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Elie Wiesel speaks to a packed Lied Center for Performing Arts Tuesday. Wiesel, a Nobel Peace
Prize winner, drew the largest crowd ever for the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.
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questions and still didn’t have the
“I don’t understand today all the
questions I had in 1945. My ques
tions are good, and they aren’t al
ways answered,” Wiesel said.
“The more I try to understand,
the less I understand.”
No one has all the answers, he
said, but religious and political fa
natics would like to think they do.
“People don’t realize when they
destroy one group, humanity is de
To battle against fanaticism,
Wiesel said, people must be willing
to stand up for human rights.
“Human rights isa separate reli
gion. When you stop to help the
homeless, you are fighting for their
Throughout history, Jews have
been fighting for their rights, he
“We have fought for equal rights.
We have fought to be different.
One right I won’t grant anyone is
the right to be indifferent.”
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bus on college campuses would help
that percentage rise by not only edu
cating students on various issues, but
registering them to vote as well.
But even that isn’t always enough,
Jacobs said. •v
“Getting them interested is the big
thing, not just registered,” she said. “If
they arc registered but arc not inter
ested, it doesn’t mean they will vote.
We could register every young person
in the country, but if they don’t show
up at the polls — it doesn’t count.”
Jacobs said crime, violence, the en
vironment and education were the most
pressing issues to students they have
talked to so far.
Members from UNL’s College Re
publicans, Young Democrats, MASA
and Farmhouse fraternity have volun
teered to help out with today’s activi
The bus is sponsored by MTV and
Rock the Vote — a nonprofit organi
zation from California.
The bus will be parked next to the
Broyhill Fountain from noon to 2 p.m.
Gov. Ben Nelson is expected to make
an appearance around 1 p.m.
Bus users protest cuts
proposed by StarTran
By Todd Anderson
Bus users at a public hearing Tues
day urged StarTran advisory board
officials not to cut handicap and low
income bus services.
The board is considering cutting
the StarTran taxi program and 1 uniting
a revenue loss from the low-income
discount fare program, said Larry
Worth, transit manager for StarTran.
The taxi program provides coupons
for taxi use to eligible persons with
disabilities at a cost of $40,000 to
StarTran per year, Worth said.
The low-income discount program,
which is expected to cost $70,000 this
year, provides discounted fares to rid
ers from low-income brackets, he said.
Under the proposed plan, when rev
enue loss reaches $25,000, StarTran
no longer will offer the discounted
Carlye Long of Community Altcr
natives-Nebraska said she represented
people who were on fixed incomes and
would not be able to afford the regular
rates once StarTran reached its cap.
Beatty Brasch, executive director
for the Lincoln Action Program, said
the citizens she represented also would
not be able to afford the regular rates.
She said the plan was not economi
cally feasible because low-income rid
ers would simply stop using the bus.
This, in turn, would decrease revenues
Worth said the program was not
required by federal law and that both
the Handibus and regular StarTran
buses were accessible to people with
Some citizens also were concerned
with the deletion of the state fair ser
vices and the increase in rates on the
Holiday Light Tour and the Big Red
The board also is considering in
creasing cash fare and ticket book rates
for StarTran bus and Handibus users
to further offset the $200,000 reduc
tion of federal operating funding re
ceived by StarTran in fiscal year 1996
97, Worth said..
The board will accept comments
until April 23 and will announce its
recommendations to the mayor and
City Council April 25 at the regular
advisory board meeting.
New speed limit
carries higher price
Gov. Ben Nelson has signed the bill
raising Nebraska’s speed limits on in
terstate and state highways.
The bill, LB901, will raise the limit
to 75 mph on interstate highways be
ginning June 1. The speed limit on
four-lane, divided highways will in
crease to 65 mph.
Speed limits on I-180 in Lincoln, I
129 in South Sioux City and all
interstates within Douglas County will
increase only to 60 mph.
Speed limits on two-lane highways
will increase to 60 mph on Sept. 1.
Congress repealed the longtime fed
eral limit of 65 mph on interstates last
year, giving states the power to set
their own limits without the threat of
losing federal highway funds.
But speed does not come without
its price. Under the new law, most
fines for driving over the posted limit
will increase, with the fine for driving
21 mph or more over the limit dou
bling from $100 to $200.
The Department of Roads has re
minded motorists that fines for speed
ing or other traffic violations in con
struction zones on Nebraska roads will
be doubled beginning June 1.
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