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6The Daily Tar HeelFriday, October 7, 1983
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91st year of editorial freedom
Kerry DeRdchi, Editor
ALISON DAVIS, Managing Editor JEFF HiDAY, Asocial Editor
Lisa Pullen, university Editor John Conway, c;y
CHRISTINE MANUEL, State and National Editor KAREN FISHER, Features Editor
MIKE DeSISTI, Sports Editor JEFF GROVE, Arts Editor
BILL RlEDY, News Editor CHARLES W. LEDFORD, Photography Editor
When President Reagan sent U.S. negotiators back to Geneva this
week with a new "build-down" proposal, it marked the fourth major
shift in the administration's approach to arms control talks with the
Soviet Union. The idea that once would have been scorned by staunch
Republicans and Reagan himself is now lauded by all as a suitable
end to the arms race, the fruit that will tempt recalcitrant Soviets to the
bargaining table. It represents a long-awaited move from one-sided pro
posals that limited only Soviet arms build-up to what could be a fair and
equitable plan for all. U.S. officials must now back up the plan with a
commitment to further compromise with the Soviets at the Strategic
Arms Reduction Talks. Still in Reagan's plans are loopholes yet to be
filled, omissions sure to be noted and used by the Soviets as an excuse to
further balk at an agreement.
By definition, the "build-down" concept will mean that for every new
warhead produced by the superpowers, two old ones will be destroyed. A
minimum 5 percent reduction in warheads will be expected each year.
Reagan claims such a formula is yet another example of this country's
'good-faith effort" in breaking through the chilled negotiations that
have become even more stilted following the Sept. 1 downing of the
Korean jetliner, "We want to reduce the weapons of war, pure and sim
ple," Reagan has said. "The door to an agreement is open, all the world
is waiting for the Soviet Union to walk through."
That's not just rhetoric. These new words may signify a sincere com
mitment to limiting the danger of nuclear war. The U.S. delegation in
earlier negotiations has proposed limiting each side to 5,000 warheads
each, a one-third reduction from the present levels; long-range missiles
would be reduced to 1,200 each.
Just as these goals should remain the same, so should the commitment
to playing the chief instigator of new proposals, especially since the
Soviets have shown a firm reluctance to assume the role. Throughout the
talks, they have stubbornly insisted on a total freeze of nuclear weapons
at the present level and a 25 percent reduction in the future. Reagan has
scoffed at the plan because once implemented it would maintain a Soviet
advantage in the number of warheads. And now it's the Soviets who pro
bably will object to the "build-down" proposal because it covers ballistic
missiles which the United States is worried about, but omits the nuclear
bombers the Soviets are concerned with.
It is as clear now, as it was when the talks first began, that only com
promise will ensure the approval of any arms reduction agreement, in
cluding the highly touted "build-down" agreement. President Reagan
has taken the initial steps by proposing plan after plan even though they
may never leave the Geneva table. The nuclear "build down" is not the
freeze ideally hoped for in the hearts of all liberal Democrats, but it is
perhaps a more realistic look at the future of arms control. As Reagan
has said time and time again, "The heartfelt desire shared by people
everywhere for a historic agreement dramatically reducing nuclear
weapons could, and indeed will, be achieved, provided one condition
changes: the Soviet government must start negotiating in good faith."
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Money, hassle close dorms
To the editor:
Many people have expressed concerns in the past
two days about the closing of the residence halls for
Fall Break. Perhaps an explanation of how this deci
sion was made and how the decision can be modified
will be a great comfort to many out-of-state students.
The department of University housing took several
different viewpoints into consideration.
Economics: Would the cost of keeping all of the
halls open be worth the benefit to a small number of
residents? No. The costs of maintaining every resi
dence hall are expensive. The operating costs could be
used more efficiently in the future.
Administrative advice: The administration felt
that the extra hassle was not worth the convenience.
Too few people used the services.
To the editor:
Personally, we've had it with the
"Bong-man," i.e. Buzz Brice. In response to his
Sept. 29 letter "Long live the queen?" it just
proves that if he really wanted to make a point he
would have checked his sources before making
such a statement. Doc Droze is a senior, and he
will be graduating in May. Therefore, the "Doc
tor" will not be running for re-election. So
"Buzz" you're on the receiving end of what is
really a funny jokes.
