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Illinois--whose last laugh?

HE PLIGHT of the primary watchers is
a prickly one. They can pick the
winners in advance, but it is often more
difficult to pick the winners after the bal-
lots are counted. Tuesday's Illinois pri-
mary was no exception.
All the attention focused on the
Democratic primary where Sen. Edmund
Muskie faced Eugene McCarthy in a
presidential preference vote, and Sen.
George McGovern in a scramble for na-
tional convention delegates. Conscious-
ness-raisers ruftored a Muskie "ambush"
and a 'Stop Muskie! McGovern-McCarthy
The presidential results were in line,
however, with what a few crystal ball
gazers and Muskie backers had predicted.
Muskie planned on 60 to 65 per cent in
the race with McCarthy. He got 63. The
seers expected 60 Muskie delegates, and
over 80 delegates on an uncommitted
slated headed by Daley to be chosen.
Muskie got 59; the Daley team took 87.
Only McGovern was disappointed. His
tally of 14 delegates was short of the 30
he had said would be "respectable.",
E SURPRISES came in the Demo-
cratic contests for office where two
nominees of the machine headed by Chi-
cago Mayor Richard Daley were defeated.
So, with little exciting to hash over in
the presidential voting results, the ana-
lysts went to work on Richard Daley.
The defeat of Daley organization can-
didates for governor and Cook County
state's attorney has already been termed
a "danger to the power and prestige of
the mayor" by one wire service reporter.
State Atty. Edward Hanrahan, a law
and order incumbent, was dropped by
Daley slatemakers after he was indicted
for his role in the killing of Black Pan-

ther leader Fred Hampton. Hanrahan was
an ironic crusader against the mayor's
feudal fifedom. He is himself a rusty ma-
chine politico - this time running with-
out the machine, and winning re-elec-
In the gubernatorial race Dan Walker
did just that - traipsing across the en-
tire state in his successful campaign for
the nomination.
Walker had incurred the mayor's wrath
in the report of the commission he chair-
ed, which termed the 1968 Chicago con-
vention violence a "police riot."
The media, in discussing Daley as the
last of Democratic kingmakers, has often
overlooked his failure to prevent Repub-
licans from being elected in Illinois --
for example Gov. Richard Ogilivie and
Sen. Charles Percy.
But now, after massive Republican
crossover votes (allowed under Illinois
law) helped defeat two of his candi-
dates, some observers are too quick to
write off the 70-year-old politician --
despite his maintenance of control over
half the Democratic delegation to the
national convention.
PERHAPS THE REAL joke of the pri-
mary may turn out to be on Sen-
ator. Muskie. Because the Illinois rules
do not bind delegates to vote for the
candidates with whom they were listed
on the ballot,/ many Muskie delegates do
not support the Maine senator for the
nomination. Some of them favor Ted
Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey and even
George McGovern.
They just felt that running under
Muskie's name would make' it easier to
get elected.
Editorial Page Editor

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Letters to The Daily

Civil rights and the Court

rE SUPREME COURT began what
may turn into a series of decisions
severely limiting defendants' rights
Monday, as it agreed to reconsider the
controversial Miranda decision concern-
ing the admissibility of confessions as
The 1966 Miranda ruling prohibited
the use of criminal confessions unless the
person making the confession was of-
fered a lawyer and warned that anything
he said could be used against him. That
decision was passed by a slim 5-4 major-
ity of the liberal Warren Court.
The Miranda ruling was a crucial step
toward treating defendants as people
rather than animals. It prevented arrest-
ing officers from extracting false con-
fessions, and forced them to notify de-
fendants they were eligible for legal help.

The decision was one of the first rul-
ings recognizing the fact that defendants
do indeed have civil rights.
But things have changed since the rul-
ing. President Nixon, who has been pub-
licly critical of the Warren Court's sym-
pathy toward defendants, has since ap-
pointed four men to the Court, each of
whom share his conservative views. The
Court will almost certainly reverse the
earlier decision.
WHAT IS AT stake is not only the Mir-
anda decision, but the entire frame-
work of civil liberties set up during the
Warren era.
And most tragic of all is the fact that
Nixon's reactionary law and order views
will be reflected on the Supreme Court
long after he leaves office.

