The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 22, 1988, Page 5, Image 5

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    Suppression of gays, pay unfair
Homosexual prejudice
reflects historical hate
It is very interesting that Jon
Dewsbury has chosen to respond to
Rodney A. Bell II’s guest opinion in
such a manner (Letters, Feb. 16).
The prejudices you have for
homosexuals reflect the same igno
rance and haired toward “unpopular
groups” that have created the ideo
logical backbone for Nazi Germany,
the Ku Klux Klan and white su
premacists, just to mention a few hale
These biased and intolerant
views are based on the same ones that
kept the black in the field and the
woman in the kitchen, murdered
mill ions of Jews, and refused to al low
non-Christian religions a voice in this
If you represent the “majority” as
you say you do, then the melting pot
of the United States has developed a
crack. The crack only allows for the
freedom of the “acceptable” expres
sion of a very few, and suppression
for everyone else.
Kristine L. Wood
Sexual preference
‘God-given instinct’
“Contempt prior to further inves
tigation is a sure sign of ignorance.”
— Herbert Spencer
In response to the letter written by
Jon Dewsbury (Letters, Feb. 16), I
would like to pose this question to
him: Who made you God, sir? And,
while you are so viciously condemn
ing homosexuals, why don’t you add
blacks, foreigners, women and
handicapped people to that list?
Why is it whenever there is some
one different from ourselves we feel
the imperious need to damn them? Is
it not because of our own insecurities
that we fear looking at another
person’s point of view or lifestyle?
Why are we so quick to judge? I think
it’s sad that in the 1980s we still have
racial prejudice, sexism and dis
crimination based on someone’s
sexual orientation so prevalent in our
Furthermore, why should homo
sexuals have to adapt as you sug
gested by going “back to the closet.”
I mean, what “causes” a person’s
heterosexuality or homosexuality
anyway? I feel that sexuality of any
type is a God-given instinct, neither
to be despised nor loathed.
Judi Unger
Workers should earn
what they are worth
This is lo declare my extreme
opposition to LB 1096 as reported in
the Daiiy Nebraskan (Feb. 9), and to
pledge my support to all who share
my concordance with Sen. Ernie
^Chambers and the Nebraska Coali
tion for Women. The bill is an affront
to human dignity. It devalues the
labor of a segment of the population
who, by virtue of their status, should
have their wages increased if a
change be made at all.
From the words of Dairy Queen
operator Paul Eldicn, “Most student
employees are in a transitional stage
between unskilled and skilled labor,”
arc we to infer that the possession of
a college degree is a prerequisite to
serving the public ice cream? Or that
all of Eldicn’s non-student work
force arc college graduates? This is
typical of employers; they love to
revel in the respectability and virtue
of their own trade and enumerate its
various “professional” demands.
It represents either an unsound
appraisal of reality or an inferiority
complex. Let us not equate soda
jerking with social work, accounting
and finance, leaching, and the like.
But to the point, 1 venture that some
of Eldien’s non-student employees
do not have college degrees. This
being the ease, should not the stu
dents, who have the benefit of
“some” higher education under their
belts, be paid more, not less than the
others? This is not a demand, but
serves only to highlight the reverse
logic of Eldien’s proposal.
I also suggest that if businesses
have pains in the scheduling of stu
dent workers, they should cease from
such an unhealthy practice. I shudder
to think that I could vex my employer
to that extent. Students do not require
your patience and charity. Why is it
that countless employers arc con
vinced of the enormous favor they
extend to their workers? 1 speak here
not with reference to studcnlcmploy
ccs alone.
Employers behave as if all the
benefits of the relationship were
conferred upon a single party, the
employee. It is not conceivable that
the employer should receive parity
through the cmploycc,\s labor. Em
ployers so often perceive an imbal
ance in the pact in which they them
selves play the role of a kindly, big
hearted benefactor — one who sacri
fices profits to bolster American
youth and insure the future of this
“great nation.” Shall we not, at the
foot of the Capitol, erect a memorial
to the patriotic efforts of these em
ployers? If students can’t do the job,
fire them; if they perform their tasks
satisfactorily, give them their just
dues. Remember, our incomes are
lower than the employers’, and the
“kids” support them.
My grandmother began her col
lege career at age 61 equipped with
decades of skilled work experience.
She also maintained an expensive
household whose various annual
taxes are in excess of $2,000. Thank
goodness she was a resident of Pcnn
sylvaniaand not subject to the hypoc
risy of an LB 1096. What would the
consequence have been had her
employer dec ided to com prom i se her
deservedly handsome wage as a tech
nical drafter solely on the basis of her
status as a student? Here is my de
mand: Equal pay for equal work! (1
have heard that remark before some
Marty Howell
Unsigned editorials represent offi
cial policy of the spring 1988 Daily
Nebraskan. Policy is set by the Daily
Nebraskan Editorial Board. Its mem
bers are Mike Rcilley, editor; Diana
Johnson, editorial page editor; Joan
Rezac.copy desk editor; Jen Deselms,
managing editor; Curt Wagner, asso
ciate news editor; Scott Harrah, night
news editor and Joel Carlson, colum
Editorials do not necessarily re
fleet the views of the university, its
employees, the students or the NU
Board of Regents.
The Daily Nebraskan’s publishers
are the regents, who established the
UNL Publications Board to supervise
the daily production of the paper.
According to policy set oy the
regents, responsibility for the edito
rial content of the newspaper lies
solely in the hands of its student edi
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