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Wheeler raps city's
weak mayor system
By JUDY RAKOWSKY present city government system was
sity associate professor and that the mayor has little power if he is
r Albert Wheeler discussed his not supported by a majority of his party
as mayor and professor, and on City Council. He said the City Ad-
he has found with the present ministrator, who is appointed by Coun-
iyor form of city government cil for an indefinite tern but has no
pproximately 20 persons at the vote, wields too much power for an ap-
onal Center yesterday. pointed official.
er told the group that from his All city department heads such as
ce, running the city from the fire and police are "accountable to a
chair is without question a full- bureaucrat", not the mayor, and
. "Sixty hours a week is not Wheeler said he thinks that power is
e," Wheeler said. misplaced. "The mayor ought to be
LER WAS first elected Mayor given lots of responsibility and held ac-
of 1975 after a controversial countable" because only he can be
tial votng system - long since recalled by the people, Wheeler said.
- put him a few hundred Wheeler pointed to the arbitrage in-
ead of incumbent Mayor James vestment scandal of 1977 in which the
rs later, Wheeler survived a city almost lost over a million dollars
n bid by a scant one vote,dbu and said that is an example of the need
a bidiby sc eat2nesosbu for more mayoral power. When the
was discovered that 20 persons scandal was settled, Wheeler said he
d illegallyin that election, a called a closed session of council and
Irdered a special election. told the members, "He (City Ad-
lost that time around, to his ministrator Sylverster Murray) did his
is Mayor Pro Tem and fifth job now we must determine if his
ouncilman Republican Louis decisions are fair." Wheeler said he
nt on to explain that when he was promptly denounced for criticizing
non~mayr xattwhpreious Murray's decisions and thus was ac-
for mayor, after two previous sdofbngnecsriypital
from the local Democratic cused of being unnecessarily political.
e had reached a stage in his life Wheeler concluded his remarks by
k which made it possible. He pointing to the present city operations
years old them and contem- nd said, "It's different now, they (the
retirement. At that point, he Republican majority) are free to do
willing to enga~e in amao almost anything they think proper in
w proe ngie of ins major the city" and Murray must go along
1project in view of his age, and with the majority of Council.
irman of the microbiology heeao td haounci
ent and the dean of the Medical Wheeler suggested that the Mayor
were understanding about his and Council terms be lengthened to four
years because, "it takes a year to get
OU DO a good job as mayor, used to the tricks folks are pulling." He
e to make sacrifices," Wheeler also recommended that there be six to
h ke sacrifices he made were seven weeks between the election and
SSaturdays, Sundays and Mon- taking office to allow officials to "look
thercity, ny aond o ne- at the stuff you've been campaigning
the city, in addition to the de- on,"because previous to that time "you
is of his University role. get the high points but don't have time
said he spent most of this to digest it." He further suggested that
Scatching up on his work, and the form of the city's government be
really relax until several mon- changed through analysis of the twenty-
. between him and the taxing two-year-old city charter, which
t job. Wheeler said needs to be updated.
er's main complaint about the Whee adnest eudtd

Chief S
(Continued from Page 1)
nke said after the announcement.I
At a press conference yesterday af-I
ternoon, the president said the
resignation came as no surprise. He
said Warnke accepted the positionI
"with the understanding he could onlyI
stay for a limited period of time."
Sources said the resignation fit in
neatly with administration plans to
have Brown, and not Warnke, work on+
winning Senate ratification of SALT
II-the second strategic arms
limitation treaty nearing completion. +
brought strong opposition from conser-
vative senators who portrayed him as+
being too soft in dealing with the
"I'm sure there will be those who will

ALT negotiator
be able to contain their regret" over the which alreadyr
resignation, Warnke said wryly of his Sen. Percyt
critics. assured the co
Sen. Charles Percy (R-Ill.), after at- alleged theft of
tending a three-hour briefing on SALT a top-secret U.
from Warnke, said: "On balance, I in any way h
think there is a feeling that is being ex- verify Sovietc
pressed that the fact that he is not the SALT treaty.
person who is going to carry the torch Warnke will
on this is somewhat helpful, State CyrusI
psychologically." strategic arms
"I would certainly testify in support and will leave1
of the treaty," he said. "Indeed, I would ter.
force myself on the people who were The sources
making this decision. I'm going to administration
defend it and defend it quite hard." to Warnke ver
Warnke said the problems remaining that confirmal
to be settled in upcoming talks with the into a prematu
Soviets are far less difficult than those agreements.

