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Wednesday, November 3, 1966
The Doily Nebraskan
On The Governor Race
Gubernatorial candidates, Philip Sor
ensen and Norbert Tiemann, because of
their youtti and equally impressive zeal,
ambition, hard work and progressive ideas
both appeal to the University student.
As the Lincoln Jturnal stated in Its
Oct. 26 editorial "never have the voters
been offered two such competent, deter
mined, articulate, attractive candidates
These two men in their positions on
state issues differ very little.
Both speak strongly in support of the
University and both are pledged to mov
ing Nebraska ahead in education, econom
ic development, industrial expansion, agri
cultural improvement, research, institu
tional management and governmental
Both are in favor of a broadened tax
base although differing some in respect
to the property tax and other tax de
tails. Both have shown support and re
spect for the youth in this state dressing
the importance of improving opportunities
and lowering the voting age to 18.
Yet in the Daily Nebraskan's opinion
behind the campaign speeches, ideas and
appearances, one candidate should def
initely be preferrable to the well-educated
To the Nebraska student who desires
to live in a progressive and liberal state
where ideas are more important than
politics, where education means thinking
and not only fitting a clog in the business
world Philip Sorensen is definitely the
The Nebraskan sees this race as be
tween two competent men. But one is
a banker who bases his experience and
ideas on business and agriculture. The
other Philip Sorensen is a practical in
tellectual with an education in law, with
experience in government and with a lib
eral mind that can understand meanings
and concepts beyond everyday business.
A majority of citizens in Nebraska
may be content with a backward state that
has little intellectualism or need for ideas,
but the University-educated-student should
realize that this state has too many pol
iticians now with agriculture and business
understanding as their only backgrounds.
Sorensen is a man, who not only has
a good understanding of business and ag
riculture as shown by his campaign posi
tions and conduct as lieutenant governor,
but in addition has something extra which
this state needs.
He is a man who has been willing to
take positions and to speak out on contro
He is a man who has worked and
planned for economic and agricultural ad
vancement of the state, and has also acted
as a leader in other meaningful areas such
as civil rights.
This is illustrated by his service as
president of the Lincoln Malone Center
and his role as state co-ordinator of civil
rights. . , , u
Sorensen, not only has a close relation
ship through his brother Ted Sorensen to
the late President Kennedy, but also with
his highly educated mind and youthful in
tellect Sorensen resembles the late presi
Both men-especially in the minds and
images of youth are a great improvement
But in the Daily Nebraskan's opinion
there is no question about Philip Sorensen
coming closer to the kind of meaningful,
well-educated, liberal and progressive gov
ernor that a young person in 1966 desires
as his state's leader.
Too Much Conservativism
In the Senate race the public qualities
of both candidates can not be praised.
In fact it is almost difficult for a
young person who wants a senator that
he can respect and be proud of to sup
port either one of the main candidates
Governor Frank B. Morrison and Senator
Carl T. Curtis.
But since sometimes voters are re
quired to vote against the worse of two
candidates by voting for the other, the
Daily Nebraskan would like to encourage
a vote against Carl T. Curtis.
Curtis' record shows that he has long
been associated with ultra-conservatism
and has been far out of step with the de
mands of today's world.
Hit record as a senator for 12 years
and a congressman for 16 years shows a
constant vote against almost everything.
He has voted against educational pro
grams, welfare programs, anti-poverty
programs and against almost all pro
grams that might help laborers, wage
' earners or even farmers.
In addition to these negative votes,
the Daily Nebraskan feels that Curtis can
at least partly be held responsible for the
small amount of federal research and ed
ucational grants which institutions in Ne
braska have received.
He talks of co-sponsoring a proposed
system for the equitable distribution of
research on one hand and then adds
that grants are usually given to "name"
universities and that he will make no
comment on the academic standards of
Nebraska's educational institutions.
We do not feel that Curtis' success in
former projects to help the state or his
apparent passe attitude toward education
in Nebraska promises any type of im
provement in the amount of federal mon
ey Nebraska universities will receive if he
Curtis has constantly followed a tradi
tional conservative line almost to the
point of accomplishing little else in the
Senate except adding his vote to the ultra
Nebraska is and always has been con
sidered a somewhat conservative state,
but no state can stand for the kind of
governmental, social and economic stag
nationthat Carl Curtis has been giving
Nebraska as a senator.
First Congressional District:
He Has Gotten Things Done
"He has gotten things done for Ne
braska" this is the usual description of
Clair Callan, representative from the First
The Dally Nebraskan feels that his
description is valid and that Callan should
be re-elected to represent Lincoln and the
eastern one-fourth of the state with the
exception of Omaha in the UJS. House of
In Callan's first term in Congress,
Ms record shows he has been active in
shaping beneficial agricultural policies,
in assisting Lincoln with the Job Corps
training center and in supporting the Lin
coln Veterans Administration hospital.
