North Carolina Newspapers

    8 Tht Daily Tar Heel Friday, April 22. 1977
Greg Porter
Editor ,.
Joni Peters, Managing Editor
Ed Rankin. Associate Editor
Lou Bilionis, Associate Editor
Laura Seism. University Editor
Elliott Potter, City & State Editor
Chuck Alston, National Editor
Jack Greenspan, Features Editor
Jeanne Newsom, Arts Editor
Gene Upchurch, Sports Editor
Rouse Wilson, Photography Editor
Carrboro buses at last
At last. A Carrboro bus system.
For years, students and administrators have sought a bus system which could
fully suit the needs of the University community. With parking places few and far
between, with parking fees expected to rise, and with traffic reaching nearly
uncontrollable heights and guzzling increasing amounts of gasoline, a Carrboro
extension has evolved from a desired convenience to a necessity.
Monday night, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen agreed to appropriate funds
with the University for a bus route to serve the apartments near the 54 Bypass in
Carrboro. With the service, which will begin next fall, students living in a
apartments such as Old Well, Chateau, Berkshire, Greenbelt and the like can now
commute by public transportation.
As a result, transportation officials predict, up to 500 fewer cars will travel to
campus. And 500 fewer cars mean that parking fees on campus can remain stable.
Moreover, the parking space shortage which the University now experiences will
decline somewhat, allowing all those who need parking permits to be able to secure
them.
After years of controversy surrounding the parking and bus issues, it seems that
progress significant progress has been made. The long-range planning and hard
work of former Student Body President Billy Richardson, Vice Chancellor for
Business Claiborne Jones, the aldermen of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, present
Student Body President Bill Moss and the Chapel Hill Transportation Board, to
name just a few, has finally paid off.
But the progress could be merely temporary. The future of the Carrboro bus
extension depends upon ridership. If the students in Carrboro who have sought a
bus to the University do not use that bus, then those who have given will take away.
Students wanted the bus. Now that they have it, they must use it.
Mugging school kids?
Court leaves possibility
If it is constitutionally impermissible to cut off someone's ear for the commission
of murder, it must be unconstitutional to cut off a child's ear for being late to class.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White
Apparently it isn't.
In a 5-4 decision last Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the
constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment does not protect
public school students from beatings by teachers. Writing for the majority, Justice
Lewis Powell noted that "corporal punishment serves important educational
interests ... in light of the disciplinary problems commonplace in the schools." The
Powell decision was immediately termed "incredible" by a spokesperson for the
National Parent Teacher Association. The PTA has opposed corporal punishment
since 1975 on the grounds that there are "alternative methods that may be used in
disciplinary matters that are more effective and have less damaging psychological
and physical effects on children."
In an October 1975 case involving a North Carolina student, the Supreme Court
had ruled that school officials could use "reasonable force" to discipline students.
The case decided on Tuesday concerned whether or not constitutional limits existed
on just how far school officials could go in punishing students. Powell and four
other justices decided that no such limits exist.
Dissenting Justice White, however, disagreed sharply with "the extreme view of
the majority that corporal punishment in public schools, no matter how barbaric,
inhumane or severe, is never limited by the Eighth Amendment." According to
White, "the record reveals beatings so severe that if they were inflicted on a
hardened criminal for the commission of a serious crime, they might not pass
constitutional muster."
t At the present time almost all states have laws forbidding the excessive physical
punishment of school children. Far more rare, however, are guidelines setting out
exactly what constitutes "excessive" punishment. The Supreme Court could have
established such guidelines Tuesday, retaining corporal punishment as a
disciplinary tool but limiting the dangerous excesses which are now so common.
Instead, school officials are free to be both brutal and arbitrary when taking out
their frustrations on students.