Vitamin viewpoint
To The Daily:t
I WAS QUITE surprised by your
slanted journalism and one-sided-
ness in the article 'Cansvitamins
keep you on top of things?" (Daily
- March 21).
Why wasn't a "natural" doctor
or nutritionist represented in !the
article? I explained to your re-
porter that I was not a doctor or
nutritionist and yet you still used
me to create a stereotyped "un-
knowledgeable food fadist."
Although I have no degree in
Medicine, there is a large quan-
tity of reliable information avail-
able on the topic of nutrition -
also on the decadence of such
agencies as the A.M.A. and F.D.A.
One only has to go to the Ecol-
ogy Center in Ann Arbor t'o find
large filies of articles on such top-
ics. It is from books such as
Ralph Naders' 'Chemical Feast'
(New York, 1970) and William
Longgood's "The Poisons in your
Food" (New York, 1969) and nowu-
paper articles that I base my ac-
cusations and comments.
Your reporter quoted my most
vehement remarks, yet left unsaid
the information I gave her to
back them up. I would like to sup-
port my statements and make
clear my view on vitamins.
A balanced diet consisting of the
Basic Four Food groups that Ms.
Heiber refers to will doubtless
provide all the vitamins needed.
However, this will only be the case
if the food is grown on mineral-
rich organic soil, free from pesti-
cides and DDT, and not overly pro-
cessed-i.e., bleached, bromated,
pasteurized, hydrogenated,rgassed.
If the nations' food supply i; of
the highest quality, and if our
doctors are dong such a great job
-why then are we a nation full
of heart disease, arthritis, cancer,
and a host of other degenerative
diseases? We're a nation of over-
weight, listless robots letting the
giant food corporations dictate to


us what we shall eat. It would
seem to me that if one were eat-
ing canned, processed, trozen and
otherwise vitamin weak foots -
they would certainly do well to
make up for the loss -y taking a
vitamin supplement.
Dr. Durfee says, "Fortunes are
wasted in the buying of unneces-
say vitamins". I say, ' fortunes
are wasted on junk foods and most
doctors".Hesalso states that. "I
have necer seen a vitamin defi-
ciency in a student". All I can
say in response to this i; that Dr.
Durfee is way out in orbit.
I quote from Ralph Naders'
"Chemical Feast" - "While the
FDA clings to the claim that food
is better than ever, the life ex-
pectancy of Americans is lower
than ever and American food in
general is filthier and less nu-
The article has me agreeing that
most benefits derived by taking
vitamins are probably psycbolo-
gical - that simply is not so. I
stated it was probably true with
a few certain types - the "pill
crazy types" who use this as a
The article transcended v i t a-
mins, Dr. Durfee was making
cracks at the whole natural foods
movement. A new age is dawning
-people are starting to care
about the air they breathe, the wa-
ter they drink and the food they
put into heir mouths. They waant
to find a permanent solution to
their health problems, naturally-
and, to practice a preventive sys-

In yesterday's letters column,
The Daily printed a letter by
Michael Davis which included
a statement that "the so-called
left made a deal before the SGC
meeting." The statement in the
original letter was that the "so-
called left . . and the right"
had "made a deal . . ." The
Daily regrets the error.

I find it interesting that I talk-
ed to your reporter for around a
half hour and yet I wv is quoted
on only three or four sentences.
She informed me that she knew
nothing of "natural foods and vita-
mins". Upon my questioning, she,
intimated that the editors thought
the wholetvitamin -natural -foods
thing was somehing nil.
Is this any way to write an
unbiased intelligent article?
-Richard Hewlett
March 22
Hashing it over
To The Daily:
IF EVEN BAD publicity is good
publicity, your story " .n the up-
coming Ann Arbor Hash Festival
was a success, but we. the pro-
moters, would appreciate it if you
got your facts straight.
First of all, whatever benefic-
ial ramifications the hash lest may
have, it was not designed to coin-
cide with the phasing of liberalized
dope laws, the April 3 student
elections, Easter weekend, or the
coming of Spring.
Secondly, the Daily's poetically
trite headline writing style does
much todiscredit our planned pro-
gram. We are not and never were
promoting a "Hash 3ash" and
would appreciate the :emoval of
that distastefulnomenclature.
The Ann Arbor Hash Festival
is coming. Be advised, make what,
you want of it. It was ordained
only with the hope of providing a
splendid time for all.
-The promoters
March 19
The Editorial Page of The
Michigan Daily is open to any-
one who wishes to submit
articles. Generally speaking, all
articles should be less than
1,000 words.

