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4 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, August 9, 1999
Edited and managed b y EII LY AcHENBAU M NICK WOOMER
students at the Editor in Chief Editorial Page Editor
University of Michigan l w 1 I#f fl lt
I iis 1h/h iii' iiiih'd, iiiii/gtrc ih'd h iiiili ic/lc teoiicuhitiii u/il
420 Maynard Street mgjin-i j1'teDaiysito/ilhoi /)d. A1/ll/ue ricles I. l/cis'i a
Ann Arbor, Ml 48109 cartoonsh doi)t iittcei.vtriV r/fle/thini oniiiiii 'T/eichic/i ii )i

T he nation is certainly in the midst of
very sad times when praise is due to a
state panel for its rational approach to
school violene. As if the problem of school
violence wa's not sad enough, panicked
school adinistrators have rubbed salt into
the nation's post-Columbine wvomnds by
infringing on students' civil libertics.
Miehigan's response to the Columbine
shooting~s,a 17-member SA.FE. Schoot:
Task Forc, madle severa1 commonsee
anti-school violeincc proposaIs in i ieport
issued last weck. The rcport's rccormenda
tions are a welcoin deprurme from the rec
tionary policies of mainv schools' sdminis-
ters.
In the umonths itioss ox" tie{ olniobioc
mxassacre a third grader Nvh o en oved murtia
arts muvics was suspcodcd toi ~submiting
yvou will die ain honorablcsdcxtbax aocxs
sag fo a friecook;ic xcici.scliss
had be {ilog Sveal dysi e h

Preserving Ii rties
School administrators should heed suggestions

overhie-irdconxersin"gxwithfricods tbocit
mnaiufacturing his cxxnIfirecitckers,'tatfxx
da~ys all 'r his suspcnsion I I Ohio studentx
were scispended toi coniribtinxto as"oth-
ic" xveb site. ThcseIicncietsrc'flcct conly a
fewv of the abusiiihit ctcughitpic-ss--one
canx only specculaitcis tlxxrIxosmini adciio
at civil-libcrties iraictioixs xcll"cil oixist-
ed or unn~oticcd.
By uialying succc'ssiiil Aiui ct cticait
aixti-vicilcixce proix-rxxs i--hcoof diticis
natiolxoxid, e ilc ix ixic xcuu/ut xxill
aiicl 1.K oxi lxectolxxx exttcsxcc

and parents cotucirepprt thrceits and for psy-
chcoogit to conxx up kvithx a list of "wxarn-
ing xiuns" to lx .p clxoot oficials idetxtify
potentially xix iltdcnis.Additionally,
thc rcpcotsca1cciloischxools to practice xio-
lencc safty}chlstec staiblishing a way for
tsvcholcgistx,.pli e Ixcd schools to share'
uiorixi ticxi oo, siit whoxs coilcd be
pronc to xiolcial otbii xix
InI coosideiri~ixxmethxocds ,) liesvcnt
timieedcies'likColio-lixcFoiml lpcii i
Mih' i p P-xkcsii t bc x iJo01o
/t t o: t ihn, li n ix iktic 0 /seeci

such a youngster into a life of" eriie. O1
the riche'st students, whose parents cin
affordI private sctool tuitioii. xcoulcd
spared. Othe'r children svill findcltlxcmselM
virtually forced into a state of ig/xoriiie ,
unemployment --- giving the/ulitile clioi
besides crimge.
The re'commendations o#if a task foru
certainxly can not prevent schoicnl/iii/iistr
icirs frxminringting upon stcleiiix'civil 111
eries.Bcut thi t commc nd hisaretIct
r sult Of,'i xubstaintial eft totc cictil tl'vz
prcootei Jicat Iefetixe c iixlle-, x
Icicen5c/1" Ttmiii tho11dS scicclin seht's
districts aioxtud NitchZi'i7 . (Iiiiiistratx/
an lcx 1 Haxchoxol ho ,trcls, l xii xxiis~
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4