Success of
To the editor:
The initial reception to President Carter's
energy plan has been guarded, to say the
least. However, there exists a larger-than-realized
community of individuals who have
known for some time the dimensions of the
problem and who are enthusiastic about the
basic direction posed. The energy situation
now facing our country will be resolved only
if positive action is initiated very soon. The
only way we, as individuals, can have a
positive impact on our future is to express
our support and enthusiasm for the plan to
our elected representatives. Special interest
groups will lobby intensively to defeat or
water down many of the proposals, but we
do live in a democracy and our opinions do
count. We need to express this opinion in the
form of letters to our congressmen, to our
state and local leaders and to the press.
We have before us the opportunity to turn
crisis into a challenge and to demonstrate the
innovative qualities for which we as a nation
are famous. However, unless we express our
support for Carter's basic program by
directly informing our legislators, special
interest groups may win out. If they do, we
all lose.
Thorn Gunter
Durham
To the editor:
We agree with President Carter's
description of the energy problem and
concur in his evaluation of the gravity of the
situation. We believe that the remedies he
proposes can be faulted only in that he may
have asked too little rather than too much.
But this program should be adopted
immediately. The implementation of this
policy can serve as an opportunity for all
Americans to share in a sense of national
purpose, and to rediscover the values of
neighborhood, self-sufficiency and personal
growth.
Prof. Joseph Straley, physics and astronomy
Asst. Prof. Dave Orr, political science
Prof. John Dennison, geology
Asst. Prof. Seth Reice, zoology and ecology
Dan Koengshofer, Integrated Energy
Systems
Satin
84th Year of Editorial Freedom
Carter energy program depends
Attack at Avery
To the editor:
I would like to relate an incident which
occurred to me as I hurried past Avery Dorm
Tuesday night about midnight. As 1 passed, I
was bombarded with racial slurs and
obscenities. Now if I had been as utterly
stupid as the person shouting, 1 would have
gladly sought him out and beat him
senseless. But the coward shouted from one
of the upper floors. Not only that but I was
drenched with water, as some of the guys
threw water from the upper windows.
I propose the following alternatives to the
guilty parties: 1) Get the guts that it takes to
come down to the ground and perpetuate
your racially slanted and obscene deed it's
obvious you're a coward hiding from the real
world, which has more color than white; and
2) If you insist upon remaining a coward,
crawl back into your little hole and shut your
dirty mouth.
Brooksie Harrington
534 Ehringhaus
Harrassment must end
To the editor:
1 was amazed and outraged to read the
threatening letter written to two BSM
members from the "KKK of UNC." I was
even more disturbed to learn that this was
not the only letter, and that letters were not
the only form of harassment used, it cannot
be tolerated.
At an institution of higher learning, there
must be the coexistence of differing
philosophies and ideologies. But racism
expressed through the threats of personal
injury is in violation of the same principles of
human rights upon which this institution is
based.
The harassment of blacks by the "KKK of
UNC" must end immediately.
Bill Moss, President of the Student Body
Suite C, Carolina Union
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Indians continue to fight for
By TAD BOGGS
Everybody knows about Indians.
The noble savage. Powwows, teepees,
war paint and tomahawks. Chiefs,
squaws, warriors and medicine men.
Yeah, we all know about Indians.
This week, the Carolina Indian Circle
(C1C) has attempted to show that the
perceptions engrained by the
sterotypical magic of John Wayne
westerns are not the reality of the
American Indian. Through panel
discussions, films, exhibits and speakers
such as Vine Deloria Jr., the CIC is
trying to demonstrate that (gasp!)
Indians still exist in this country, and we
can all learn from them.
Deloria, a Standing Rock Sioux, is a
scholar, historian, lawyer, theologian
and the author of Custer Died For Your
Sins and We Talk, You Listen. He
participated in a couple of panel
discussions on campus Tuesday, then
spoke in Memorial Hall that night.
Deloria's presence was largely
ignored by the campus population. Oh
well, apathy reigns. Besides, the Fonz
and MA SH were on the tube.
We continue to ignore Indians, even
though our moral and ethical attitudes
toward the original Americans
transcend even the travesty of black
slavery.
We even ignore the broken treaties.
Everyone is aware that every one of the
hundreds of treaties signed by the
federal government and various Indian
tribes has been violated by the white
men, the self-appointed chosen race.
