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Page 7_ the JIBSHEET November 4, 1968 Talk about emotionalism Opinion Stan Smith's letter to the editor regarding my editorial in last week's JIBSHEET is typical of the emotional- voter. I feel honored that a man of Stan Smith's stature in the College would find himself so charged with emotion that he would write such a vehement letter. The first thing that struck me about Smith's letter was that it was exceedingly more emotional than my editorial. Smith accuses me of a "blatant misstatement of facts" but doesn't state how or where. I challenge him to show me any outright lies represented in my edi.'. ,rizl Tiere weren't any! As to his assertion that my writing will propel me to vehicles with even less readership than the JIBSHEET, I fail to see how this could be possible. Further, I don't see how he can refer to my opinions as wracked with emotion. Smith apparently couldn't break through the fog of his own partisan feelings toward Nixon to see that my editorial said, in effect, that I don't like any of the current presidential candidates, and I just don't pare who wins, so long as it isn't Nixon t,r Wallac'. by Paul T emcov --From the00 President's desk It has come time for the long silent A.S.B. President to come out of hiding from the lambastations that have recently been spewed forth from this paper, as well as some observations from around campus of some prevalent student attitudes. First of all, it seems that some of the recent articles on the various figures in the 'Big Four' (now the Big Six, for those of you who have noticed the recent change) have caused a little turmoil in the St,dent Government office for those concerned. However, even with what has been presented about a supposed 'Communist-Facisist' iype of heirarchy in Student government has caused little or no concern among the students. This type of an attitude could be dangerous on your part, because we, as representatives ,ff your ideas, couldl as a matter of fact, ase the student government to further our ,,wr. interests. This may surprise some F,ople, or  ou may just shrug it off, but never the less, it should be of some concern to you. When we attend such functions as a WACCSG (Washington Association Community Callege Student Government), we' are in effect representing what we believe to be your ideas. So, if you would like to make sure that you are not being mis-represented, that you are being fairly dealt with, by a democratic Student Government, then I would like to suggest two ideas which you might pursue: one would to be to attend the Executive Council meetings, (this quarter they are held at 10:30 p.m. every Monday in room 406) or the second would be to infiltrate the student government and become active in some aspect of Student activities. These meeting may seem late for most of you who work during the day (like 7:00 a.m.), and this is one reason we are trying for a change in the activity hour. This activity hour has been another controversial issue which has been brought out many times this year. Your opinion is important in such issues as this, because if such schedule change were to come into effect as what we are proposing, it may affect where you attend school. I can only urge you to represent your opinions either through the Student Government Office in Room 403 or through Letters to The Editor of this newspaper. Mike Todd Letters to the Editor The emotional outpouring of last week' reporter of opinion (his own I presume), Paul Temcov, calls into question the way in which we choose our presidents. Are we basically emotional or basically rational, in our approach to politics? While the banality, illogic and blatant misstatement of facts that characterize Temcov's writing will no doubt propel him to vehicles with even less readership than the Jibsheet, he serves as an excellent example of the emotional voter. (If Temcov is too young to vote this year, so much the better for us.) To the emotionally predisposed observer, both speakers admitted that the only difference between Humphrey and Nixon is that Nixon calls himself a statesman while playing politics - openly no less. And of course both men are past masters of "conniving" politics - whatever that is. To the rational observer, both of these allegations are explicitly and implicitly false. They were not made, nor are they statements of fact in themselves. As to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Nixon's stand thereon, the reason is clear; the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia undermines the value of immediate agreements with them and would tend to put our stamp of approval on the Czech invasion. As to Humphrey's responsibility for the entire program of the Johnson administration, as a Vice-President he served only as an advisor and cannot in all fairness be held responsible for all of the failures that resulted from these programs. It is certainly true that the campaign speeches of the two major-party candidates have little substance. However the astute observer also reads their policy papers and listens to their principal issue speeches, usually delivered on radio. An analysis of these materials reveals that while these two candidates do not generally disagree on the goals of our society, they do propose different methods to reach these goals. Personally, I believe that Nixon's classical "liberalism" is better suited to the needs of our society than Humphrey's collectivist "liberalism". (See The New Republic, June 1, 1968.) The Wallace speaker was very disappointing. While I disagree with Wallace's statements and program, I believe he had the rigLt to much better representation of his views than was presented. Temcov, apparently unable or unwilling to address himself to Wallace's program, vehemently atiacked the spokesman who dould be dealt with in one or two sentences. Anyone who says there are "no civil rights at this time" had best refer himself to the nearest dictionary, political science textbook or psychiatrist. In any public political observation the writer has an obligation to make clear what he means when he uses terminology like "civil rights". You know what you mean but does everyone