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Meter accuracy winds down
METER from page 1
When presented with the results of
the Daily Nebraskan, investigation,
Brage said he would have the faulty
There is one serviceman who is re
sponsible for repairing and maintain
ing the city’s 2,000 parking meters,
Brage said. The serviceman also is re
sponsible for moving meters for con
struction, hooding meters and install
ing new meters.
The serviceman is forced to re
spond to complaints issued at the po
lice department instead of conducting
regular maintenance. This list usually
amounts to five to 10 meters across the
city each day.
“Most of the complaints we receive
are just jammed meters that need to
have the coin slot cleared,” Brage said.
“Usually, either the receptacle is full
and needs to be emptied or there is a
coin stuck in the slot that can be fixed
on the spot.”
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Some students said they've re
ceived several parking tickets at the R
Street meters so they don’t mind when
the meters are out of order.
“I’m well-known down at the Vio
lations Bureau,” senior advertising
major Robin Fridrich said. “Sometimes
the best thing you can hope for is a bro
The R Street 90-minute parking
meters are often used by students dur
Students who were parked along R
Street this week said they’ve experi
enced problems with the meters.
“Many times (meters) are broken,”
said journalism graduate student Adair
Many times (meters) are broken. Even
when you plan to be back to your meter
early, they are done when you get there ”
Shanks. “Even when you plan to be
back to your meter early, they are done
when you get there.”
A matter of a few minutes can mean
a parking ticket for students who are
stuck in class.
According to the Lincoln Parking
Violations Bureau, 5,109 citations
were written for parking meter viola
tions in March, but the bureau is un
sure how many of those tickets were
given to people who parked at faulty
meters. The fine for parking at an ex
pired meter is $5, which is due in 15
days or the vehicle is subject to im
Drivers who believe they were tick
eted while parked at a faulty meter do
have recourse they can take to appeal
“(Drivers) need to report defective
meters to us the same day they are tick
eted, so we can check them,” said Pat
Waegli, an administrative aide at the
It takes a week to 10 days for a
meter to be inspected, he said, and then
the ticketed driver must call back to
check on the meter. If the meter is
found faulty, the bureau will void the
From January through March, the
department issued about 22,729 tick
ets for expired meters, which equals
$113,645. From each $5 fine, $2.25
goes to the city’s general fund, and
$2.75 goes to Lincoln Public schools.
Money from the parking meters
also goes to the city’s general
fund; however, Brage said that de
spite the revenue from parking
tickets and meters, parking meters
are not profitable for the city of
“By the time you account for all
the personnel involved with main
taining the meters — a serviceman,
enforcement officers and someone to
empty the meters — the city still
loses money,” Brage said.
The goal of parking meters is not
to make money, he said, because park
ing meters are designed to manage the
flow of traffic and create turnover in
parking spaces instead.
Meters ensure that there will be
customer parking for businesses down
town and across the city, Brage said.
“We try to set a time limit reason
able for the type of business people
need to conduct in the area,” Brage
said. “Without meters there would be
no customer parking downtown be
cause employees would take them.”
Bible misused to denounce gays,
UNL professor emeritus says
speech closes a series
of talks on a book
about biblical uses. ,
By Jim Goodwin
Millenniums of biblical transla
tes taken out of context are not
solid reasons to attack homosexual
ity, a former English professor said
Louis Crompton, a University of
Nebraska-Lincoln professor emeritus,
said the practice’s result is the misuse
of the Bible to support discriminatory
“Despite this mysterious vagueness
about the sins of Sodom and
Gomorrah, the Bible is being used to
wrongly justify anti-homosexual sen
timents,” Crompton said during an East
Campus Union luncheon.
Crompton said translations have
distorted authors’ original speech and
misinterpreted key words. As such,
some biblical fables have lost their al
truistic focuses, he said.
The story of Sodom, which many
cite in denouncing homosexuality,
originally centered on the city of
Sodom’s inherent greed, Crompton
Wealthy Sodomites involved with
the gold market refused to help the poor
and hungry, defying the traditional so
cial expectations of the day, Crompton
In the story’s original form, greed,
not homosexuality, piqued God’s wrath
and caused the community’s destruc
tion, Crompton said.
“Pat Buchanan likes to use the word
‘Sodomite.’.” Crompton said.
“Sodomites were (people) against im
migration and welfare.”
Crompton’s discussion, sponsored
by the Lutheran Center, Cornerstone
and St. Mark’s-on-the-Campus, was the
third and final talk devoted to a book
addressing biblical uses. The book,
“The Good Book: Reading the Bible
with Mind and Heart,” also focuses on
anti-semitism and the roles of women
in the Bible.
The Rev. Don Hanway of St.
Mark’s-on-the-Campus said the Bible
did not address homosexuality as a
concept. He said it discussed a few
specific behaviors of homosexuality
that must be taken in their proper con
Citing an example from “The Good
Book,” Hanway said Leviticus 18:22
was a problematic passage dealing with
“Do not lie with a man as one lies
with a woman; that is detestable,” the
Hanway said the passage may rec
ognize homosexual behaviors as being
“ritually impure,” but not as “abomi
nations,” a word carrying much more
weight in a biblical context.
“In short, we’re involved in a cul
ture war and the Bible is being used in
it,” Hanway said. “In terms of whether
the Bible supports homosexuality or
not, it depends on the assumptions you
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