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Sunday, April 12, 1970

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Five

Sunday, April 1 2., 1970 THE MICHIGAN DAiLY Page FiVe

DISCUSSION SERIES:

Letters to the Editor

Hard drugs: Tool of the Mafia

Pos tpone
decision on
votingag

Hill-Onondaga
To the Editor:
ALTHOUGH I FELT that the
story carried earlier this week in
the Daily on the controversy sur-
rounding the Hill-Onondaga pro-
perty presented both sides clearly
and fairly, I believe that I have no
hoice but to respond to Prof.
Shain's letter that appeared on
April 10.
Prof. Shain's statement con-
tains several half-truths, untruths,
malicious inuendoes, and, finally,
a rather thinly-veiled threat.
I should, first of all, like to make
' y objectives in the matter per-
fectly clear. I view the Hill-Onon-
daga site as an opportunity for de-
monstrating that public housing
can be well planned, that is need
not be unattractive or ugly, and
that citizen participation of a pro-
ductive sort can be conducive to
*the attainmeunt of essential pub-
lic goals. It is my hope that the
site can be developed in such a
way as to provide a model of what
public housing can and should be.
Anyone who is at all acquainted
with the constraints under which
the local Housing Commission
*Must operate will recognize that
this objective -simply does not lie
within the powers of the Housing
Commission.
ALLOW ME TO SET the record
straight on some facts. Prof. Shain
asserts that "a group of residents
,f the neighborhood" acted on the
"onday following the Friday, Mar.
13, on which the Housing Com-
mission presented its offer to pur-
chase the property. In fact I had
no knowledge whatsoever of the
City Housing Commission's inter-
est in the property until March 21.
*On that date I was informed by
the Chairman of the Housing
Commission that an offer to pur-
chase the property had indeed
been made and that a counter-of-
fer which was in a form unaccept-
able to the Commisison had been
received. Nor was it a matter sim-
DAILY OFFICIAL
BULLETIN
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official publication of the Univer-
sity of Michigan. Notices should be
sent in TYPEWRITTEN f o r m to
Room 3528 L. S. A B l d g ., before
2 p.m.. of the day preceding pub-
lication and by .2 p.m. Friday for
Saturday and Sunday. Items ap-
pear once only. Student organiza-
tion notices a r e not accepted for
;+ publication. Fo0r more informa-
tion, phone 764-4270,
SUNDAY, APRIL 12
Day Calendar
Pilot Program Piano Iecital: Prof.
Anatol Rapoport, Red Carpet Lounge,
Alice Lloyd Hall, 2:00 p.m.
Degree Recital: Fred Betzner, cello,
Sch. of Music Recital Hall, 2:30 p.m.
Degree Recital: Joanne Roeder, piano,
Sch. of Music Recital Hail, 4:30 p.m.
international Center Film Series:
"Brazil: The Gatherine Millions" and
"India, Writings on the Sand," Inter-
-national Center, 7:30 p.m.
Degree Recital: Alan Freeborn, vio-
lin, Sch. of Music Recital Hail, 8:001
p.m.

