The daily collegian. (University Park, Pa.) 1940-current, November 03, 1980, Image 2

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    Editorial Opinion
University should not be without Loop bus service
As the University faces a tighter budget, peo
ple must face the grim reality that sacrifices
must be made. Tuition will continue to rise and
certain services will be cut back. The question
is, which services are considered absolutely
necessary and which are expendable?
The Campus Loop should not be considered
expendable. Unfortunately, it is expensive and
the University may not be able to operate it in
the coming years. A subsidy of $125,000 is re
quired to run the Loop this year, because the
25-cent fare cannot cover all the expenses. The
buses are getting old and will need to be replac
ed in the near future a very expensive
University President John WJ. Oswald said
the Loop is on a list of 25 to 30 items that are
considered valuable, but that could be cut back
or eliminated if a financial crisis should arise.
The Loop may not be an absolute necessity,
but it is very close. If a public transportation
system does not exist on campus, no one will
shrivel up and die (except the people found
frozen solid in Parking Lot 80), but people
would be grossly inconvenienced. University
Park is a very big campus.
The hike from Hammond Building to Shields
Building takes at least 25 minutes. People on
crutches, people carrying many pounds of
PSU vets
STUL 7 Z . Citizens; veteran’s legislation, such as letter- work-study veterans who assist in recruiting new
fs>uvo president writing campaigns; and a veteran’s scholarship veteran students in the area of tutorial
As president pf the Pennsylvania State Universi- *° name a ew projects. assistance and employment, as well as the per
ty Veteran’s Organization (PSUVO), I strongly The club sponsors three annual events. A formance of other general office duties,
feel the need to comment on several misconcep- statewide softball tournament is held to promote The article also confused PSUVO with the
tions reported in the Oct. 17 Daily Collegian arti- contact with other Pennsylvania veteran’s Veteran’s Administration (VA) which we are in
cle about Veteran’s Awareness Day. organizations; Penn State Veteran’s Awareness no way connected with. The VA is a federal agen-
One misconception was the name of our Conference is held to provide important informa- cy that provides funds for the GI Bill, work
organization. In the article, PSUVO was referred rL° n T ' i Commonwealth campus veterans, and study, and various other programs,
to by several different titles and was confused the Jack Swords Invitational Golf Tournament is The Veteran’s Awareness Day was sponsored
with the University Office of Veteran’s Affairs. raise money to establish a veteran’s by Mayor Arnold Addison who signed a pro-
Please allow me to discuss the differences. scholarship fund. clamation to declare Thursday, Oct. 16, as Penn
PSUVO is a student organization. The purpose ; n no , wa^ > as article implied, does PSUVO State Veteran’s Awareness Day. I would like to
of the club is to provide a meeting place where attempt to provide or obtain financial aid or know why The Daily Collegian did not print the
student veterans can meet to socialize and counseling for veterans. This is a function of the proclamation along with the article,
receive information on such topics as where to ® * ce Veteran s Affairs. The intent of the day was to promote
find financial aid, current legislation on As correctly stated in the article, the Office of awareness among the University, the borough of
veteran’s benefits, and University and Veteran’s Veteran’s Affairs is located in 135 Boucke. This state College, and the students of PSU abut our
Administration matters and-their effects on the office is headed by Brian’Clark, along with veterans population, not just among the people
Thesg . .present at the ceremony as the article implied.
not'presented, the
igjojects sponsored by PSUVO dealing in the viding counseling in the areas of financial and use of a slide-tape presentation of the community
Ideas of commmty relations, such as working .readjustment problems. of state College and the University . He sug
the Pennsylvania Association for Retarded It is also this office, not the club, that hires gested that PSUVO might show the slide-tape
Reagan's stands on war and peace shaky
The other day a friend of mine mentioned
that he was registered for the draft. He told
me that if he wasn’t, he would consider voting
for Ronald Reagan.
Why is it that Reagan gives the impression
to many people of favoring military action?
Undoubtedly, President Carter has encourag
ed this impression. During his campaign,
Carter has hinted that Reagan might start a
war if elected.
At one point, Carter said the election “will
determine what kind of life you and your
families will have, whether this nation will
make progress or go backward, and whether
we have peace or war.”
