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As the time draws near for the City of
Lincoln to officially commit itself to the
construction of what has become known as
the Northeast Radial, various citizens' groups
have organized to question the necessity of
the proposed highway and to oppose its
A petition drive is currently in progress
aimed at placing a Charter, Amendment before
the voters in the . May city election.
Spokesmen for the antt-Radial organizations
project that they will obtain more than
enough signatures to validate their petitions.
The petition's immediate goal is to require
a reassessment of the Northeast Raidal which,
the petition circulators hope, will result in the
abandonment of the project altogether. The
long-range effect of the petition proposal (if
approved by Lincoln voters) would be to
require the city to conform to federal
highway planning guidelines for any street
project costing more than $15 million,
whether or not federal or state funds are used
to pay construction costs.
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At least five citizens' organizations, in
addition to the Lancaster County Young
Democrats and the Lincoln section of the
Nebraska Chapter of the American Institute
of Architects, have already taken stands
aqainst the construction of the Northeast
Radial. They have pointed out that there have
been no costbenefit, environmental impact,
or alternative route studies conducted to
support the proposed radial route or even the
building of such an arterial along any route.
Only an origindestination study has been
conducted. And radial opponents claim that
recently developed transportation study
methods have outmoded the
The Northeast Radial would conceivably
remove about 500 homes which now stand in
its route. Most of these houses belong to
low-income families who would have
difficulty finding new dwellings which they
could afford, considering Lincoln's already
depressed low-income housing market.
The current Northeast Radial plan is nearly
six years old and does not take into account
the changes (both in population and
economics) that have occurred since it was
submitted to the City Council in 1967.
During that time the Cornhusker Highway,
which closely parallels the radial route, has
been improved and the construction of
Interstate 80 has been compiled.
Lincoln voters should not allow the
Northeast Radial to sweep them or their
neighbors from their homes without
questioning its necessity. In light of all the
planning considerations which appear to have
been overlooked, everything possible should
be done to insure the success of the petition
campaign to give citizens the opportunity of
an official response to the super street.
Letters appear in the Daily Nebraskan at the editor's
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originality, coherence and interest. All letters must be
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I am writing to protest what I consider an unfair
method of tuition collection. If paying tuition by
cash or check, it is due by Feb. 20, subject to a $10
penalty and by Feb. 27 subject to disenrollment.
Those who pay their tuition by bank credit card will
not have to actually make the cash payment until
after March 1. If the funds to pay the tuition are in a
savins account, as mine are, withdrawing them before
March 1 will result in loss of interest for the month of
February (approx. $23 if the interest rate is only four
per cent with an unpaid balance of $580). Those who
make their tuition payment by bank charge card need
not suffer this less as they need only transfer funds
from their savings to checking account in time to
cover their charge card bill which will fall due in late
March, at the earliest. The result is at least a $23.00
oss of income to all those students not using bank
I realize that the wheels of bureaucracy move too
slowly to take action this semester. However,
corrective action could be taken in the future.
Further, collecting tuition immediately following a
fiscal quarter (as is already the case with the
collection of the fall tuition) would surely be a boom
to all students, and would cause no prohibitive
difficulty to the institution as the threat of
disenrollment prior to completion of the semester
could still be imposed.
Harold B. Robb III
Send 'rabble' to Vietnam
"Changin' Consciousness" (Daily Nebraskan, Feb,
15) suggests that returning POWs are ordered to
thank. God, America and Nixon for their Repatriation.
" Obviously;-whenTiO"reaf4mtrist, thVrabbte wilt
continue to fabricate them.
I thank God, America and Nixon for the safe
return of my comrades-in-arms, as most
responsible citizens do, and without coaching! I
further suggest, however, that future prisoner returns
be made in exchange for Greg Scott and his
comrades, including the editor of the Daily
Nebraskan who app- oed the feature for publication.
Tim A. Dettmann
Cartoon mars rejoicing
I am writing in regard to the cartoon ("Changin'
Consciousness") which ran Thursday (Daily
Nebraskan, Feb. 15). This epic example of what a
warped mind can do depicted an Army drill sargeant
ordering returning POWs to paint signs showing
appreciation to the (Nixon) Administration and the
The cartoon was neither funny nor did it display
any intelligent political thought. This disgusting
display of "the-administration-as-the-root of-all-evil"
thinking marred a week of otherwise universal
rejoicing due to the return of our POWs. I believe the
Daily Nebraskan owes the University community, not
to mention the POWs and their families, an
immediate retraction and printed apology.
Mark B. Rasmussen
I would like to respond to Harry Richardson's
suggestion box article (Daily Nebraskan, Feb. 15).
He says that President Nixon is robbing the nation
of 75,000 talented individuals. With the population
growth as it is now, the population will double in the
next 36 years. We do not need 75,000 cowards, but
the men who had the courage to meet the
responsibilities of the U.S. The only way that the
draft dodgers should be granted complete amnesty is
if they could bring back to life the bravo men who
fought in the Vietnam War.
But, as an alternative solution, they should be sent
to North or South Vietnam to help with the
rebuilding project that President Nixon has in mind.
After five years, with subsistence pay, they should bo
granted amnesty. Five years is the normal prison
sentence for draft evasion.
The draft dodgers either feared for their lives, or
hated the destruction. Those who hated the
destruction can help reouiid that which was
destroyed. Those who feared for their lives will not
help, and that is the answer to this problem.
Small facility abortions
A comment on the article concerning the
University Health Center's policy, at present, on
abortion Daily Nebraskan, Jan. 29). I believe that
some of the statements indicating that community
hospitals would accept abortion cases, at this point in
time, is unfounded. There are a number of doctors
who are willing to perform abortions in the city of
Lincoln, but have had difficulty with hospital boards
and hospital acceptances of this practice. Many of
those concerned feel that the only way to open up
community hospitals is to establish private clinics or
small facilities, such as the University Health Center.
In terms of the comments stating that abortions in
the first trimester should be done in a hospital with a
general anesthetic, this has not proved to be true in
those states where abortion is legal. In the last two
years the only deaths that we know of, where
abortions have been performed in safe medical
facilities, have been caused by anesthetic deaths.
Generally, medical people who have been deeply
involved in abortion procedures, feel that a local
anesthetic is a far safer procedure for therapeutic
abortions than a general anesthetic. Both the recovery
time and the reaction of each woman to a general
anesthetic, are minimized with local anesthetics.
One of the primary factors to be considered in the
completion of a safe therapeutic abortion is the cost,
a very vital issue to college students, teens and
low-income women. When an abortion is performed
in a hospital, with a general anesthetic, it doubles in
cost. Two years of experience with New York
abortion, with a local anesthetic, which can be
completed in a period of four hours, costs about
$150 compared to between $350 and $600 in
hospital facilities with a general anesthetic.
We realize the need for our University Health
Center to be cautious in its procedures in view of the
changed ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court; but we do
eel that it s important for both students at the
University and individuals in the community to
realize how greatly the medical procedures and
requirements affect both the financial and emotional
pocedur" woman who d'res to seek this
on Problem Pregnancies
monday, february 19, 1973
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