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Today's the day
to voice your choice
The ballot box beckons.
It’s election day, and we can all breathe
a collective sigh of relief — as soon as we
vote, that is.
The campaigning is over. The commer
cials will now stop.
Within 24 hours, we will know who will
lead us into the next century. We will know
who will be the decision-makers at every
level of our government. And we will have
decided on some important legislation.
In the last two weeks, we at the Daily
Nebraskan have invited you to join us in
thinking about the candidates, the major is
sues and some ballot initiatives. We have
made our endorsements, and we hope you
will take them into consideration as you cast
We hope you will protect the state’s chil
dren, its schools and its courts by rejecting
baikrt initiatives 411 and 412, which prom
ise a constitutional right to “quality educa
tion” and property-tax relief, but will bring
chaos to the courts and take its toll on tax
payers as the burden will shift from property
taxes to other tax sources.
We hope you will vote against initiative
409 and say no to term limits and the “Scar
let Letter” scare tactics that supporters are
proposing to brand candidates on the ballot.
We hope you will protect our state from
the corrosive effects of gambling by saying
no to Amendment 1 and preventing the
spread of betting outside of licensed race
We encourage you to support our state
legislators by voting yes on Amendment 3
and giving them the same employee benefits
granted to other state officers.
We ask you to cast your vote for NU
Regent Nancy O’Brien to show your appre
ciation for her efforts in advocating the N
Roll system, lightening the financial burden
on students and simplifying course transfers
between state schools.
In the election for the House of Repre
sentatives, we urge voters in the 1st District
to vote for Rep. Doug Bereuter who has re
mained true to his constituents throughout
his Congressional career. In the 2nd District,
we support James Martin Davis, who we
hope will bring some integrity to a House
seat that was overtaken by a money-hungiy
freshman in the last term. And in the 3rd
District, we remind voters of Rep. Bill
Barrett’s strong voice for agriculture and
In the Senate race, we would like to see
Chuck Hagel representing our state in Wash
ington while Ben Nelson finishes out his gu
bernatorial responsibilities here in Lincoln.
And as for the presidential race, we en
courage you to re-elect President Clinton,
who has proven himself to be a real states
man and a policy-pusher.
— Most of all, we uige you to take a few
minutes out of your day today and put some
push behind your opinions. Vote.
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Sites to see
What a wonderful Web we weave
I considered writing a column on
the World Wide Web weeks ago, but
the mere mention of anything
“computer” seems to send readers
straight to the “comics” page.
Well, I decided to risk it anyway.
After all, nothing will be quite as
bad as last week’s detailed account of
seasonal merchandise at Hy-Vee and
Kmart — so why not give the web a
So what is it about the World
Wide Web that a lot of people find
I think it has a lot to do with the
fact that the web came into existence
only recently, yet already has a
potentially huge impact on our lives.
Ever see “The Net” with Sandra
Bullock? In the movie, drop-dead
Bullock never leaves her home
because she can work, order pizza
and chat with others using her
Hmmm... a day when we might
work or be educated without leaving
riecK, ii tney can tina a way tor
me to flip burgers on the Net and still
make $4.25 an hour, my butt’s there!
But could it really happen?
Well, maybe not in burger
flipping, but in education and other
And I think that’s what is scaring
more people than Michael Jackson’s
The World Wide Web’s size has
also become intimidating.
I typed “airline tickets” into the
“Excite” web search service and
suddenly found that there were
287,957 web sites that pertained to
I doubt there are even 100,000
commercial planes in the United
States, yet there are somehow twice
that many web sites that have
something to do with “airline
Even if you don’t think the World
Wide Web is intimidating due to its
size, I’m sure you’re a little bit
concerned about how strange some
of these web pages are getting.
We’ll take a glance at these weird
web sites like Ebenezer Scrooge did
with Jiminy Cricket on Christmas
Eve—in die past, present and
First — the past.
There are times when we all feel
guilty for the things we do—maybe
even sinful things we’ve done. That’s
why it’s helpful to know about the
“Confessional Booth” web site (http:/
There we can type our innermost
sins and say: “Yes, I have drink a lot!
Maybe even so much so that my
friends call me Hydrogen Peroxide!
And dangit, I feel bad about it!”
And maybe, if your sins are bad
enough, they’ll, end up on a web site
called the “Wall O’ Shame” (http://
this site, you can see humorous past
failures of mankind.
Take, for example, an illustration
on the web site that was taken from a
1950 Popular Mechanics magazine.
It shows a woman spraying her living
room with a hose. The magazine
predicted that, in the year 2000, a
garden hose would be a housewife’s
main cleaning item.
One site that should probably be
included within the “Wall O’ Shame”
is the “Captain James T. Kirk Sing
Along Page” (http://www.ama.
Here we see William Shatner’s past,
short-lived singing career.
Next, we’ll move into the present
of weird web sites.
Here we find people fascinated
with things they really shouldn’t be
“overly” fascinated with. From
“Spatula City” (http://www.warm.
umd.edu/~twoflowr) to “The
Twinkies Project” (http://
twinkies.html), there are a lot of
strange people out there devoting
their time and Web space to inani
But the future’s brighter—right?
On the web, no such thing is
That’s why you’ll need to visit
“Online Tarot Reading” (http://
tarot.html) to discover what the
future has in store for you.
And me, well, I’ve decided not to
fight the World Wide Web — no
matter how fast and large it’s grown
or how weird it’s gotten.
Therefore, I’ve got my own Web
And I’ve got to admit, it’s weird
all right. Where else can you see me
dressed up as a superhero, posing in
front of an American flag?
Well, nowhere actually....
But that just emphasizes my last
point on web pages—anyone can
create them about anything they like.
And with a little luck—the ideas
and images on their site can reach the
Where else is such a thing
Hollywood? Need an agent. A
novel? Need a ghost writer. The
press? Need to break the law.
No, the World Wide Web might
just be the last avenue for free
expression on a global scale.
And as sad as it sounds, a picture
of me in a superhero costume is just <
one example of this “expression” in I
Now, if I could only figure out
what exactly it expresses...
Kerber is a sophomore news
editorial major and a Daily
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