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Eighty-one years of editorial freedom
Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan


Ward candidates

David Black-HRP

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mich.

News Phone: 764-0552

discuss ecology, planning
and community control
Mona Walz -Democrat

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or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.




ALTHOUGH OFFICIAL results of the
SGC election may not be available
for several days, pending numerous ap-
peals,, it is certainly not too early to com-
ment on the prospective Council and the
election itself. The election, which drew
some 5,000 voters, was perhaps the dir-
tiest in recent .history, with charges of
ballot stuffing levelled at two of the com-
peting parties, plus a host of other minor
rule violations.
Three of the losing presidential slates
have asked that the election results be
voided, but considering the expense in-
volved, it is unlikely that a whole new
election will be held.
SO WE ARE left with the prospect of a
new SGC made up of five members of
the conservative Responsible Alternative
Party, five members of GROUP, one from
the Student Tenants Union and one from
the Radical People's Coalition. This is a
far cry from the Councils of just a year
or two ago, which were dominated by
The big winner in this week's election
was GROUP, who elected a presidential
slate, two members-at-large, and per-
haps more importantly, passed a fund-'
ing proposal of one dollar per student
per term.
Thirty cents of that money was ear-
marked for the development of a legal,
advocate program, twenty-five cents for
the Meat co-op, with the rest to be used
for other Council projects. This in effect
means that Council will have $32,000 to
work with - if the Regents approve the
increased assessments.

IF THE INCREASE does go through, how-
ever, there is little indication from the
past performances of GROUP members,
that the money will be used to effect real
changes. They have talked a progressive
line, but have done little more than pass
meaningless paper motions on relatively
insignificant issues.
They had five representatives on the
last Council, but they were unable to
form even temporary alliances with other
Council groups to pass worthwhile pro-
posals. The meat co-op and the legal ad-
vocate are certainly good iedas, but con-
verting them into functioning projects
will take personal and organizational
skills that GROUP members have not
demonstrated - at least recently.
If past performances are valid indica-
tors of future direction, it can also be
assumed that the five RAP people will
do their best to see that nothing con-
structive ever gets passed. This will make
it absolutely essential that the other sev-
en voting Council members work togeth-
er to override RAP's substantial negative
GROUP SPOKESMEN on the last Coun-
cil blamed a lack of funding and a
hostile SGC administration for the fail-
ures of the last Council. Both of these
barriers have now been removed with
the passage of the funding proposal and
the election of Bill Jacobs as president.
It remains to be seen whether GROUP
can make good on its promises to reform,
which up till now have been nothing more
than empty rhetoric.

PEOPLE WHO don't know me
sometimes ask, "Why are you
running for City Council?" People
who know me don't ask and were
not surprised when I announced
my candidacy last November. I
have been working and speaking
but for the public interest of
Fourth Ward residents and the
Ann Arbor community for many
My interest is in the interrela-
tions of people with their environ-
ment. I have an MA in psychol-
ogy from the other U of M fMsy-
nesota) and am currently a part-
time graduate student in the Ur-
ban Planning Department.
So many decisions are made by
governments at all levels wichout
considering the social consequenc-
es and effects on people that I
feel it an absolute necessity for in-
dividuals concerned about social
problems to become know-
ledgable about the issues and then
to get where the action is.
THERE ARE several exc ing
ideas or trends I see coming to

ing that their units of governm'rt
are too large and unresponsive to
their specific concerns.
My prediction is that we will see
radical change in our forms of
local government with some decis-
ions being shifted up to a more
all encompassing unit and sonie
shifted down to smaller units with
decisions being made by those
most affected.
Another trend is toward increas-
ed tolerance of different kinds of
life styles, whether it is the work-
ing wife, the married couple with-
out children, the long-haired male,
the corporation drop-out, or oth-
ers who choose to "do their own
thing" without hurting anyone
else. I am sure there will be
changes in legislation at all lev-
els to remove inequities and ob-
solete controls.
NATIONALLY AND locally the
citizens and the government are
becoming aware and concerned
about the issues of planning and
growth that have been my interest
for many years.
We need a council person who
does not accept the status quo,
who will look ahead rather than
backward, who will be responsive
to the human needs of people,
who will ask hard questions and
pursue them until she gets an