else? Does Paul Temcov? Stan Smith Dear Editorial Board What is going on? After three and one half quarters of existence your newspaer seems headed for a speedy and inglorious end. As evidence of this decent, I site your lead story in the last issue, "Spokesmen Revel Presidential Platforms". To say that this story is inaccurate is the understatement of the decade. To say that it is a news story is an indication that you belong in grade school english class; emphasis: vocabulary and definitions. Even a casual reading of this monstrosity reveals that it is a propaganda effort heavily biased in favor of the views of the writer, who . happens to dig the Peace & Freedom Party viewpoint. Cal Winslow's utterances are reported as unassailable fact while those of the other speakers are reported with blatant bias that attempts to discredit their candidates and impune their intelligence. You owe your readers a rewrite of this event, which should be done by someone with more political background and less irrelevant emotionalism. If you can not bring yourselves to report straight news in a "straight" fashion, if you can't tell it like it was and is, then you richly deserve the logical results of the 'death-wish" which seems to possess your minds. No news - pages 2 & 3 two weeks ago - are preferable to this type yellow journalism! Sincerely, S/Stan Smith Whitey, your slip shows! Join the NAACP, clean up your prejudices By Judy Paasch "But what can we do?" How often a black student hears this question from concerned white students. And how tiring it must be to hear it voiced so often-yet see so little actually done. The answer to this trite cliche is easy if white students use a little common sense. The NAACP is the answer (National Association for the Advancement of Caucasian Productivity). To become a member of this little utilized organization one must follow two steps. First-get yourself together!. Clean out the ancient cupboards upstairs that contain inborn prejudices and myths. This isn't, however, an Adopt a Black Man for a Friend Program. Not that black people don't make good friends (it's a known fact that the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice), but forget it if it leads to such statements as, "But some of my best friends..." So, who asked you to make the big step down? Secondly, Get Your Community Together. Pick out a Wallace fan or a John Bircher, and God knows how many of those inhabit the Bellevue area, and convert him. Make him see the light, too. Talk to your parents and your friends, and neighbors. You may lose some 'friends' and your mother may get blackballed from the neighborhood gossip-tea party, but ideals don't come cheaply. Is it really worth it to claim as 'friends' people whose motto is 'The family that eats together, beats together'? What can we do? Solve our own white problem-wipe out the numerous mind ghettos that exist right here in Bellevue and Seattle. Educate and humanize 'whity' and the black community will be able to hold its own getting themselves together. Highline College 'busls' hip-paper for selling illegally Highline College and the hippy newspaper Helix don't get along. In fact, according to a story in the last Helix number, two different Helix vendors were expelled from the Highline campus. The first vendor, a former HCC student, found himself hauled off to Dean Jesse M. Caskey's o2fice, told that the King County Sheriff was on his way, and advised to leave the campus. Helix argues,that a college campus is legally considered "public access and as iong as the dealer is not creating an obstruction of traffic ol being obscene the legal grounds for arrest do not exist." The second vendor, accompanied by a friend with a camera-apparently to prove that he was not obstructing traffic-attempted to sell a paper to James C. Scott, head of security at HCC. Vendor breaking law Scott informed the vendor that he was breaking the law and later conveyed what Helix describes as the school's official position: "No dirty papers on our clean sidewalks." When the vendor refused the ordm to leave the campus, a deputy sheriff arrested him for "trespassing on school property." According to Helix, when the vendor arrived at Federal Way District Court, the charge was changed to vagrancy. Taken to jail He was taken then to county jail, booked, and released on $50 bail. Helix says the Washington State statute cited in the arrest warrant states that "persons other than students, parents of students, employees or persons with lawful purpose are not allowed on the grounds of said institution and any other than the aforementioned shall be considered loiterers." Reporting that the ACLU is defending the vendor on grounds of unconstitutionality of the statute, Helix describes HCC as "a questionable purveyor of an even more questionable form of 'higher education'" that watches over its students "like overly-protective mother hens, ready to strike at any attempt to expose the students to such evils." National Advertising Representative ....... National Advertising Service 360 Lexington Ave., New York 10017 Scott has indicated to the JIBSHEET that the Helix story is essentially accu- rate in its details, He said that the expulsion from the HCC campus October 22 accorded with the state law which specifies no vending may be done on school properties without prior permis- sion. No eoneensus on actions An informed source has indicated that the Highline administration invited the Helix to place copies on the "free speech shelf' in the college library but that the Helix did not accept this opportunity. Highline students, in open forum con- cerning the Helix confrontation, could arrive at no concensus either favoring or opposing their administration's actions. The King County jail has confirmed that the Helix vendor was booked for va- grancy October 22. Last Thursday's issue of the High[ine student newspaper carried no informa- tion on the Helix incident. An informed source indicates that the Highline admin- istration told the student editor to report nothing of the incident until the infor- mation was released by the college public relations officer. The release of the information awaits a go-ahead from the College's attorney.