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Seventy-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom

Turning Of f With Bob McB
By John Lottier


Where Opinions Are Free, 420 MAYNARD ST., ANN ARBOR, MIcH.
Truth Will Prevail

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Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.



Romney's Budget Message:
Proving the Oratory Hollow

of the major themes of the, short
lived Romney presidential campaign.
Michigan's ambitious, transient Governor
has preached from Utah to New Hamp-
shire that the direction of important so-
cial welfare and -educational programs
must be shifted from the federal bu-
reaucracy in Washington to the state
capitals. There they will supposedly be
administered in a more efficient and
democratic fashion.
But Romney's skimpy $1.3 billion
budget proposal makes abundantly clear
the hollowness of his campaign oratory
The governor's budget message fails to
go even half-way in meeting the pressing
needs of the state. Consequently local
goVernments will be forced to turn to the
federal government for assistance. And
in this the year of the Vietnamese and
posssibly a new Korean War, no money
will likely be forthcoming.
In a state where last summer almost
every major city experienced some de-
gree of racial conflict, Romney could
recommend only a beefed-up State Police
force and a substantial hike in the state
Civil Rights Commission budget.
For social welfare programs, Romney
urged an additional $30 million over last
year, $25 million of which will go toward
just maintaining the existing level of
services. The additional $5 million will
be absorbed by the state Medicaid pro-
gram, an item Romney willfully under-
appropiiated for last year.
Romney failed to bring forth a single
imaginative program which might begin
to deal with the tension in the state's
urban ghettos.

FOR ELEMENTARY and secondary ed-
ucation, the new budget suggests a
long overdue hike in the student aid for-
mula. However, the appropriation is in-
sufficient to bail out the overburdened
local school boards which are faced with
more budgets and more vigorous demands
for higher teacher salaries.
For the state's eleven state universities
and colleges, Romney asked an increase
of $24.5 million, with a $5.6 million in-
crease for the University. Since every
major state university raised tuition last
fall Romney apparently feels he can get
away with another year of inadequate
appropriations. But faculty salaries must
go up sharply after last year or the Uni-
versity and the state must face the pros-
pect of losing their best professors and
highly trained personnel. Another tui-
tion hike to obtain the necessary rev-
enue is currently unthinkable.
In a year of great need in elementary
and secondary education and social serv-
ices, higher education was far down on
the list of priorities. But Romney's budget
has met none of the priorities adequately.
ROMNEY HAS quite simply built a
budget on an inadequate revenue
base. The money isn't there and the gov.-
erno- is neither concerned nor politically
courageous enough to seek another tax
increase For him not to have asked for
a higher tax rate schedule for the new
income tax last year was an incredibly
short-sighted act.
Romney succeeded in reforming Mich-
igan's tax structure, but his myopic tax
plan has failed miserably to provide rev-
enues for necessary state services.

BOB McBRIDE turns me right off. (as if th
For two years now, WJBK-TV, De- later for a
troit's TV2, has utilized the FCC prero- work" of t
gative of sandwiching in a two minute Romney-C
editorial between Jac LeGoff's news tion-byi
commentary and Jerry Hodak's weath- grant bec
er(?) report. McBride was chosen to fill (i.e. an "
the slot and since then, the viewer has funds wou
been veritably pummeled every day with purposes).
that station's proto-fascist viewpoint.
McBride has urged the federal govern- IN THE
ment to clamp down on the war protest- pushing t
ers, claiming that in their dissent and len, a "go
resistance those Americans opposed to the derstands
war are destroying the very fabric of our ple." Allen
"democratic society." He has urged the the New I
Detroit Police Department's acceptance of McBride
the Stoner rifle-which shoots a dum- the epiton
dum-like pellet capable of ripping open society; h
a man's leg from the calf to the hip or of power
tearing off an arm-as a method of riot losing it,
control, hopefully to preclude future re- For him
bellions, or at least, to stop them before He doesn'
they spread. nam (or F
For the past month he has, almost supports t
daily, taken Detroit's militant black na- tect his po
tionalist Rev. Albert Cleage to task, first of violent
for advocating the separation of the races supports t
'Lost, Stolen'

