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creates foul stench
It’s that time again.
Several notable Nebraska politicians have
grabbed a podium and their patriotic neckties,
and announced their gubernatorial bids to
cheering hometown friends and supporters.
The politicians have wrapped themselves
in the Nebraska state flag and have paraded
their families through newly fallen leaves in
Those moments were captured on film,
and now there’s a sea of cookie-cutter cam
paign commercials emerging during TV
In those pretty commercials, candidates
fling promises like cow patties in a pasture,
hoping to appeal to everyone’s desire for a
safer, more moral America and a few more
dollars in their pocketbooks after April 15.
Those foul-flinging promises come
around every year, and they always smell like
the pasture they came from.
Yet one emits a radically stronger odor
than the rest.
The promise to reform property taxes has
littered the media with empty rhetoric for sev
eral years, and it’s already back on a few can
didates’TV commercials this fall.
Meanwhile, the need for property tax
reform has intensified, especially in western
Nebraska where farmers struggle to pay sky
high property taxes on large plots of planted
uov. Ken Nelson neipea push the
Legislature for some reform, endorsing mea
sures to place huge caps on property tax.
But schools depend on those property tax
dollars, and no one has replaced his lost rev
enue by redistributing the tax base.
Proponents of last fall’s ballot initiatives 411
and 412 tried, but voters and reluctant politi
cians defeated the measure.
Now children in Arthur, located 45 min
utes north of Ogalalla, can fear traveling 90
miles to school if their small school shuts
down without property tax funding.
Those students would have a lot of time on
a school bus to think about empty tax-reform
promises. And their parents would have a lot
to think about on election day.
Yet candidates preach that property taxes
should be cut further. They should be, but not
without an alternate tax system that would
produce revenue to support public schools.
A candidate who would save Nebraskans
a few dollars by stealing their children’s qual
ity, local education, would also rob Peter to
It’s counterproductive. It’s foolish. In
politician speak, “It doesn’t make good com
The governor who leads the Legislature to
straighten out this mess likely will be remem
bered as one of Nebraska’s best.
And the candidate who steps forward with
a honest, respectable tax redistribution plan
that helps all Nebraskans will be remembered
at the voting booth.
We would like to say to each
person who read the column on
“Motor control” in Wednesday’s
Daily Nebraskan that we apologize
for the language you read from one
of the young men in our hall from
his recorded message that was left
for Todd Munson.
We cannot start to apologize for
the young man in our hall that took
the initiative to not only embarrass
himself but the majority of the indi
viduals wholive in Burr Hall, the
professors and East Campus in gen
eral by speaking for everyone when
he had no right.
Mr. Matthew Waite is right. Our
resident has done nothing more
than reinforce any stereotype that
has ever been hung on East Campus
and Burr Hall, and that has set us
back many long hours, days and
years spent trying to combat and
eliminate those stereotypes of our
campus and our hall.
In the same section of the DN, a
young lady from East Campus had
her letter published and (wrote)
with dignity and intelligence.
Regardless of what your opinion
was before and what it is now, Burr
Hall and East Campus is a place
where numerous university and
organizational leaders reside and
work, and it is very disappointing to
see the effects of what that one indi
vidual has and could have done to
tarnish the achievements that great
individuals have worked for and
accomplished because of where
As an intelligent group of stu
dents, faculty and staff we know
that one person can seem to be the
majority simply because they are
the one making the most noise. In
actuality, it is just the opposite.
I believe that you already have
an opinion of East Campus and
especially Burr Hall, but listen to
the majority who have written this
response. Do not do what would be
the easiest thing to do: judge all of
us by the actions of one.
Burr/Fedde Hall president
with residents of Burr and
It’s a sad day
Every so often I am forced to
shake my head, laugh and weep bit
terly for the future of America.
Today is one of those days.
While I didn’t read Mr.
Munson’s chilling expose of the
“Dukes of Hazzard” and “CHiPs,” I
did see the backlash created from
I am amazed.
With all the issues that are in
need of attention in our world, our
nation and our campus, some of my
intellectual colleagues have chosen
to get their collective panties in a
wad over television.
News flash: It’s entertainment.
Use your intellectual resources for
something more worthwhile next
time. It seems ridiculous to me that
in 1997, we are even discussing
1970s television in anything more
than a purely nostalgic way.
Come on people, let it go.
Kari J. Holman
I want my Free Speech
I disagree with many of the
statements that Gregg Madsen
made in his Wednesday column
“Price of pornography.”
Firstly, his conclusions about
the relationship between pornogra
phy and crimes such as pedophilia
and rape are logically unsound. In
order for a direct relationship
between pornography and sex
crimes to be established, he would
need to examine the statistics of
how many people who read or look
at pornography become rapists or
pedophiles, and not the other way
around. This would be the result
that would be needed to prove a
Secondly, as far as his conclu
sion that pornography is bad
because of the fact that crime is
higher in the areas with “sexually
oriented businesses,” I have a sim
ple question. If you happened to be
in such an area, and somebody were
to steal your wallet, would you hes- *
itate to report it, fearing the stigma
that might surround having been in
such an area? Do you think that it’s
possible that the people doing the
stealing might know this? Do you
think that this would tend to make
crime go up or down?
Thirdly, it is absolutely neces
sary to protect the rights of people
producing pornography if we want
to protect free speech in this coun
try. If you start eliminating pornog
raphy, where is the line? What about
works of art? What about informa
tion about sexuality? What about
information that is intended to pro
vide AIDS education? What about
the publications of feminist groups,
or those from the gay community?
Heck, if pornography causes
violence, perhaps we should outlaw
religion. Just look at everything
that happened during the Crusades,
or the Thirty Years War.
Everything has the potential to
be harmful. It is up to individuals to
control their own actions, and to be
responsible for them.
I am not saying that pornogra
phy is good. However, I am suspi
cious of anyone who will try to tell
me what not to read. The writers of
the Constitution may not have had
Playboy in mind. However, they did
know what it was like to be denied
the freedom of speech.
Amy D. Young
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