Although Carter said he wasn’t calling
Reagan a “warmonger,” and added that,
“I’m sure that anybody who’s in the White
House as president would want to maintain
peace,” he also said Reagan had called “in
eight or 10 different instances in recent
years. . .for the use of American military
Missing L oop
books, people in a hurry, people fearing
frostbite and people just tod tired to walk de
pend on the Loop to get them around. Also, the
Loop provides a safe way for women to cross
campus at night.
Everyone should agree the Loop is essen
tial. But if the University simply cannot afford
to run it, what can be done?
The most obvious solution would be for the
Centre Area Transportation Authority to take
over. The University would have to subsidize
CATA for the service, just as other
municipalities served by CATA do, but it would
probably be much cheaper in the long run. Hav
ing just one bus system in the community has to
be more efficient.
CATA Chairman E. Emory Enscore Jr.
said CATA is willing to discuss with University
officials the possibilities of a CATA-run Loop.
University officials should take the discussion
very seriously and make every effort to come to
an agreement.
Ideally, the University should maintain Loop
service. Students would be better off with an in
dependent University bus, eliminating worry
about CATA squabbles and strikes. But if it is a
question of Loop or bust, CATA service would
be a good alternative.
The lack of a Loop would be ludicrous
group provides information, activities
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force to address problems that arise
diplomatically between nations.”
Carter said: “I don’t know what he would
do if he were in the Oval Office, but if you
judge by his past highly rhetorical calls for
the use of American military forces in these
altercations, it is disturbing.”
Carter was right for bringing out this point
because Reagan’s past statements help
define Reagan’s attitude toward war.
Reagan called Carter’s contention that he
might start a war “beneath decency.”
“I think like all of you that world peace has
got to be the principal theme of this nation,”
Reagan said.
What is puzzling is that earlier in the cam
paign Reagan, when speaking to a VFW
group, called Vietnam “a noble cause.”
Was he talking about the same war that pro
mpted protest songs like this?:
“And it’s one, two, three, what are we
fightin’ for?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn.
Next stop is Vietnam.
And it’s five, six, seven, open up the pearly
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why.
. Whoopee, we’re all going to die!”
—Country Joe and the Fish
No doubt, the protest song is a more ac
curate appraisal of the war than Reagan’s.
Can Reagan actually believe that he attracted
a majority of Americans by making that
statement? Does he think that after only eight
McCarthy's syrup
Eugene McCarthy is the pancake of
politicians lots of starch, lots of
calories but little sustenance, a true flip
flopper on issues who can butter up his
audience as smooth as maple syrup.
McCarthy, described by The
Associated Press as “the political darl
ing of anti-war liberals,” did the
ultimate flip-flop on Oct. 23 by endorsing
Ronald Reagan for president only a
week after he blasted the political darl
ing of the reactionary right in ap
pearances here at University Park.
McCarthy not only “backstabbed” his
support for third-party candidates, such
as Libertarian presidential candidate
Ed Clark and Citizen’s presidential
nominee Barry Commoner, but also
betrayed his own convictions and ideals
and killed his credibility.
In a forum on the presidency on Oct.
14, McCarthy said the choices for presi
dent are not easy. “Reagan doesn’t read
books,” he said sarcastically. “Carter
says he’s a speed reader, which may be
worse, and Anderson reads the
However, his endorsement of a man
who allegedly doesn’t read books doesn’t
make the choices any easier at a time
when this nation is groping for some
leader to believe.
McCarthy, a former Democratic
senator from Minnesota and an indepen
dent presidential candidate in 1968 and
1976, also ironically accused the media -
especially television - state election laws
and the apathy of Americans for accep-
show at one of the Commonwealth campus
The Collegian article quoted a source as saying
the conferences for the Commonwealth cam
puses are held to “help eliminate culture shock”
for transferring students.
Even though this is one subject of the con
ference, the main purpose is to provide informa
tion on financial aid, legislation of veteran’s af
fairs, V.A. news, PSUVO and other veteran’s
clubs in the Penn State system, and other infor
mation the Commonwealth campuses veterans
may not be aware of. -
The State-side Softball Tournament is much
more than a large number of veterans spending
a weekend playing ball as the article implied.
