The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 31, 1998 · Page 9
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL NATION SUNDAY, MAY 31, 1998 A9 T NEW YORK CITY MAYOR File photo Protesting yellow cab drivers march to City Hall in New York City earlier this month. Anger toward Major Rudolph Giuliani has grown in recent weeks over crackdowns on diverse groups. Mayor's policies provoke people New York City head's controversial actions fuel ongoing criticism By MICHAEL BLOOD The Associated Press NEW YORK — A newspaper cartoonist depicts Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as a rampaging Godzilla, stomping taxis underfoot. A columnist fumes that the mayor "rules by fear." Angry protesters warn "One Goose-step from Fascism." Does he care? "I've gotten used to it," said the two- term Republican, coming off a week in which anger reached a siren's pitch over his crackdowns on the taxi industry, pushcart vendors and city university students. The criticism, Giuliani said, "is like an opera that plays itself out over and over again. The excessive ideologues try to paint it in a certain direction, but these (policies) are reasonable, sensible things." Giuliani has traded for years on his image as a hard-punching administrator without GIULIANI much tolerance for second opinions. When he had police round up panhandlers, there was only a mumble of dissent. In fact, it was the pursuit of such minor "quality of life" offenders that won him acclaim as the mayor who helped New York bring its crime rate down to a level comparable to Boise, Idaho. But with the latest campaigns, he has been accused of trampling the First Amendment in the name of orderly streets. A federal judge ruled Tuesday that police used threats and intimidation to break up a planned taxi protest caravan May 21. The protest was eventually held Thursday under court protection. Are New Yorkers getting pushed too far? "Increasingly, you see Mayor Giuliani handling dissent in a mean-spirited, bullying, autocratic fashion, and increasingly using the police as a private mayoral army to target those who disagree with him," said civil rights lawyer and activist Ron Kuby. "Giuliani rules by fear," columnist Bob Herbert wrote Thursday in The New York Times. At a taxi drivers' rally at on Wednesday, protesters carried signs saying "Giuliani — Poster Boy for Repression" and "One Goose-step from Fascism." City task force deflates entries in Macy's parade By The Associated Press NEW YORK— The Cat in the Hat is not coming back. A mayoral task force ordered to review the problems at last year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has ordered organizers to limit the size and operation of the parade's helium-filled balloons. Under the new regulations, veteran balloons of Bugs Bunny, Rex, Woody Woodpecker and the Pink Panther will not appear next year because they exceed the length and width guidelines. The Cat in the Hat was banned after it spun out of control in last year's high winds, knocking a lamppost into a crowd and injuring four spectators. "The core issue is safety," Dennison Young, counsel to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said Friday after the release of the five-month study. The panel also recommended that no large balloon be operated in sustained winds in excess of 23 mph or gusts of more than 34 mph and that each balloon be tethered to at least two support vehicles. Macy's, the parade sponsor, said in a statement Friday that it helped develop the task force's recommendations and has agreed to its conditions. NOTICE The Coleman 21-speed bike advertised on page 10 in today's Target advertising supplement does not meet our quality standards and will not be available. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. TARGET T CAMPUS PROTESTS Are students rebels without just cause? Today's college campus rallies, riots leave many saying 'what's the point' By The Associated Press '. Bonfires in the streets. Bottles Whizzing through the air at police. Chants and tear gas and television footage of students being led away in handcuffs. The images may have harkened back to the '60s, but it wasn't war or segregation that inspired scores of college students to take to the streets this year. It was the right to party. Students from at least 10 schools rallied and rioted, saying new restrictions on how they drink and carouse were the latest evidence that their freedom is at stake. Bans on porch furniture, limits on hpw many people can share a house — rule upon rule made without student input, they say. "It's been one thing after another. Each one was not enough to set off a protest, but we were getting sick of it," said 22-year-old Adam Herringa, who graduated this spring from Michigan State University in East Lansing. Herringa summoned 3,000 fellow students into the streets May 1 after the school banned drinking at a popular spot. Police fired tear gas as students lit bonfires and threw rocks and bottles at officers. But faculty, police and some students say something less meaningful is at work. "What I saw seemed to have no rhyme or reason, no ideological passion, just rebelliousness without a cause," said Richard Little, a spokesman for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Oxford police clashed with about 200 students on the nights of May 9-10 when they tried to break up parties near campus. Some student activists are disgusted by the gatherings, the largest at some schools since the Vietnam War. There are still traditional social issues to work on, like racism, education equity and labor conditions, they said. "People riot after a football game, but what's the point? Yet when we want to have a nonviolent sit-in, not even a third of those people show up," said Michael Norman, 21, a public relations and political science student at Ohio State. They're Back . . 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