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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1967

NIGHT EDITOR: MICHAEL HEFFER

The Nader-GM Fight:
Perjury Enters the Picture

SEN. ABRAHAM RIBICOFF (D-Conn)
has asked the Justice Department to
find out if General Motors President
James Roche committed perjury in his
testimony before the Senate last spring
on alleged harassment of auto safety critic
Ralph Nader by GM.
During those hearings before Ribicoff's
subcommittee investigating auto safety,
Roche claimed that GM hired private in-
vestigators for the "sole purpose, in all
honesty, to find out something about Na-
der's interest in the Corvair cases."
BUT ACCORDING to the investigator
who tailed Nader, Vincent Gillen, GM's
instructions were "to get something some-
where on this guy ... get him out of their
hair . . . shut him up." Gillen's sworn
statement was filed Friday in New York
Supreme Court as part of Nader's $26
million invasion of privacy suit against
GM.
Gillen tape-recorded the instructions
on how to investigate Nader given him on
the phone by Richard G. Danner, a Wash-
ington lawyer retained by GM to hire Gil-
len.
Gillen said he was told to cover "all
facets of Nader's life . . . wherever he
might be found." He added that GM asked
him "to get Ralp Nader's federal tax rec-
ords from the Internal Revenue Service."
Gillen refused because "this would be il-
legal."
GM's legal department also raised an
"anti-semitic angle" about Nader, who is
of Lebanese descent. The idea was "to

discredit Ralph Nader in the eyes of Sen.
Ribicoff, who is Jewish."
GILLEN, who has conducted at least 25
previous investigations for GM be-
tween 1959-1966 (including a woman who
claimed she had an affair with a GM of-
ficial, a group seeking to improve job op-
portunities for Harlem Negroes, a famous
entertainer, a civil rights worker and a la-
bor arbitrator assigned to a case to which
GM was a party), also filed a "Dear Dick"
letter from GM lawyer Murphy in the
court case.
The letter voiced disappointment with
the investigation of Nader to date.
.." . Everyone is going overboard to im-
press us with what a great, charming
intellectual this human being is," she
wrote, "... an Eagle Scout type ... One
does not place 396 out of 462 in class and
be a hot shot in everything . . . What is
his Army record? . . . What type of dis-
charge did he receive? Savings account,
stock?"
"Well friend," the letter closes, "have
fun."
CLEARLY the world's largest industrial
corporation has succeeded only in out-
foxing itself. For now Roche's own tenure
most likely hangs in the balance. The
company may well come out on the short
end of Nader's $26 million suit. And the
GM mark of excellence looks pretty rusty.
Perhaps the next time someone sug-
gests GM automobiles are unsafe at any
speed the company will have sense enough
to investigate the car, not the critic.
-ROGER RAPOPORT

WASHINGTON - Viet Nam is
not only diverting the admin-
istration's attention and the coun-
try's budget. It is also diverting
the attention of the administra-
tion's liberal critics. Both condi-
tions, but most particularly the
latter, make this an odd city,
Certainly Washington has more
aplomb than the backwoods does.
The University's liberal establish-
ment erupted in an almost unani-
mous explosion to condemn The
Daily for publishing a report that
Berkeley Chancellor Roger W.
Heyns is interested in the Univer-
sity presidency.
But here nobody even peeped
when The Washington Post re-
ported that the United States had
forfeited the chance for a meet-
ing in Warsaw with North Viet
Nam to talk peace by bombing
close to Hanoi last December
(even though, sources add, Secre-
tary of State called The Post to
complain that its story "wasn't
accurate and didn't give the real
picture").
BUT IN almost every other area,
Viet Nam is proving an obstacle
to progress. Take the proposed
consular treaty with the Soviet
Union.
The Senate Foreign Relations
Committee spent last Friday
morning listening to the Ameri-
can Legion's lobbyist tell them
that the U.S. shouldn't draw closer