The weekend allows different veteran’s
organizations to exchange ideas and information
about their schools and clubs and how they han
dle their problems. ...... !
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trying to obtain a college education. Editor Business Manager
ting and solidifying the position of the
two-party system.
Moreover, in a Daily Collegian inter
view on Oct. 20, three days before his
dramatic born-again conservatism, Mc-
Carthy urged voters to support the third
parties as a protest vote against the
status quo and the beginning of a new
political movement. Although McCarthy
did not praise Jimmy Carter’s ad
ministration, he said Reagan would be a
mediocre president.
McCarthy’s alleged enthusiasm for a
healthier, diverse political system with
more than two candidates goes deeper
than his comments last month. In
August, McCarthy wrote the introduc
tion for a campaign book on Ed Clark
and the Libertarian Party, saying “that
the fresh breeze of dissent from the
status quo still survives in the form of
this feisty and determined party, and its
articulate candidate for president is a
tribute to the American spirit. I am
pleased to commend Ed Clark’s in
telligent and challenging book to the at
tention of all who seek a new beginning.”
years we have flip-flopped our views on
After Carter made his contentions about
Reagan, he issued a list of statements Reagan
made about touchy international situations.
Among them was a suggestion Reagan
made in January after the Soviet invasion of
Afghanistan. “One option might well be that
we ’surround the island of Cuba and stop all
traffic in and out,” Reagan said.
Another was his response this year to a
question about whether or not the United
States should establish a military presence in
the Sinai to counter the Russians: “I think
that this might be a very, very good time for
the United States to show a presence in the
Middle East. I don’t think it looks like anyone
bullying.. .”
Reagan also suggested dispatching
American troops to Lebanon during the civil
war in 1976 and sending a destroyer along
with U.S. tuna boats off the coast of Ecuador
in 1975 after some boats had been seized.
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Last year, PSUVO, not the Veteran’s Ad
ministration Club, sponsored its first Jack,
Swords Invitational Golf Tournament to raise;
money to start a Veteran’s scholarship. This,
scholarship has nothing to do with the VA arjd ; *
will only be available to veteran students enroll
ed at Penn State. The tournament is named fop,
one of our club’s advisers, Jack Swords.
The reason I am writing this and mentioning'
these programs and misconceptions is to point,
out the carelessness of the Collegian in confusing
the name of our organization and disregarding; *
the importance of the programs’ discussion in!
the mayor's office, not to mention the intent ofi
the proclamation.
sn't serious f
McCarthy apparently is not interested;
in a new beginning anymore, as shownj
by his statements of Oct. 23 endorsing
Reagan, the presidential version ofr
George Patton. He said that day thatj
“his best contribution” to the campaign!;
is to vote for Reagan. $
Why would McCarthy, a diehardj
liberal, support Reagan, a diehard]
militarist? McCarthy based his “en-;
thusiasm” for Reagan on the can-? *
didate’s stance against SALT II and fori
reducing taxes. However, in the Col-]
legian interview, McCarthy said SALT Hi
“is better than nothing, but it’s pretty!
irrelevant.” J
But McCarthy is also a stern foe of the]
military-industrial complex and higheif
defense spending, the basis of Reagan’s]
idealism. i
Maybe McCarthy has a grudge against]
Carter, a fellow Democrat, and believes*
by picking Reagan, he is choosing the*
better of two evils. Some choice. jj
More importantly, why did McCarthy!
desert the cause of fledgling third par-*
ties in the last weeks of the campaign
a cause he had supported for monthS~&
in favor of a traditional candidate whos®?
views clash with his ideals? Maybe
Carthy, a man disturbed about the
ference of presidents to the stances
recommendations of their parties, hds 1 '
no loyalty or principles. 'Jfi
And maybe McCarthy is a
David Van Horn is a lOth-term
major and news editor for The Daily";’
Other statements Carter released showed
Reagan considering similar measures in in
ternational difficulties.
What’s so annoying about this is the
downright contradiction. The Ronald Reagan
who suggested blockading Cuba during the
primaries is now stridently advocating peace.