He has also assisted greatly in federal
project! for soil and water conservation,
flood control, irrigation, recreation and
electrical power for the benefit of the
Callan has worked with and added to
many congressional programs which have
aided the state.
These include his amendment to the
Food for Peace bill which would establish
a national strategic reserve of food and
his efforts to get the U.S. Agricultural De
partment to leave 1961 corn stored on the
farms which mean greatly added income
to Nebraska farmers.
Callan has represented his district ef
fectively with a great deal of action, hard
work and many accomplishments. The
Daily Nebraskan can see no reason not
to re-elect Clair Callan.
3 Important Tax Issues
The Daily Nebraskan would never pre
tend to understand all of the tax issues
which will be voted upon Nov. 8.
But the Nebraskan, connected with a
school which critically needs more mon
ey, does realize that the state definitely
needs a broadened tax base.
In our opinion, the best way to ac
complish this broadened tax base at this
time will be for voters to approve the
1965 state income tax, but to vote against
the constitutional amendment to prohibit
the state from levying a property tax
to provide state revenue.
The Nebraskan would also suggest a
vote for the constitutional amendment to
keep the state in the property tax field
to the extent of the capital building fund,
in the event of a sales or income tax, and
to direct to the public schools at least 20
percent of the revenue from a sales or in
On the ballot these three issues are
No. 300, a referendum to repeal the 1965
state income tax, No. 301, a constitutional
amendment to prohibit the state from
levying a property tax to provide state
revenue, and No. 14, a constitutional
amendment concerning the capital build
None of these issues can be called
the perfect solution to Nebraska's tax prob
lems. But the Nebraskan feels that by
voting for No. 300 and No. 14 and voting
against No. 301, the state will be on its
way to establishing a workable broadened
If No. 300 is approved the 1965 income
tax will go into effect on Jan. 1 as sched
uled. While this may not be the best of all
income taxes, it is a highly acceptable one
and would work well for the state. The
Nebraska Tax Research Council recently
selected the provisions of this law as being
the best possible in 71 out of 92 individual
If this tax is approved, it can always
be improved by the Legislature. If the
tax is defeated, the Legislature may be
forced to turn exclusively to the sales tax.
Thus turning to an undemocratic tax which
would hit low income persons much harder
As for the constitutional amendment
No. 301, the Daily Nebraskan suggests a
vote against this amendment not because
it is in favor of a property tax, but be
cause the approval of this amendment
and the possible disapproval of the oth
ers would put the state in an especially
precarious and ridiculous situation.
If No. 301, which would prohibit the
state from levying a property tax to pro
vide state revenue was approved and
the other tax proposals were all turned
down, the state would have no tax sys
tem at all. The 1967 Legislature could pro
vide one in a field of Income or sales
taxes but again this would be subject to
a referendum movement and defeat.
The property tax will be defeated, un
der the Duis Amendment to the constitu
tion, whenever the state adopts a sales
or income tax anyway so the Nebraskan
can see no reason to force its defeat until
the state knows for sure that some other
type of tax will replace the property tax.
Finally, the Daily Nebraskan feels
that the amendment No. 14 should be ap
proved. The approval of this amendment
would have the effect of supporting the
policy of state aid to education in Nebras
ka. Surely the University would be the
first supporter of this amendment es
pecially on the basis that Nebraska now
has less state school aid than any other
Support of Amendment 14 is another
reason why No. 301 should be voted
against. If both 301 and 14 passed, the
state would have both a prohibition
against and authorization for a property
A vote for the 1966 income tax (No.
300), against the amendment prohibiting
any property tax (No. 301) and for the
Amendment No. 14 providing state sup
port for the school system should help
Nebraska to begin improving its present
antiquated and unfair tax system.
Liquor By The Drink
The Daily Nebraskan has said before that no group
of laws are more hypocritical, antiquated and outdated
than liquor laws. This is especially evident in relation to
Lincoln's present confused and hypocritical liquor poli
cies. There is no realistic and practical reason why Lin
coin shouldn't have hard liquor by the drink as well as
taverns serving beer.
The first and most obvious reason that Lincolnites
should vote for the liquor proposal is that the city, as
pointed out by Lincoln Police Chief Joseph Carroll, al
ready has liquor by the drink in the form of bottle clubs.
There are 30 bottle clubs and 13 non-profit clubs in Lin
coln which now serve liquor through a club arrangement
with their members. In addition to the clubs, Lincoln
has 64 beer outlets of which no more than 45 can be on
sale taverns, and 33 package liquor stories.
Thus if one votes against liquor by the drink because
he thinks it will keep people from drinking or that it wi'J
make Lincoln a city of temperance, he is mistaken since
the city, in one confused form or another, already has
liquor by the drink.
