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420 Maynard Street ANDREW GOTI'ESMAN
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 Editor in Chief
Edited and Managed STEPHEN HENDERSON
by Students at the DANIEL POUX
University of Michigan Opinion Editors
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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is informative, fair and thought-provoking. If we live in a vacuum devoid o
do our job, every issue during the next year will the Student Publications1
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the Daily. Internal strife and campus criticism have editors and readers. Keep
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Rally fliers
didn't deceive
To the Daily:
I am writing in response to the
editorial, "Rally fliers mislead-
ing," (1/28/90) by Ahn Duong
and Valerie Kohn. Obviously,
they were not too terribly im-
mersed in the rally, otherwise
they would have realized that they
were indeed at a rally in support
of U.S. troops and their efforts in
the Persian Gulf.
The rally you supposedly
attended was sponsored by
Support Our Soldiers (S.O.S.) in
an effort to show both the
American public and armed
forces that not all voices at the
University shout for immediate
withdrawal.
I wholeheartedly oppose the
war and America's Middle East
initiatives, and I handed out fliers
on the periphery of this rally on
behalf of Students Against U.S.
Intervention in the Middle East
(SAUSI). The flier you received
that turned you away from the
rally was not printed by S.O.S.,
and was presented as a differing
opinion from that of the rally.
The initial flier you read was
an honest advertisement from
S.O.S. for a rally to support U.S.
troops. I resent the implication
that the organization of this rally
was a cynical attempt by the anti-
war movement to play upon
patriotic feelings and lure students
into a rally for the sole purpose of
showing off a large gathering of
protesters for reporters or televi-
sion cameras.
Neither S.O.S. nor SAUSI is
out to deceive the student body
with false propaganda.
Sean Kottke
LSA sophomore
S.O.S. clarifies
To the Daily:
I am writing in response to
Valerie Kohn and Ahn Duong's
letter, "Rally fliers misleading,"
(1/28/90). I sympathize with their

misinterpretation of our rally.
Thus, I would like to take this
opportunity to clear up Support
Our Soldiers' (S.O.S.) platform.
We are a group which has
come together solely for the
purpose of supporting our men
and women in the Persian gulf.
We are not taking any position on
the legitimacy of the U.S. policy
in the region. Instead, we are
acknowledging the fact that we
are at war and we are rallying to
show our soldiers that their
friends, family and loved ones
support their efforts and hopesthat
they can achieve a just peace and
come home quickly.
Obviously, other organizations
were present that had their own
views on the war. Fortunately, in
this country, everyone has the
right to express their opinions in
an open forum. While this can
cause confusion, it is a part of
America which we strongly
support.
Being a spontaneous, student
sponsored organization, without
impressive amounts of funding,
S.O.S. did not have access to the
vast resources that come from the
coffers of the Michigan Student
Assembly. Thus, we lacked the
PA system and advertising that
most rallies enjoy. Furthermore,
not being veteran rally organizers,
we ran into several administrative
problems.
We apologize for the less than
adequate sound quality and thick
mud which many had to wade
through. We are appreciative that
more than 600 people neverthe-
less came out to support our
soldiers and demonstrate their
pride in America.
Now, as never before, Ameri-
cans must band together in
support of our soldiers overseas.
Jong Han
Member of S.O.S.
No Israel-Iraq link
To the Daily:
On Jan. 28, the Daily printed
an editorial by John Cahill and
Lorraine Bayard-DeVolo.

Although I agree with their
condemnation of the destruction
of the Diag "War Memorial," I
feel that the article was biased and
contained a number of miscon-
ceptions.
The authors ask, "if the world
has tolerated 45 years of
Israeli... intransigence at arriving
at an equitable resolution of the
Palestinian issue, why give up on
diplomacy over Kuwait after only
five months?" I strongly disagree
with Israeli policy, but Israel's
treatment of the Palestinians is
very different from Iraqi treat-
ment of Kuwait - Israel is not
Kuwait.
The authors of the editorial
state that Iraqi Jews will suffer
from the current war. However,
these Jews are not allowed to
practice their religion openly
within Iraq; in contrast, Palestin-
ians may freely practice Islam.
Israel is surrounded by countries
that have pledged to destroy it,
and Palestinian riots and terrorism
have convinced Israelis that this is
the Palestinian view. The Ku-
waitis, however, have neither
threatened nor attacked Iraq in the
past.
Finally, Israel has been willing
to exchange P.L.O. troops for
captured Israelis during the
conflict in Lebanon. The Iraqi
government, however, parades
allied airmen in front of television
cameras. Israeli treatment of
prisoners of war, on the other
hand, is relatively humane;
nobody can morally condone Iraqi
treatment of the captured pilots.
Jonathan Kaufman
RC first-year student
The Daily encourages responses
from its readers. Letters should
be ISO words or less and
include the author's name, year
in school and phone number.
They can be mailed to: The
Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard,
Ann Arbor 48109, or they can
be sent via MTS to "The
Michigan Daily Letters to the
Editor." The Daily reserves the
right to edit letters for style and
space

