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The Daily Ntehraskan
Wednesday, January 15, 1953
Bomb Dropping, etc.
It's interesting what dilemmas the United
Sttet can place herself in if she wants to.
One of the ones which has been a prize ex
ample of politicking coupled with short-sightedness
coupled with plain outright fear has been
the policy of continuing to drop nuclear bombs
at various points around the world and in our
own desert regions. The United States, as a
leader nation and as a collection of respectable
human beings, has been told again and again
that such nuclear tests are dangerous to the
human race. Our nation hears the words, shrugs
her shoulders and points to the Soviet Union.
The next step America takes is to announce
that she will develop a clean bomb.
Now we are engaged in developing a weapon
H'hich will speed up the process of elimination.
The Reds have rockets and missiles which can
hover over us and so we must.
The thinking of the federal government along
these lines must resemble the monkey-see-the-monkey-do
attitude which has prevailed in
kindergartens so many years.
Now the end all and be all of the bomb drop
ping situation is upon us. Nobel Prize Winner
Linus Pauling has submitted a petition signed
by 9,235 scientists calling for an international
agreement to stop nuclear bomb tests now to
the United Nations.
The scientists are from 44 countries and in
clude 36 Nobel Prize winners.
Pauling, 1954 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry,
said that in his opinion the list of signers repre
sented the opinion of the majority of the scien
tists of the world.
The petition, which was turned over to the
Secretary General of the U.N. declares, "Each
nuclear bomb test spread's an added burden of
radioactive elements over every part of the
world. Each added amount of radiation causes
damage to the pool of human germ plasm
such as to lead to an increase in the number of
eriously defective children that will be born
in future generations.
"So long as these weapons are in the hands
of only three powers an agreement for their
control Is feasible. If testing continues, and
the possession of these weapons spreads to ad
ditional governments, the danger of outbreak
of a calacylsmic nuclear war through the reck
less action of some irresponsible national leader
will be greatly increased."
This, then, is a very clear statement of how
the United States, the United Kingdom and the
Soviet Union are sowing the seeds of the
Most logically we cannot disregard the sound
advice of the world's finest scientists. We pre
sume they know what they are talking about
and they know only too well the results of the
continued bomb dropping:
It is disheartening to think that the administra
tion has skirted this issue by claiming that it Is
searching for a clean bomb. Pauling declares
that such a task will never be done.
A final consideration for Americans to ponder
is a soul-searching problem. In the past couple
of weeks a Polish scientist who had been work
ing in Warsaw defected to the West. He said
that he could no longer take the thwarting
of personal freedoms (such as the freedom to
express a personal opinion) by the Communist
The connection with the nuclear bomb peti
tion? Dr. Pauling reports that many more
Americans and British agreed with the peti
tion but declined to sign because they were
connected with the government.
Frightened of repurcussions? Afraid of los
ing their jobs? At any rate it wouldn't be
patriotic to suggest that the walls are closing
in on the American people.
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Note To City Of Lincoln
Word has come fast and furious that Meter
Maids will now take over the duties of dolling
out tickets to persons who are parked too long
on the streets of the city.
We understand that these ladies will operate
with the same efficient looks on their faces as
the gentlemen in blue who hove handled the
job so long.
We are wondering if the Meter Maids will
ever get to the campus in order to alleviate
the traffic problems which the city police have
tried to alleviate for so long.
Of course it is understood that the Meter
Maids won't really be traffic cops. They won't
give speeders tickets or tell inebraited gentle
men to move along. They will become experts
with the pad and pencil and handle the cars
which are pulled up at the wrong places or for
the wrong amount of time.
Besides the Meter Maids' new appointment
the city has accepted a new form of traffic
ticket which will solve additional problems of
tickets' being fixed.
Well, this only presents one basic problem
... a problem which many students have
had to cope with in the past and will, no doubt,
have to cope with in the future. That is the
basic conflict between the word of John Law
and the word of Joe College.
