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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 1969
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
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I have a dream
that one day this nation
will rise up and live out
the true meaning of its creed:
"We hold these truths to he
self-evident, that all men
are created equal .
Martin Luther King
This week, a four-day memorial to Dr. Martin
Luther King should not be one of lip-service
observance. It should, instead, be for analyzing
the ideas and goals he put forth.
The risk, of course, in conducting this analysis
Is finding that his peaceful tactics are no longer
valid in a violent nation, which is a part of a
violent world with a painfully violent history.
It may be that Dr. King's ideals are applicable
to 1969. But there are several attestments that
they are not.
Dr. King is one.
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy is another.
There are many others.
. . . by George Kaufman
The once-beautiful movement for the liberation
of the American Woman has failed.
This is true not so much that it has bogged
down run out of gas as that it has done
the worst thing any movement can do it has
... sold out to the principles upon which it was started.
When the Emancipated Woman movement
began in this country after the turn of the century,
it was a long overdue and justifiable action. It
was conceived to divest modern woman of the
ridiculous trappings of an out-dated society.
MANY OF TIIE restrictions and social and
moral taboos hung on a human being who chanced
to be born a female even dated back to pre-historic
days, when society was based on a tribal hunting
structure. Woman had been stuck In herjut for
much too long, and the time was over-ripe.
Women finally got, well into this century, the
right to vote (man finally admitted his gender
was not the only one endowed with a brain), the
right to hold office, even (gasp) the right to com
pete with a man for a job.
Although many of these laws never got off
the books in reality, they were a start, something
to build on. And today, with co-educational colleges,
birth control and the age of the "career woman''
.there are. even more (and more valid) . reasons
to perpetuate the movement.
TRUE, THERE are still men Neanderthal
enough to consider theirs a "superior" part of
the race, such as the Lincoln Star's reactionary
sports editor who Is against female participation
in sports because they don't "belong"' there; and
some men won't bet on a woman jockey because
she's not "supposed"' to be there; and many
employers will discriminate despite the laws. But
the women were on their way.
Until they sold out. They forgot their lofty
Crlnciples and settled for crass trade-unionism,
artering for what benefits they could get and
forgetting all about "equality".
Today the Women's Rights movement has
trickled down to the level of petty court suits
over whether a man was hired instead of a woman
because he was a man.
THERE ARE no court cases to see why no
women are being discriminated against in the draft.
There are no cries of foul when only men still
go off to fight the battles with the opposing tribes;
at these times women are quite content to sit
home and "be a woman."
If there is no reason why a woman can't be
a Jockey, or drive a race car (and there Is none)
then where Is the reason she can't register with
her draft board at the age of 18?
Some of the more vocal Women's Rlghters
really get angry when nit-picking over a single
case of discrimination, but will not address
themselves to the more Important manifestations
of their demands.
American Woman will soon have to make a
choice: Does she want to elbow her way through
the rush-hour crowd, or does she still want to
have doqrs opened for her and have her coat held
for her? If she can take a man's job away from
him, how can she then expect him to take her
out to dinner that night?
She seems only to want half -emancipation; she
wants to cling to the old niceties of Victorian
bondage, but throw off the inhlbltive ones.
SO, DOWN through the centuries echoes the
age-old cry of frustration, now more frustrated
than ever: "Woman, make up your mind."
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The lucky Lima Company
by Flora Lewis
Danang, Vietnam They had come up to
Hill 55 the night before, for a three day "rest."
The bombers and artillery were working over the
fields below, raising heivy smoke a couple of miles
away. But . that was a lot further than the 30
to 100 miles away that Lima Company's artillery
observer usually had to set as the target when
he called in fire support.
The lucky members of Lima Company, 26th
Regiment, third Marine division, had been out
chasing the enemy for 70 consecutive days with
a break of no more than 20 hours on board a
patrol ship. They considered themselves lucky
because of the 240 men who started on the opera
tion, which "didn't even have a name," the
lieutenant complained, only 140 were still there.
ALL THEY had to do for three days now
was sit ' around their tent on the dusty hill top
drink beer, and spend one night in the lines when
it was their turn to guard the camp. So they
didn't mind talking, although there was still a
tendency to duck for cover when the 105's went
off, working out range for the night ahead.
"We've been hearing noise that close, but com
ing the other way, for so long that we cannot
help ducking first and thinking after," a corporal
"This is the best, fightingest company in the
whole Marines," said Lt. Leslie Johnson of Rich
mond, Va., the artillery observer.