Buzz, seriously, take two bong hits!
Football game: As luck would have it, Carolina
has an open date during Fall Break. The assumption
was made that everyone would go home.
Unfortunately, some mistakes were made in this
decision process. There was no student input, the deci
sion was not announced to allow for adequate pre
paration, and the facilities that are offered as alternate
living, quarters are not adequate. Housing Director
Wayne Kuncl, however, has made alternate plans to
make the closing more tolerable, if enough students
express a concern. The alternative to moving to Craige
for Fall Break is moving into Morrison. The positive
aspect of this solution is that undergraduates are more
likely to know other undergraduates in Morrison from
whom they can "borrow a room" for Fall Break.
Kuncl has said to me that housing will staff Morrison
for the break and offer full services to those students
living there. Again, I emphasize that you must make
Kuncl aware of your dilemma now.
As an aside, I would like to defend myself for the
quotes in the article "University plans to close dorms
for break" (DTH, Oct. 4). I did not enthusiastically
endorse or support "renting a lounge and sleeping on
a couch." I apologize for the misconception and hope
that in the future the DTH will report things more ac
curately and with less carelessness.
In closing, I will again say that you need to make
housing or the Residence Hall Association aware of
your need to stay during Fall Break. I will be in the
Morrison lounge today at 5 p.m. Please come by and
give me your name and residence.
" Residence Hall Association
Disgusted with the mikeman issue
1983 Tribune Company Syndicate, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
To the editor:
This is not a letter of response, but rather a letter of
disgust! This whole situation concerning the UNO
mikeman is really getting ridiculous. I almost feel that
I am adding to the stupidity, but the room of the mat
ter is that "you people" are really "a trip!" Trip? Oh,
that's a word that we black folks use to mean "far out,
man!" I would like to address a few of the comments
made in the Oct. 5 issue of the DTH ("Mikeman
maladies"). To you, Kendall Moore you need to go
back home and reevaluate your intelligence if you feel
that it was insulted by Ward's "obvious failure." To
you, Kelly Darrett yes, I wish that you could be
black so you could see the shocking reality of racism
As for you, Langley Respess you have a bit more
tact, but you fit right in with the whole lot of them.
You are all scared! Petrified is more like it! Yes, Ward
made a mistake, but the fact is that he is at least up
there leading cheers and representing good ole' blue
and white Carolina. And let's not mention the four
black cheerleaders and the former black Homecoming
queen, and heaven forbid the black student body
And let's not forget the black athletes that dominate
the football and basketball teams. "You people" are
scared to death! Are they taking over? The thought is
chilling, isn't it? Yes Ward made a mistake. But
make no further mistake by thinking that there are no
racial undertones because there are. Grow up, people,
and face reality, or GO HOME! I wish you could all
be like Kelly Darrett. You wouldn't last one day being
black. The psychological impact would KILL YOU!!
Ava D. Greene
To the editor:
Every day in the paper there is something about the
mikeman. I'm a freshman and I haven't been here
long, but I'm getting tired of this mess. All I've read is
that Ward's jokes were indecent. That guy winning
Homecoming queen was an indecent joke, but I doubt
there will be a new Homecoming queen.
In the world today on a real paying job, you are at
least given a chance. Give Ward a chance.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
His jokes forget them. Ward's jokes are the same
type of jokes that most of us sit and tell our friends in
private, the only difference is Ward is telling his to
There are only three more home games, so you
might as well let Ward finish this season and get your
new mikeman next year.
To the editor:
So, the folks at the department of student life want
Kenny Ward to resign as Carolina's mikeman. Per- -haps
a better idea would be to suspend Ward for a
game or two (without pay, presumably). If Sharon
Mitchell isn't familiar with this procedure, she can get
the details from her boss, Donald Boulton.