to people who are helping the
North Vietnamese kill our boys.
He added that the "cost" of 10
more Soviet consular employes
(the increase expected under the
treaty) is too much - apparently
)ecause the Legion thinks J. Ed-
gar Hoover can't handle them
(even though Hooversayshe can).
Viet Nam has also had some in-
teresting effects in Europe. Bobby
Kennedy, who was visiting London
and Paris as part of a string of
conferences and other appearanc-'
es, said (on-the-record) to report-
ers after seeing French Foreign
Minister Couve de Murville that
the U.S. should take every oppor-
tunity to enlist French help in
arriving at a Viet Nam settlement.
Then he gave a background
(off-the-record) session with re-
porters and told them that de
Gaulle probably wasn't seriously
interested in helping end the Viet
Nam conflict because it ties the
U.S. down in Southeast Asia, leav-
ing de Gaulle free to make bold
moves in Europe.
VIET NAM is also draining our
energies and efforts at home. Sec-
retary of Defense McNamara has
been prominently mentioned as a
possible successor to President
Hatcher.
McNamara, according to a close
friend, "doesn't think he has the
scholarly or academic interests and
feels that there are many others
who could do the job far better

than he could." Education is cer-
tainly not running out of prob-
lems: but McNamara feels, ac-
cording to highly-informed sourc-
es, that the crisis in our cities is
the supreme challenge and prob-
lem of our time.
One recent visitor, who suspects
McNamara might be interested in
running the poverty program,
heard the defense secretary talk
passionately and at length last
month about how Congress show-
ers him with billions for manned
bombers (which he doesn't want)
and then balks at millions for slum
clearance and rent supplements
(which he thinks are vital).
That observer feels McNamara
would like to tackle some of these
urban problems, but can't - be-
cause he's tied down by the war,
along with hundreds of other tal-
ented and committed invididuals
and somew$24hortso billion in the
budget which the urban crisis
won't get.
THE MOST serious problem the
war has created, however, is per-
haps not the obstacle ithposes
to closer relations with the So-
viets, to a unified Europe or to a
solution to our urban crisis. It
is not the diversion it has caused
of our government's budget or its
energies.
For the war has also diverted
the attentions of the administra-
tion's liberal critics, who-in un-
derstandable concern for the ag-

ony of Viet Nam-have become so
preoccupied with it that they are
neglecting to apply their energies
elsewhere too. As a result, their
^laims that the war is stifling
reform and progress become a self-
fulfilling prophecy.
The administration's critics are
preoccupied with the South Viet-
namese constituent assembly. Back
at home, however, the Senate has
defeated a move to let majority
vote impose cloture, and the House
abandoned a rule enabling the
speaker to call up legislation lan-
guishing without action in the
Rules Committee for more than 21
days-both with almost no protest
from liberals.
While the critics are painting
their placards for a march on
Washington on the war, the civil
rights movement is entering a cri-
tical phase with waning finances,
enthusiasm and organization-the
result of a massive loss of liberal
interest.
AND WHILE the activists talk
about "build, not burn" for South-
east Asia, the Dixiecrat-Republi-
can coalition last week quietly
gained control over two key ap-
propriations subcommittees con-
cerned with labor, health, educa-
tion, welfare and housing-leading
one to suspect that "burn baby,
burn" will be prominent next sum-
mer-with nary a cry from the ac-
tivists.

Of course, one cannot pay
enough attention to the war in
Viet Nam. One also cannot afford
to ignore our other problems, the
ones in the rest of the world (Eu-
rope particularly) and at home.
Yet that is what many people,
particularly young people, are do-
ing. One student editor asked Min-
nesota Senator Walter Mondale
Sunday at a college editors' con-
ference why the Johnson admin-
istration, unlike the Kennedy ad-
ministration, has been so "devoid
of new ideas and new programs."
THE QUESTION betrays the ex-
tent to which the war in Viet Nam
has obscured our struggles else-
where. The landmark demonstra-
tion cities and rent supplement
programs, the consular and outer
space treaties, the crucial fight to
get a U.S.- Soviet agreement not
to start a race to set up an anti-
missile system are all at crucial
stages.
They all are in danger of end-
ing very unhappily even though
all of them are bold new ideas
of the Johnson administration.
NO WONDER Secretary McNa-
mara might like to leave the Pen-
tagon for the poverty program. It
is the tragedy of our time that he
can't. And it is the irony of our
time that he would probably find
little help waiting if he did.