But this doesn't seem too important
to us. After all, it's history, right? We
didn't break the treaties, just as we
didn't enslave the blacks. It was our
ancestors. Don't blame us. Too bad it
happened, though. Tsk, tsk.
But listen to Deloria, white man. If no
guilt is gnawing at your conscience for
the sins of your ancestors, then maybe
some cold legal facts will wake you up to
the reality of Indians in America.
The federal government, in its infinite
wisdom, may have opened the door for
More than a hippie commune
To the editor:
I was pretty surprised to pick up a Tar
Heel Tuesday morning and find a long
article about my home. I live at Aloe, the
Walden Two community featured in
Tuesday's article "Communes from Chapel
Hill to Hillsborough." I expected to find a lot
of misinformation, and, indeed, I did. I don't
feel compelled to correct every error,
however, for those of you who are interested
in Aloe can do that yourselves.
I was most distressed to see the stereotype
of country communes perpetuated
dilapidated buildings, chaotic house
keeping, lots of sex. Aloe is typical of
communities in their early stages of
development. There is very little money,
more work that any of us can possibly do,
and a lot of ideals that often seem totally
unrelated to doing the dishes, keeping the
cars running and making it home from work
in time to milk the cows. Those of you are
familiar with Communities magazine will
recognize in Aloe the reason for the lead
article of the current issue: "Why You
Shouldn't Start a Commune in 1977" by Kat
Kindaide. Kat should know. She started two
herself, Twin Oaks, in Virginia and East
Wind in Missouri. Both of them are well past
Aloe's current precarious state of
development.
1 don't want to malign the author of the
article for bad reporting, since I know from
experience that it's impossible to get a feel
for a totally different lifestyle in one hour on
a Sunday afternoon. What I would like to do
is add a little perspective to the picture. What
the casual visitor doesn't see is our vision of
the community in five years, and our
position in a larger network of communities
across the country. You see a snapshot of us
in Time, with a handful of our current
"problems." Every community, every dorm,
every family has its Fred Fabishaks, its
unplanned pregnancies and while we are
the W SxunoK: first You get his AftSNnoN..-
Indians to establish land claims, valid
land claims worth billions of dollars, to
a great portion of the original 13
colonies.
In other words, the land that you
aspiring young capitalists dream of
adorning with shopping centers and
apartment complexes may, in reality,
belong to the Indians that you refuse to
recognize as being in existence.
It works like this. In 1958, the state of
New York decided it would like to build
a holding dam on 4,400 acres of
Tuscarora Indian land north of Buffalo.
The power authority of New York ,
under license from the Federal Power
Authority, began condemnation
proceedings on the land.
However, a federal judicial doctrine
exists stating that no Indian land may be
condemned by a state. The power
authority appeared stymied.
Then, like the proverbial cavalry, the
Supreme Court came to the rescue. In
order to justifiably seize the Tuscarora
land,, the Court revived a 1790 statute
demanding a federal presence whenever
Indian lands are seized.
Since the power authority of New
York is licensed by the Federal Power
Authority (the required federal
presence), the Tuscarora lands legally
could be taken. New York got its 4,400
acres for the dam, but in the process may
have traded the balance of the Eastern
United States.
Confused, white man? Read on, and
perhaps you will understand why you
shouldn't plan any long-term building
for the next few years.
You see, a syndrome exists in the
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that
western reservation Indians are the only
"real" Indians. The BIA has largely
ignored eastern Indians, probably to the
Indians' advantage. In reality, many
western Indians are eastern Indians who
were moved west when treaties were
signed.
Not all Indians were moved west,
though. Many small Indian
communities existed in the South which
were isolated from the thrust of
enmeshed in these inevitable conflicts it's
easy to lose our direction.
