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VIEWPOINTS ------ ----- Speaking of tile need for condoms .... Haitian ballot boxes. are off-base Andy Rooney orials Dr. Jr.'s in a ruth-. situa- rorial · b. 5. only will n the t the eked is a to see rs dy- Lel what dent~t· sai<f:'' be- tl'te o rise new so- the or for n. A PBS' and stop torial and h is Arias ex- riter the last join be to The similarity bet ween the Munich Conference and Es- quipulas Agreement may be that. The West, is missing another opportunity to pre- vent a war. As Leo Heller- man in a leuer to N.Y. Times editor pointed out on Sunday Feb. 21, the West had been invited by the Soviet Union to participate in a conference to discuss ways of stopping Hitler. Mr. Chanberlain refused to talk to the Soviets and the rest is history. The Reagan Administration has not supported the Conradora process and now refuses to support the Arias Peace Plan. Moreover, the U.S. is trying to torpedo the Arias Peace Plan. Congress has put some \muscle.. into the Peace Plan by refusing to fund Mr. Reagan's dirty war. There are many other items in the editorial that are nothing but a twisting of facts. However, in closing, I would like to focus on pro- bably the most infantile of the writer's points (i.e. U.S . military intervention as a solution). No Latin American in his or her right mind wants more U.S. in- tervention which has been characteristic of our policies towrds the region. The results of these interventions (in Nicaragua 1912-1933, Haiti 1915-1934, and Dominican Republic 1916-1924 to name a few) have been disatrous. Nothing but U.S. backed dictator- ships are the results of these interventions. .Keep also in mind that the · Plan is to be implemented by all the Cenral American countries. not just Nicaragua. Finally, let me leave you with a final thought- \We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.\ Those words were spoken by another former Republican President, Benjamin· Har-:- rison. Edgar Aracem1 Senior Politi<;al Science ---- ---- -- ------ --- - -~--~- ----------------- , ... , Tribune Media Services The other night I got so mad at the two men announ- cing the hockey game bet- ween the U11ited States and Russia that I could have thrown a rock at my televi- sion set. \Aaa shut up,\ I kept yelling at them. It occurred to me. listening to these two idiots, that every American· boy and girl who hopes to be successful in business should participate in sports becallse sports these days teaches them the things they'll need to know: how to play dirty, how to hate the opponent, how to be a sore loser, how to be a bad sport and how to put money over everything. It was pointed out during one of the Olympic events that the difference between finishing first and second in the Olympics is \at least a couple of million dollars.\ The great sportsw1 iter John Tunis used to tell the story of an Englishman he knew who loved sports. John's friend was the gold champion of a small club near London, when/he first met him. During World War I, the man's left arm was shot off and was unable to play golf after that so he took up ten- nis. He came to love tennis as much as he had loved gold and within a few years got to be one of the best tennis players at the club. During the-Second World War. the British were desperate for manpower and .. in spite of the missing· arm. John's friend was commis- sioned and led a battalion of infantry in France. Again he was hit. this time losing· his right leg. Years later John Tunis saw PJ> his friend again. He was back in action, playing in his club's croquet tournament. \That man... said John Tunis, \was a sportsman. He played, not for champion- ships. for titles, for cash, for publicity, or for applause but simply for the love of the game.'' The athletes competing in the upper levels of their games today aren't often role models we'd want to have our children emulate. When the hockey game between the United States and Russia started, I had a warm., patriotic feeling for our guys. I hoped they'd win. Within five minutes, as com- binatioll of the chauvinist palaver from the announcers and the behavior of the U.S. players had almost made a communist out of me. The Americans were playing like Little League professionals. It was clear from the beginni11g that the Russians played the game better than the Americans and that they were better coached than the Americans. The announcer kept saying that the Russians could be beaten if they were made to lose their com- posure. He must have talked to the Ui.S. coach before the game because our guys came out on the ice with one idea: to hit every Russian in sight into the boards with body checks, presumably to make them lost their composure. The U.S. players didn't seem much interested in playing hockey. It was an exciting game but in order to keep myself rooting for our team, I had to turn off the sound. The announcers were such bla- tant, biased rooters that I couldn't listen. I don't mind if Olympic announcers can't suppres!i sounding pleased when the United States wins something but they sould set out to be even-handed and impartial in their reporting 1 /Jof the