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Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 1, 1991
GSbe Sirbigau &idy
420 Maynard Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109


Editor in Chief

Opinion Editor

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.



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Mayor, city council place
Arbor bulldozed a house on Ashley St.
that served as a home for individuals
and families who otherwise would
have been homeless. On Jan. 10, the
Washtenaw County Circuit Court
effectively barred a formerly homeless
woman from appealing her eviction
from a house at 116 W. William by
demanding that she pay costs that
amounted to three times what she earns
every month.
This spring - with these two
houses and their inhabitants comfort-
ably out of the way - the city of Ann
Arbor will begin constructing a $9
million parking structure on the empty
Though Ann Arbor's gentrification
campaign torevive downtown Ann
Arbor has a long and sordid history,
the current twists of Mayor Jernigan's
regime have managed to outdo almost
all of the city's previous efforts.
Though Ann Arbor has long placed
profits before people, its Downtown
Development Authority's (DDA) de-
cision to build another parking struc-
ture rather than low-income housing
clearly demonstrates that the city is
more concerned with Ann Arbor's
merchants and bankers than most of its
citizens - and especially its poor and
estimated 1,500 homeless people.
After spending $26 million in !ax
revenue on parking structures, new
downtown lights, and valet parking for
customers at Jacobson's, the city's
DDA still has a16 percent office va-
cancy rate. Nonetheless, confronted in
recent months by the cancellation of
three development projects, the DDA
has decided to welcome the current re-
cession by spending the last of its pre-
cious revenues on a parking structure
rather than the people most hurt by the

profits before people
Though the city has not spent one
dime on low-income housing since the
mid-1970s, it is willing to spend 90
million dimes on a parking structure
that the city does not need.
Locally as well as nationally, what
the "American way of life" means for
America's poor is that they can either
face lethal bombs in the Gulf or deadly
budget bombs at home. They can swal-
low a lot of palaver about "dying for
their country" or they can listen to this
city's mayor openly side with the rich
who benefit from this war rather than
the poor who must fight it. Both on-
slaughts make a mockery of the
democracy which supposedly guaran-
tees equality and justice for all of its
Even as University students mobi-
lize against the war in the Gulf, they
cannot forget to oppose the war being
waged at home against this nation's
poor. Even as students with widely
disparate opinions on the Gulf war
claim to support the troops, they must
not cease fighting to assure that all of
'those soldiers have genuine economic
prospects - not to mention a place to
live - when they return home.
In this context, students are encour-
aged to broaden their anti-war efforts
by attending the Homeless Action
Committee's (HAC) 2 p.m. protest
tomorrow at the house on116 W.
William, where illegal eviction pro-
ceedings are underway.
With a mayor and a city council that
have consistently demonstrated a
flagrant lack of concern for the
homeless, Ann Arbor citizens have no
recourse but to fight the war at home in
the same way they are fighting the war