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Letters:,'Abortion Ignores Respect for Life

The Best Reasons To Vote

THE APPARENT reluctance of Univer-
sity students to participate in munici-
pal politics is hardly a new phenomenon.
As early as 1922 it was noted that out of
4000 student voters at the University, only
12 applied for absentee ballots.
Perhaps part of the reason for this is
to be found in the traditional character
of the American university, the old stereo-
type of the cloistered ivy-grown environ-
ment of study closed off from the world,
with which the college associates only for
study. Or maybe students are too pre-
occupied with schooling to worry about
the affairs of the city outside.
THSE REASONS no longer apply. This

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Editorial Staff
MARK R. KILLINGSWORTH, Editor
BRUCE WASSERSTEIN, Executive Editor
CLARENCE FANTO HARVEY WASSERMAN
Managing Editor Editorial Director
NIGHT EDITORS-Meredith Eiker, Michael Heifer,
Robert Klivans. Laurence Medow, Roger Rappoport,
Susan Schnepp, Neil Shister.
DAY EDITORS-Robert Bendelow, Neal Bruss, wallace
Immen, David Knoke, Mark Levin, Patricia O'Dono-

generation of students seems to have
found reasons to vote.
One of the causes that seem to have
erupted out of nowhere is that of "stu-
dent power," and someone seems to have
extended that to include power in the
city government as well as the University.
Why should people seek after power?
Like money, the stuff is only good for
what you can get it for, for what you can
accomplish with it. Are students present-
ing some vast problem, proposing a solu-
tion, and then making a drive for the
power to effect that solution? No, on
the surface, at least, the whole thing
seems like a search for power for power's
sake, not only in the University but in the
city.
BUT STUDENTS have never been short
of common problems, nor have they
been slow to ask for other people's solu-
tions (witness the typical student dem-
onstration).
If students involved in city politics act
with integrity and discretion, they could
find and effect solutions to more than a
few prevalent student problems (e.g.,
housing). It could take these problems
out of the hands of University adminis-
trators, who don't really have to solve
them, and into the hands of those who
have an interest in them.
THIS MIGHT WELL become a worth-
while part of the idea of "student pow-
er." But it really should have started out
that way,
-DAVID HOORNSTRA
thne Bare
Essentials
GOV. GEORGE ROMNEY said Thursday
in his budget message that either the
people of the state must pay more taxes
or "slash education and other essential
state services."
He allocated a $17.6 million increase
for higher. education, but slashed the
University's budget request by $12.4 mil-
lion.
And with a Legislature which is split

To the Editor:
AS A DEFENDER of the lan-
guage I am opposed to euphem-
ism, which is nowhere more prev-
alent than in the arguments of
those who attempt to justify abor-
tion. In the interest of clarity,
three common variations of the
theme need close examination.
FIRST, criteria are submitted
to prove that the unborn organ-
ism of human parentage is not it-
self "human." I suppose all would
agree that it is a fetus. Since
there are many different kinds of
fetus, what kind of fetus is it
that normally develops in the hu-
man uterus? (The mother, I as-
sume, is considered human.)
Is it a giraffe fetus? Or a grape-
fruit fetus? Or an automobile fe-
tus? Close scientific study would
probably result in its classification
as a human fetus, based on cri-
teria of parentage, genetic makeup
and expectations concerning the
normal pattern of its development.
The human fetus is a stage of
human life, as are human infancy,
human adolescence, human adult-
hood and human senescence. If it
Isn't a stage of human life, then
what kind of life is it a stage of?
SECONDLY, it is argued that
the fetus may be disposed of be-
cause its normal development will
result in hardship for others, its
mother, its family, society, or who-
ever.
Let those who make this argu-
ment recognize its implications,
namely, that human life may prop-
erly be eliminated when it causes
us inconvenience, as in the case
of political enmity, criminality, in-
sanity, sickness, or temperamental
incompatibility - hence, respect-
ively: war, extended capital pun-
ishment, extended euthanasia, and
the killing of wives, husbands,
parents, children, and other ma.-
jor irritants.
THE THIRD argument is that if
the fetus continues to develop
normally its life will be so miser-
able that it is better off dead. This
view is presented in the case of
partially abnormal fetuses, such
as those due to thalidomide, and
sometimes in the case of extreme
poverty.
The question comes to the mat-
ter of who decides, and it seems
to me that the person best equip-
ped to determine whether or not
his life is worth living is-the per-
son who is living the life in ques-
tion. Let the wretched at least
decide for themselves, and choose
suicide if they will.
Misery must not be underesti-
mated, but neither must the will