events. We don't want cheerleaders. We'll cheer for our team. All we want from them is some in- formation we don't have or can't see for ourselves. In contrast to some of the abysmal reporting from the Olympics on ABC, some reporting was excellent. Dick Button and Peggy Fleming were superb. You could tell they hoped the Americans would do well but when the Russian team performed magnificently, they were ex- ultant about the perfor- mance, not depressed because it had been executed by athletes other than Americans. ABC chose to emphasize the winning of medals as a way of getting the American audience's attention. The fake drama of medal- winning may have backfired. Americans aren't winning many ,medals at the Olympics so ABC finds itself pro- moting losers. The emphasis should always have been on performance, not medals or nationality. .... ~~ .. . The Press!Friday, February 26. 1988/'I'HlRlt...~N THE PRESS: OPINIONS Inside Cortland ByJOHN WENK Staff Writer In the five years that I've been at Cortland. 1 've tried to transfer four times. I'd fill out the forms, visit schools. get accepted and then when I'd start packing up, something would happen and I'd start thinking about all of the g()od things here at Cort- land. I may bitch a lot about this school, but when it comes down to it, it's horne to me. So. this week, I would like to write about my favorite things at Cortland. First, would have to be Neubig cookies. These hot gooey cookies, made only at lunch, have gotten comments which have stated that they are better than sex. While the cookies may be safer and less troublesome the morning after, I think this may be a bit extreme. There are many ladies here whom I'd prefer to spend a night with over a cookie. Never- theless, Neubig cookies are one of my favorite things here. Intramurals also rank right up there. I never thought that sliding across the ice with shoes on, or phying water polo in an inner tube. could be so much fun until I tried it. With such programs as wallyball, sports trivia. and floor hockey, in- tramurals do a lot to bring people together and en- courage good times. The Cortland Ballroom Dance Team is unfor- tunately unknown and overlooked considering the quality of its performances. This excellent team has perform- ed in Montreal, England, and Trinidad, and there is now talk of a trip to St. Croix. Can the football team show off their passports with as much pride? Another Cortland in~;titution that isn't as unknown and overlooked is dollar Molsons at City Limits. It's so easy and so much fun to put a dollar on the bar amd get a cold bottle of the world's greatest beer. It's easily enough to keep most people from transferring. Has anyon.: else ever noticed the steps in Old Main that go from thl': first floor to the second~ l love them. They're worn down enough in the mid· die to give the building a sense of history and character. They remind me of the thousands of students who have been a part of Cortland in its past. The ice encrusted steps in the back leading up from the Dragon's Den. on the other hand, are a safety hazard. But no complaints this week. I have to mention the DeGroat cleaning lady, Corky,for getting rid of the wax toilet paper. Thanks Corky. Above all of these positive aspects of Cortland there are two qualities which override the rest in keeping me hlere. For one, the friendliness of the students and the other, the dedication of the teachers. Cortland, with its spontaneous activities and partyism is the frien<lliest school I know of. Have you ever noticed how many more students visit here than Cortland students visit other schools? Everyone talks tc:J each other here. I once said \hello\ to someone at Cornell and she called campus security on me. The friendliness may come from the teachers. Almost everyone I talked to tells me that his department's professors are the best. They go out of their way to make classes interesting and to make :the students a part of their learning ex- perience instead of merely observers of a mechanical process. The teachers care about their students and it shows. And that, more than anything else, will keep me at Cortland for a sixth year. Press editorial policy The Press wel-comes letters from readers. All letters to the editor submi1ted for publication must be typewritt-en, double-spaced and rec:eived at The Press office, Room 111, Corey Union, IUJ later than J p.m. on the Monday bef~re Friday's publication. All letters must contain the writer's name, class year, major, and phone number for clarifica- tion. Letters longer 1hao 300 woros will be edited by The Press in suc.ll a way as to preserve brevity, without altP.ring the syntax of the letter. All letters will be run verbatim. Let- ters too long for editing or those in qoestion will be retllrn- ed to the writer for clarification and/ or shortening. Letters must be devoid of ))ersonal attacks or tlley will not be published. Anonynlous letters will not be accepted. The Press reserv~s the right to accept or reject any letters received. and all letters become the property of The Press. .... - • I\' • '\\ .. \' ,. \'-\ .1 ~

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