Reagan is obviously trying to appear more
moderate. He has made some political moves
in this direction (most notably his decision, if
elected, to appoint a woman to the Supreme
Court),.and he seems to be succeeding.
Nothing can be said of these moves except
that they appear to be purely political and
they make you wonder what kind .of convic
tion Reagan has about them.
A political candidate’s stand on the issues is
important. But how strongly he supports his
stand is also important, especially in matters
of peace and war.
Steve Davis is an'llth-term journalism major
and a columnist for The Daily Collegian.
Rights denied
Last week in The Daily Collegian, Joe Paterno was placed in
the sinners column of that great weekly editorial that tells us
who has been good and who has been bad.
If only Paterno would have endorsed John Anderson. Then,
Paterno probably would have appeared in the winners column,
an’d he could have slept well at night knowing that he himself
had been endorsed by that politically, intellectually superior
Daily Collegian.
The Collegian editorial on Tuesday claims that it is unethical
for a famous individual to announce his choice for the
presidency. But for the past seven weeks we have been bom
barded with political advice from individuals of the Collegian.
That this, “advice” (scrap the Department of Defense, stop
Reagan, etc.) reaches many thousands of students is a known
I am not against students being able to express their views
through a student newspaper. What I am against is students
trying to deny the right of expression of another, when they
themselves exercise this right every day.
How Paterno feels is not going to affect the way I vote any
more than how the views of students who, for the most part,
have not raised families, paid $l,OOO in federal taxes, lived for
more than 20 years, or experienced the real world for more
than a few months at a time, are going to affect the way I am
going to vote.
Don Graszl, Gth-business administrtion
Oct. 28
Commoner plea
Good for the rest of the country and corporate wealth that
will eventually trickle down to everybody is a philosophy
Anderson has not rejected.
‘ He has stated that the major economic problem of our day,
inflation, is caused only by an unbalanced federal budget and a
lax policy that discourages -big business from capital
His solution to inflation is Reagan’s as well; tax incentives to
encourage businesses to increase their investments. Nowhere
in Anderson’s “campaign of ideas” is the notion that big
business is causing inflation by investing in the wrong things.
'Exampiles include: economically disasterous nuclear
energy and big automobiles instead of solar energy (including
biofuels), small automobiles and extensive, regional railroad
sterns. Big business is interested only in short-term profit
aHd not in the social welfare.
: Because Anderson believes the basic organization of the
ebbnomy is sound, he is not likely to make deep structural
changes within it. Heidt implies that Anderson will bring about
these changes because he is a moderate, because he is above
politics and will be pragmatic.
We have seen in the presidency of one such self-proclaimed
pragmatic moderate, Jimmy Carter, that no deep changes in
the economy result. Being above politics and being pragmatic
rheans avoiding the real, fundamental causes of our economic
woes and applying old solutions in a frantic, haphazard
fashion, as Carter has done, and as Anderson will do once he is
tHeidf misunderstands Tom Ortenberg when he thinks pro-
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Letters to the Editor
gressive groups are banding together to form the National
Citizen’s Party and the Pennsylvania Consumer Party are
complaining that Anderson will not do anything for them.
They are'not asking for a handout from Anderson, who is, ad
mittedly, concerned with their individual problems. Rather,
Ortenberg was showing how these groups, who are uniquely
aware of the fundamental problems in our society, are putting
aside their own concerns and joining together to create a
powerful new progressive populist challenge to corporate
Their basic aim is to place the decisions of the corporations
under democratic control. This, they believe, will help all of us
much more than just the ERA or Alaskan land bills.
Thomas Smith, 9th-English
Oct. 18
Anderson alternative
Joe Paterno recognizes that this is a crucial time for
America. He criticizes Jimmy Carter for his vacillation on
foreign policy. He then endorses Ronald Reagan because he
thinks Reagan will have the guts to stick with his policies.
But Reagan’s record as governor does not show this to be
true. Dozens of times when asked about his stands, on vital
issues nearing a vote he would answer, “You caught me on
that one. I don’t know.”
A prime example was the abortion issue. On May 2,1967, he
was asked, “Is there any possibility of a residency require
ment in an abortion bill?” Reagan’s reply: “I never even
thought about that.”