Hatch-Feinstein Act tramples First Amendment Overnight parking in lots should be allowe

Ini a time when cytxi 'i>'m about the
democratic process is Lt an all timc
high, there still remnain inistatices that re
inivigora te pciblic faith in the federal gov-
erniment. Often inter-party alliances,
xixhere a BDeiocrat anida Republicati tern-
porarily ignore their fuiidamental dift'er-
enices for the sike of the nation's general
xvelfare, are considered to be examples of
politics at its best.
But a recent pact betwveen Sen. Orrin
Hatch (R-Utah) and Se'n. Dianne
Feinstein (D-Calif.) to drive the
Methamphetamline Anti-Proliferation Act
through the Senate is nothitin Atmericans
should be excited about.
According to an article which rnn
Wired Mag'azine's Web site Friday, if
I-atch and Feinistein have their way, anxy-
one who publishing a Web site wvitht links
to information on where to buy "drug
paraphernalia" could fit-d themsclves fac-
inig a fine at-d up to three years in prison.
Even journalists reporting on drug
culture, who link their Internet sites to
such xveb pages for informational purpos-
es, cocild be prosecuted utnder the Act
which is sponsored by nine otlier senators
besides Hatch and Feinisteini.
Additionially, the Mveth-an-phetan-ine
A nti-Proliferatioin Act makes it illegal for
anyonie to cistribucte information, "by any
means' on "the manufacture or uise of a
controlled sxibstance." People viotatinig
that sectioti of the Act could be sent to
prisoin for tip to let-iyears.
Thec MIethianmph-etainue Anti-
Proliferation Act sh-osvs a coixplete disre
gard for thic First Aimeidimetiaixcithie
princitxtes upni which it xvas based.
Hatch at-d Feinteint's alliaice represents
a desperate attempt to stop the Ilow of
iniformation to a putblic tlat has growsn

iincreasixlyt id of xxxir oix tirigs that
atppears to both ill-retsonecl andiscocially
hxarmxfcil.
Accordinig to txce Ciited States
Departmuettof Ilcalth xaixclIltituai
Services, the Goverixoxeix's aiuti-cdrcig
propag'at-da is bcing" iginorect by a large
percetage of the popuilation.
Thie ag'ct-cy's data inidic'ate's that
almost 70 million At-iiericans have tied
tmarijuatia at sonic point inthet ir lives at-d
18 million have smroke'd vithxin thie past
year.
Givetn this data, ut-ieixust ask "xsh-at
are som niiti-icgovern-ietnt tryitig to
hide'?" TI-i Hatchi-Feinxstein bill is tryintg
to put an ct-d to tie alre-ady onie-sidcd
debate as to xxhxther some or all drtugs
should be illegal.
Since it is evident that Anericans are
not listening to whiat thicir government
says about at least sot--i illegal drugs, the
Metlxamphetai-iu-icAn-ti-Proliferation-iAct
hias been drafted to juist shut dissenters
up.
As with all laws that attempt to regu-
late thc Ititernt-i, the Methamphietamine
Anti-Proliferatiotn Act xwill be impossible
to enforce unt-iversally. Still, tle lass could
be used to send certain bigh-profile dis-
sentcrs to jail and strike fear it-to anyone
wvho xvai-ts to distrib-ixte informationi somue
kinds of drutg-relate'd informatiun.
American-s should hasvc no toleran~ce
for lawvmakers wvho dcmonstraIc sxuch1a
lack of respect for th-i principlcs of free
speech aIni-d a fre'c press. A dteiiocratic
gos-ernmueno has rio busit-iess 'ensoring
in-formiationi simiply becatise it contradicts
somone-i's age'i-da. No matter busy xorthy
one may regard itias being, no goat is
svorthi tce sacrifice' of il-icfrec floss of
informantion.,

