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DEBATE from page 1
From there, the candidates criti
cized each other about the amount the
other was cutting and where the cuts
were coming from.
Whenever the candidates agreed
about where a cut should come from,
they disagreed over how much and
when the cuts should be made.
Nelson charged that Hagel’s num
bers didn’t add up. Hagel shot back,
saying Nelson’s math was flawed. The
pingpong match of accusations contin
ued to the end.
The candidates could not even
agree on which numbers to start from
— and used the other’s source as a
point of attack. Hagel used numbers
from the Republicans, Nelson used the
controversial Congressional Budget
When the candidates weren’t quib
bling over budget numbers, they were
charging each other with partisan poli
tics. Hagel tried to tie Nelson to
President Clinton, while Nelson said
Hagel had an insider mentality.
Even after Nelson said in his open
ing comments that partisanship should
be ignored, the candidates had a lively
exchange over each other’s party ties.
The trouble started over a question
about how much influence a first-term
senator could have.
Hagel said he would be a majority
senator under a Republican Congress
and would be given more power. He
also said his values were incorporated
in his party, unlike Nelson’s.
Nelson responded, saying Hagel
had already surrendered his judgement
to the Republican party’s leadership.
“This is one of the clear differences
between my opponent and I,” Nelson
said. “He’s given his proxy to his party
leaders and I have refused to do that.”
Hagel said Nelson’s wards sounded
nice, but said Nelson’s first vote would
be to organize the Senate—which is a
vote made along party lines.
Nelson closed by saying the time
for political bickering must end and
that Americans deserved better from
He then went on to criticize Hagel
In his closing, Hagel emphasized
his real-world experience as a business
man. He also repeated his belief that
this election is critical.
“A United States senator’s job is
about vision, about doing it right and
about saying it straight,” he said. “If I
didn’t think this country was on the
brink of a golden age, I wouldn't be
“I think it’s worth it.”
Illiteracy ails Lincoln residents
Picture 76,000 screaming
Comhusker fans chanting “Go Big
Red” in Memorial Stadium. Now
imagine that 15,200, or 20 percent
of them, can’t spell these three
One in five Lincoln residents is
functionally illiterate according to
the Lincoln Literacy Council, a
United Way agency.
Lois Poppe, director of the Lit
eracy Council, said illiteracy ap
plied to people who had problems
functioning with daily life because
of poor basic reading and writing
On Sunday, International Lit
eracy Day, the council gave books
to new mothers to encourage them
Illiteracy is a no
win for everybody. ”
director of the Lincoln Literacy
to read to their children to prevent
Men and women of all ages and
varied backgrounds are illiterate,
Poppe said, but immigrants, refu
gees, people with learning disabili
ties and elderly, uneducated people
are the most affected.
“Illiteracy is a no-win for every
body,” Poppe said.
According to the council, people
with reading and writing limitations
earn 42 percent less than a literate
person and $8 billion is lost in tax
revenue every year because of illit
eracy. Another $5 billion in taxes
support people who are illiterate.
Illiteracy can also lead to time
in prison, Poppe said, because some
people tire of being shut out of op
portunities because they can’t read
and write so they turn to crime for
Poppe said friends of illiterate
people should help them identify
their problem and seek help. Poppe
said the Lincoln Literacy Council
offered confidential half-hour
screenings where they assess skills
and set goals.
The council needs volunteers to
tutor for one hour a week. Tutoring
is done at churches, community cen
ters and libraries in Lincoln. Inter
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Technology Park kicks off
By Erin Schulte
Nebraska’s new home for high-tech compa
nies looking for a place to expand the future of
technology began Friday with a few shovels full
Ground-breaking for the $2 million, 22,000
'square foot main building at the University of
'Nebraska-Lincoln Technology Park took place
at 11 a.m. Friday at the 135-acre site north of
: interstate 80 near Highlands Boulevard.
Lt. Gov. Kim Robak, NU President Dennis
; Smith, UNL Chancellor James Moeser and Lin
coln Mayor Mike Johanns attended the cer
;^mony to kick off the construction of the tech
nology development center, sometimes referred
to as the “incubator” building.
Theresa Klein, director of public relations
at the University of Nebraska Foundation, said
the addition was nicknamed incubator because
it would house growing businesses.
The businesses will be involved in techno
logical transfers between the university and the
private sector, Klein said. One communications
technology corporation, Transcrypt Interna
tional, already occupies a 10-acre site at the park.
The Technology Park idea was dreamed up
in the late 1980s, Klein said, as a venture with
UNL, the city and technology businesses.
Klein said UNL students would benefit from
the park because the businesses may offer them
more internships and jobs.
In return, the businesses will use the univer
sity for continuing education for their employ
ees and access to research facilities. Lincoln will
profit from money the businesses bring to the
city and state.
iHusker fans get fired up before
jNASCAR unveiling Friday night
- NASCAR from page 1
j f Moeser and Gov. Ben Nelson.
All made brief speeches to the crowd.
Nelson, dressed in a red sport coat and briefly
Wearing a red and white striped “Cat-In-The
!<Hat” Husker hat, gave his “top five list of rea
i sons why Husker NASCAR racing is better than
jf Among the items on his list were: “because
•fHusker fans get to watch us beat 40 opponents
‘‘every Saturday instead of just one” and “because
NASCAR racing isn’t like many politicians, who
l^pin their wheels and only go in a circle.”
F Following the speeches, the car’s cover was
Removed to the music of Alan Parson's “Sirius,”
Ihe song played When the football team comes
jonto the field before games.
The car, a black Ford Thunderbird with red
irim, carried the Husker logo, the “University
*of Nebraska” name and the back-to-back na
tional championship logo.
The car received thunderous approval from
the crowd, especially when its engine was revved
Some UNL students in the crowd approved
of the car.
“I think it’ll really introduce more Huskers
to NASCAR racing—which is a great sport,”
said Mike Strubel, a senior in the Teachers Col
Gov. Nelson, speaking after the unveiling,
also was optimistic about NASCAR and what it
could provide for the university.
“I’m inspired that Trev Alberts would come
back to do do something like this,” Nelson said.
“It is very unselfish on his behalf.”
With $20 T-shirts, $10 posters and $20 sun
glasses being sold just feet away, Nelson said
he thought the car would certainly bring rev
enue back to UNL.
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