Often a student may have to receive tickets
for overparking, or some other offense, and
explained the situation to the officer. Now with
the new tickets this can't be done.
Very few students have been able to afford
a trial for so petty an offense. Now it would
seem that the correct solution to the problem,
the correct justification of an injustice will
have to be taken up before His Honor. This
seems a little out of balance with the nature
of the law, which is to expedite justice.
What are we coming to?
First it was unfixable tickets. Now it's women
writing them out.
And next? Well perhaps lady cops telling the
parkers in front of the dorm to move on so as
not to block the arterials.
Security comes first on the budget before
the Congress now.
That means that defense spending is being
stepped up and that research into the problems
of the space age are booming.
Education fits into the picture what with the
Eisenhower Administration's plan to help edu
cation and colleges.
But let's not forget the good old pork barrel
projects which have been put aside every year
for so long.
An interesting statistic points to the fact that
we spend more on the security of other nations
(through economic aid) than we do for high
ways, flood control and the like.
There's an old saying (a cliche, if you will)
that charity begins in the home. Now that we're
looking out for our homeland with bombs and
atoms and the like, we might start looking out
for such vicious killers as highway accidents and
floods by getting hep with the long-suffering and
long-forgotten programs of road building and
irom the editor
First Things First. . .
by Jack Pollock
Barring blizzards or 120 degree temperatures,
the Union parking lot could become a thing of
the past this Thursday.
Contractors, architects ainl Union and Univer
sity officials will meet Thursday and the con
tractors expressed hope Tuesday they would
"like to start that day," if proper authorization
is received. Contract documents, including nec
essary sets of plans, were being drawn up Tues
day. The General Contractors, George Cook Con
struction Co. of Lincoln received official confir
mation Tuesday they had been awarded the gen
eral contract by the University Board of Regents
for the $1,300,000 Union project. Officials at
Cook's said they still need a letter of intent but
es far as beginning to work, they're "ready to
Think I'll move my car . . .
A letters to the editor critic the other day
blasted what he termed the playboys' play
groundthe Student Union saying that only a
relatively small percentage of the campus com
munity uses the facilities of the Union. Of more
than 3,000 students who participated in a com
prehensive survey in 1955, more than 70 per cent
Of the 3,000 said they used facilities of the Union
at least once a week; seven percent said they
never used the facilities. Other survey figures
showed that Union door counts averaged 5,000
Another Nebraska educator has leveled a bar
rage at the state's educational setup. Dr. Harold
Wiltse, superintendent of the Grand Island Pub
lic schools, in a speech at the Union last week
end, blasted the system for "having too many
small school districts and too many small high
schools." Speaking of funds, he said, "Even
that which we do spend is often poorly collected
and extravagently spent."
Then he moved on to the crux of the situa
tion: "The property tax is already too high. The
amount of property a person owned was once a
good measure of his ability to pay taxes. It is
no longer so. Forty-five states in the U.S. have
broadened the tax base to relieve the tax burden
on property and to distribute the tax more
equitably. It must come in Nebraska, and soon."
It would seem than from the 45 which have
broadened the tax base, Nebraska could more
than benefit from the evils that have crept up
in the new systems. Unless of course, we're
waiting to see what the other two states plan
to do. . . .
FIFTY-SIX TEARS OLD
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Published at: Room 20, Student Union
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Indian Graduate Student Expresses Views
On Present-Day Indo-American Relations
Jaipaul Discusses Hi s Nation's Neutrality
Jalpaul, a I'niverslty graduate
student and native of India,
spoke recently to the Lincoln
chapter of the American Asso
ciation for the United Nations
(AAUX) on the topic, 'India's
The thirty-year-old student of
International Affairs has served
as Indian delegate to the
UNESCO Commission Confid
ence recently held In San Fran
cisco and had earlier served for
four years as Public Relations
Officer for the Congress Party
'in the Parliament of India.
The following are excerpts
from text of Jaipaul's speech:
"In Asia, America and in sev
eral other parts of the world peo
ple are striving in their own ways
to promote better understanding
among the nations of the world
to have an everlasting peace.