[em of correct
stay healthy.

dietary habits to

TU, women's knight
in shining armor
HE SITS IN his office, thirty-odd stories above the streets of Chi-
cago, amid piles of printouts and federal employment orders.
His shirt untucked, his shoelaces untied, he resembles a latter-
day Don Quixote, still tilting at windmills in the form of Universities.
John Hodgdon is just one cog in the gears of a massive federal
bureaucracy. He knows his place, when to keep his mouth shut, when
to defer to "The Secretary."
But to University administrators and University women, Hodgdon
is a mighty important cog. For it is his office, the Department of
Health, Education and Welfare Regional Civil Rights office, that de-
cides whether the University is fulfilling its commitment to the equal
hiring of women,
Like many Lf those in HEW's ten regional offices, Hodgdon start-
ed out as an investigator during the civil rights movement, when HEW
was into school desegregation.
Now HEW's civil rights energies have turned to women - and
Hodgdon and the 136 investigators nationwide have a new focus: the
hundreds of colleges awaiting HEW study.
TIMES HAVE changed at Hodgdon's office since it made its first
"historic" investigation of this University in November, 1970.
"We didn't have much information when we went to the Univer-
sity, the bespectacled Hodgdon reflects. "When people got there, they
hardly knew what to do. We knew there were some complaints and we
talked to the complainants. But some of our people were saying, 'We're
just going in there and.pulling files, just pulling them blindly,' to see
something we really didn't know what it meant."
File-pulling is out at HEW - statistics are in.
Hodgdon's office notified the University inFebruary that it must
provide extensive computer data with the social security number, rank
and salary of all University employes, plus a great deal of information
on past employes as well.
"It's my feeling that the data we've requested from the Univer-
sity is the best place to be looking," he says. "That tells us more than
BUT UNIVERSITY officials have said it may be "impossible to pro-
vide the necessary data."
And HEW may just say, "Tough luck!"
When Columbia University was unable to come up with the sta- A
tistical information HEW asked it to provide, HEW ordered contracts
to be withheld from that institution.
And Hodgdon says the same thing could happen here.
That's how important the information is to HEW.
"We've had some problems dealing with the investigations, dealing
with the data," he says. My own feeling is that if we get the facts -
you know America is a country which goes for facts, football scores, '
baseball scorse - I think when we can show the institutions what
the facts are, they'll pay attention."
"If we just come in there and say 'you're discriminating', they'll
say. 'Not me!'"
The attitudes of administrators, the specific complaints of women
mean little. Statistics are all.
But what about. salary adjustments, file reviews, corrected griev-
ances just before HEW comes to town?
"I see this as a long range, five to ten year problem,' he answers.
I think the University would just as soon give us a piece of paper
and have us say 'That's a nice piece of paper' and go somwhere else
for more pieces of paper."
"But I'm not concerned with words or thoughts. These problems
aren't going to be taken care of in a year or two and certainly not
with a piece of paper."
HODGDON IS a pretty important person, but he is just a person-
just one in a chain of federal offices that stretch from Chicago to
When his office finds evidence of discrimination, the wor is re-
hold contracts, but then "there haven't been many contracts withheld,"
viewed by the department. It hasn't'reversed any decisions to with-
he explains.
Another Washington office - the contract compliance division --
then withholds contracts - in what is often a haphazard manner.
It takes "a while for the machinery to get going and then abile
to unplug itself after HEW says 'fine,' " he explains.
But the system is new and Hodgdon doesn't even have informa-
tion on which schools in his region are federal contractors.
"What do you do, write a University and ask it?"
"That's the ultimate method," he replies with a smile.
AND THE REST of the University-HEW squabble placidly passes
him by.
He seems nonplussed that Secretary Eliot Richardson has yet to
rule whether HEW can force a University to achieve equity in grad-
uate admissions or give back pay to women who have been discrim-
inated against.
And while he is aware of the intensive lobbying efforts on the
part of universities to get HEW off their backs, it doesn't bother him.
"These guys don't come to see me, they go to see the secretary," he
says modestly.
So he sits in his office, waits for the computer print-outs to come
in, then he and his staff make their decisions on how "affirmative"
the University's affirmative action plan for equal hiring is.

And "sooner or later we're going to have to tell the University
whether 'you're doing your job.'

