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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Stickers Provoke Debate

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By JEFFREY GOODMAN
Links between the John Birch
Society and city endorsement of
a "Support Your Local Police"
sticker campaign have stirred the
ire of numerous city officials and
councilmen in the past few weeks.
The issue started quietly when
the city b e g a n distributing,
through the police department,
three - inch - square stickers that,
had been donated by a local cit-
izens' group, the Washtenaw
County Conservatives. The police
stickers were available from the
police only during National Po-
lice Week in May.
Since May, however, the Cham-
ber of Commerce has mailed the
blue squares to local businessmen,
and the stickers have adorned
many a store window both down-
town and in the campus area.
Birch Bulletin
About two months ago an Ann
Arbor citizen obtained copies of
a reprint from the Birch Society
bulletin which carriedan exact
replica of the sticker and out-
lined the Birchers' reasons for the
police support campaign. The
motivation was essentially that
the police need citizen support in
their fight against a "Communist
conspiracy" and "Communist-in-
spired racial riots."
The bulletin reprint also gave
information on where the stickers
could be obtained. The president
of the Conservatives did not
know, however, from whom his
group had received the stickers.
The citizen and various Council
members brought the alleged link
to the attention of Mayor Cecil 0.
Creal and City Administrator Guy
C. Larcom and then reported their
evidence to the full Council. Their
argument was twofold: that the
city had been taken in unwittingly
in endorsing a Birch campaign
and that the stickers were objec-
tionable by themselves, since they
call for "blanket and unqualified"
support of the police.
Rights Issue
The police stickers incident re-.
ceived its importance primarily
from current contentions among
local civil rights groups that the
police have at times used ques-
tionable or even brutal tactics in
dealing with situations involving
race. Those opposed to the stick-
ers felt that city endorsement of
the stickers was especially indis-
creet at a time when these allega-
tions were being made.

Outlook for
U.S. Funds
Rises, Falls
(Continued from Page 1)
University has not determined
what it would request.,
-As a second feature of H.R.
10809, the University could apply
directly to the Office of Education
for $1.3 million to help pay for
an addition to the Graduate Li-
brary. The criteria for distribut-
ing these funds have not been set.
--The Senate bill, under sepa-
rate provisions, would give the go-
ahead to the HEW to give the
University. $2.5 million for its
water pollution lab. An unspeci-
fied Midwest laboratory was au-
thority in principle in 1956 and
again in 1961 under a Federal
Water Pollution Control Act.
Two Years Old
Two years ago Ann Arbor was
officially selected as the site for
the Midwestern laboratory-one of
10 nationwide -- and preliminary
planning on it began last year.
The Office of Education criteria
released reiterated what was em-
phasized in the facilities act last
year: enrollment is the major
criteria for funds. In addition to
enrollment, projects will be as-
signed point values in terms of
location, program and type of
facility which the funds would
help.
The criteria are needed so that
the state facilities commission
can give the Office of Education
a priority list of how the state's
$10 million should be spent. This
is the first -attempt in a federal
education bill to let the states
assign building priorities which
will cover public, private and com-
munity college institutions.

Traverse City Picket Line
Kills Regents' Travel Plans

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By ROBERT HIPPLER
Reluctant to cross a union
picket line, the Regents at the
last minute cancelled plans to
hold their July meeting in Tra-
verse City.
The picket line surrounds ,a
Traverse City hotel owned by
Regent Eugene B. Power. He had
invited his colleagues to stay there
will holding their annual out-of-
Ann Arbor meeting in that north-
ern Michigan city.
Power sent a letter to the other
Regents last week indicating that
"he would think himself a poor
host if he invited the Regents to
a meeting at his hotel and then
asked them to cross a picket line,"
Erich A. Walter, secretary to the'
University, explained.
'Twas a Factor
Power commented later that
though the desire not to cross the
union pickets was not the only
reason for switching the site of
the meetirig, "it was a factor."
The pickets are protesting ac-
tions Power took three months;
ago when he bought majority
ownership in the Park Place Mo-
tor Inn. He terminated the con-
tract of the union with thecold
majority owners, made several
job changes in the operation of
the motel, but left the way open
for his employes to form a new
union.
Power won a court decision last
month against the union; it is
planning to appeal the case to the
state supreme court.
Investments
Power has spent over $1 million
in improving the motel since he

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bought it in March. He termin-
ated the contract of the union,
which had operated under the old
owners, on the ground that he
was buying just the physical
assets of the establishment and
starting an entirely new corpora-
tion.
TIe picketing has been going
on since termination of the con-
tract. From two to four pickets
are on duty in what is called an.
"instructional" picket. Its purpose
is to inform the public of union
complaints, not to block access or
motel operations:
Age Problem
After terminating. the old con-
tract, Power decided to dismiss
several employes of the motel be-
cause of their Age. Most were over
65. Power in addition termed four
employes of the old owners as
"absolutely unemployable."
There is an unofficial tradition
among the Regents that one
monthly public meeting a year is
held away from the University's
Ann Arbor home base. The meet-
ing in Traverse City was to be this
year's "away" meeting. Instead,
the meeting was held in the usual
place--the Regents' room in the
Administration Bldg. There was
no announcement, of another
meeting being planned away from
Ann Arbor to compensate for the
switch of sites for the Friday
session.

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