ey were ever integrated), and
attempting to destroy the "good
he New Detroit Committee-the
avanagh blue ribbon delega-
refusing to accept a $100,000
ause of the strings attached
overseer" to ascertain that the
ld not be utilized for "political"
MEANTIME McBride has been
o ascendancy the Rev. Roy Al-
od responsible Negro" who un-
the problems of "all the peo-
n acepted a similar grant from
Detroit Committee.
, then, has become for me
my of all that is wrong in our
ze finds himself in a position
and is desperately afraid of
no matter what the cost.,
nthe world is a bed of roses.
t have to fight a war in Viet-
Korea) and so he emphatically
he nation's war effort to pro-
osition. He hasn't been a victim
racial discrimination and so he
he oppressiveness of our society

by trying to strengthen its strangehold on
power. He will not be shot at by the new
Stoner riffle for resisting the power
structure, so he advocates its use against
those who might.
In short, he is living in what Rev.
Cleage calls his own little "dream
world" - he doesn't understand the full
implications of his "alternatives" - he
doesn't realize that his power-oppressive
"contingency plans" are at best short-
range stopgaps that .solve nothing while
serving only to increase the dimensions
of the crises that face us.
McBRIDE is a victim of the same neb-
ulous but ubiquitous forces that Johnson
operates with, the same forces that the
whole power-conscious system uses.
For example, if things are not going
well in Vietnam the only alternative
must be to throw in more men; to add
more fire-power. If our fighting forces
are "spread too thin" Johnson can call
up the reserves (i.e. yesterday's move),
and give a chauvinistic "rally around
the flag, boys" cry.
There is no negotiation - if thing are

going badly for Johnson and the army,
their bargaining position is bad - if
things are going well for them, why ne-
gotiate? There is no going back.
Domestically we see the very same
thing. Even the token progress of the
1964-5 civil rights legislation has not
continued since riots have become the
"American way" the last few summers.
Instead of really working for viable al-
ternatives, the system thrives on Martin
Luther King's "dream world" impossibili-
ties while at the same time building up
on munitions, teaching the national
guard "riot-control tactics," buying ar-
mored cars (tanks), and putting in the
order for Stoner rifles. Our violent so-
ciety grows progressively more violent.
And if our leaders are able to continue
their present militaristic policies both at
home and abroad, there is no going back.
And through it all, good o1' Bob Mc-
Bride sits there flashing his leering smile
at the viewer:
This has been our TV2 editorial.
That's what we think. What do YOU
I think it stinks.



Power for Bursley or Bus(t)

