The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 12, 1999, Page 4, Image 4

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Erin Gibson
Cliff Hicks
Nancy Christensen
Brad Davis
Sam McKewon
Jeff Randall
Bret Schulte
“I was just plain not prepared for
what happened Friday.”
Randy Thomas, American Indian
rights representative, on the recent dis
covery of more remains in Bessey Hall
“I can confirm bones were found in
the room overlooked in previous clear
Karl Reinhard, anthropology profes
sor, on the bones finding
“Nothing’s surprising anymore. I’m
becoming immune to the disrespect.”
Collette Mast, Northern Cheyenne
tribe member, on the Bessey Hall discov
_ “There’s a real culture of not being
confrontational (in the Midwest).”
Jeff Raz, artist-in-residence, in reac
tion to some of the work he s done in diver
sity workshops at UNL
“We looked like we look on the road
1 Paul Sanderford, NU women s basket
ball coach, on the team s loss to Baylor
“Typically, a person will look at
something hanging on the waU for 10 or
20 seconds. I try to force them into stay
ing longer, keeping them as a prisoner
of sorts.”
Artist Tad Lauritzen-Wright
“Right now, you’re talking to a coach
that’s pretty ticked off.”
Roy Williams, Kansas men’s basketball
coach, on NU s upset defeat of Kansas
“Our kids never quit. We didn’t win
pretty, but we found a way to win.”
Danny Nee, NU men’s basketball
coach, on the Huskers ’defeat of KU
“We know the female athlete is not
fragile, and will not buckle under pres
Christy Johnson, a two-time Nebraska
volleyball All-American
“It’s normally a pretty safe sport -
unless planes come crashing in.”
Dan Williams, golf professional at
Highlands Golf Course, on golfing and
the crash of a Bonanza plane
“We need to teach children more
than reading, writing and arithmetic.
We need to teach them how to be
Jocelyn Elders, former U.S. surgeon
general, during a speech in Omaha
“We’re trying to go back, pick up the
pieces and make amends as soon as pos
Michael Consbruck, Interfraternity
Council president, in reaction to Kara
Bliven’s fall from a Chi Phi Fraternity
“Even the sky is crying.”
Jordanian television announcer on the
death of King Hussein from lymphatic
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Tag it all
So Mr. Harder,... why are you so
afraid of the truth? What makes you
so uneasy about knowing what really
goes on around you? In your column,
“Tagging Along” (Wed., Feb. 10), you
attacked a group of people who are
attempting to make consumers more
aware of what it is they may be pur
By being educated on the history
of a product, people can then make a
more intelligent and conscious deci
sion about what to purchase and what
not to. I thought choice was what you
were all about.
Using terms like “wackos” and
“liberal hooligans” to describe indi
viduals who are advocating responsi
ble use of one’s choice contradicts
many of your past columns.
It scares me how disconnected we
as humans have become from the big
ger picture of things, how out of touch
we are with those things that sustain
us. Is this what you’re advocating?
Ignorance? I hope not, because the
dangers related to this are too great to
In the case of furs and meat, why
shouldn’t people be made more aware
of where they come from, and how the
animals were treated? I think your
idea about tagging all “meat” with
“not only how it was killed, but every
detail associated with the process” is a
wonderful idea.
What is so wrong with knowing
exactly how your food came to be on
your plate? Don’t you want to know
what was put into your food, and what
you may be putting into your body?
As citizens of the United States,
we probably suffer from this discon
nectedness more than most other peo
ple in the world.
I mean, what do you think the
majority of the responses would be if
you asked the average urban resident
where her or his food comes from.
I bet you most people would sim
ply answer “the supermarket.” k
With a hint or two you could prob- V
ably goad them into saying “a 1
famj^a fcctorjO’,^ “ar^ch.” f
If you pressed mem for even ^
more details though, it would
probably be a . if
waste of your ^ I
time, because most people don’t real
ly know. Do they care? It’s hard to say.
In this day and age of rural crisis
and hardships, the gap between urban
and rural folks has resulted in misun
derstanding and a lack of empathy
about what people in the country are
going through. ,
You may read about it in the paper
and wonder why all the fuss, but until
you meet the farmers who provide us
with the bulk of our food you will
probably never understand. That is
why something like Lincoln’s sum
mer Farmer’s Market is so important.
I also believe that we should adopt
your idea to label every consumer
good with its history.
I for one think you should know
the name of the young woman who
sewed your Nike tennis shoes togeth
er and under what conditions she did
I think you should know what
effects the extraction of fossil fuels
from your automobile have on the sur
rounding ecosystem.
And finally, I think you should
know what some person in a white lab
coat did to the corn that is in your
morning bowl of Cornflakes. Or are
you just afraid of what an educated
public might do!
So J.J., what are you going to
choose? To live ignorantly, not know
ing where things come
from or what impacts
they have had on
other people or
the world around
you? Or, to take
control of your
life by making
intelligent deci
sions that mini
mize ne"a
t i v e
impacts? Remember it all comes
down to connections. Everything is
As for your excuse about how “the
Bible tells us we have dominion over
the animals of the Earth,” I thought we
had all matured beyond that attitude.
Tony White
environmental sociology
Animal kindness
I am responding to J.J. Harder’s
column titled “Tagging along.” It
seems that in Mr. Harder’s world, cru
elty to animals is an acceptable prac
tice, and those who do not find such
cruelty acceptable are flaming “wack
_ _
He cites the Bible and infers that
humans have dominion over animals.
Hence in his small mind, that means
that those who do what they want with
animals are right, and the cheesy ani
mal lovers are wrong.
I challenge Mr. Harder to study
the issue in greater depth to learn
what is really happening out there. To
satisfy the materialistic greed preva
lent in our society, humans are going
way beyond what biblical writers
envisioned when they made the infer
ence of our superiority.
Listen, watch and learn
Mr. Harder, for there are
many lessons in life and
sometimes those lessons
are taught by our animal
Ron Kriha
Lincoln resident
Matt Haney/DN