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You suffered not so physically but knew
Maltreatment, hunger, ennui of the mind.
Well might the soldier kissing the hot beach
Erupting in his face damn all your kind.
Yet you who saved neither yourselves nor us
Are equally with those who shed the blood
The heroes of our cause. Your conscience is
What we come back to in the armistice.
from "The Conscientious Objector"
Now that the war in Vietnam has been officially
signed to an end, at least for United States troops, it
is time to deal with those Americans wh' nve been
displaced as a result of the conflict.
Specifically, now is the opportunity for a
re-examination of the fate we as a nation have
assigned to those young men who chose to avoid
military service rather than fight in a war to which
they were philosophically opposed. v
Nearly 400,000 Americans have either evaded the
draft or deserted their military units after induction.
Approximately 75,000 of these men have never been
apprehended by legal authorities, and still live in
self-imposed exile in other countries or underground
in the United States.
The issue of amnesty for draft dodgers and
deserters is a delicate subject for most Americans,
despite the fact that a 1972 Newsweek poll showed
that a majority favored some sort of amnesty for
those who put their conscience ahead of national
More than anything else, it is the collective
national abhorrence to the Vietnam War that has
prompted our elected officials to end the American
military involvement there. Perhaps it is time to
accommodate the men whose individual conscience
has made them the last prisoners of war.
Tom Lans worth
Steve Arvanette is a senior majoring in political science and
journalism. He is the Daily Nebraskan's legislative reporter.
by Steve Arvanette
The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling seven days ago
seemed quickly lost among the many headlines in one of this
country's most historic weeks. Having to compete with the
death of a president and the ending of a war, the case of Roe
vs. Wade over the power of a state to control the termination
of human pregnancies seemed shunted to the second page.
The word "abortion" seems to have a negative connotation
by its general nature. It implies a premature termination of
some act and brings to mind such words as "fruitless" and
The abortion issue has been much debated and argued by
those knowledgable about the issue and those who simply rely
on emotional appeals. The issue can never really be resolved
because it is a moral and philosophical question for many.
Whether one agrees with the court's decision is of little
consequence now. The court has made its ruling and it is up to
all people to urge their legislators that a fair, equitable law be
When any such issue is determined it would be expected
individual jurists might rely on personal attitudes when
sonsidering the case. The court's 7-2 decision seems indicative
that a majority were able to cast individual biases aside.
The decision as James Duggan, assistant attorney general
for Nebraska, said seems a classic case of judicial legislation.
The court, as he explained, "struck down legislation and said
this is what you can pass."
The court's ruling said in summary: "A state criminal
abortion statute of the current Texas type, that excepts from
criminality only a life-saving procedure on behalf of the
mother, without regard to pregnancy stage and without
recognition of the other interests involved, is violative of the
due process clause of the 14th Amendment."
In other words, prior to the 28th week of pregnancy, the
fetus has no constitutional rights. The question of a woman
receiving an abortion prior to that time, according to the
court, is between a woman and her doctor. The state's only
interest in the issue before that time can be protection of
maternal health and not with the unborn child.
The answer to the question is obvious and it points up a
drastic need for some legislation concerning by whom and
where an abortion , can be performed. Included in that
legislation should be at what point in the pregnancy can the
state become concerned with basic human rights of the fetus.
We can only hope Nebraska legislators will cast aside moral
considerations which hold no legal authority on the issue now
and quickly enact needed legislation concerning a woman's
right to receive a medical abortion.
ASUN President Bruce Beecher's after the
fact "commitment to peace" is a limp
gesture. Such humanitarians we will be as we
"show our relief" in dialect Monday
What masquerade is this? And what is our
relief? Relief from years of guilty silence? At
this hour, there is no commitment to peace,
only to personal safety.
John A. Hansen
ASUN President Bruce Beecher's proposal
to suspend classes on Monday appears to be
a good excuse for getting out of class. The
statement that "students, faculty, and
administration might take part in discussions
or programs," appears to be a weak basis for
calling off classes.
If there is a true commitment to peace
schedule the discussions and programs for
that evening and see how many people are
committed enough to appear. In this way
those who wish to attend classes will not be
deprived of that right by Bruce Beecher and
the ASUN Senate.
Dear editor: '
'JDear old. Coach Joseph Cipriano has
exercised his dictatorship again. This time he
commanded that the coliseum court be
closed to intramural play. Isn't it bad
enough that Cip can't get his own teams to
play together, how he has to try and stop
ours. How can he justify closing a court so
that only 15 people get to use it while the
thousands who pay for it through various
fees now have one less place to play. Anyone
of us who were at the Men's Physical
Education Building last Saturday (Jan.20)
have no doubt as to the need for use of all
possible facilities (There were over two
hundred people waiting to play on three
courts). And now it is undoubtedly going to
There are 258 intramural teams this year
which will have to play 808 regular season
games. And now there will be only four
courts instead of five. This is surely going to
lengthen the season immeasureably and
throw the rest of the intramural program
It's too bad that Cipriano has to
continually take freshman teams that have
only lost once or twice and turn out varsity
teams with barely winning records. But, it is
even worse that he now has to show just
how small a man he is be depriving the
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