Furthermore liquor by the drink in the form of bottle
clubs allows the city little control over the establish
ments, causes a form of undemocratic and unrealistic club
drinking, where only those who can afford to or want to
belong to clubs can drink, and often irritates visitors or
would-be visitors when they come to the city.
Now the city government has no limit on the number
of bottle clubs that can be in Lincoln and in a manner of
speaking people who vote against liquor by the drink act
ually may be increasing rather than decreasing the drink
A definite and practical vote allowing liquor by the
drink most likely would be followed by a strict policy from
the city council giving the city better control than what
it now has over the number of places that can serve
This is not to suggest that the city council would likely
decrease the number of places now serving liquor nor that
it would allow new establishments in convenient locations,
but it does mean that the city would have a stricter and
more organized control over places selling liquor.
In addition the Daily Nebraskan feels that the present
bottle club arrangement is offensive to young people who
are old enough to drink legally, but are not allowed
membership in a suitable or convenient club. The bottle
clubs are also offensive to people who can not afford or
do not want to join a club to have a cocktail one afternoon
a week or have an occassional drink in a nice surrounding
before eating dinner.
The bottle clubs in the same way are irritating to
visitors who might be attending a convention or consider
ing some type of business enterprise, but can not find any
place to have a casual drink.
Along with these objections to the present bottle club
policy, the Nebraskan feels that Lincoln's hypocritical li
quor policy is one of the main reasons for the lack of
nice restaurants and other entertainment establishments
that the city needs.
Liquor by the drink should be approved in Nov. 8's
election so as to give the city a more organized and less
hypocritical liquor policy, so as to give the city council a
chance to regulate the number of liquor establishments
and so as to improve the general atmosphere of Lincoln
as a responsible but progressive city.
The Daily Nebraskan will not Insist that every eligible
student vote, but rather the Nebraskan will encourage ev
ery student to inform and educate himself on the election
so that he can vote intelligently.
The Nebraskan hopes that this special edition might
help students in voting intelligently and we also encourage
them to consult other Nebraska newspapers and discuss
the issues with as many different people as possible.
This is the Nebraskan's first attempt at an inclusive
election edition on a state election and undoubtedly there
are many things that can and will be improved in the future.
But we have tried as much as possible to explain the
important issues and to present the controversies and can
didates on our news pages as objectively as possible.
As for the opinions on the editorial page, they were all
written from the student point of view after careful
study and serious consideration. The editorials represent
the opinions of the Daily Nebraskan and not of the University.
The Board of Regents
The University Board of Regents elec
tions and candidates unfortunately often
seem to be ignored by the voters.
This lack of interest by the voters, in
the Dally Nebraskan's opinion, is a serious
problem and has led often to the elec
tion of candidates unqualified to head a
major University institution.
Perhaps because the Nebraskan sees
the regent elections from a student point
of view we feel it is unfortunate that of
ten the qualifications for regent are how
successful a man has been in business and
not -how much be knows about the ideals
of education and how to Improve educa
tion for the student
flight now almost every student on the
University campus will express his dis
pleasure and disappointment about the
school's non-intellectual atmosphere, many
useless and outdated courses, poor faculty
and; inadequate facilities.
-The regents certainly can not be held
responsible for all these problems and
in fact right now they deserve a large
amount of praise because af their frank and
early comments aboqt the University's
great need for a boost in its budget from
However, the Nebraskan feels that the
regent must be held partly responsible if
only because of their positions. But even
more the tradition of electing a successful
businessman not a scholar, a politician
and not an educator is responsible for this
University as well as many universities
across the nation being outdated and bad
ly in need of change.
The Daily Nebraskan feels that the
short interviews with the regent candi
dates in today's paper are an example of
the respectable, successful and outstand
ing men who run for the Board of Re
gents but who know little about the in
stitution's real problems as far as how
they concern the student.
The interviews with these candidates
are not short because of space problems
la the Daily Nebraskan or because of few
questions being asked the candidates, -but
because the regent candidates had
no opinions or comments to make on most '
of the problems which really concern
The only subject most of the candi
dates were willing to discuss was the
budget as for their personal feelings on
what a univtrsity should be, the role stu
dents should play in a university and how
the school can provide a better educa
tion for the student the candidates had
The Dally Nebraskan will not support
a candidate for the two positions in con
tention on the six man regents board.
We can only express our displeasure at
all the candidates' lack of understanding
of the students' problems and what many
students consider the real problems in
this educational institution.
In truth, it should also be pointed out that the Daily
Nebraskan's opinions in these editorials do not at all times
represent a consensus of the complete staff but primarily
that of the editor.
The Nebraskan should also point out that we did sup
port all Democrat candidates, but the paper does not con.
sider itself a Democrat paper but rather an Independent
newspaper concern with the best possible government.
The Daily Nebraskan would like to thank all the can
didates who were kind enough to give our reporters inter
views and all the people who provided the reporters with
information, insight and other assistance.
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