consuming the
government is unfairly protected from claims
by those without the necessary funds.j

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Redefining'doing-well'
Oddly enough, this is less true are doing this both out of
in the '80s - for all the rough necessity and because of the
y Sandy Close times - than in previous greater value they now place on
decades. Consider these trends: the kind of work they do, the
First, more people are actively people they live and work with,
those who have recently searching out their own options and the need to act in sync with
ated the prospects may rather than obtaining them their beliefs. Once these quality-
much bleaker than they did through credentials. The number of-life concerns were considered
past. There are not only of self-employed people in the a luxury that meant sacrificing
job ladders around but business world, especially status and financial success. Not
people trying to clamber on women, is soaring, as are the any more. Even people on the
and at higher costs. number of artists, musicians, in- fast track go to great lengths to
ess Week magazine sum- ventors and people doing com- fit these concerns into their lives.
p the implications several munity or religious work. At the The message of all this? For
ago: Most young people in same time, they are generating a those who know what they want
0s can no longer hope to vast array of cooperative ven- and are on track to get it, "more
s the standard of living tures, small businesses and other power to you." For those who
arents achieved, or even to innovative living and working slipped off the ladder or never
well. arrangements. had access to it, "don't be afraid
if your anxieties now out- In contrast to the lone in- to take zig-zags." The multiple
your expectations, it's par- dividual scrambling up the lad- options you find moving sideways
ause for so long we've been der, the driving force behind may take you as far as the single
oned to think of "doing these ventures is people hooking ladder that moves straight up.
as meaning only one thing: up with people like themselves, The world today belongs to those
ng one's way to the top. pooling their resources to pursue who can innovate with their lives.
nd the well-wishes of things they do well that fill a
ation ceremonies, you can social need. Futurists have called
thinly veiled warning: "If this trend the shift from the "me" Close wrote this article for the
don't hurry up and get on- to the "we" decade. Pcicws evi e r
ider, life will pass you by." Second, more and more people

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The Liuzzos expect to have difficulty raising the
$60,000 they have incurred so far in court costs
and have not determined how they will fund
their appeal should they make one. Adding the
burden of the defense's expenses only serves to
rub salt in an already very sore wound.
"ARGAINING CHIPS"
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LETTERS TO THE DAILY:
Let's discard draft registration
is needed to maintain it. Never- he may be imprisoned with mur-
To the Daily: theless, this program continues derers for disobeying a law that
Prosecution of Daniel Rutt for to alienate millions of our most might lead him to kill others is
failing to register for the draft thoughtful adults and future the ultimate irony.
("Hearings begin for registration leaders. Draft registration has inverted
resister", Daily, June 2, 1983) is Mr. Rutt, whose conscience our most sacred ideals. Let's
pointless and divisive. will not allow him to kill another, discard it, and dismiss penalties
The U.S. Army enlisted 104% of should be praised, not threatened for non-registrants.
its quota last year by its own with prosecution, jail, and fines
reckoning, dispelling any for not supporting the Army's - Robert M. Levine
lingering claim that registration . Selective Service System. That June 7, 1983

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