The men smiled shyly. "If you don't do it.
nobody else is gonna do it and It's gotta be done,
"I'D LIKE to assault Berkeley College next. If
they could just come out here one day and see
what it's really like," said another, "they wouldn't
be out demonstrating."
"We found blood and rice and University of
California sweatshirts they sent out In the Viet
Cong caches," said another, "that's what else the
"We've got a lot of buddies out there who'll
never get home," someone said. "Somebody's got
to pay for that. Sure we've had enough, we ve
all had enough, but if we're here, we should fight.
They're bleeding the Marines to death."
They came from all over, but they all said
the same things. There was Lance Corporal Melvin
Coleman of Dallas, Corporal Joseph Garcia of
Denver, Corporal Glenn Inman of Kansas City.
Lance Corporal James Darnell of Daytona Beach,
Lance Corporal Lewis Sullivan of Brooklyn, Lance
Corporal Robert Arce of San Diego, Corporal
Norman Reed of Chicago, Corporal Joe Botelhar
of Plymouth, Mass.
NO TWO from the same state.
"But we've learned to live together, we get
along," Reed said quietly. He was one of the two
blacks in the group.
Paris? Peace talks? They shuffled a bit. Garcia
spoke for them this time.
"It's going to take a good man to pull those
Paris talks out of the bag. What were they talking
about while we were out there losing men? The
table shape. The U.S. has to hold its prestige.
They're just not going to knock lt off the pedestal."
"Wr:-flghting--witll -'ow -Hands behind : our
backs," said Inman, who has two purple hearts
and a Silver Star.
"YEAH," SAID Arce, "when we see a gook
we have to get permission to go shoot. They say
no it's a civilian, and then you go on and he
shoots you in the back."
"Remember that village we went through the
other day, all friendly and nice. That's where the
mortars came from the same night. They must
have measured out the distance to us and driven
in the stakes that afternoon, right while we were
making camp," someone said.
"Pacification is bleeding us to death. We're
fighting the VC's kind of war and who makes
us? South Vietnam, that's who. Why should we?
We can lkk 'em. only they got to let us shoot
gooks, not wait till they shoot first."
That's how it is in the field. Bitter, hurting,
but fighting mad. There isn't any wrenching conflict
about the irony of being killed while they're talking
about peace in Paris. Paris is half a world away.
Here there's war, and whether they see him or
not, the Marines know by their casualties where
the enemy is a few yards away.
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Three views of Friday's news
RE: Contraception Issue
So what's new about the new morality? Nothing
but the name and it is a misnomer. Do we
really see a new morality, or is it the same old
Immorality? This generation did not invent sex.
Sex has been around a long time and Is new
as discovered by each successive generation.
Like other good things It may be perverted,
exploited, misused and abused. I was amused bv
Twig Daniels comment In Friday's issue "The
Idea of being a virgin nt marriage has changed
in a panel of bachelors only one out of ten
wanted his bride to be a virgin." This is like
asking ten foxes how they feel about having the
hen house door left open at night.
YOUNG MEN normally grow through stages
of heterosexual development exploration, ex
perimentation, exploitation and finally meaningful
relationships which result In marriage. The fact
that the men questlonned were still bachelors could
mean that they were still exploiters not capable
of genuinely caring, hcxual exploiters arc seeking
sensory-motor experience Intra-vaginnl
Sure love enables you to accept and be accepted
just as you are, disregarding the past, but most
men who have matured beyond the exploitative
stage tend to prefer girls who have not taken
on tons of other guys.
To quote a young man at an Ivy League
University "until I met her, I had always thought
I would not care whether or not my wife hod
had intercourse with another person but as I
really fell in love with this girl 1 began to change
my mind. Now I would give anything If she could
be made a virgin again."
My experience & a pastor, and counselor, and
my Interest In marriage and famllv life counseling
has brought home clenrlv to me that much that
goes on in dating Is DYSFUNCTIONAL, that Is.
it Is likely to render the candidates Ineffective
for later participation In marriage and family life.
AIM INHIBITED dating with its emphasis ou
the Intimacies of the sexes may be characterized
by many mlslearnings, unfavorable agreements and
temporary adjustments which may carry over into
marriage and confuse the participants.
My simple appeal is that there Is no need
for anyone to allow Friday's issue or peer appeal
to pressure them Into a series of meaningless shack
ups. There is still a good case for chastity. The
law of love was not given for God's protection.
It was given for ours.
