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Council transition: Hood replaces

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Councilman's stint in city hall.
AFTER TELLING those present that
he had been relatively silent at council
sessions during the past year because
he had "ben in an utter state of
depression about the whole zoo down
here," Trowbridge vocalized for a half-
an-hour on everything from his predic-
ted death of the Republican party to the
non-existence of honest politicians.
Prior to his resumption of the Fourth
Ward seat, Councilmember Susan
Greenberg said she resented the fact
that the new councilmember had been
appointed rather than elected, adding
that perhaps the choice was "not in the

public interest but in the political in-
terest."
Greenberg went on to suggest that a
"caretaker appointee" could have
filled the vacancy until the election in
April. She pointed out a former Fourth
Ward Republican councilmember could
knowledgeably serve as a councilmem-
ber and then step down in April.
LOUIS MAYOR BELCHER respon-
ded by explaining that the city charter
dictates the -method of replacing a
council member, and that appointing a
temporary surrogate would never oc-
cur to, him as mayor. The mayor
acknowledged his First and Second

Ward colleagues by saying the
Democrats criticizing the Republicans'
actions in an open meeting was tan-
tamount to the Soviets criticizing in-
voling themselves in the United States'
presidential election.
"If you think this is a partisan ap-
pointment, you're out to lunch," grin-
ned the mayor.
Councilman Ken Latta said he
thought the appointment was definitely
partisan and that he had never been in-
vited to submit names for con-
sideration.
UPON TAKING his council seat for
the first time, Hood was jokingly

assured the mayor that his type of
lively partisan debate is "the name of
the game."A
Hood declared that despite
Trowbridge's previous assertion that
there is no such thing as an honest
politician, "I have no intension of being
dishonest on council."
IN HIS FAREWELL speech,
Trowbridge reiterated some of his
remakrs from his WPAG radio ap-
pearance last week. The former coun-
cilman had predicted, after studying
several maps and charts detailing the
city's development, that Ann Arbor's
GOP would die out within ten years.

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to hell wit
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Trowbridge
t make that comment to say saying, "Ron is sort of crazy politically
h the Republican party now ... but he was always very honest with
eaving," Trowbridge said. "I himself philosophically."
honestly portraying what I Trowbridge said however that his
he growth pattern in the belief is that politicans generally end u
do not wish to retract those voting for what will get them reelected
not for what is correct:
the Trowbridge speech In further business Council approved
d said, "I respect Ron .... I ofrthe mayor's appointments of six
t that whether we agreed or membersy to t Ann Arbor Summe
-and there were many times Fesitval, Inc. board of directors, These
sagreed-Ron always voted six will supplement the half-dozen '
A believed." members appointed by the University
LMAN Earl Greene had also Regents.
on Trowbridge's honesty by

Aid for private colleges opposed
(Continued frm Page 1)

position to the act for fear of losing sub-
sequent approval for general Univer-
sity appropriations. Richard Kennedy,
vice-president for state relations and
secretary of the University, said this
was not the case.
"IT WAS JUST very difficult to argue
that private colleges don't need help in
meeting their costs," said Kennedy. "It
would be difficult to demonstrate if it's
been harmful to the University, but I
don't think we're going to suffer."
Kennedy said the most serious
weakness in Act 105 is that it applies to
all students in private colleges -
regardless of their financial need - but
that this reason was insufficient to
mount a concerted drive against the
bill. "There was just a singular lack of
interest in the program," he added.

Interest in the program came
primarily from its supporters. The
Association of Independent Colleges
and Universities in Michigan (AICUM(
launched a lobbying effort to promote
the program, and many presidents "of
private schools joined in the campaign
to push the bill through the legislature.
They argued that students in Michigan
should have the choice of attending a
private of public institution, and that
the present cost of attending a private
school makes it difficult to compete
with the lower priced state colleges.
"THE PROBLEM is that the tax-
payers are paying the bills," said Cair-
ns. "These private colleges are acting
as transfer agents by taking money
from poor people and giving it to the
rich people who send their kids to

private colleges."
Tucker/ said the bill was -passed
before many organizations realized
what the implications of the program
were.
"It was just zipped through the
legislature very quickly, very quietly,"
said Tucker.
HOWEVER, Kathleen Strauss, an aid
to Sen. Jack Faxon who brought the bill
successfully through the state Senate,
said it was not pushed through the
Senate quickly.
"Sen. Faxon held it in committee for
a month, so that people would become
aware of it," she explained. "He
notified forty or fifty organizations
about it, because he thought it deserved
discussion."
"Many people who attended the

meetings said very little in opposition to
the bill," she continued. "In all, I think
there was enough publicity concerning
the program."
ALTHOUGH Cairns admitted the
petition drive began late, he said he ex-
pects to get more support from students
and faculty members at state colleges
and Universities. Cairns and Tucker
met with representatives from the
Michigan Student Assembly (MSA)
yesterday and plans to circulate more
petitions are nowunder way.
"I was very impressed by their
arguments," said Legislative Relations
Committee Chairman Howard Epstein.
"We're going to distribute petitions to
various student organizations around
campus, and we'll (MSA) probably
draft a resolution of support."