TrVHE EFFORTS OF Bursley students to
obtain adequate bus service through
legitimate, administration channels is a
good example of how student power is
forced on students by the administration,
not radical activists.
Most Bursley residents are freshmen
wno were assigned to North Campus
housing by the University. Their isolation
from the central campus area is only
aggravated by a woefully inadequate bus
schedule: on Saturday afternoon and all
day Sunday buses run only every half-
hour; on week nights bus service is dis-
continued at 12:45 (although the UGLI
is open until 2 a.M.); on Friday buses
stop running after 1:30, and on Saturday
the last bus is at 1:45.1
Since the beginning of September,
Bursley students have been attempting to
improve the bus service. Eschewing the
pressure tactics of student power, they
have been working through "proper
channels," beginning with petitions in
the second week of September expressing
"extreme dissatisfaction" with the bus.
Bursley Vice-President Howard Rontal
has met at least once a week with ad-
ministrators in an attempt to improve
this service.
As usual, the administration accepted
these petitions "happily," gave the prob-
lem "careful consideration," "collected
data on the question," and one by one
made a few appreciated but utterly in-
sufficient improvements. Originally bus-
es ran only every half-hour Saturday af-
ternoon and evening. Now they run every
15 minutes Saturday evening. Bus service
used to discontinue at women's curfew;
now it stops 45 minutes later on week
nights, 30 minutes later on Friday nights,
and 15 minutes later Saturday nights.
AFTER FOUR months, Bursley students
are still unhappy with the service. At
last Monday's teach-in, their dissatisfac-
tion came to a head. Pressure tactics were
propcsed: sit-ins, "walk-through's." Evi-
dently, this is becoming their only re-
course. The University's failure to give
the transportation services set-up a
thorough overhaul and come up with
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truly adequate service in the face of sev-
eral months of patient student efforts to
"reason together" with the University
has dictated a more militant course.
Once again, the University has proven
its owrn worst enemy. By destroying any
basis in fact for the contentions of stu-
dent moderates that major reforms can
be effected through "channels," the Uni-
versity has given the student-power ad-
vocates a free hand. As Bursley's bus
problems become the latest in a series
of failures to deal with the administra-
tion, the appeal of student power argu-
ments gains added weight.
THIS AFTERNOON, Bursley's trans-
portation committee is meeting with
Assistant H o u s i n g Director Richard
Hughes, Transportation Service Manager
John Ellsworth, and Bursley Director
Gerald Burkhouse. The committee will be
asking for 15 minute bus service Satur-
day and Sunday, all-night service Fri-
days and Saturdays, and the extension of
week night service to fifteen minutes af-
ter the UGLI closes.
If Bursley's idealism is defeated again,
student power will be the only remaining
alternative. Hopefully the administration
will not force students to make this de-
It's Official
IGNORED IN ALL this furor over the
hydrogen bombs lost off the coast of
Greenland and the seizing of the Pueblo
by the North Koreans, is the diplomatic
recognition by this country of the Greek
military junta sans King- Constantine.
This is far from surprising because in
the nine months since the military coup
ended a semblance of parliamentalry
government in the ancestral home of
democracy, this nation been exceedingly
prodigal to its NATO partner.
This country never made more than
a semblance of halting the arms ship-
ments which help keep theu ltra right-
wing coup in power and in the President's
balance of payments speech this month
he explicitly listed Greece as the
one continental country still on-limits for
American tourists.
It is the same old story that America
is always ready to find any pretext to

IT'S BEEN A bad week for Amer-
ican military defense para-
phernalia. Here it is only Friday
morning and already we have lost
four hydrogen bombs and a super-
secret intelligence ship. If this
trend continues unabated over the
weekend there is strong suspicion
that come Monday Midland, Mich-
igan, may also have disappeared.
Such apparent carelessness by
the military can certainly be justi-
fied by anyone well acquainted
with the rigors of Cold War de-
fense strategy. Since our policy
planners have the responsibility
for so many military toys, it is
quite understandable that now
and again they might misplace
a few playthings.
Consequently, constructive dis-
cussion must focus on all the H-
bombs and intelligence ships that
the Defense Department hasn't
lost this week. This is especially
important because high Pentagon
officials reveal that this week's
losses represent less than 1 per
cent of our total defense equip-
ment. And as that proverbial Pen-
tagon spokesman must have said
yesterday, "In how many busi-
nesses can you maintain better
than 99 per cent effectiveness?
WITH THE NATION mobilizing
to meet the affront to our na-
tional honor an indeterminate
number of miles off the coast of
North Korea, it is irresistible and
quite emotionally salutory to con-
centrate for a few moments on the
almost blackhumor aspects of
those four little 1.5 megaton nu-
clear devices located somewhere
on or under the ice off northern
The success of dogsled teams
and helicopters working in tandem
in already locating some "pieces
of weapon associated hardware"
indicates that in the face of ad-
versity it is possible to breech the
gap between C.P. Snow's Two Cul-
tures. Even Two Cultures as dis-
tinct as Sergeant Preston of the
Yukon and Clark Clifford.
While such a contingency has
been resolutely dismissed by the
Air Force's indefatigable team of
optimists, many non-governmental
observers believe it is quite possi-
ble that the hydrogen bombs may
already be wedged between the
ice above and the ice below.
If this is indeed the case, the
Air Force may be able to dispense
with courts martial for the next
six months by merely threatening
to place all troublemakers on ice-
chopping duty in northern Green-
Never has the stiff-upper lip
quality of the defense establish-
ment been more clearly indicated
than by the revelation that "al-
though the possibility of a nuclear
explosion was ruled out, the Air
Force, if only for political and
psychological reasons, was intent
on 'recovering the weapons.m
This reference to the realm of
the psychological conjures up