to live. People who are going to
kill other people for their own
good are not always so obviously
in the right-sometimes they want
to kill Vietnamese because Viet-
namese are better off dead than
Red.
ACTUALLY, the second argu-
ment is the real one. Human be-
ings often find other human be-
ings unpleasant to have around.
For this reason, and in order to
be able simultaneously to main-
tain moral pretenses, it is im-
perative to prevent them from liv-
ing long enough to indicate a
choice.
We all know what their choice
would be; they would choose life.
People in concentration camps,
starving people, deformed people,
illegitimate people, Communist-op-
pressed people, all notoriously pre-
fer to keep on living. As long as
they live, they disturb us, they
have wills, they pose questions,
they look us in the eye.
Therefore, we must kill the fe-
tus, before we can see it, before

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it has a face and a name, and
especially before it can demon-
strate the choice it is likely to
make, to live, to bother the rest
of us.
-Martha MacNeal Zweig, '64
Dear Landlord
To the Editor:
Apartments Limited
610 S. Forest
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dear Sirs:
ON FEBRUARY 18, 1966 we
signed a contract to lease our
apartment. Evidently only two
desks are normally included in a,
four-man apartment. We decided
that three desks was a bare mini-
mum for the four us us. After
considerable bargaining we suc-
ceeded in extracting a promise that
three desks would be made avail-
able to us beginning August 25,
1966 (the first day of our lease).
When we arrived we found, to
our dismay, that there were only
two desks. After numerousrphone
calls and personal visits to your

office we managed to get the desk
-the first week of November. We
wish to thank you for your speedy
ind courteous attention.
OTHER PROBLEMS, however,
still exist which we now feel the
need to formally call to your at-
tention. When we moved in we
were told that an inspection of
the carpet and furniture would be
made in the near future to deter-
mine replacement needs. Shortly
thereafter we gave you an inven-
tory report pointing out the dire
condition of the rug and sofa-
the rug had a multitude of stains
and the sofa covering is so bad
that we actually sit on the stuff-
ing.
In late September tne rug was
"cleaned" so that now only the
larger spots are noticeable. After
several phone calls to your office
you came and looked at our couch
-about the first of December-
and decided that we did indeed
need a new couch. No mention was
made of the rug. As we reach the
halfway point in our lease, we still
do not have a decent sofa.
We would appreciate your mak-
ing every effort to get the couch
so that we may enjoy it some-
time during our stay. We would
also like to suggest that in the fu-
ture you anticipate your furniture
needs and order early, so that
these problems do not arise.
WE WOULD ALSO like to take
this opportunity to thank you for
putting light bulbs in the outside
sockets last week. After four
months of darkness we looked for-
ward to being able to see the
stairs as we climbed them at night,
Unfortunately, during the past
week the lights have been on only
during the day. We still find it
very difficult to climb the stairs
by moonlight alone.
We should also thank the weath-
erman for clearing off our side-
walk last week after a month of
snow and ice. But he turned
against us last Friday.hWewon-
dered if it would be possible for
you to clean the walks this time,
or is this another of the many
services which you do not provide
to your tenants.
WE WOULD appreciate any
advice that you could give us on
how to avoid these problems next
year.
-William R. Benham
-Richard D. Dryer
--Dennis R. Webster