Proposal B criticized, praised
(Continued from Page 1)

of crimes not enumerated in the law.
Opponents of the proposal believe the
list of 80 crimes was thrown together
haphazardly without careful con-
sideration.
In a press release dated October 24,
1978, the American Civil Liberties
Union (ACLU) of Michigan noted that
the petition which circulated to place
the proposal on the ballot was decep-
tive. The petition indicated a denial of
"good time" to those convicted of a
crime of violence, or other major
felonies, injuring or threatening injury
to individuals.
A closer look at the 80 'violent' crimes
reveals that the statutes include sex of-
fenses dealing with homosexuals,
escape from a county work farm,
mutilation of a dead body, and
possession of burglary tools. The ACLU
has indicated that at least a dozen of the
80 crimes should not be considered
violent.
"THE PASSAGE of Proposal B was'a
successful- piece of demogoguery in
terms of the suggestion it would have
an impact on crime," said Howard
Simon, executive director of the ACLU.
"It claimed it dealt exclusively with the
category of violent crimes and the
general understanding was it required
mandatory minimum sentences."
Simon said because of the vagueness
two people could commit the same

crime, one could be put on probation
and the other could be sentenced to a
prison term. The proposal still left the
discretion of sentencing to the judge
which leads to further disparity accor-
ding to Simon.
"Extortion committed by private
citizens is covered by Proposal B but
extortion committed by public officials
is not," Simon said emphasizing the
discontinuity of the 80 crimes.
When Patterson was asked about the
omission of the statute for public of-
ficials he said, "Extortion is covered by
the statute included under B."
THE ACLU HAD also discovered that
two of the 80 statutes, one dealing with
crimes of incest, the other with
ravishing a mentally incompetent
female, were both repealed in 1974. The
August 14, 1978 release by the ACLU
also pointed out what it considered to be
"basic inconsistencies" in the list of 80
crimes. "Escape from a county work
farm is apparently serious enough to be
included, while escape from a prison or
jail is excluded. Of the nearly 20
statutes prohibiting malicious destruc-
tion of property, the proposal includes
only destruction of mining machinery
and ships, while it omits destruction of
anything else, from animals to dams to
tombstones," according to the ACLU.
"There were two groups who did the
research for the 80 crimes covered by
B. I told them to give me every crime

that was violen or had the potential for
violence," Patterson said.
He also added that only crimes
carrying a minimum sentence of at
least five years was considered.
AS FOR THE opponents of the prop-
sal claiming that the 80 crimes were not
enough Patterson said, "Let them see
their representatives."
The theory behind parole and work
release programs is that supervision
and rehabilitation can be achieved by
allowing the prisoner his freedom, con.:
ditioned on his acquiring em-
ployment. The need for confinement
was elminated by requiring the in-
dividual to adhere to certain restric-
tions, whether it be not to leave the
state or carry a weapon for example,
along with periodic checks with a
parole officer.
PATTERSON BELIEVES that
parole is a test. "Supervision under
parole doesn't exist today. There are
programs where we test the inmate to
see if they're ready to return to
society," Patterson stated. "I don't
think society should be the guinea pig to
test this."
They said
tuberculosis
was hopeless.
They said
polio
was hopeless.
They said
smallpox
was hopeless.
Cancer
is only
a disease.
Even when most
people considered the
struggle against polio
hopeless, the people
who worked in
medical research
believed they would
someday find the
answer.
The same was true
for tuberculosis. And
for smallpox. The
same is true for cancer
now.
We know because
we hear from people
doing medical research
in laboratories all over
the country. They talk
to uts because they all
need support. They
are all excited because
they all think they're
on the right track.
And that the work
they're doing will
unlock a secret and
lead to a solution for
cancer. And you know
what?
At least one of them
is right. But which
one? We must support

A newsletter published by Team
Justice of Detroit in 1978 contradicts
Patterson's opinions. It states that
"(prisoners) who have been involved
with community corrections programs
and work release programs have a
significantly better chance of dealing
with society."
The newsletter adds that violent of-
fenders are not likely to repeat.
"Supervision in a community is a
method to keep the prison system
moving, to make room for other
prisoners," Patterson said.
"The case load is so high that
parolees can't see their parole officers.
We can show you cases where the guy
wasn't ready for release."

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