Budget cuts
Gov. Engler should not sacrifice social services

L ocal officials are reeling from projected bud-
get cuts announced last week as part of Gov.
JohnEngler's $1.1 billion spending reduction plan.
If the legislature passes a deficit reduction pro-
gram similar to the one that recently failed, nearly
900 Washtenaw County residents could lose gen-
eral assistance payments from the Department of
Social Services.
Although it is encouraging to see that Engler's
campaign promise not to cut higher education is
holding true, slashing basic social and human
services should not be the alternative.
Engler vowed to reduce property taxes by 20
percent, which will necessitate drastic cuts in state
government services. These threatened programs
are already inneed of assistance, and further reduc-
tions could result in catastrophe.
If mental health institutions, correctional fa-
cilities, and social services have to make drastic
cuts, the state as a whole will suffer. Emptying
mental heath and correctional facilities will create
the -need for even greater social expenditure.
Homelessness and crime rates rose in direct corre-

lation with the closing of mental institutions na-
tionwide during the 1970s, proving that shirking
the responsibility of caring for disadvantaged per-
sons will not make the problem go away. If we do
not learn this lesson from our national history, we
are doomed to repeat it on a state level.
Instead of a short-sighted, debt-reduction plan
that weakens social and human services, the state
should embark on a long-range strategy that will
strengthen these much-needed programs. If we
ear-mark more resources to develop programs to
keep people out of correctional facilities, social
services, and mental health institutions, it would
be money well spent.
This sort of investment in the future of the state
is what Engler should be looking for instead of
quick, stop-gap measures to cut spending.
Though the disadvantaged do not have a strong
voice in Lansing and may be an easy target for
legislators, a chain is only as strong as its weakest
link. Unless we support the "weak link," the entire
system will collapse.

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F e ini isn t a dirty word

COLLEGE
ROU NDU P Deferred fratern ity rush

My generation of women wants
it all: a successful career with an
understanding and non-sexist boss
(or better yet, be the boss), a fulfill-
ing family life with children and a
husband
who does "

After a year and a half of controversy, deferred rush
is finally here. Inevitably, Northwestern's fraternities
have turned their attention from lambasting the policy
to working to make the best of it.
The presidents still wish rush were allowed in fall,
but they're dealing in reality as sororities have done
from thebeginning. Hopefully, getting this firstdeferred
rush out of the way will make IFC more cooperative
with the administration and its policy.
When the administration ended more than 30 years
of debate by calling for deferred rush last year, it was
obvious to everyone, including the administration, that
the fraternities and sororities wold not be pleased. But
they apparently thought that the benefit to a less-well-
organized group, first-year students, outweighed the
damage to Greeks.

The preliminary signs, even after a seriously flawed
implementation of the policy during fall quarter, are that
the administration may have been right.
Everyone will have a better idea of how successful
deferred rush has been when the pledges are counted in
a few weeks. Then they'll. try the plan again next year,
and it will probably go more smoothly.
Like it or not, deferred rush is here until the ad-
ministration reviews it in 1992, and probably after that.
Hopefully, the next few weeks will show the fraternities
and sororities that they can have a successful rush in the
winter, and will lead to a more successful deferral of
rush next year.
Jan. 14, 1991, The Daily Northwestern
Northwestern University

his share of
the house-
work. They
want it all,
except
maybe one
thing: they
don't want
to be la-
beled femi-
nists.
T h e
word femi-

perform a job, take a class or join a
group because of their gender -
we tend to forget its presence.
When we look at our immediate
world - the campus - the signs of
sexism are even less visible. Half of
the student body is made up of
women. Countless student groups
- including the University's stu-
dent government with a woman
president and vice president - are
led by women. The fight often seems
far removed from our insulated
world.
But while we look at these ac-
complishments, the sexism found
in the workplace is present on cam-
pus as well. Often professors and
teaching assistants are more en-
couraging to men in the classroom.
Last year, women participating in
the Take Back the Night rally to
protest rape were greeted with
cheers of "Date rape! Date rape!"
from men on the streets. A student

mas make more than women with
college degrees. A woman's right
to choose an abortion is being
threatened. Violent crimes against
women are increasing at alarming
rates.
The fight ahead, should we
choose to wage it, will not be easy.
And no one else can do it for us. By
refusing to acknowledge the prob-
lems which still exist, we will face
still more in the future. By acting as
though sexism and the establishment
has ceased to hold back women, we
are denying ourselves success.
One step to winning this fight is
to get over the "feminist" barrier.
We must not be afraid to fight the
status quo, to ask for more than has
been given every generation of
women before us, to ask for more
than equality but insist upon a
change in the overall system. We
must not be afraid to make waves,
make others uncomfortable and thus

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