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    opinions
editorial opinion
Help the homeless help themselves
They spend their days in search of com
fort a little food, some pocket change and
perhaps a discdrded-but-unspent cigarette.
At night, they litter our nation's streets
sleeping in doorways, on park benches or
under cardboard boxes. They are our na
tion's homeless and their plight is destined
to become one of the greatest injustices in
the history of mankind.
In recent weeks, public officials in Los
Angeles and New York City have lamented
the futility of solving the riddle before them
fitting too many bodies into too few beds.
New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moyni
han has pushed for emergency funds to
build new buildings for the homeless and
rehabilitate old ones. Los Angeles Mayor
Tom Bradley and Police Chief Daryl Gates
have suggested prison, at least until a
sufficient number of beds can be found.
While each searches for the correct an
swer, the problem continues to grow.
It seems the fundamental difficulty is
money. Neither city has enough to adequa
tely shelter those driven from their homes.
But an experiment now under way in New
York City may change all that. Housing
Worthy All the lonely people, where do they
all belong?
Words Paul McCartney
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Alert a two-year, $2 million program is
designed to strengthen fragile living ar
rangements before families at risk are
forced onto the streets.
Preventive measures sponsored by the
program include simple solutions such as
providing a sleepaway couch for families
doubled up with friends or relatives or
providing weekend day-care facilities for
children. With those acts, caseworkers hope
to provide downtrodden families with an
incentive to remain in neighborhoods where
they may eventually find permanent hous
ing on their own.
The cost of such services is relatively
minor in comparison to the cost of housing a
family of three in a welfare hotel. In fact,
cost effective measures such as those may
actually pay for themselves when one con
siders the alternative.
The researchers involved in this project
deserve credit for their ingenuity. The logic
behind their experiment aiding families
before they become public liabilities is
fundamentally sound. And certainly just.
That's more than can be said for most of
the current solutions.
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The editorial/opinion page offers opportunities to
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Longing for yesteryear,
searching for an identity
Talk about an identity crisis. Our
generation is confronted With one
big crisis after the other. We can't
even decide what to call ourselves.
Are we the Me generation, the
Pepsi generation, or the AIDS gen
eration?
Every generation can argue that
there is a gap between them. There
is a generation gap all right, but . in
our case a generation chasm may
be a more appropriate word
choice.
What has happened to the Ameri
can Dream?
Our parents were the baby
boomers. In between incense hits
and Beatles hits they boomed real
loud and guess what they pro
duced? Us the backwards gener
ation. And while Beatles fans
traveled coast-to-coast worship
ping the band and its backwards
Sgt. Pepper album, Mom and Dad
dy-0 played the bedsprings in the
back of a V.W. van. And it was the
beautiful music of The Lonely
Hearts Club.
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They are to blame for this utter
confusion we face now.
It's amazing to realize how much
their generation had to fight for
what they believed in. The sit-ins,
the stand-ups, the protests and the
let-downs. What's even more am-
dafig Collegian
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Collegian, Collegian Inc. or The
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Daily Collegian and related publica
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Board of Editors
Managing Editor Jane Kopacki
Assistant Managing Editor Jim Higgins
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Friday June 12, 1987
©1987 Collegian Inc.
Chris Raymond
Editor
Glenn B. Rougler
Business Manager
azing is the apathy they bred into
our generation like a bad gene.
Oh, to travel back in time. To
experience our parent's generation
as only experince can teach us. To
live through the sexual "Glas
nost," the love, the rebellion and
especially the peace. It was a revo
lution in morals, at a time when
most of them were saying "It's
about time." It was a time of virili
ty; a time when charisma and
charm were prerequisites for be
coming one of the heroes our par
ents worshipped. It was a time
when there were still legitimate
heroes to be worshipped.
Well the boom years are just
pictures in the family photo album
now and it's time for a bust, the
inevitable drought after those pros
perous years. The apathetic calm
following the storm.
The We generation. We are a
mixed up, funny and sometimes
pathetic carry-overs of what our
parents boomed about throughout
the 'sos and '6os. We don't even
know what to call ourselves. And
we walk side by side, each afraid to
comfort the other for fear of trans
mitting a big pandemic disease.
The four-letter killer.
I wonder if they miss the heroes
they used to cherish and I wonder if
they laugh at the heroes we
worship. I wonder if they miss the
peace and the piece of mind.
Our generation of prominent
leaders are no longer allowed to
possess the inviolable charm they
did back then. What we want in the
White House is a specimen who will
not deviate the line of perfection we
expect a President to walk. We
want a celibate centurion, not a
mere man. Something willing to
Opinion Editor Megan Culhane
News Editor
Eric Schmidt.
Sports Editor Bob Williams
Assistant Sports Editor
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tee of Collegian Inc. Information on filing
grievances Is available from Gerry Lynn
Hamilton, executive secretary, Collegian
Inc.
The Daily Collegian
Friday, June 12, 1987
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repossess its private life into the
shredder of public opinion.
And the Constitution, that sacred
bible of our country, has been
turned inside out, as the Great,
Great, Great Founding godchil
dren play interpretation warfare to
the tune of We The People. And all
hopes for divestment in a not-so
black-and-white situation in South
Africa are quickly turning into
disenchantment. And we, as God's
children, are still trying to play
God.
And the heroes we now worship
are those who manage not to die
from drug abuse; those who have
given into life's gfeater tempta
tions, seen the light and come back
to life. We have given them an
afterlife because we need some
thing to believe in. We pack stadi
ums to the hot dog stands waiting
to touch the "gods of the game"
who abused and overcame. And we
are still trying to play the Big Man
in the sky.