Student Voters
To the Editor:
ALTHOUGH the lead editorial of
February 1 was sincere in its
presentation, it communicated
neither the urgency nor the nec-
essity of the election of Gerald
Dupont to the City Council from
the Second Ward. Furthermore,
the editorial contained a serious
misconception concerning the vot-
er registration process.
STUDENT grievances never can
be rectified effectively if -they are
heard only by the administration
and the Regents. The University
power structure is an agent of
the public, not of the students.
It is the voters, as well as the
administration and the Regents,
that the students must convince
that their grievances and desires
are legitimate.
By registering and voting for
Gerald Dupont, the students may
not only air their grievances but
force them to be considered by the
city government, the public and
the University power structure. If
Gerald Dupont is not elected, the
students never may receive an-
other opportunity to influence sig-
nificantly the conduct of Univer-
sity affairs.
The voter registration process is
not nearly as difficult and frus-
trating as the editorial states. If
the student qualifies as a resident,
registration is simply a matter of
going down to City Hall. And if
the clerks refuse to register a
resident student,sall heneed do
is go upstairs to the office of the
city attorney who will affirm to
the clerks that the student is eli-
gible to register.
THE SMALL EFFORT of the
qualified student to register may
reap great rewards for the whole
student body. Gerald Dupont can
win in the Second Ward, but only
if he receives student support. I
hope that The Daily and the stu-
dents will give him the publicity
and the votes he so urgently needs
and deserves.
-Howard M. Katz, '70
LETTERS
All letters must be typed,
double-spaced and should beno
longer than 300 words. All let-
ters are subject to editing;
those over 300 words will gen-
erally be shortened.

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There 's No One in Here but Us Machines

By LARRY FINLEY
Collegiate Press Service
SEVENTY-FIVE DROPPED a
small coin into the slot and
waited for the tall glass and steel
machine to clink and whirr into
action. A small plastic cube drop-
ped out of a slot-a hard boiled
egg. 75 fingered through a large
handful of coins for a penny and
dropped it into the slot. A tiny
package of salt followed the egg
into the slot.
75 turned to his friend 68. (75's
real name wasn't 75, of course, and
his friend's name wasn't really 68.
The. former's ~full rname was 756~4-

fastened by a long beaded chain
to the desk.
"How much can I make this out
for?" 68 asked his friend.
"I don't know. Ask the mach-
ine."
He pulled the microphone over
towards him and asked the ma-
chine the question.
A small mechanical voice ans-
wered back through a small
speaker in the desk: "CHECK LI-
MIT TEN DOLLARS."
"Thanks."
The machine said nothing.

'Go tell the Complaint Machine.
It'll take care of it," 75 offered
helpfully.
68 moved down the counter to
the machine marked "Information,
Stamps, Complaints, and Maps to
the Campus." He picked up its
microphone.
"The check machine didn't cash
my check. I want my money or
my check back," 68 complained.
"PLEASE INSERT YOUR IDEN-
TIFICATION CARD IN THE
SLOT BELOW BEFORE ASKING
FOR SERVICE. THANK YOU."
'But it took my IID, too."
"SORRY, SIR. NO STUDENT

Machine of Men: I'll take it to
the Machine of Students!"
"No, you know what I'll do, 75?
I'll take this to the humans here.
Right to the people in the Admin-
istration Building. To hell with
the machines."
75 was amused with 68. No one
went to the humans anymore. This
was a perfectly automated, state-
owned University. No one bothered
with the humans. Why should
they? The machines took perfect
care of them. The TVs taught
them. The Flunkavac graded their
papers. The Automats fed them
their food. Everything was mech-

can't wait," 68 said, in a particu-
larly bad choice of words.
Without his Card, 68 had to
climb over the turnstile into the
Administration Building. Down the
long hall he ran, 75 close at his
heels.
"Here it is."
Office of the President.
68 knocked, then pushed his
shoulder against the door until the
lock snapped open. Several steps
behind him 75 did not see what
was making 68 scream. Then he
too looked into the room and sud-
denly knew the awful truth.

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