Probably peace is the only pro
posal on which East and West
agree. They may disagree at the
various means to achieve the
same but the common approf.cn
often suggested is that it can be
achieved through creating a real
understanding of each other and
appreciating others' values. It is
not considred the only way but it
is the most acceptable one.
"Recently on the west coast a
big conference was held which
was attended by most of the Asian
countries and Americans to stim
ulate additional American interest
in the people of Asia and their
cultural values and achievements,
to consider the extensive Ameri
can efforts relating to Asia which
are now in progress and to discuss
the ways Americans can contrib
ute to better Asian-American un
derstanding and co-operation. Such
a thing reaffirms my faith that
most of the world problems can
be solved by bringing the right
type of understanding between the
two parts of this world. In fact,
while once exchanging views with
an American diplomat about
America's knowledge of Asia, and
more particularly of India, we
agreed that Americans are more
ignorant about the East than the
Easterns are about this continent.
Though America is at an advan
tageous position as far as the ed
ucation and facilities of means of
communications to learn more are
concerned, the fact remains the
same. This is, once again, evident
from the above conference too.
This American ignorance about
Asia, Asians, and their values is
a cause for a gap between the
two lands which k leading us no
where. "As an Indian, from my ex
perience here, I feel that India
Is rather misunderstood in this
country. The policy of India's
non-alignment, or neutrality as
is commonly used, is to some
extent not understood properly.
As in dress, similarly in political
outlook, the Individual who wears
last year's model at a gathering
is regarded not only as ecces
tric but something approaching
"In the same way, India, it
would seem, has entered the ele
gant international drawing room
in old clothes and is an embarras
sing misfit among those already
assembled there. Why does she
continue to embarrass the leaders
of the society when they bBvc
pointed out to her that she would
be far more acceptable if she were
fashionably in step with them. In
the circumstances India is faced
with two alternatives: firstly, the
belief that peace can be main
tained by building up military
might and held in balance by an
armament race; secondly, that
peace can be maintained and pre
served only by peaceful means,
that the armament race endangers
its preservation and that no stone
must be left unturned to lessen
the tension that exists in the world.
"Our policy of neutrality has the
unbiased outlook and we choose to
apply it to all the international
issues, believing if we apply such
a policy, our mind being unbiased
thus calm, would make our vision
clearer and thus fruitful. By this,
we remain in an advantageous po
sition to decide everything on its
merits and cannot be prejudiced.
The disadvantage is that we can
not fit into any formula, as in
this 'space age' all decisions are
backed by authority of power.
"I may mention Mahatma Gand
hi, who gave us the message that
the individual citizen is responsible
for the destiny of his country. He
believed that human beings, were
the nations and that the behavior
of each individual ultimately
molded the fate of his country.
It is a known fact that it was his
ethics and his creed of non-violence,
bloodshed was not the only
way for a nation to conduct its
struggle for freedom.
"UTiat other policy than the
'positive neutrality' could we
have adopted ... if in (he place
of Canada you had Rod China
and Russia, would not Dulles be
singing in our tone?
"America recognizes and up
holds the deep faith in man, the
individual and his destiny because
it has worked for uplifting of the
human spirit and its guiding pow
er which has resulted in tha de
velopment of her huge mtisrial
force. What we all need is a closer
understanding between the nations
of the world on this American
proposition that all men are cre
ated equal and possess inalienable
rights. This common heritage of
The Galley Slave
As I was walking around last
evening I noticed a carload of
gay college youths with cans tilted
dripping the nectar of the gods
down their parched throats.
It then oc
curred to me
that the time
las come for
the state t o
boys and girls
old enough to
TO to college
and to raise
should be old " ..
enough to buy
ind drink the
Coincidentally, the editorial ed
itor of the Lincoln Star writes in
the Tuesday morning paper,
"Practically gone from today's
scene are any automatic limita
tions on young people because of
age. True, they generally don't
start school until they have
reached the familiar age of six
and don't vote for president until
they are 21 but that is about as
far as age limits go . . . Advice
has replaced law in many areas
of parental jurisdiction."