The baby-boomers left us with
our hands full of questions. Where
do we go from here? Up . . down
. . . sideways?
Following the yellow-brick road
paved with the best intentions may
seem to lead to the Promised Land.
But no sooner have we begun the
trip, than we realize what an amaz
ing graceland it could be: if we
ever arrive. And if it's the Ameri
can Dream we are all searching so
head-over-heels for, it will be soon
enough before we wake up and
figure out that maybe we have
been asleep.
Meg Culhane is a senior major
ing in journalism and is the opinion
editor of The Daily Collegian.
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ing the summer, and Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during
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Collegian Is mailed to Commonwealth
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alumni and other subscribers who want
to keep abreast of University news.
police log
e A diamond ring and a Rolex
watch with a combined value of $6,400
was reported missing Wednesday by
Child caseworkers
By PHYLLIS MESSINGER
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) Fear
of becoming emotionally attached to
a child who will soon die of AIDS is
one of the biggest obstacles facing
caseworkers seeking foster homes for
the small but growing number of
children with the disease, child wel
fare officials say.
"Much of what we deal with in child
welfare is highly emotional," says
Theodore Allen of the New Jersey
Division of Youth and Family Serv
ices. "When it comes to AIDS, it's
even more so."
Allen, speaking 'at a conference
Wednesday, said his state's regular
foster parents were reluctant to bring
AIDS-exposed children into their
homes. A foster parents group in New
Jersey then advertised for volun
teers, but only a few families re
sponded.
Dr. Virginia Anderson, of the Reg
istry of AIDS Pathology at the Armed
Forces Institute of Pathology in
Washington, said finding foster
homes for young AIDS sufferers is
complicated by people's fear that
other children in the family might
become infected and by their reluc
tance to become emotionally at
tached to the AIDS-stricken child.
The incidence of acquired immune
deficiency syndrome in children is
still relatively rare; fewer than 600
cases have been reported in the Unit
ed States so far. But experts believe
the number will multiply as the dis
ease spreads among mothers who are
intravenous drug abusers or who
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State College resident Wendall Davis,
State College Bureau of Police Serv
ices said.
have had sexual contact with men
with AIDS.
Allen and Anderson were among
the speakers at a two-day conference
on "Children and AIDS" held in
Washington for child welfare work
ers. The conference, which ended
Wednesday, was sponsored by the
Child Welfare League of America, a
privately supported group that works
to assist deprived, neglected and
abused children.
"It's taken some time for AIDS to
be considered a subject for child
welfare specialists," said Ina Denton,
program director at the Children's
Home and Aid Society in Chicago.
"For too long, AIDS has been consid-
1 4-year-old quarantined for AIDS
' PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) A 14-year-old who has been
exposed to the AIDS virus has been placed in a psychiat
ric hospital under what is apparently the state's first
quarantine order involving the disease.
Escambia Circuit Judge William Frye ordered the boy
confined to University Hospital last week after a Depart
ment of Health and Rehabilitative Services counselor told
him the boy was sexually active and presented a public
health risk.
Frye issued his order on an emergency basis, without a
hearing, and will review his decision at a hearing next
Tuesday.
Joyner Sims, administrator of the state AIDS program
in Tallahassee, said Thursday he believed it was the first
quarantine order in Florida involving AIDS.
"This is perhaps the most outrageous thing I've ever
heard of as a panic response to AIDS, and, believe me,
I've heard everything," said Ben Schatz, director of the
National Gay Rights Advocate's AIDS Civil Rights Pro
ject in San Francisco.
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• A $350 drill kit was reported
missing Wednesday from a construc
tion site at 418 E. College Ave. by
lose heart to AIDS
ered a gay problem." executive director of the Institute for
Allen said his department devel- the Protection of Gay and Lesbian
oped a policy for dealing with AIDS Youth in New York.
sufferers after some staff members Martin contended that AIDS testing
refused to work with children with the "is done for one reason exclusion.
disease. The policy says all people My argument is that testing should be
working for the Division of Youth and avoided. If you do test, you should
Family Services have to serve every- know why and what you're going to do
one in need, including AIDS patients. with the results."
Allen said the division also ran a David Lloyd, an attorney for the
one-day training program for all staff child protection division of Children's
that included information on where to Hospital National Medical Center in
seek additional help. Washington, also urged caution in
He also advocates testing when testing and said child care workers
there is some indication that a child should be careful not to discriminate
might have the disease. That touched against young AIDS sufferers or
off a vehement rebuttal from another against employees who refuse AIDS
conference speaker, Damien Martin, testing.
remember .
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Snyder Electric Co., 1654 Hawthorne
Drive, State College police said.
State officials, however, say they had no choice.
Other reasonable means of correcting the problem had
been exhausted and no less restrictive alternative than
University Hospital existed, said health department law
yer Rodney M. Johnson. The boy is sexually active and
stayed away from his home two to three nights every
week, according to the department.
Connie Ruggles, an department spokeswoman in Talla
hassee, said the• agency was attempting to find an
alternative to University Hospital.
In an interview Wednesday with the Pensacola News
Journal, the boy said he wanted to return to his Pensacola
home.
"All I want to do is get out and get my freedom," he
said, vowing that he would refrain from sexual contact.
The boy said he had been under department supervision
since he was about 6 because of a variety of problems,'
including frequently running away from home. At the age
of 4, he said, he was involved in sex with a man.
"It seems like I never really have been a kid," he said
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