U /xives its stiiceixix iaiclfacculty as
xscll ts AniniArblxxi resichenuts cc/-
s toutly ecu-ige ' In a xtrx/ Il' to captucre
thic cxcicitive citalxiirkinxg shpace.
TI- isscuc of patiking' loshxeenua
nihtmare lxxi tthccutt hixiigh il-iccive
lxax pxtteflid/ts into scligt his probhleum
txy ti-itcbtiilcding' of il-icfacility att Southi
IFourtlAxenuie tixc Iaxi Washiugtcon.
Tlhat ptoject sxill add mouethxani 20th
parking' spacic nAt-n Atlxor. Onixthe
othcr hand, tue Etistiy li-s doxne lilt
to hclp xtudciutsxxithuthe lxrobleim of
patrking.
Th current systemi cx txsrkingtixihxin
Il-i University dixidcesil-icparkinug tots
intoivte cdiffcretctlte lsx- old, Blue,
Yellow, Orantge at-d(Gteen. These arc
determinied by te proximity of the park-
iug lots in relsatiotn to thce Lniversity
C ampus.
Gold Level parkingp lots arc located in
restricted areas of campus, svhile Green
Level lots arc situated on the perimeter
of the 'ampus -lots that requiire a
shuttle or bus ride to access.
Except for Gree- lots, altloilier levels
of parking require the purchase of park-
ing permoits. Buittce costs of thuese tper-
mits are often too expenisive for at-iaver-
age student to petrel-ise. so manxy stut-
detts are often left with no choice bcii Ic-
park in far away Green lots.
Even though Il-icUn-iversity providesi
buis tratnsportations to lit-d ftiux1icheGreen
lots, stuideits a re not allcoxect to pxark
thir'i cars there cxverixighit. As a resuilt,
stcudents anr' for'ced toxcompe'te xvithAnnx
Arbor resideiits for te already liitied
spaces wvithiit the city.,xwhile emupty
Gree- lots are left uitiused. Iitomakes little
setise to lease aix entire pinking lxii
citused overnight.

The lniversity discxtiinligestudicenti
fnogi/bniging their cars dxriiilich/ne Ii
Ann Anrcor, buit swlen stuideutshovixie c/t
ofl ihieccrowvdtcdresideince 1/alls toi Icca
aprtmienits, they eticouniter l/th prblen
of findcing depexctdtable trn/sportint t
aund li-ruicaruxits.
Osver thec past couiple yearns, the tcix
hits beeciithe establishmntioxf tangt
chtaiii shores oeutside At-t- Arbxor. Ixncorde
to puirclhase the necessities tlhesc store.
pxrovide, sch as food, stuidenxts lxiv
iticreased their reliance oti privitec trnis
poxrtathion.
Wiiliocit a Pepentidable soxurce ox
usvernight pankingiaaiy stxideints art
forced to leave their cars att hicnte
deal xwith Il-icinconivenie'nce' cf Ixuhuic
transportatioti to vetiture outsicde ox
dbown-toxvn At-i-iArbor.
The University has dot-i a lot to hel~
faculty ii solving the problem of pank
ing, but huas neglected the needs of Stui
dents wvhio make up the builk of ihosc
needitig lotg-term parking splices.
Thec ability to park overniiglit it a lot
that is ailready a distanc'e awaly froti
camipus can shill play a part in east4
parkiiig problems iin A-i-iArbor.t"
oiity does this reduce the comxpetiiionx Foi
parkitig spaces, it also allowvs stcidents to
has-c a dependable source of parkitig.
TI-icUtiiversity should allow stcidenuts
to park overnight in Greenixlots. By lift-
hng the b-it-iut-ioxvernight hakingthe
Unxiversity looses unothing / lid theucsi-
denxt body w ould betcfit significanily.
Adiioxnally, such a muse xwouxld play
note solsing tl-i proble-i of parkixg
Arm Arbor. Havitig a carnduPaiphace' to
hank it, is miore than just a frivohlxts luix-
ury for anyone nxot living' in il-i dorms,
aind the University inust recognize this.

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