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Montrose Voice, No. 334, March 20, 1987 - File 020. 1987-03-20. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 13, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/871/show/861.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 334, March 20, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date March 20, 1987
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript -me aware oesfWR HAILfO THE CHIEF Star Wars or Bust By Arthur Hoppe If you already have a headache, there's no reason to read this column. It's about the administration's current attempt to reinterpret the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty so that it won't interfere with Star Wars. News stories have detailed the hubbub this new policy of "broadly interpreting" the treaty has raised in Congress and with our NATO allies, but none I read told me what the argument was about. I finally came a- cross an account in The Defense Monitor, a widely respected publication ofthe Center for Defense Information in Washington. Seeing that the fate of life on this planet could conceivably hinge on the issue, I thought I'd do my best to outline it here. Bear with me. The ABM Treaty was signed by President Nixon and Secretary Brezhnev in 1972. Its basic purpose was to ensure the policy of Mutually Assured Destruction or MAD—the policy we have relied upon to ensure nuclear peace, rightly or wrongly, for the past 40 vears. Thus the treaty limits each power to protecting either its capital or one missile site with ABMs—thereby leaving the rest of each country completely vulnerable to incoming enemy missiles. To Curl her bolster MAI), the treaty also limits both us and the Soviet Union to "no more than one hundred ABM launchers and no more than one hundred ABM interceptor missiles." Most important, both countries agreed under the treaty "not to develop, test, or deploy ABM systems or components which are sea-based, air-based, space-based or mobile land-based." In other words, the only missiles that could be developed, tested or deployed were land-based missiles in fixed sites. So what about Star Wars? It is, of course, a space-based system specifically forbidden by the treaty. To shoot down thousands of incoming Soviet missiles and dummies, it would possibly require more than a hundred interceptor missiles. And lastly, it is designed to defend the entire United States, thus abrogating MAD, the verjf policy the ABM Treaty was written to ensure. How then can the administration "broadly interpret" the treaty to permit it to go ahead with Star Wars? The Defense Monitor says the new interpretation is hinged on the advanced technology involved, such as laser and particle beams. Agreed Statement (D) which accompanied the ABM Treaty says, "The parties agree that in the event ABM systems based on other physical principles ... are created in the future, specific limitations on such systems and their components would be subject to discussion." The administration apparently feels this allows them to create and deploy any ABM system they want using "other physical principles"—as long as they talk about it afterward. But the Defense Monitor says this clause "actually makes the Treaty more strict." It refers only to fixed land-based missiles using other principles, for that's the only kind the treaty permits. And it requires that "specific limitations" on even these systems can be negotiated—certainly before and not after they are deployed.' STERLING Paint and Body Centers 1107-D Upland Dr. Just N.W. of Katy Frwy A Wllcrest From Minor Dents to Major Restorations Financing Available 932-9401 Open 24 Hours Phone for Appts. between 9pm-8am So much for Star Wars. As I pored through all this turgid language and convoluted reasoning, I had the noble feeling that I was doing my duty to become a well-informed citizen in a democracy—the kind of feeling you get when you wade through a ballot argument. But the more I thought about it, the more sure I became that the administration would interpret the treaty any damn way it pleased. Logic had nothing to do with it. And if for some inconceivable reason, it was stopped from irrationally interpreting the treaty, it would simply break it—just the way it broke the SALT II agreement. We don't observe treaties that no longer serve our purpose. So I felt as though I had waded through all the ballot arguments only to find that my vote didn't count. And, more and more these days, it doesn't seem to. How's your headache? p'1987 (S.F.) Chronicle Publishing Company 'Bugs' in Phone May be Real AUBURN, Ala. (UPI)-That crackle sometimes heard in a phone may mean the line is bugged—literally—by cockroaches, spiders or wasps, says an expert hired by South Central Bell to debug its equipment. South Central Bell officials estimate the company spends $22 million a year repairing insect damage to telephone equipment. Arthur Appel, an assistant entomology professor at Auburn University, said Wednesday that cockroaches, fire ants and wasps are the most common insects found in phone equipment, and they can cause extensive damage. "Wasps and hornets can get into equipment and cause personnel to be stung," Appel said. "Also, spiders spinning webs across terminals—especially when the humidity is high—cause moisture to collect on the terminal, leading to shorting out or glitches in your telephone connection. 'Termites ... can actually bore through cable lines." MARCH 20, 1987 / MONTROSE VOICE 19 Fortunes Communicating with Old Friend Puts Leo Back on Course By Mark Orion Your Horoscope trom the Voice For Friday evening. March 20. through Friday morning. March 26. 1987: ARIES—Relief from the confusion that started off March still isn't in sight, but a good guide in this time is to emphasize the spirtual over the physical. TAURUS—Something weird and wonderful comes right atyou from a most unlikely place. There's no way to plan for or expect who or what it is, but wowee and wahoo! What kind of love is this? You're going to love it, whatever it is, that's for sure. GEMINI—First you want one thing, then another. First a friend, then a lover. You can't quite make up your mind. Perhaps you're too analytical in an area where analysis has little value. So, step back. Enjoy the times CANCER—You're the playboy of the zodiac this time—playful, cheerful, childlike and funloving. You're able to give darker moments your own light touch. That should make you popular, especially with one person who needs that special gift. LEO—Last time you were showing someone else how to do it, but this time, someone's showing you. In trying too hard to be everything you want, this person may put you off. But is too much really too much? Communicating with an old friend will put you back on course. VIRGO—You're going to find out what friendship is for. Whether it's an old friend or a new one, a casual or a best friend, something special is going to happen for the two of you together, and bring you closer than you've ever been. LIBRA—Been missing magic and excitement? Here it comes, back with a bang. Fireworks in the springtime foryou this time. Explosive creative energy vibrates through all the aspects of your life. Lots of lights and action. SCORPIO—Think twice! Something that looks like an offer you can't refuse, or someone who looks like a perfect ten could be just what you don't need. You don't have to develop a full-blown paranoia, but be more cautious than usual. Don't take the bait. SAGITTARIUS—Your mind is working overtime on all those pieces you have to put together. Just when life is feeling like the world's biggest jigsaw puzzle, someone or something from the past shows up to point out the missing part CAPRICORN—As someone moves away, someone else moves closer. Don't let the end of one relationship blind you to the possibilities a new one has to offer. Learn the value of saying both goodbye and hello in just the right way. AQUARIUS—Christmas in the spring? You've got a present coming that will make you feel like it. It's something you deserve, but also something unexpected. Untie the ribbon and open the box. Can you believe this one? PISCES—Its your move. Someone expects you to make the next one, too. Don't let all of life's busy stuff get in the way of what's most important. Take care of business, then take care of that next move. Make it! '1987 MONTROSE VOICE In Monttose, Neatly Everyone Reads the Voice
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