After reading the Friday, March 28. Daily
Nobraskan I was shocked and bewildered. How
could such a conservative state as Nebraska permit
its University newspaper to print such an in
formative Issue? The issue was very interesting
and enllghtnlng and I would like to congratulate
the entire Dully Ncbraskun staff.
The eyes of the world are watching Uie cam
puses of America and we all should be proud
that our newspaper Is not provoking riols but con
traception. With more Issues like this one, maybe
our society will realize that we are aware of the
problems which surround us today. A job well done.
J. B. Breslow
Jumpln' grasshoppers! After your March 28th
edition, I can bridge the gap! Finally I have
recognized the mistake of the Establishment.
Dully Nebraskans in my time were plain, dull,
old papers, unadulterated. io to s'pcnk - none
of this peachy In-depth stuff.
Had we been given such vital (or anti-vital t
information In the ought and forties. 'You did
miss one aspect or is there no longer a moral
point of view?) we wouldn't have made the 18,000
mistakes we find on our campus now.
Thanks for the eye-opener.
(Name withheld to nmipc.
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"We Ire the hoCow men
"We are the stuffed men
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!"
"IN THE EVENT OF A NUCLEAR ATTACK,
STAY TUNED TO THIS STATION FOR ALL THE
These are the times that fry men's sculs. The
time of "overkill," "fail-safe," and total annihila
tion. So man, "a tool-making animal," turns for
protection to his revered creation, the military-industrial
complex. If properly applied, this creation
and Russia's, have a nuclear potion capable of
killing each person on the earth over fifteen times.
This means that not even a cat would have, a
life left. ...
So, I believe, in face of this knowledge, when
Mr. Laird says we desire to disarm, from a position
of strength, it is the truth. But, I also believ
that the Russian's have the same goal.
ALL WE HAVE to do is wait until one side reach
es this position and presto, peace will break out all
over the world. And just remember, the more
ABM's we build now, the more plow-shares we
will have then.
While the Department of Offense is preparing
so diligently for peace, the Department of Civil
Defense has taken certain imaginative precautions
against an accidental peace feeler from Russia.
This precaution is called, the Air Raid Shelter
The system, in Lincoln alone, has space, food
and water for about 200,000 people, but no pets
or animals. This should suffice, unless, the alarm,
comes during a football game, etc. The food and
water are only planned to carry the refugees
through the deadly stage, or the first two weeks
when the air outside the shelter "may be harmful
to your health."
THEIR PLAN has a few readily detectable
flaws, such as, communication, which is supposed to
be by telephone. This may be good for A.T.&T. stock
now, but what about during the first two weeks?
lt may be difficult to find switchboard operators
willing to stay on the job and breathe that harmful
Also, even if those who can't find room in
a shelter for even their children just lie down
docilely to die there will still be the problem,,
in the University shelters, of visiting hours. It
will require great coordination and prudence to
keep 18,000 sexually frustrated students from mak
ing the New York "black-out" look like a Sunday
school picnic when compared to their two week
During the first day, when people are reducing
the product to fit the Air Raid container, Mr.
Nixon's "law and order," as well as, civil rights
laws, may suffer serious neglect on all levels of
government. This neglect, should carry-over into
the emergence stage, where Darwin's law of civil
rights will be freely applied.
AFTER THE two-week Incubation stage, the new
civilization will emerge. They will have to decon
taiminate everything. All buildings, streets and
other solid fixtures will have to be washed and
about two inches of top-soil scraped off the earth
and flushed somewhere. It will take about fourteen
years for the radiation to fall to its present
After emerging, two questions remain to be
answered. (1) What do we drink and (2) what
do we eat? If the water problem can be solved
then we can sit patiently on our duff and chew
our nails for two to six months, waiting to ee
if plants can still grow and produce fruit.
There is another alternative, the experts fed
that the air above eight thousand feet will remain
safe. If this is true and you are on vacation la
the mountains or have decided to move out there
ana wait, you will possess several advantages.
IT SEEMS highly unUkely, that with the food
and water situation critical and Darwin's law of
civil rights in effect, the United States, as a
civilization will continue to exist. It will be every
man for himself. So, by placing yourself in the
mountains,- a most strategic move, you will have
good air and water, grass to chew on, or whatever,
and most importantly, high ground conducive to
There will also be a ready supply of rock
and wood for plowshares or even spears, whichever
turns you on. Thus, you will be able to protect
your life and favored position against any aggressor
from the plains.
"This Is the way the world ends
This Is the way the world ends
This Is the w ay the world ends
Not with a bang but a w himper"
T. S. Eliot
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