memories of the elaborate public
relations ploys used by the Gov-
ernment to allay fears when four
other H-bombs were inconvenient-
ly disposed in waters of Spain for
almost three months in 1966.
At a time when the Govern-
ment's sincerity is being questioned
daily, there would be something
invigorating in watching Angier
Biddle Duke bob merrily amid the
ice floes as he proves conclusively
that the water's radiation count is
"well below that considered
hazardous even on prolonged con-
Duke frantically treads in 30 below
zero water to ward off frostbite,
we will re'luctantly turn our at-
tention to both the serious and
semi-serious aspects of the latest
developments in our ever-expand-
ing Asian embroglio.
With the commencement of each
new global crisis, one is struck
by the uncanny ability of most of
those on Capitol Hill to make Lyn-
don Johnson and his Administra-
tion appear to be the voices of
Our "with-it" Secretary of
State's declaration, "My strong
advice to the North Koreans is to
cool it," sounds almost timid when
compared to Senator Tom Dodd's
bellicose demand that North Korea
be told in "the bluntest terms"
that if the Pueblo and its crew is
not returned in 24 hours our naval
forces would be instructed to seize
all North Korean vessels found on
the high seas.
Congress'scontrol over policy-
now miniscule in terms of Viet-
nam-will border on the non-ex-
istent in this new Korean crisis.
For not only can the President
forget about now outmoded de-
clarations of war, but he is also
not obligated to parallel the 1964
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. All
Johnson must do is announce that
the 50,000 troops we have kept
in Korean since 1953 ceased cease-
THE PARALLEL of the Gulf of
Tonkin Resolution provides an
ideal point for examining a few
of the serious and far from funny
implications of the seizure of the
Recent revelations by the Sen-
ate Foreign Relations- Committee
indicate that most, if not all, of the
Government's explanation of the
incident was invented in Washing-
ton to speed the passage of pre-
written Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
Furthermore, the Government's
much heralded credibility gap-
less politely known as lying-in-
dicates that the administration's
account of what happened Tues-
day in the Sea of Japan may be
scarcely more accurate than North
Korea's transcript of the confes-
sion of Pueblo captain Lloyd
As apparently many in and out
of the administration have visions
of our re-initiating the Korean

War to cry of "Remember the
Pueblo," one feels almost like a sec-
ond grade teacher in pointing out
that 1968 is neither 1812 nor 1898.
Any act of reprisal as a result
of the Pueblo incident will be un-
doubtedly reflect the massive na-
tional inferiority complex which
has constantly debilitated our re-
lations with smaller nations.
For we continually fail to rec-
ornize that as pre-eminently the
world's strongest nation, our sec-
urity is at best minimally affected
by what happens in small and
distant lands.
Consequently our status as a
great power and our military
credibility will be in no way im-
paired if we wait patiently and
calmly for Korea to return the
Pueblo. Any military response on
our part can only lower even
further the confidence of the rest
of the world in the prudence of
our judgment.
Pueblo must be viewed in the con-
text of the growing American
created conflagration in Asia. For
when viewed from the perspective

Letters to the Editor


... the waters are
always stirred"

of Korea, it is not that unjusti-
fied that they would be acutely
sensitive to any violations-or
near violations-of their territorial
waters at a time when our Viet-
nam policy seems to be turning
into one pledged to roll back Asian
An ominous indication of our
intentions in this area is provided
by our attempt to link the attack
with an alleged assassination at-
tempt from North Korea against
General Park of South Korea. Add
to this yesterday's mobilization
of the Air Force Reserves and you
have a credible case that we are
seriously considering fighting al-
leged North Korean "expansion-
It is important to note that
North Korea's unique position in
the Communist world diametric-
aly conflicts with Dean Rusk's
"yellow peril" rationale for our
presence in Southeast Asia. Since
1966 North Korea has been effec-
tively pursuing a militant-but in-
dependent-foreign policy free
from the control of either China
or Russia. While justifiably hostile
to the United States, North Korea
is far from a pawn of Chinese
never be justified over the seizure
of 83 men and a ship which con-
ceivably may have violated ter-
ritorial waters. But it is exceed-
ingly bellicose and irresponsible
for this nation to even discuss
military reprisals before all inter-
,n,, -;, r ii nn anr-i -a


"Why then this restlessness?"