ply of having "to revise the paper
to meet proper legal form." In factE
the seller had omitted from his s
counter-offer certain condition es-I
sential to the Commisison's being
able to accept it.
Prof. Shain did, indeed, discuss
the matter with Mr. Sallade and
with my wife, but at no time has
he made the slightest effort to
contact me. Nor has he had the'
simple good grace to send me a
copy of the statement read before1
the City Council last Tuesday eve-l
ning and subsequently printed in)
the Daily. I have full confidence1
that he was not informed either
by Mr. Sallade or Mrs. Brazer that)
they were worried about "possi-i
ble effects on property values" or
that they knew "that poor people |
couldn't be happy on their end of
Hill Street," or that "some (oth- 1
er) neighbors would make the
newcomers' lives miserable, t h e
schools would become overcrowd-1
ed and lose their high academici
standards," etc. I happen to be )
strongly of the belief that school
integration is an essential goal
of our. community and that only
through neighborhood integration
can school integration be ade-
quately attained. Among the val-
ues I hold dear property value lies
very low on the list.
NEITHER M. SALLADE nor I,
nor, for that matter, our group as
a whole, is in need of Mr. Shain's
request that we make a "generous i
gesture." Certainly this request
was never, in any case, relayed
to me, directly or indirectly. I do+
not view our efforts, including
those that involve the raising of
private funds for the purpose of 1
subsidizing public housing as a
"gene'rous gesture," The activities
that we have been involved in |
with regard to the Hill-Onondaga
property are activities which I be-
lieve will serve an important pub-
lic purpose. My roots are firmly
imbedded in this community, as
are those of other members of our1
group. Certainly Mr. Sallade'si
MONDAY, APRIL 13
School of Natural Resources Dis -
tinguished Speaker Program: Dr. Ar-
thur Cooper, Ecologist, Uinversity of
North Carolina at Raleigh, "N o r t h
Carolina Coastal Research Program: A
Lesson in Resource Ecology": 1040
School of I'htural Resources, 3:30 p.m.
Department of Engineering Mechan-
ics Seminar: T. H. H. Plan, Professor of
Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massa-
chusetts Institute of Technology,
"Formulation of Finite Element Meth-
ods for Solid Continua": 311 West En-
gineering, 4:00 p.m.
Physics Colloquium: M. Kreisler,
Princeton, "Neutral Decays of the n,"
P&A Colioq. Rm., 4:00 p.m.
Botany Seminar: Dr. B'ruce L. Hanes,
Duke University will speak on "Plant
Growth Responses to Nutrient Accumu-
lation in Refuse Dumps of Leaf-cutting
Ants", 3082 Nat. Sci. Bldg., 4:15 p.m.
Science & Technology Lect: Prof.
John Imbrie, Brown U., "Pleistocene
Caribbean Climates - A Test of the
Milankovitch Theory," 3082 Nat. S.
Bldg., 8:00 p.m.
General Notices
STUDENT IDENTIFICATION CARDS
Any student ID card marked "Valid
Winter 1970 Only" must be replaced be-
fore student may register for Fall term,
1970. Window 'A' in the lobby of the
LSA bldg. will be open during the hours
3:00 am, to 12:00 noon, and 1:00 p.m.
to 5:00 p.m. each day.
Students should insure that they
have with them proper notice of their
(Continued on Page 8)

credentials in this respect need no
elaboration here. We simply be-
lieve that the kind of public hous-
ing we hope to achieve, with the
cooperation of the Housing Com-
mission, will be in the best inter-
ests of the community as a whole,
including those who will occupy
the units once built.
I do not deny that some resi-
dents of the area in question are
opposed to public housing. They
have circulated petitions opposing
public housing on the site in ques-
tion and were determined to fight
the use of the site for public hous-
ing with every means available to
them. In fact I have been attack-
ed at least as vehemently by these
elements in the community as I
have been attacked by Max Shain
and his accomplices. I conclude,
therefore, by noting that when one
is subject to strong attack from
those who hold extreme views at
both ends of the spectrum on any
issue there is a high probability
that he is attempting to do the
right thing.
-Harvey E. Brazer
Chairman, Department
--of Economics
April 10

the community: The University
provides the job, but the people
keep the University running. Yet
these people who are so essential
to the functioning of the Univer-
sity are forced to live great dis-
tances from Ann Arbor due to
the University's insensitivity to
their needs. This increases the
economic burden these people mustI
carry, since there is no low cost
public transportation from the
outskirts to Ann Arbor.
It is the University's responsi-
bility to provide housing for those
who need it. As students we must
not segregate ourselves from the
rest of the Ann Arbor community.
-Nancy Wechsler
--Lynn Hallen
March 27
To the Editor:
YESTERDAY our Ann Arbor
Neighborhood Action Center re-
ceived a large quantity of food
from supporters of the Black Ac-{
tion Movement for distribution to
the poor in Washtenaw County.'
We wish to publically thank those
persons, whose names are un-
known to us, who collected andf
delivered the food for their gem,-'
erous show of support for this