On May 9, the same question got the same answer. On May
16 the same question got this response: “I’m just as confused
as I was last week.”
And finally, on June 13, two hours before the legislature was
supposed to vote on the bill, he was asked his stand and he
replied, “I haven’t had time to sit down and marshal my
thoughts on that.”
If you’re looking for a candidate whose record shows guts, I
suggest John Anderson. Under pressure from his own party to
vote no, Anderson cast the deciding vote in favor of the Open
Housing Act of 1968. He was one of the first Republicans to call
for Nixon’s resignation.
His stands on many other issues show that he is a man of
courage and exceptional strength. The New York Times has
praised Anderson for his willingness to rise above partisanship
on an incendiary issue.
Joseph Murphy, 10th-electrical engineering
Joe's right
I am appalled, disgusted and disgruntled by the heavy
handed treatment The Daily Collegian has accorded Joe
Paterno for exercising his freedom of speech.
This right is not reserved for an intellectual elite, or for that
matter the press, but rather for all people. Lest my point
eludes anyone, read the following quote from Tuesday’s
“However, it is ethically untenable for a famous individual
with no political experience whatsoever to call a press con
ference and announce his choice for the presidency.”
Since when must people have “political experience” before
they air their opinions publicly? Does the Collegian have
“political experience” given its often one-sided editorial
What about the time the Collegian in its editorial page took
one statement made by Gregg Cunningham and twisted it
totally out of context? Was this responsible, did this constitute
“political, experience”? Or how about Eugene McCarthy
one minute he’s campaigning for every third-party candidate
and his sister, and the next minute he turns around and tells
everyone he’s going to vote for Reagan! Was this responsible?
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It must have been,' because McCarthy has lots of political
If the Collegian wishes to push its opinions onto us poor,
uneducated slobs, please refrain from the tactic of making a
.straw man out of the opposition.
Bob Skees, 7th-accounting
Oct. 28
Issues and answers
The campaign for the highest office in this land has been
lowered this year to the lowest bout of mudslinging this coun
try has seen in a long time.
When three men try to attain the presidency of the United
States merely by abusing each other, it is a sad day for
politics. When the voters begin slinging this same mud, it is a
sad day for America.
It is time that the students of this university began really
looking at the issues in this presidential campaign. The most
important issue is energy.
Energy sources affect both the economic and foreign
policies of this country. Everyone agrees that the United
States must become independent of foreign oil, but to do this
we must develop alternative energy sources. Currently the on
ly viable alternative we have is nuclear power.
Other alternatives can be developed but in order to do this,
money for these programs must be placed in the proper hands.
Ronald Reagan proposes the elimination of the Department of
With a budget in excess of $lO billion per year, the DOE has
done absolutely nothing to enhance our energy situation. This
money could be returned to private enterprise in the form of
research tax exemptions or budgeted to NASA for investiga
tion of solar power development in space.
The windfall profits tax has also taken money out of the
hands of skilled, knowledgeable professionals and filtered it
through the federal beauracracy into areas that are, at times,
totally unrelated to energy.
Unemployment is another major issue in this election year.
The Democratic platform calls for a $l2 billion program to
create 800,000 jobs. This will cost the taxpayer $15,000 per job.
If this money were distributed in the form of investment incen
tives, or as low interest loans for small businesses, more jobs
would be creeated and the taxpayer would bear a smaller
Women’s rights have also created quite a stir. While Presi
dent Carter continues to support the Equal Rights Amendment
which would throw excessive litigation into the courts, Ronald
Reagan has taken a more realistic stand. Equal rights for
•women sould be achieved by legislators, not by high court
Under President Carter, U.S. foreign policy has fluctuated
drastically, leaving us in a dangerous position abroad. We
must have a clear-cut foreign policy which assures our allies of
full military and economic support if they ask for it.
Through petty hang-ups and full-scale turnabouts, Carter
has pulled us much, closer to war than a strong military
presence and a firm foreign policy ever would.
The issues go on and on. The American people have essen
tially three choices. Anderson’s lack of a political machine to
carry out his policies, whether good or bad, narrows the choice
to two. We must now ask ourselves, not do we want four more
years, but can we survive four more years.
J. David Payne, lOth-English