Now it's about time that law
replaces recklessness. And that is
a job for the gentlemen in the
I have always been the drain
ing kind of person who believed
pretty much in my fellow men. I
am convinced that if you want
a person to accept responsibility
you have to hand it to him.
But you can't just hand the in
dividual a smile and ask him to
foot the bills.
Now this essentially boils down
lo some sort of resolution. And
what I am asking is not a change
in the social structure which is
The other day through the mails
an uncle of mine who is very high
in the government sent me my
yearly bill. Around $133. I suppose
most college students have to pay
their share of the federal govern
ment's bills, too . . . even if they
haven't had their say-so in se
lecting the spenders for that
I have never been a real an
archist. Therefore I have hoped
that hints dropped here and there
to both federal and state legisla
tors would be accepted.
Why can't persons
vote at a
Why can't the liquor drinking
laws be changed in the state?
Why can't legislators understand
that ncbiect of these two vital is
sues is the catapult with which
they will be bounced out of office?
You see it's not a question en
tirely of letting us take a drink
or pull the switch in the polling
We're all aware of the problems
brought about by American youth.
Young persons have recome care
less with the bottle, careless with
the government and the laws of
The very fact that I saw some
students (I presume they were
students) drinking on the campus
out in the open is e sign that they
don't particularly give a hoot, eith
er about the law or the punishment.
Daily Nebraskan Letterip
"Buck's" Ire Up
To the editor:
When Dick Basoco and I were
in grade school together, Dick
thought that there was a Santa
Claus. Now he resents what he
calls my "attack" on Santa
Claus." Hasn't anyone clued Dick
Dick wrote a letter against me,
filled with hate, because I had
written some arguments showing
that the proposed Student Tribunal
would be a bad thing. At no tims
did Dick answer my arguments:
1. The Student Tribunal can only
try trivial cases bringing annoy
trent and conformity to thousands
of mature students.
2. The Student Tribunal cannot
conduct adequate investigations
tribunal members will be involved
in studies and activities; witness
can tell the tribunal that "the cow
jumps i over the moon."
3. The Student Tribunal would
be partial; student inquisitors
would cover up for their friends
and damn their enemies.
The Daily Nebraskan has urged
that we have a Student Tribunal
in order to "run our own affairs."
I have a hunch that the Student
Tribunal would like to run some
affairs of the University, at any
rate, let us "run our own affairs"
individually without inter
ference from the Student Tribunal.
We're mature enough to run our
own affairs without any sort of
kangaroo court that's kid stuff.
Let's not have the indignity of
a "Student Tribunal" that child
ish monstrosity let's vote against
it when we get the chance.
TVIelvyn "Buck" Elkleberry
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mankind has been the basis for
our constitution and today we up
hold the same concept in the hope
that it will help to 'hold a hand
uplifted over hate,' as was said
by a Greek philosopher. With real
understanding and co-operation, I
know that America and India can
move forward together in fulfill
ment of the common purpose
peace. In the words of our vice
president, 'We are living at the
dawn of a new era of universal
humanity . . . whether we like it
or not, we live in one world and
required to be educated to a com
mon conception of human purpose
''Peace is not the absence ol
war: It is the development of
strong fellow feeling and honest
appreciation of other peoples'
ideas and values. We need not
merely a closer contact between
East and West, but closer nn
ion. Mankind stems from one or
igin from which it has branched
out in many forms. It is now
striving towards the reconcilia
tion of that which has been split
up. The separation of East and
West is ending. The history of
a new world, the one world has
begun. It promises to be large
in extent, varied in color, and
rich in quality."
by dick shugrue
It might be wise for the new
faces and the young members of
the Unicameral to look Into this
problem. Certainly the young peo
ple who are toddling around would
appreciate it. We'd all be better
off for it.
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