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February 27, 1987 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-02-27

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JEWELRY APPRAISALS

LOCAL NEWS

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At Very Reasonable Prices Call For An Appointment

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established 1919
FINE JEWELERS

30400 Telegraph Road
Suite 134
Birmingham, MI 48010
(313) 642-5575

GEM/DIAMOND SPECIALIST
AWARDED CERTIFICATE BY GIA
IN GRADING AND EVALUATION

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GM Layoff

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Daily 10:00-5:30
Thurs. 10:00-8:30
Sat. 10:00-5:00

YOUR

DEALER

CRISSMAN CADILLAC OF BIRMINGHAM

1350 N. Woodward, Just South of Big Beaver (16 Mile)

"Haven't you always wanted a friend in the car business?"

Please Call DAVID BIBER 644-1930
Sales and Leasing
I will get you the BEST possible DEAL from the
dealer with the BEST SERVICE anywhere!

Mon. and Thurs. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

DO IT NOW

When we think back we often wonder why we didn't do more to help
oppressed Jews in foreign lands. Avoid future regrets. I urge you to write
a polite, thoughtful letter to the various Soviet officials noted below
asking them to allow Jewish families who wish to leave Russia be permit-
ted to do so. Letters on company stationery are especially encouraged.

BERNARD EDELMAN

Mikhail M. Gorbachev
General Secretary of the
CPSU Central Committee
The Kremlin
Moscow
RSFSR, USSR
Andrei A. Gromyko
President of the Supreme Soviet
The Kremlin
Moscow
RSFSR, USSR
Eduard A. Shevardnadze
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square 32-34
Moscow 121200
RSFSR, USSR
Nikolai Ryzhkov
Chairman, Council of Ministers
The Kremlin
Moscow
RSFSR, USSR
Aleksandr M. Rekunkov
Procurator General
ul.Pushkinskaya 15-A
Moscow 103009
RSFSR, USSR
Sergei P. Burenkov
Minister of Health
K-51 Rehmanovsky Pereulok 3
Moscow 103051
RSFSR, USSR
Anatoly P. Aleksandrov
President, Academy of Science
V-71, Leninsky Prospekt 14
Moscow, 117901, GSP-1
RSFSR, USSR
Gen. Karpov
Chief, Moscow KGB
Moscow
RSFSR, USSR

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Friday, February 27, 1987

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Viktor M. Chebrikov
Chairman, KGB
ul.Dzerzhinsky 2
Moscow 10100
RSFSR, USSR
Aleksandr V. Vlasov
Minister of Interior
ul.Ogareva 6
Moscow 103009
RSFSR, USSR
Boris Shumilin
Deputy Minister of Interior
ul.Ogareva
Moscow 103009
RSFSR, USSR
Rudolf Kuznetsov
Chief, OVIR
ulOgereva 6
Moscow 103009
RSFSR, USSR
Gen. Ivan Shutov
Chief, Moscow Militia
Moscow
RSFSR, USSR
Gennady Ivanovich Tomin
Chief, Moscow OVIR
Kolpachny Pereulok 9
Moscow
RSFSR, USSR
Andrei Bokov
Chief, Leningrad OVIR
26 Zheliabova Street
RSFSR, USSR
Mr. Petrenko
Chief, Ukraine OVIR
ul.Bogomoltsa 8
Kiev Ukr.SSR, USSR

The Fisher Guide Plant on Fort Street in Detroit is to be
phased-out by September 1989. General Motors plans to eliminate
29,000 jobs nationally over a three-year period.

"We're seeing white collar
folks again and we don't know
where they're coming from."
Ascher says he is unsure
whether the increased number
of people seeking vocational
counseling and retraining at
JVS is due to increased need —
symptomatic of a weakening
economy — or because JVS's
new central location in South-
field makes it more convenient
for people to stop by.
General Motors' plan to close
its older plants in Detroit, Pon-
tiac, Flint and other Midwest-
ern cities has been on the draw-
ing boards for quite some time.
The "good times of 1984" ex-
tended their lifespan, explains
Michelle Krebs, financial
editor of Automotive News.
Because of the changes the
auto industry has undergone,
particularly the significant in-
roads made by Japanese au-
tomakers, American plants are
producing at overcapacity, she
says. "Supply and demand are
way out of whack. Something
has to give."
The first to give were Ford
and Chrysler. "They had to get
lean just to survive. GM never
had to do it. But now the day of
reckoning is here."
GM's plan is to sustain pro-
fits on a lower sales volume
and make the remaining jobs
more secure, Krebs says, point-
ing out that most of the new
plants GM has built are in
Michigan, and that many jobs
were transferred from the old
plants to the new.
The plant closings and
layoffs are "obviously bad for
Michigan," says Dr. David
Fand, professor of economics at
Wayne State University. "The
20,000 jobs that are going to be
reduced would lower Michi-
gan's personal income by one-
half percent." That's more than
$500 million out of a total of
$130 billion that Michigan
citizens have in their pockets
annually.
Many look at the plant clos-

ings and see the recession of
1981-1983 repeating itself. "It
was horrible then," says Stuart
Goldstein, owner of Franklin
Metal Co. Scrap metal dealers
like Goldstein were adversely
affected by low prices and lack
of available scrap metal in
those days. "There were people
who decided to close their
doors," he says.
The scrap industry never re-
covered, according to Golds-
tein. Prices never kept up with
inflation, he explains, plus the
automobile companies are
manufacturing more out of
synthetic materials. "Auto
plants today are more effi-
cient," he adds. "There's less
waste and less for us."
The plant closings have
caused "a little nervousness"
and "talk around the trade," he
says.
"Last time we discovered, to
our horror, that extremely
well-to-do families had overex-
tended themselves eco-
nomically," JFS's Margaret
Weiner recalls. "People were
coming to us saying, 'Can you
help us make payment on a
$300,000 house?' "
Jewish Family Service is not
equipped to handle that kind of
bail out, she says. "It's easier to
help if someone says they need
help with two months' rent be-
fore they can go on public assis-
tance."
JFS also helps to provide
"psychological comfort" to
those in dire straits. "Some
families are not flexible
enough to make the kind of
changes" needed during lean
times. "How do you tell people,
what you've worked a lifetime
for, forget it?"
A recession can be devastat-
ing for those on the economic or
psychological margins of
society, she says. "When times
are good, certain people can
make it psychologically. When
times are bad, they can't make
it."

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