To the editor:
What's all this commotion I keep hearing about the
UNC milkman? I didn't even know the school had a
milkman. What was he doing, dropping the little bot
tles of milk on the floor too hard so they broke and the
milk ran down the dorm hall? Was he late, so that
when you got back from classes, the milk had been sit
ting there all morning, all spoiled and smelly?
I don't know, it's just my opinion, but I think milk
men who make deliveries are so rare, we should maybe
given him another chance.
I heard that the issue of black vs. white was brought
up. Hey, I don't know, but if you don't like chocolate
milk or white milk, you shouldn't be forced to drink
it. Gee, what's all the fuss about?
Huh? MIKEman? Oh, well
Tar Heel Manor
By VANCE TREFETHEN
For a long time I have been baffled by public attitudes
toward the so-called "social welfare" programs in this
country. On the one hand, we make a consistent, logical
appeal about the genuine needs of disadvantaged individuals
in our society. But when it comes time to make application
of remedies to societal problems through governmental ac
tion, suddenly all thought and foresight go out the window
and purely emotional "give-away-ism" takes over. This is
precisely the situation which occurs in Frank Bruni's recent
column about Secretary of Agriculture John Block's week
on food stamps ("If he were a poor man DTH, Oct. 5).
As everyone knows, Block spent a week trying to feed
four people on a $58 allotment of food stamps. At the end
of the week, Block and company were hale and hearty and
adequately nourished. But some are not satisfied with this
Bruni argues first that the Block family kitchen facilities
were far above what the typical welfare family would have.
But Bruni in the beginning of his article described some of
the foods that were being used by Block to stay within his
budget: beef liver, chili macaroni and grits, for example.
Are these really that complicated to make? How fancy a
kitchen does it take to make a bowl of grits?
Bruni then asserts that the poor will end up having to pay
more for food than the rich. This makes the assumption
that poverty is the same as stupidity, a notion with which I
wholeheartedly disagree. Why can't poor people shop
around and compare prices just like middle and upper class
people do? Do we have to assume that they just shop at the
first high-priced store they come to? Can't these people be
given a little responsibility to go along with the free aid they
It makes me wonder about the en
tire purpose of the food stamp pro
gram. It is designed to entertain
Then we come to the dreaded "7-day dilemma." After
all, Block was only on the $58 budget for one week, and
that somehow miraculously invalidates the financial and
nutritional accuracy of the results. Bruni then makes a link
between this and a "perpetual lament" caused by "eating
restrictions" that the poor must suffer. Wait a minute. If
you have no money to buy food and I walk up and give
you $58, how is that an "eating restriction"? Haven't I just
greatly expanded your ability to buy food and to decide
what you will eat? Would you be in a state of "perpetual la
ment" if someone did that for you? Would you rather
But the poor aren't starving; and Bruni admits this. He
goes on to describe what I'll call the "entertainment
factor." Food equals entertainment in the minds of the
poor. Again, I question the basic assumption this makes
about the intelligence of poor people. But more impor
tantly, it makes me wonder about the entire purpose of the
food stamp program. Is it designed to entertain people?
Should we modify it accordingly if it fails to entertain?
Aren't there more physically beneficial ways of entertaining
people (assuming entertainment is a legitimate function of
government) besides letting them buy junk food at govern
I don't begrudge $58 for a poor family if that will make
the difference between starvation and survival. But I refuse
to spend my money on government entertainment pro
grams. I also refuse to.believe that poor people need me to
do their thinking for them or that I should feel sorry for
them if they choose to spend their money on cigarettes and
candy instead of healthy food.
Thank you, Secretary Block, for reminding us all of the
purpose of the food stamp program, and for the need to
look at it with rational expectations.
Vance Trefethen, a sophomore economics major from
Bangor, Maine, is a staff writer for The Daily Tar Heel.
Reagan calls for U.S. and Soviet arms reduction
By KELL Y SIMMONS
President Reagan made a move toward
arms reduction Tuesday when he proposed
that the Soviet Union and the United
States each destroy about 5 percent of
their strategic nuclear warheads every year.
He also offered to negotiate a limit on
long-range bombers and air-launched
. cruise missiles.
