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April 22, 1983

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Protesters rally for peace on April 15 at Freeway Park D. BeU photo Vol. XVll, No. 23 Bellevue Community College FridayApril 22, 1983 Nuke protesters rally at Freeway Park IAdm. requesl s f nd march against war to replace carpeti lg / "" by Slum Waters Advocate Staff Reporter A 10-year plan exists for replacement of carpeting on campus. Additional money has been requested from the state strictly for the use of recarpeting the College, d Frank Paustain, Dean of Administrative Services. "The money must be used specifically for the project planned for," said Paustain. "The life cycle of an average carpet is about seven years, said Paustain. If we start to replace certain areas of the college biannually, soon the whole College will be recarpeted." The College is redoing the boardroom carpet, the president's I office interior, and the president's reception office. The carpet in these areas is five years old, but the College bought it at a low price, so it is falling apart already, said Paustain. Paustain said, "We have done the bookstore, repair in the library and the vault in registration admissions oce already this year. We will also be doing the planetarium and a couple of instructional places soon." "The old carpet is sometimes salvaged and used in office spaces around campus," said Paustain. The request for additional money has been made for the '83-85 school years. "We are just starting our first 10- year plan of replacement and it will continue until 1992," said Paustain. Seattle--Bombs, guns and laser beams are for science fiction movies, not for the several hundred people gathered in Seattle's Freeway Park last Friday evening. =Pentagon taxes paid in protest" signs were visible above the crowd on the final day to file 1982 income tax returns. Lead by a 1776 style flute and drum band and a three-headed Uncle Sam dragon, protestors marched through Seattle streets five blocks from 6th and Seneca to the post office at 3rd and Union. The last minute mailing was to demonstrate their disapproval of taxes spent for nuclear defense. Armistice, a Seattle based anti- nuclear ware group, sponsored the 6 p.m. protest rally and distributed signs with messages that tax dollars should be spent for education, groceries, jobs, housing, roads and "Freight_ trains, not fighter planes." Costumes, banners, music and puppets were used to convey the message that, according to Armistice, nearly 50 percent of the IRS checks are disbursed to corporations with a large portion ear-marked for defense. The Living Room Theater, actors affiliated with Armistice, performed a "Man on the Street" skit laced with sarcasm aimed at the government's spending policy and Jauclear defense. Portraying a newscaster, one actor asked several performers questions about the spending of their tax dollars, what they thought of defense spending and what they were doing about it. Most of the performers claimed they were not paying taxes. "A "farmer" was asked if he paid his taxes and answered that his son had died in Vietnam and "That's about the biggest tax we could pay -- we really don't feel like paying anymore." Another actor appeared as a pregnant Mother Nature worried about the future  her children. She explained there were some of man's transgressions she could fix, like replacing trees where too many had been cut. There /s one th/ ! cannot fix," she sa/dL "Nnc/ear tnibut." Uncle Sam, tax doBars and a rocket bird .paraded above the crowd. Comments included one trom Uncle Sam ordering the rocket bird to shoot a laser beam into the crowd and "break up this mob." Special arrangements made with the post office to date stamp income tax returns by midnight gave marchers and others driving cars a chance to deposit their tax returns after normal post office working hours. "Sign your name and send with your check to IRS, a pentagon affiliate," an Armistice protestor said, ac- companied by the dragon singing "Happy Birthday to Me." See "income tax rally," page 8 Don'ttorgeito ,pnng ahead th=s Sunday Vote, see candidate statements, page four VOT6