Don't let Vietnam history

Hear the roar
Moscow must not turn deaf ear to Baltic pleas

would have been heard around the
world. But this was not a normal day.
The world was preoccupied with more
pressing matters - war in the Persian
Gulf, Scud missiles, and the possibility
of Israeli retaliation. The din of these
other events obscured the roar of Soviet
tanks and paratroopers rolling into the
Baltic republic of Lithuania.
The Soviet government's move was
the culmination of a retreat from glas-
nest that first became evident last fall.
This return to Stalin-like tactics was
foreshadowed by last September's
postponement of the 500-day market
reform plan by Soviet President
Mikhail Gorbachev and Russian Pre-
mier Boris Yeltsin, and by two omi-
nous recent events in the Soviet bu-
reaucracy: the resignation of Gor-
bachev's foreign minister Eduard She-
vardnadze, and the appointment of
several hard-line Communist bureau-
crats to high-echelon positions in the
Soviet government.
But even with this dramatic about-
face from the ideals of glasnost, the
bloody scene in the Lithuanian capital
could not have been predicted. The
tanks rolled into Vilnius and comman-
deered the parliament building, along
with the television and radio stations,
leaving resistant Lithuanians lying
bloodied in the streets. And while the
one remaining radio outlet broadcast
news of the conflict and desperate pleas
for support, the Kremlin-controlled
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In fact, the move raised doubts
about just who holds power in the
Kremlin. Gorbachev, in his six years in
office, projected an image that is in-
consistent with such repression. It is
possible that he acted in this manner to
appease the hard-line Communists or
that the army acted on its own, but
neither option paints the picture of a
leader who is in control. And if Gor-
bachev is not in control then the bene-
fits of his efforts, including glasnost,
perestroika, and the thawed relations
with the West, are in peril.
Further, the response from Western
governments, especially the United
States, has been unfortunately weak.
As Bush continues to pursue a war
about "democracy" and "the American
way of life," he ignores the blatant
human rights violations of the Soviet
Union. If the U.S. government expects
the public to believe we are at war to
protect Kuwait's sovereignty, it must
show that it cares about self-determi-
nation elsewhere.
This week, the Soviet troops began
to move out of the Baltic republics.
This move is encouraging, but it is not
enough. The Soviet Union should ca-
pitulate to the will of the people.
The drive for Baltic independence
has been extremely active since the
sweeping changes of 1989 and 1990 in
Eastern Europe, but it has survived
since Hitler and Stalin carved up the
region on the eve of World War II. The
leaders of the movements are not per-
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To the Daily:
Regrettably, many Americans do not
learn from their past mistakes or the mis-
takes of others. History certainly has a
habit of repeating itself and there are those
of us who apparently have not studied any
history. The history I am talking about is
the anti-war protests of the 1960s and
early 1970s.
The anti-war demonstrations being held
all across the country are not unlike those
of the Vietnam era. Millions of protesters
marched in the streets carrying signs and
shouting anti-war chants to anyone who
would listen. Unfortunately, the media
tends to cover such events and eventually
the soldiers risking their lives see these
I am not a student who favors war or
finds any honor in it. I am not happy that
anyone is dying and wish that this war
will come to a close soon. I do believe,
however, in peace through strength. For
only in strength will peace remain stable.
If you are someone who is extremely
against this war, the best way to express
your discontent ishto write to theproper
government officials and express it di-
Anti-war demonstrations in public
places, though legal and rightfully so, are
extremely detrimental to the morale of the
men and women of our armed forces.
Don't give in to the temptation to
demonstrate publicly against this war.
That is the mistake some Americans made
in the past. History tends to repeat itself;
let's prove that wrong this time.
Patrick Morrissey
LSA senior
S.O.S. cannot be
considered 'neutral'
To the Daily:
The student group Support Our Sol-
diers (S.O.S.) claims to be neutral toward
the war in the Middle East. Members have
asserted that the organization takes no
stand on whether U.S. military interven-
tion in the gulf is right or wrong, and that
they are only interested in "supporting the
S.O.S. condemned the destruction of
the anti-war mural, but earlier in the week
these same individuals attempted to disrupt
a peace rally, chanting loudly during the
speeches. They were not only chanting
"Support the troops," but also "Hussein
must be stopped," and other pro-war slo-
gans. A truly neutral group would not
work to disrupt or upstage the actions of
groups like SAUSI who have taken a
stand againstAthe war. Since then, S.O.S.
has reorganized and decided to maintain a
public stance of neutrality, but the group
was formed by the same people who set
themselves against the peace activists and
tried to upset their activities.
S.O.S. invalidates any type of support
for the troops that is different from their
own. Many of the people involved in the
anti-war movement have family and
friends serving in the Middle East, and
they believe that the best way they can
support their loved ones is to work for
In the Jan. 26 march on Washington,
there was a large section of protesters with

behavior and statements of this group
show that they support the use of military
force in the gulf, and can't be considered
"neutral" on the issue. They are interested
in supporting the troops in only one way,
by demonstrating support for the official
U.S. policy that has placed our men and
women in danger.
Amanda Rogers
Second-year Rackham graduate
Daily again fails in
interpreting opinion
To the Daily:
The Daily has again misinterpreted the
opinions posed by students interviewed for
an article ("War causes fear, tension
among Arab students" (1/23/'91) - includ-
ing myself.
Quoting portions of these interviews
and deliberately (or undeliberately) neglect-
ing other portions related to the subject
matter, thus presenting a single-sided
opinion for the readers. In an interview
conducted over the phone, I was asked for
my opinion about Saddam Hussein and
about my feelings concerning the situation
in the Arabian (Persian) Gulf. I replied
that Saddam's occupation of Kuwait was
wrong and that I condemned this occupa-
tion. I also added that I am against this de-
structive war since it annoys me to hear
about Iraqi innocent civilians being dug
out of the rubble or baby food factories be-
ing attacked and shattered into pieces. Up
to this point, all quotes were accurate but
not complete since the Daily failed to in-
clude that portion of the interview that
dealt with my opposition to the U.S. mil-
itary intervention in the Middle East.
As an Arab, and most importantly, as a
Palestinian living in Jordan, it is impor-
tant for me to clarify both sides of my
opinion. I am opposed to the U.S. mili-
tary intervention in the Middle East since
this conflict is an Arab conflict and should
be dealt with among the Arab countries. I
am also opposed to the occupation of
Kuwait since it is as wrong and illegiti-

Harold Hilborn
LSA junior
Why so much hot
air from students?

repeat itself
mate as, for example, the occupation of
the west bank by Israel since 1967!
My request to the Daily editors is to
try as much as possible not to abuse the
journalistic freedom in future interviews
- I have lived in this country long
enough to realize that it is very difficult
for the media to do so - and to be sensi-
tive to the various points of view ex-
pressed by students, irrespective of their
color, race, or national origin.
Fadi Alkhairi
Rackham graduate student
Daily opinion staff
should enlist in Army

To the Daily:
How many
Yes...how many?
University of Michigan students
I wonder why we
does it take
to change a lightbulb?
I do not know.
One hundred.
I do not think that there is an answer.
One to change the bulb,
Why are so few willing to act
ninety-nine to protest.
While so many blow hot air?

To the Daily:
If the opinion page staff feels that the
Gulf war is so unjust to the poor, perhaps
they should do their part to mitigate this
injustice by enlisting in the armed forces.
Put your money where your mouth is.



Kevin P. Hogan
LSA junior



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