Redistricting: A city circus

A NEW CHAPTER in the "Perils of Pau-
line St." (and other ward bounda-
ries) has opened with the entrance into
the melee of the Republican ward pro-
The plan is a text-book blueprint for
wresting control of city hall from the
liberal - radical elements. in the city
which have been creeping up on the GOP
for the last 10 years.
Last winter Democratic Mayor Robert
Harris proposed the creation of a com-
mission to develop proposals to redraw
the city's ward boundaries-such redis-
tricting is required by law following each
Although the alleged purpose of the
commission was to keep partisanship out
of the redistricting process, Harris did not
forget to build into the commission a ma-
jority of four Democrats to three Repub-
When Republicans gained control of
the council in the April elections, how-
ever, they were no longer satisfied with
the arrangement and sought to have a
Democratic commission member remov-
ed by council resolution.
When the mayor checked this move
with a veto, the Republicans took him to
They lost, began boycotting the com-
mission meetings, and finally last week
brought in a plan of their own.

commission as "illegal" and charged it
with "stalling" until after the April elec-
tion. Meanwhile the commission's chair-
man sat in a corner muttering Stephen-
son was " a liar."
Perhaps only Councilman John Kirscht
(D-First Ward) truly understood what
was going on. Stephenson, he suggested,
should have introduced the plan "on
April 1"-April Fool's Day.
Barnum and Bailey's council will be
meeting again under the big top of city
hall this afternoon and "a splendid time
is guaranteed for all."
See the Democrats tear their hair when
the Republican proposal is passed by
the Council's Republican majority. Hear
the Republicans gnash their teeth when
Mayor Harris vetoes the proposal. Thrill
as the radicals attack both sides.
BUT, IF THE city's electoral districting
is to become a three ring partisan
circus students should be more than a
And the Republican plan, if adopted,
would be a disaster for student influ-
ence in city politics. With a few quick
strokes of pen and ink, the Republicans
would isolate student voters-now a con-
siderable force in three wards-into one
ward and create three lily-white Repub-
lican wards.
As a minimum, students should de-
mand that their presence in the first
three wards be maintained.


tries will be the target of a demon-
stration tomorrow, led by People
Against the Air War. A Diag rally
is scheduled for noon and partici-
pants plan to then march down-
town to picket KMS.
The following article, explaining
KMS' part in military research and
technology, was prepared by the
Brain Mistrust, a frequent contrib-
utor to this page.)
KMS DID almost $2 million dol-
lars worth of research and de-
velopment for the Pentagon last
year; the company's Technology
Center on the west coast ranked
175th among the top 500 war re-
search companies,
This is no.thing new for Keeve
M. (Kip) Siegel, the company's
founder and chairman; he used to
do Pentagon research as a profes-
sor of electrical engineering here
at the University.
Then in 1960 he founded Con-
ductron, which produced radar
and optical equipment for, among
others, the Pentagon.
A larger military contractor,
McDonnell Douglas, bought up
Siegel's firm six years later. Siegel
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Doing its

bit for the war effort

scientific staffer and a former
consultant to the government on
classified fusion projects.
But the Wall Street Journal re-
ports that the Atomic Energy
Commission (AEC) is contesting
he right of a private company to
"grab exclusive rights to a po-
tential advance the whole society
should share in." According to
AEC commissioner James T. Ra-1.
mey, KMS "essentially stole our
DESPITE HIS initial success at
ripping off, Siegel is having trou-
ble finding financial backing for
the project. So far the Bendix
Corporation has committed $25
million of the $50 million needed.
Bendix chairman A. P. Fontaine
and Siegel are old friends; when
Fontaine was director of the Uni-
versity's programi of aeronauti-
cal research in the late 1940's, he
invited Siegel to Ann Arbor and
gave him a job.
Other support has come with
the giant FirstkNational City Bank
of New York becoming KMS'
banker and the naming of two new
directors: Orville Freeman, for-

Conductron: Site of Siegel's first venture into the military-industrial

From March 1966 to July 1967
he was in charge of the $350 mil-
lion space and miiltary group of
ITT. Siegel found the Colonel's
credentials impressive.
THE PENTAGON r e c e n t y y
-ara- rl a flu -N70 r o --ra t t

And Siegel's company has re-
ceived additional funds from the
Pentagon to build an operational
model of the radar system which
the comoany says "is designed for
potential use in guerilla warfare."
Te Te M5 Technnngv Center in

cations at home as well. With an
initial grant from the Pentagon,
KMS developed a new fingerprint
identification system using laser
photography. And the company is
now bidding on contracts for its

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