AT THE TIME of my nomina-
tion, I was not legally quali-
fied to appear on the ' ballot,
though I've lived in Ann Arbor
for two and a half years. Thus
part cf my candidacy has been a
challenge to Ann Arbor's unfair
election law. As it stood before my
challenge, a candidate had to have
been registered to vote in Ann
Arbor for one year before he or
she could run for city office.
This restriction discriminated
against people who for whatever
reason, had only recently regis-
tered and was especially unfair to
young people as this year no one
under 22 years old could h a v e
legally run for office.
As a result of a law suit brought
on my behalf, a Federal Court
judge has ruled the one year re-
gistration ,requiremert unconsti-
tutional. Thus my name will ap-
pearon theballot with the rest
of the candidates. I consider this
court decision a victory not only
for me and the Human R i g h t a
Party, but for all of the people
of Ann Arbor. It is one more step
in opening up the political process
and allowing people to vote for
the candidate of their choice.
While this challenge to the un-
fair election law has baen part of
my candidacy, it is by no means
all of it. I am running to give
Fourth Ward residents a real al-
ternative to the unimaginative,
status quo politics of Phe Demo-
cratic and Republican parties. I
have a masters degree in political
science and am currently a teach-
ing fellow.
By running in the Fourth Ward,
a ward which has traditional' y
voted for conservative candidates,
I am part of the Human Rights
Party's efforts at reaching all seg-
ments of the community.
Rights Party candidates, I am
pledged to run on the party's plat-
form. One basic feature of t h i s
platform is a call for greatly in-
creased public services sucn as
transportation, child care, health
care, and drug programs. More-


fruition within the next fow years.
One is citizen participation. We
are tending on the one nand to
larger units of government as-
suming the responsibility for some
issues, suchraspstate-wide financ-
ing of education, or regional air
and water pollution agencies. On
the other hand the citizens are say-

over, the Human Rights Party is
committed to work for community
control of these services. I firmly
believe that public agncies a n d
services must be under the direct
control of the people who are af-
fected by them.
Community control of the police
department is also a major need
that is presently unmet. Our po-
lice department spends far t o o
much time writing traffic tickets
and enforcing laws against victim-
less crimes such as drug ure and
curfew violations. The police must
concentrate their efforts on fight-
ing violent and street crimes. At
no time can wd tolerate police
harassment of blacks, young peo-
ple, homosexuals, or any other
group or individual.
The problem of drug atuse will
never be solved through police
crackdowns. In fact, present drug
laws - by making drugs iliegal
and forcing up drug prices - tend
to stimulate both organized and
street crime, keep addicts from
getting help, and send people to
prison for using harmless drugs or
for hurting only themselves.
Marijuana should be legalized,
the city should fund treatment and
maintenance programs for addicts,
and honest drug education pro-
grams should be initiated in the
schools- and the rest of the com-

This is the second in a five-part series in which Democratic,
Human Rights Party, and Republican City Council candidates
briefly summarize their positions. The election is April 3.
f~ ~ ~