By BRUCE DAY
Why are drugs condemned as
harmful in our society? This
was the key question in Thurs-
day's "Rap About Drugs" dis-
cussion - one of a series of
discussions on drugs and sex
being run by the Student Af-
fairs Counseling Office.
Pharmacology instructor Jul-
ian Villarreal, keynote speaker
for the evening, gave his opin-
ion on the question by point-
ing out the -dependence of the
drug addict on his supplier.
"These people, by becoming
addicted to heroin, are giving up
their freedom. The agency t h a t
controls the heroin, controls
the people who are addicted."
Because the Mafia is t h e
major supplier of drugs in the
United States, the speaker
went on, it is also the major
controller of the nation's drug
addicts.
Several other people had dif-
ferent opinions about the detri-
mental effects of drug addic-
tion. One girl expressed the view
that addiction was harmful to
the society because of the ad-
dicts' necessity to support h i s
habit through various criminal
acts.
Another members of the dis-
cussion felt that the harm done
to the individual addict by con-
tinuation of his habit is the

major detrimental effect of drug
use.
Before the discussion began,
Villarreal also criticized pre-
sent methods of treating d r u g
addiction - prohibitory legisla-
tion. "This doesn't make any
sense; you don't treat lack of
freedom by putting them in
jail!" he said.
Several students with drug
experience also became involv-
ed in the discussion. One stu-
dent said he had been on a
one-and-a-half year high, b u t
had still managed to behave
normally throughout the entire
period. His grades had not drop-
ped, he said, and he felt he was
in no danger of becoming a
drug 1ddict even though heroin
was one of the drugs he used.
Villarreal countered this sug-
gestion that heroin and o t h e r
hard drugs could be used in
moderation by estimating t h a t
99 percent of all heroin users
were three, four, or five-times-a-
day mainliners. The weekend
user of hard drugs was a rarity
if not an impossibility, he said.
The discussion often shifted to
the success and failures of drug
addiction treatment methods,
such as those in Great Britain
and New York City. The Eng-
lish method of making drugs
freely available to addicts was
generally thought to be a suc-
cessful attack on some of the

evils of drug addiction, although
the other method of treatment
used by New York, was thought
better-

h,'ttei A proposal which would amend
The method used in New York Michigan's constitution to allow
City employs the drug metha- 18-year-olds to vote will be
done, which is given the addicts brought before t 1i e Michigan
instead of the heroin-type drugs House early next week.
they have been on. The use of A vote on the bill had been sch-
methadone is considered ad- eduled for 1 a s t Friday, but a
vantageous since the high it quorum was not present and the
causes lasts longer and is eas- proposal vote was rescheduled.
ier to control than heroin's, and Hearings on the proposal were
the user thus needs a fix only held on Friday however. H i g h
occasionally, school and college age students
With heroin, the addict was packed the galleries supporting
constantly in need of a fix, con- student leaders who spoke out in
stantly looking for money, and favor of lowering the voting age.
constantly under the influence Earlier last week the lower
of the drug supplier, chamber gave the proposal pre-
Methadone however, is avail- liminary approval after defeating
able only through legal cannels attempts to raise the proposed
-usually a clinic - which gives new franchise age to 19.
the government, rather than the The measure, introduced by
Mafia, influence over the addict. Rep. Jackie Vaughn (D-Detrott),
would need approval by the vot-
ers next November if it passes
Law Prof. Arthur R. Miller has both houses,
peen appointed to a special De- Support for the 18-year-old vote
cennial Census Review Committee is widespread. President Nixon,
by Secretary of Commerce Mau- Gov. William Milliken and Atty.
rice H. Stans. General Frank Kelly h a V e all
The committee, w h i c h will supported the idea.
evaluate and review the federal N o t everyone is sympathetic,
government's census, grew out of however. Rep. Bill Huffman (D-
the widespread debate over the Madison Heights) contends that
activities of the Census Bureau students at Michigan State Uni-
and the dissatisfaction with some versity and the University would
of t he questions on the 1970 "kick out the establishment" if
census. given the right to vote.

Housing

To the Editor:

WHILE THE overwhelmingly a g e n c y 's work throughout th
favorable response to the first county.
three points on the housing ref- In the past few weeks, we have
erendum points to a rising con- called for more extensive involve-
sciousness, on the part of students, mrt of the Univerty commnity

of the state of economic situation
in Ann Arbor, the defeat of the
fourth point demonstrates a de-
plorable lack in this consciousness.
The fourth point deals with open-
ing up low rent housing to all low-
income families in Ann Arbor,
whether or not connected with the
University.
The University can no longer
remain indifferent to the needs
of the community of which it is a
part. A symbiotic relationship ex-
ists between the University and

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strates a positive step in fulfill-
ment of this proposed commitment
which we wish to enthusiastically
recognize.
-Beverly M. Poindexter
Executive Director,
Washtenaw Office of
Economic Opportunity
April 3

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