What is Aloe's direction? For all of our
shortcomings, Aloe has accomplished one
major goal our social and economic system
is based on sharing and cooperation rather
than on competition. We give each member
an equal chance to share in the resources that
Aloe has to offer, whether these are material
resources (everybody gets the same
allowance and there are incentive systems for
working over quota that benefit everyone in
the community), a chance to travel (the
community industry involves selling our
tinnery at craft fairs across the country and
members may visit other communities
through labor exchange programs), or
opportunities to take responsibility (anyone
can become a manager of the basic work
areas in the community). As Stephen Gaskin
says in This Season's People: "What we
expect is to be truthful; to be kind; to try to
share; to try to love one another. Some folks
don't recognize that as a discipline: they say,
'Oh, that old stuff. . .'And it may not sound
difficult unless youve ever tried it."
I'd like to give Tar Heel readers a chance
to know Aloe as something more than a
"hippie commune." Pick up an issue of
Communities at the Community Bookstore.
Read Kat Kinkaide's book A Walden Two
Experiment. Call me up or come out to visit
yourselves.
Sierra for Aloe
Rt. 1, Box 100
Cedar Grove
Reporting methods not unethical
To the editor:
The letter to the editor (April 21), written
by members of Chantal and De Sales, was an.,
land rights
Manifest Destiny, and since they were
not a military threat to young America,
treaties were never signed with these
isolated tribes.
So this isn't a matter of some treaty
rights that the federal government can
ignore in its traditional manner.
According to Deloria, eastern Indians
can justifiably sue the federal
government for land titles to much of
the eastern United States. All the
Indians prove is that no federal presence
was responsible for taking the lands,
and, under the 1 790 statute, the land still
legally belongs to the Indians. As
Deloria says, there's not a hell of a lot of
maneuvering that can be done in a land
title case. If an intelligent judge tries the
case with integrity, the Indians will win.
It's simple.
But relax, white man. Out-of-court
settlements will probably keep the red
savages pacified and you won't have to
give up your shopping centers. The
settlement in the current Maine land
rights controversy supposedly will be in
the neighborhood of a cool $25 billion.
Still, it is regrettable that the threat of
Indian land claims and multi-billion
dollar settlements are required to make
white America cognizant of the fact
that, yes, Indians are alive and kicking
in this country.
You probably don't know it, white
man, but Indians have much to
contribute to the way things operate on
this shrinking planet. A tour through
some of Deloria's writings shows that
there is more to Indians than wagon
train raids, rain dances and war
bonnets. Much more.
Deloria says he's being realistic, not
pessimistic, when he forecasts an
impending breakdown of Western
civilization. Should this happen,
primarily due to dwindling energy
supplies and global pollution, then
white men may be forced to turn to their
red brothers as did the Pilgrims.
This time, you couldn't blame them if
they laughed and walked away.
Tad Boggs is a senior journalism
major from Asheville, N.C.
on individual support
unjust and false attack on my article
"Communes from Chapel Hill to
Hillsborough." (April 19)
Any inaccuracy in the article is the result
of inaccuracies described to me over the
telephone upon five occasions that I
requested and verified information.
At the time of investigating the
communes, I was not a DTH staff writer; I
was writing a paper for a journalism class. In
addition, I' mentioned at least once the
possibility of the article being published.
It is misleading to write that I "asked
about the furnishings, books, and paintings
of Chantal" alone. I asked about all aspects
of the communes, and the members I talked
to deemphasized the spiritual side.
1 resent the terms "unethical" and
"unprofessional" used in describing my
methods. Unethical conduct implies a
deliberate falseness in obtaining or
presenting information. I have no reason to
deliberately omit any important aspect of the
communes.
Finally, it is a journalist's prerogative to
obtain information by telephone rather than
by a personal interview. This in no way
demonstrates "unprofessional tactics."
Laurie Baker
A-l University Gardens
Don't stereotype Avery
To the editor:
I would like to respond to Phyllis Pickett's
allegations towards Avery Dorm that she
made in an article on April 21:
Do not despair Phyllis. Not all Avery
residents are bigots. I for one am not and I do
not know any other dorm resident that is.
Although 1 disapproved of the water
bombing incident, the water bombs were not
aimed at black students but at any student
that walked by.