Reagan accused the Soviets of stone
walling, and a "very cold reaction" from
Moscow was predicted by Rep. Les Aspin,
The administration is aiming for an
eight-year treaty which would reduce the
number of Soviet warheads to a little less
than 5,000. The Soviets have about 7,900
warheads now. The United States has
This proposal is the third put forth by
the Reagan administration in a little more
than a year and is expected to be the presi
dent's last offer to the Soviets in his first
Reagan said there would be trade-offs in
the agreement and the United States was
prepared to make them. "Let me empha
size," he said, "that the United States has
gone the extra mile."
Court says "yes" to gun control
Despite a plea by eight Morton Grove,
111., residents this week to abolish a law
banning the sale and possession of hand
guns, the Supreme Court allowed the law
to remain. Opponents to the prohibition
claimed that the law conflicted with the
Second Amendment the right to keep
and bear arms. But the court said no, the
Second Amendment was only to prevent
Congress from interfering with the states'
right to form their own militias. It is up to
the states to make their own laws regarding
gun control, they said.
The ruling has set the precedent for
other local and state governments to adopt
some form of gun control if they so
choose. And a few other cities have con
sidered the idea.
San Francisco imposed a ban on the sale
or possession of handguns last year, but
. because their law conflicted with the Cali
fornia law allowing firearms to be kept in
businesses and private homes without a
license, the ruling didn't hold. Miami,
Chicago,- Massachusetts and Maryland
have also proposed imposing gun control
The court began its 1983-84 term with
900 cases, including its first-ever "wrong
ful birth" dispute. In this, an Illinois cou
ple claimed that they should be able to
recover child-rearing costs for a child born
after an unsuccessful sterilization. The
court threw out the appeal.
Kudos for Walesa
Lech Walesa was awarded the 1983
Nobel Peace Prize Wednesday for his
struggle for workers' rights in Poland. The
award angered the Polish government but
delighted supporters of the Solidarity
union movement, which has been outlawed.
"Walesa was picking mushrooms near his
home in Gdansk, near the Baltic Sea,
when he was told of his award. He didn't
take credit for riimself, but for the people.
He said he planned to donate the $190,000
prize to the Polish Roman Catholic
Church fund to aid private farmers.
A group of about 1 ,000 were on hand to
greet Walesa as he arrived home after the
announcement of the prize. They chanted
"Solidarity" and waved flowers.
Polish authorities were stung by the
award, calling the selection of Walesa
He's leaving anyway
Even though Interior Secretary James
Watt wasn't fired because of his remarks a
couple of weeks ago, it looks like he's go
ing to resign soon anyway.
Administration officials said the secre
tary planned to leave his post after an in
Wednesday, Senate Republicans threat
ened Watt with repudiation in that cham-
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ber later this month unless he resigns.
President Reagan has backed Watt, saying
he shouldn't be forced out because of a
Watt has been in hot water since two
weeks ago when he referred to his advisory
panel on coal leasing as "a black... a
woman, two Jews and a cripple."
Watt's support has faded fast, and the
majority of Republican lawmakers now
want him to quit. But a spokesman for the
president said Reagan has not changed his
mind about retaining Watt.
Who'll do the push-ups?
There won't be a mikeman in the
stadium to greet the fans at Saturday's
Wake Forest game, and there may not be
one for the rest of the season. Kenny Ward
was officially fired last week by the depart
ment of student life.
Ward was fired, according to Sharon
Mitchell, the assistant dean of student life,
because of his tasteless jokes and remarks
made at the games, missing practices and
not working well with the band (which is
nowhere near him during the games, any
way). Mitchell said she has spoken with other
officials about finding a new mikeman to
complete the season. The cheerleaders are
planning on relying on Carolina spirit in
stead of jokes to get the fans going.
They'll be going up into the stands, varsity
co-captain Mitch Barnes said, when they
feel like the crowd needs help.
Ward said he didn't think his perfor
mance was in poor taste. "I might have in
sinuated some things," he said, "but that
depends on people's interpretations." He
claims-the action is a racial issue.
Kelly Simmons, a junior journalism ma
jor from Reidsville, is an editorial writer
for The Daily Tar Heel.