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Students traditionally have not been too
concerned about the politics of the Lincoln
City Council. But a proposal has been made
to the council which merits student support.
The proposal is a 'call for Sunday and
earlier weekday closing of retail stores.
Introduced by Councilman Max Denney, the
proposal urges businesses to close their doors
on Sunday and by 7 p.m. on weekdays. A
Lincoln Evening Journal story quoted some
merchants as saying they are favorable to the
plan so long as the ban would apply to all
merchants-particularly discount houses.
Denney's plan has one flaw: it is voluntary
rather than mandatory. While many Lincoln
businessmen probably would support a
voluntary closing proposal, there would be
those who probably would refuse to comply
with any but a mandatory ban. But Denney
apparently has thought of that already. He
also has asked the council to consider an
Denney's reasons, like his proposal, make
sense. He says limiting store hours would save
heating fuel, electricity and gasoline used by
the employes and customers. It would be
difficult if not impossible to estimate what
the resulting energy savings would be, but
they certainly would be considerable in a
community the size of Lincoln.
While students usually don't involve
themselves in city matters, this proposal
deserves their support and the support of all
citizens concerned with energy conservation.
Some strange things have been happening
lately in Florida. In Gainesville a $10,000
donation to a muscular distrophy drive was
made by "the Gainesville Marijuana Dealers
Assoc." In Davie a six-year old boy needed a
heart operation. A $2,000 donation by the
Broward County Marijuana Dealers Assoc. put
the fund drive over the top.
Down in Davie they're probably still
scratching their heads, trying to figure out
who these philanthropists must be.
Meanwhile, in Gainesville, one. local bank
executive said: "It could be local marijuana
dealers who just wanted to do something nice.
From what I hear, giving $10,000 certainly
wouldn't hurt them financially." Maybe not.
No one really knows how many millions of
dollars are spent each year by Americans who
enjoy smoking the illegal weed.
The joint efforts by the dealers, if that is
who actually made the contributions, are
highly praiseworthy. The incidents also raised
some interesting observations in Time
magazine: "...as pot smoking becomes
increasingly accepted, a new breed of
long-haired millionaire philanthropists may be
appearing on the horizon. What next? A pot
dealers' hospital wing? Operas commissioned
for the counter-culture? University
fellowships in psychedelic studies?"
Michael (O.J.) Nelson
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We feel that clarification needs to be made in reference to
our comments made to the Student Advisory Board of the
College of Arts and Sciences (Daily Nebraskan, Nov. 16). Our
work has stemmed from the studyinc m have done this
semester on different systems of Ian age education as a
project in the Centennial Education Pre m.
To more fully understand the co. lications involved in
these innovative programs, we have f-. i to relate them to an
actual situation, the one here at Uf .. There has been no
drastic attempt to uproot the foundations of the present
Modern Language Department as might be indicated by
statistics; they only act as an indicator of future problems and
For example, from the comptroller's office we learned that,
until recently, the colleges at UNL had been submitting more
credit hours than estimated by individuals in the
administration who work with the budgets. Simply, this means
that the departments were operating more efficiently than
expected as indicated by administrative budget estimates.
Now this situation is beginning to reverse itself. The
departments are accommodating fewer students and are
submitting fewer credit hours. Theoretically, they will need
less money than in previous years. Considering that the biggest
annual controversy at UNL is the foreign language
requirement, it seems the Modern Language Department easily
could be the first to feel this pressure.
Another point concerns a person's capacity to learn a
foreign language. When one begins the study of a foreign
language, the problems which may have occurred when one is
learning to read and speak once again can appear.
While learning one's native tongue, these problems are taken
care of by total immersion or are alleviated by remedial
programs. But what is done for the student when he begins a
The research on this subject came from Harvard University's
university health service which has a system (Including the
MorJoM Language Aptitude Trit) developed to .mrilye a
person's capacity to learn a second language.
Before the end of the semester, we will have prepared a
resume containing recommendations based on the findings of
our investigations. We hope that the combined conclusions of
faculty and student studies will initiate more new possibilities
than in previous years.
I think it is about time the persons in control got off their
duffs and did something about the temperature of the
buildings. Invariably, people complain of how hot the UNL
Libraries are. Love Library had to open its doors to cool the
main lobby because it was so warm the other night.
I think this is one of the university's biggest ironies. Are
bungling fools and procrastinators in control of this heat
problem? It's about time some action was taken and less talk. I
suppose, though, I probably will have to sweatit out. But if
we have to go to school this summer to make up lost days
because of a fuel shortage it only will show that the university
staff is full of stuff.
'Squirrel' says nuts
While watching Thursday's Dick Cavett shov the energy
crisis, I couldn't understand why Rogers Morton, employed by
U.S. taxpayers, rose to the defense of the oil companies during
the course of several arguments raised by Ralph Nader and
environmentalist Barry Commoner, both of whom represent
the interests of the taxpayers and their environment.
Could it be coincidence that the head of Peabody Coal Co.,
happens to be Morton's brother-in-law? And is it really
necessary to "fill in all the mountainous valleys" of Colorado
with the debris of a destroyed environment?
Can we afford to continue paying this man's salary as long
as he represents the interests of oil businesses rather than the
ultimate well-begin of American people, whom he
characterized as "squirrels?"
Any civil employe is liable for impeachment if he does not
or cannot fulfill the responsibilities for which he was
I say nuts to the "secretary of deterioration," Rogers
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Wednesday, december 5, 1973
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