To the Editor:
THE FEDERAL government has
just indicted seven students at
the University of California as
leaders of the December 4th "Stop
the Draft" week there. The charge
is conspiracy (punishable by ten
years imprisonment). Frank Bar-
dacke, Steve Hamilton and five
others are now in jail with bail
set at $5,000 each.n,
Today a rally of support for
these students will be held in
Berkeley, where statements from
campuses throughout the nation
will be read. Individuals and (es-
pecially) organizations opposing
the government's campaign to
eliminate dissent and resistance
should send telegrams to Berkeley
this morning. It is important that
a forceful national response to
the conspiracy indictment be
manifest at the rally (3 p.m. our
time). Send telegrams of "Sup-
port for Indicted Students" in
care of the StudentCommunica-
tions Network, 2700 Bancroft
Way, Berkeley, California.
-David Robbins
To the Editor:
I WAS SORRY to see the Los
Angeles Times' cartoon on Jim
Garrison appear in the Sunday is-
sue of the Daily. The depiction of
Garrison as a drunken crackpot
and the comparison with Joe Mc-
Carthy's anti-communist investi-
gations is biased and prejudicial.
Garrison says he has discovered
a conspiracy in the assassination of
President Kennedy, which would
refute the findings of the Waren
Commission. He is confident
enough of his evidence to charge
two men, one of whom, Clay Shaw,
is scheduled for trial next month.
Several government ag e nc ie s,
NBC, CBS, and many newspapers
have engaged in a strong campaign
to discredit Garrison's investiga-
tion, labelling him a "kook."
THIS IS contrary to the ideals
and traditions of this country,
among them the right to a fair
and impartial trial, and the as-
sumption of innocence until guilt
is proven. If Garrison is indeed
wrong, then surely his case will
not hold up in a court of law. But
if he is right, then his accusations
strike at the very heart of Amer-
Why has the Daily taken part
in this "smear" campaign, rather
than remaining impartial until
Garrison's case has been tried in

Vietnam. In my opinion it should
be stressed that whereas U.S.
youths are drafted at age 17 or
18, the South Vietnamese legisla-
ture has again refused to pass a
new draft law lowering the draft
age to 18. And that while so-call-
ed "draft dodgers" are jailed in
the U.S., or otherwise hounded
and maltreated, one of the major
rackets going on in Saigon is the
sale of falsified birth certificates
so that-as remarked in the 'Com-
mentary of Marshall Windmiller"
-"some Vietnames never reach
the age of 20 years" which is the
draft age in Saigon.
The reason is simple and clear:
neither the Vietnamese young
men, nor their elders, want to
fight; and this for reasons either
that they have nothing to fight
for in a regime headed by corrupt
puppets, or that they will not
fight on the side of the U.S. in-
vadersor both - since it is one
and the same thing to fight on the
side of Thieu-Ky or Johnson-
In contrast, and by the admis-
sions of our own military author-
ities in Vietnam,' boys as young
as 12, and girls, and women, and
even old people are fighting on-
the side of the DRV-and these
are South Vietnamese, also. not
just the North.
-Claire Adler
To the Editor:
JN RESPONSE to Neil Shister's
article of Jan. 19, "About Flem-
ing and His University":
Mr. Shister perceives and de-
scribes well the "mediocracy"
around which many students on
this campus build their lives. How-
ever, I believe it is neither accu-
rate nor fair to say that such a
condition is a direct consequence
of the University. To find "It," or
what Antiochians refer to as "the
Thing" is not dependent on loca-
tion, it is rather dependent on
the seeker : "The person who
makes it here makes it on his
own." Isn't this the case in every
aspect of life, not only the uni-
versity existence? In all proba-
bility, those who have made it,
or who have found it would have
done so. no matter where they
were situated. Granted, certain
environments are more conducive
than others to growth, but if one
compares life here to that of most
other colleges and universities, he
would find that this environment
appears quite favorable.
"IF VITALITY cannot be in-
stilled here, ithis likely doomed
forever. . . What we need now
is not a crisis manager but a




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