Warnke resigns

have been solved.
told a reporter Warnke
mmittee that the recent
I the operating manual of
S. spy satellite should not
hinder U.S. capacity to
compliance with a new
accompany Secretary of
Vance to Moscow for
s talks later this month
his post shortly thereaf-
said it was unlikely the
would name a successor
ry soon, out of concern
tion hearings might turn
ure debate on the SALT

"It was entirely for per-
sonal reasons. I regret the
necessity to do this."
-Paul Warn ke, on
his resignation as
U.S. arms

Hopeful Greene chases incumbent Pursell

(Continued from Page 1)
progressive, which suits their needs,j
but at the same time I'm not a threat to
them in terms of anti-war and anit-
what ever you march in the streets
Greene feels that his opponent, on the
other hand, is strongly lacking in the
area of "practical, people, problem-
solving politics," and has focused a'
major part of his campaign on being

Democratic senatorial candidate Carl
Levin's attack on incumbent Robert
Griffin's poor attendance record,
Greene is placing primary emphasis on
Pursell's "lackluster" record and
voting inconsistency.
"Pursell's attendance is bad, it was
around 80 per cent last year. And for the
last twolmonths when he was in the
state Senate he didn't even go and drew
a paycheck every week-he owes the
Michigan taxpayers $20,000," Greene
"Pursell's got a bad record-he's got
a bad record on labor, a bad record on
women's issues, a bad record on
education," continued Greene. "He's
lying to the people about taxes and what
he plans to do with the Kemp-Roth
(KEMP-ROTH, a proposal being
pushed by the Republican party which
would have cut income taxes for
everyone by 30 per cent over a three
year period, was defeated last week.)
"Pursell is a nice guy kind of person
but he doesn't have any political
philosophy, he doesn't have anything
in his guts that he believes in-he'll vote
wherever the pressure is."
In the area of labor, Pursell voted

against minimum wage increases and
against a motion to add $3.4 billion to
the economic stimulus package which
targeted spending into such programs
as public works, public service jobs and
youth employment.
ON WOMEN'S issues Pursell voted
against government funding for abor-
tion and swung back and forth on ERA
extension, but finally voted in favor of
the bill after being lobbied by women's
Although political scientists say elec-
tions are not won by and large on the
issus, Greene said they are relevant to
his campaign, and he stops short of
focusing his entire campaign strategy
on criticizing Pursell.
On the domestic front Greene feels
that some of the main issues in the
campaing involve taxes, inflation,
energy and environment:
t n the are of social security taxes,
Greene stresses there is something
wrong with a social security stystem
that requires very low income people to
pay a higher percentage of their income
than people who have greater salaries.
"I feel that it is appropriate that people
with low and moderate incomes have
some kind of tax break to offset the bite
of the increase in social security," said
" On taxes, Greene is against the
Tisch proposal and the Voucher plan,
but said, "we can live with Headlee,
that's the more responsible of the three
tax proposals." Greene added he would
support a Headlee-type proposal at the
federal level.
" On energy, Greene favors the ap-
plication of "principles of depletion" to
alternative energy sources. "This
would give investors the economic ad-
vantage of wanting to put their invest-
ment capital into .alternative energy

" On the question of whether he
would be a "Michigan Congressman"
or an ''environmentalist
congressman," Greene said he does not
see the two as being incompatible, but
that he is an environmentalist in very
strong terms and would vote for en-
vironmental controls on the auto inr
In the area of foreign policy, Greene
said the defense budge is an important
"I DON'T THINK it's necessary to
have a defense department that's
bigger and badder than anyone else's, ''
said Greene. "I would like to conserve
five per cent of the defense budget and
reallocate those funds into human ser-
vices. We don't need to have mighty
armies marching across the land and
displaying the red bear like the
Russians do, but I think it's important
to have a strong defense-I'm very prq-
defense, I'm just anti-defense waste."'
Greene also sees the role of the U.S.
in international human rights as
another key foreign policy issue. The
man who grew up in Virginia amidsXt
"filfthy racism" maintains that there i)
no reason why the U.S. should not elx-
tend its domestic struggle for human
rights throughout the world.
Greene favors divestnent from South
Africa. "I don't see anything. wrong
with trying to force equality-socigl
and economic in a country that is as
racist as South Africa.kThe issue is a
moral one, the buck be damnedI
sometimes. There are some things and
some principles that we live up to and
they extend beyondthe necessity to
have a fat bank account."
Earl Greene contends he is a serious
canididate, with serious stands on the
issues, and he rejects the label of
sacrificial lamb. "I decided to run
myself and I'm glad I iid," he said.


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