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Dear editor, ' i
In response to Jim Gray's editorial
in last Friday's Dairy Nebraskan I
would like to correct him on several,
Gray said since the College of Arts
and Sciences will accept 10 of a ROTC,
student's 19 credit hours as electives
to count toward graduation he
concluded that this . reduces the
courseload ROTC students must take
to graduate. This shows lack of sound
reasoning on the author's part.
Contrary to Gray's statement, a.
ROTC student must take a heavier
course load than a non-ROTC
student. For example, if the college
will accept only 10 of a student's 19
ROTC credit hours, he is still left with
nine hours outstanding. So he must
take a heavier than average load each,
semester to graduate in four years. '
Gray also erred in saying that "39
UNL students are currently on ROTC
scholarships." With adequate research,
he would have found that 162j"
students currently are on Army, Navy
arid Air Force scholarships at UN Li
The article reported that "ROTC,
classes do not generally interrelate
with other classroom curriculum." As
an NROTC senior, I feel qualified to
discuss those courses that I have taken.
In none of my courses do NROTC
students receive "instruction in the
destruction of man," as Gray stated.
To the contrary, NROTC courses
encompass diverse subjects. Obviously,
the. author's conclusions reflect little
or no research at all.
I wondered (f'Gray had ever taken a
ROTC course when I read that "the
credits earned in ROTC classes are not. .
on the level of most academic hours.".
As first semester senior in social
sciences, I have found that in four of
teaching orientation classes attended
before assignment to the campus
uniquely qualifies them to teach
v ROTC courses . , . We ' believe, the
present staff of ROTC teachers
perform their ' teaching functions as
well as other undergraduate instructors
in the University', V
v As editor of the DaHy Nebraskan,
Jim Gray, I feel, should become, more
, conscious of responsible research, and
be certaifThe has all the facts on a
topic, before" hevmakei a critical
. G. Martin Black
Editor note: All Information used
in the ROTC editorial was obtained by
, the editorial -assistant in a full-day
interview with officals of Army
ROTC Conclusions were drawn by the
author on the basis of that
v What is this University coming to?
The Dally Nebraskan,would come out
, with alt kinds of information to where
to write to get an absentee ballot,
where to get it notarized, and so on.
But that was last spripg, nothing now,
when Its the thost important. '
ly, Also, people have been saying that
a certain writer has been cutting down
McGovern and,the Democratic party,
and kk)fia'ftht;'i'Q'tiier'.,party sound
great, well those people are crazy, at
least to;! me thy.; are. John V.
(Vihstadt, Daily Nebraskan columnist)
, has at Uast .brokeil through your
paper's '(fre on N(xdn; I mean by
jthati thW rCbaper writes , good
things about the Democratic party and
' its leader and bad things about Nixon
: and his pjrtyV:
Ever 'since': I've' been going here,
almost three fiyli .yaTjs, its' your paper
sayfhg tto Democrats are great and the
Republicans are bad, at feast that's
what ,it looklj. like ia me. r ''.
Don't get the idea I 'm cutting down
your paper, except for the above you
have a great paper,' otherwise. Let's
have more University news and not so
much "other" stuff.
"'"'i - DougHaggart
Edftot's . note: . Various articles
listing procedures for obtaining
absentee ballots have appeared in the
Daily Nfbrtsksn this fall. An article
Oct 6 listed procedures for notarizing
A hew plan
mrn .Z:"t tlon. More
my seven semesters at UNL, my most s utM -u. .i ...m
..I- i i fti . r r"rr i ri.re wrfifif iiv Uf( w wwiii
uiTTicuii course nas ueen rvavy nuib. tn;
, am iiui msmuouny . uiai uwiai
sciences in an overly-easy curriculum. I
only wish to make the point that most,
NROTC courses require a great deal of
studying and hard work.
Gray also stated that ROTC courses
are "taught by instructors with
inferior academic qualifications." The
Joint ROTC Committee, made up of
University faculty and students,
reached a different conclusion. "It was
the committee's conclusion that the
academic background of these men,
coupled with military experience,
service schools attended, service school
teaching assignments and formal
An ingenious way to end the
Vietnam war (nowreferred to as the
POW issue) has suddenly occurred to
me. All that jmitt be done Is for the
Army to designate the area
surrounding the POW camps as
military target! A bombing raid would
then be initiated against these areas.
However, through some sort of
"mistake," the POW camps proper
would be destroyed. Melvin Laird
could either apologize to the families
f ? 4 '
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Lu mmmmmmmammmmmmmm i j fc if WCt
vTt i ! Tn
- - - '" TrtbMn. unu f ilp; yr: rg. ... J
'Is Paris burning?'
'No, just the French mission in Hanoi!
of the POWs or blame the destruction
on the North Vietnamese.
Think how safe this ploy would be.
I doubt the camps are defended
against air attack.
Next, since Vietnamization is such
a success, Thieu doesn't need our
assistance anymore. We could stop
bombing the North. So we could bring
every living American back to the
' States with another war victory.