Secondly, the name-calling was made by
only one resident of the dorm who was later
reprimanded by other residents. Also, from
Keeo booze in
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the bag and
in the home?
By JOEY MCQUAY
Parents of the world beware: Anita Bryant
was right. Our children must be protected
from the deviant elements in our society.
Now those pesky liquor-by-the-drink forces
are making noises in the General Assembly
again.
This would not be their first such attempt
by any means. Wet forces have been trying to
force a mixed drink down the state's throat
since the repeal of Prohibition.
However, our foresighted legislators and
well-informed citizenry have succeeded in
keeping this alien' group out. The N.C.
General Assembly has never been one to
make rash decisions. Their deliberate speed
has made this state what it is today. Of
course they did ratify the 19th Amendment
in 1972, but this was only because of
harassment by a handful of radical "bra
burners." The wet forces finally pushed through
liquor sales for the state, but the spirits could
be consumed only in the home. Then in the
late 1960s they got brown bagging legalized
in certain restaurants. But now they are
trying to ramrod liquor-by-the-drink
through the state legislature.
Don't they know that it is so much easier
to pour a drink from your own bottle,
covered by that discreet brown paper bag,
than .it is to have a professional bartender
make you one? The savings in swizzle sticks
alone would be tremendous. If God had
intended man to consume liquor-by-the-drink,
he never would have made those
otherwise ridiculously useless brown bags.
Also, if liquor-by-the-drink passes, what is
to keep it from being sold only in certain
restaurants? Bars could spring up on every
street corner. Imagine the steps to the First
Baptist Church being right beside the
delivery door for Seagram's distillery.
Wet forces have argued that alcohol
consumption might actually decrease with
liquor-by-the-drink. They argue that a
person drinking cocktails may only have two
or three, but that a person with a bottle will
probably finish it before leaving. For
evidence they cite some studies made in
states before and after the introduction of
liquor-by-the-drink. Under this new plan,
with fewer people getting drunk away from
home, there would be fewer drunk drivers
and possibly fewer traffic deaths.
This is a common ploy by the wet forces.
They twist a few facts and support their
notions with some distant unread study.
The late Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy
often said not to trust anything of anyone
which was different from him. Therefore,
why should we believe some farfetched
Oregon report that claims liquor-by-the-drink
actually lowers consumption? These
people could be Communist infiltrators
trying to destroy the moral fibers of this
country.
David McKay, a former Mormon Church
president, once called on "all citizens
interested in safeguarding youth to oppose
further liberalization of liquor laws."
Indeed, liquor-by-the-drink should be kept
out of North Carolina. The children must be
protected from seeing its open display on
ever street corner and keep their contact with
liquor where it belongs: in the home. After
all, why should we lose our status as the only
state east of the Mississippi River without-liquor-by-the-drink?.
Joey McQuay is a senior journalism major
from Charlotte, N.C.
what I observed, there was no rock-throwing
by Avery residents.
Finally, I would like to tell Amy McRary
that there are two sides to every story and
that to be a good reporter you should check
with all parties concerned.
Rick Johnson
205 Avery
Homosexuality 'curable?'
To the editor:
It is my opinion that homosexuality is at
best a curable disease. It is, I feel, like so
many other affective disorders, treatable
only when the individual realizes the
condition is not a favorable one. I fear that
homosexuality will become in society today
what polio was 50 years ago. A fear is not
without a cause.
Michael A. Lupton
202 Butler Ct.
Educator of Everclear
To the editor:
So, is sexist advertising necessary? Rather,
is it a problem? Do women get itchy seeing a
beautiful, if overly busty, model selling beer?
Wouldn't you like to have your picture in the
paper? Want to see some men? Well, if a
liquor company wants to advertise its wares
showing me with an eye-catching bulge in my
pants, call my agent. (Coach of Tequila?
Educator of Everclear? Maybe Teacher o
Scotch?) They could call me "Sigfried
Dekanterdumper." Any women who get
turned on can find me through the student
locator service.
Alexander Maclnnis
Dept. of Music
P.S. Sorry, I don't have any horn-rimmed
glasses.
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