Write to your Congressman today
about this plan so we can win this war
r Bob Johnson
I question your judgment in using
Roy Baldwin's article in Wednesday's
paper. In direct response to Roy:
Thone's record is a strong one. He has
been far more active in the House than
many freshmen congressmen, and
more active than many First District
Representatives in the recent past. He
is a Republican, but he refuses to
follow the Republican party-line when
his conscience and the needs of his
constituents dictate otherwise.
The SST vote Roy mentions, the
vote against government support for a
loan to Lockheed, and the vote to
increase railroad pensions (neither of
which Roy cites) are highly visible,
easily understandable examples of
Charley Thone's independence.
How the United States should best
extricate itself from the Vietnam war
is a legitimate area for debate. Neither
side can prove that their proposed
solution will best ensure the safe
return of our prisoners of war. Thone
agrees with President Nixon that to set
a unilateral withdrawal date will harm
our negotiating position. Because each
of the "end-the-war" amendments has
specified a certain withdrawal date he
has voted against ' them. He has,
however, been urging publicly, and
privately to administration officials,
ever since his nomination two year's
ago, that we get out of the war.
Realizing that there is waste in the
military budget, Charley Thone voted
a defense appropriations bill 3.9
billion dollars less than the President
requested. ' I
Thone's record on agriculture is
sound. He believes that one of the best
methods to increase farm prices is to
increase farm exports and has worked
to that end. Contrary to 'Roy's
statement, Thone opposed any
increase in meat imports.
Whether or not Thone serves on the
Agriculture Committee is a j moot
point. During and after the 970
campaign, Charley Thone said his first
two committee choices would be
public works and agriculture. He was
assigned to public works and
Thone's record is good in other
areas, too. His votes in Congress for
anti-pollution bills, for education, help
for the elderly and the American
Indian; his co-sponsorship of a bill
calling for an all-volunteer armed
services and for improved pay and
conditions for enlisted people; his
many efforts to improve the way the
government operates make him a
Congressman well-worth returning to
A "irk I n rrf rvrt
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Liberal Republicans face ideological problem
Daily Nebraskan Staff Writer Steve Arvanette Is a ,
senior majoring in journalism and political science.
by Steve Arvanette
A serious problem faces my fellow liberal and.
moderate Republicans this election year-whet her to
support the incumbent candidate for president or
jump party affiliation and vote for George McGovern.
The Republican party's future is in serious trouble
despite what John Vihstadt and the Gallup; poll say of
this year's presidential election. On would therefore
expect most Republicans to support' fltadly an
incumbent Republican president for retltction. ; f
Gallup shows the Democrats far ahead in the race
for the House of Representatives. Unless a major ;
ideology change is made by Republicans, -the'chance '
of ever gaining control of Congress Is very slim.
The reason is simple-more and more people are
identifying with the Democratic : j party; , The
Republican party in recent years has become a third -party.
Nearly as many Americans term themselves
independents as Republicans.
How could a Republican president m-gat),
elected? The answer is simple, American votert don't
vote party line when voting for president, they yota
on the individual.
The problem facing moderate and liberal
Republicans is one of both ideology and principle. 4
In any other election year, would an incumbent
thursday, October 19, 1972
: :, .suggestion
. ; box
whose term of office had been so shrouded in scandal
end deceit be re-elected?
1 Nixon has told campaign aides that the American
public doesn't really understand the ITT affair and
will forget the Watergate intrusion before election
day. If Americans are so blind and ignorant, then
deiribcracy it In serous trouble.
It was in 1904 that Nixon called on Lyndon
Johnson to bring forth all the information concerning
Bobby rBaker. When it comes to John Mitchell and
other campaign re-election officials eight years later,
tfre story Is different.
' v t U'a id day for America when an incumbent
presfdffrtt's campaign staff purchases a paper shredder
because they fear sensative information might be
leaked to the press.
Most Republicans could over look these problems
In' the Nixon administration's first term as being
major blunders-possibly not the fault of the
However, one can not maintain a closed eye
attitude to basic ideology decisions made by Nixon in
the past four years.
What scares this writer most about another four
years of Richard Nixon is the damage that may be
done to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Nixon had his first two appointees to the court
turned down by the Senate. Their philosophy was not
only questioned but their qualifications were poor.
Already, the court has turned from the civil
liberties course of Earl Warren's day.
Nixon's attempts to circumvent court-ordered
school busing seems a direct slap at integrating the
nation's school children and providing equal
education for all.
Ail things aside, the real issue facing voters Nov. 7
is the continued war in Vietnam.
Nixon had a secret plan to end the war. It was to
withdraw American ground troops so that the public
thought we were "out."
America is not out of Vietnam and the war is not
over. This country is bombing the women and
children of North Vietnam mercilessly under the
pretext that we are aiming at military targets.
It is because of this continued massacre of
innocent people, that this Republican must vote Nov.
7 against the incumbent president.
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