accurate and
ask for your
vote on April

adequate answer. I
support witn y o u r
3 for responsive gov-

Bruce Benner-Republican

Labor: Off the Pay Board

another like the script of a macabre
drama: three AFL-CIO representatives to
the Pay Board walk out albng with Unit-
ed Auto Workers President Leonard
Woodcock; 8,000 hardhats gather to ap-
plaud Vice President Spiro Agnew's plat-
itudes for prosperity; and food prices in
February marked the sharpest increase
in 14 years.
And, in the face of labor's walkout from
the inflation curbing panel, the White
House issued a statement that "you can
be sure . . . that the stabilization program
will continue," because "it is the Presi-
dent's view that a few labor leaders .. .
will not be allowed to sabotage the fight
against inflation."
Meanwhile, hordes of hardhats cheer
the administration along as it continues
to let grocery prices and rents rise but
freezes wages.
It is truly unfortunate that those who
are hit hardest by the administration's
"stabilization policies" can still believe
in Agnew and Nixon. After all, a glance at
the early primary results reveals that
Nixon is far and away the presidential
frontrunner, since many of those who
have voted in Democratic primaries in-
dicate to pollsters they will vote for Nix-
on in November.
Coupling the influx of voters from
Democratic primaries with the wide mar-
gins Nixon garnered in the Republican
primaries, his election seems unavoidable
unless the ranks of labor file leftward,
sharply and quickly.
And labor won't budge unless such
leaders as AFL-CIO President George
Meany come out publicly in opposition to
Nixon. Yet even Meany, whom Nixon in-
sulted mercilessly for quitting the Pay
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Board, says he could still endorse the
MASSIVE PUBLICITY is thus needed to
uncover the truth about "stabiliza-
tion" - Nixon's term for frozen wages
and defrosted prices. Meanwhile, as prices
continue to spiral upward with wage in-
creases held back, hopefully more and
more middle Americans will realize that
their pot roast and apple pie eat up too
much of their budgets as the costs go
up each week.
Leftists are fond of criticizing organ-
ized labor. Consolidation of business led
to consolidation of labor, and the two,
they say, are inextricably interwoven,
each as bad as the other. But a glance at
current realities discredits this theory
somewhat. While International Telephone
and Telegraph defends its quickie anti-
trust settlement and its subsequent do-
nation to the Republican Party, George
Meany charged that the Pay Board "of-
fered labor no hope for fairness, equity
or justice." And, the AFL-CIO executive
council called the administration's poli-
cies "a device to make the average work-
er and consumer both the victim and the
goat, while the banks and big business
pile up increasing profits."
Certainly,: these statements indicate a
trend in the right direction for labor -
to the left. What remains to be done is
for those middle Americans who still
believe the promises Nixon dishes out to
wake up to reality and see that they too
could be dishing out more if Nixon's in-
flationary "curbs" were curbs instead of
THERE IS no excuse for offering tax
incentives encouraging businesses to
expand while allowing the cost of living
to spiral - all along under the guise of
wage-price controls.
What we have now is nothing but a
wage freeze, and it is time the iceman -
or somebody - came to halt the price
A PRESTIGIOUS national commission
has told us that marijuana does not
necessarily cause us physical or mental
harm, it does not breed crime and so-
cial drop-outs, and does not necessarily
lead to hard drug addiction.
But do we now breathe any easier?
The report from the National Commis-

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ISSUES IN which voters h a v e
indicated the greatest interest
prior to the April 3 election have
centered on financial responsibil-
ity at City Hall and future plan-
ning for Ann Arbor. For the se-
cond time an income tax proposal
has been defeated and the chal-
lenge has clearly been made to
live within our present revenue
That base has been growing
steadily, but spending has far out-
distanced revenues. We can no
longer follow the path of indulg-
ing in experiments in poorly con-
ceived and executed housing, soc-
ial. and transportation programs
to the neglect of basic public serv-
Allocating our revenues to the
most productive areas in terms
of service to the community leads
directly to consideration of critical
need for both immediate and long-
range planing in depth that has
been badly lacking in Ann Arbor
- planning that covers basic serv-
ice needs and gives priority to
conservation of our human. land.
and water resources.

WE HAVE a particularly im- *
pressive array, of talent' in the
young population of Ann Arbir
and should continually encourage
constructive use of that talent.
An excellent example is the close
cooperation of Ann Arbor's 'pri-
vate business sector with an out-
standing and well qualified group ,
of University students on organ-
izing the Consumer Action Center
to fill a definite need without fi-
nancial burden to the City.
In the transportation and re-
creation areas, I favor giving a
connecting bikeways program
priority over mini-bus experi-
ments, satellite parking, and .pe-
destrian malls; bike paths should
be included where possible in all
future street and sidewalk repair
and development.
The several penetrator routes
planned need to be completed ,
soon in order to move today's traf-
fic, but future major vehicle
routes should be concentrated on
the perimeter of the city, with
the completion of the Maple Road
by-pass as a logical first move in
that direction.

" .One nation, divisible, with liberty
and justice for some."
GOP and workers:
rtingfarm labor
THE FARM workers' movement is currently facing a grave political
crisis which threatens to nullify recently won collective bargaining
agreements, and to destroy any further organizing attempts by the
farm workers.
The Republican controlled National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
has filed a petition in federal district court seeking an injunction
against the farm workers' boycott of nine wine companies of Cali-
fornia's Napa Valley.
If successful, the injunction will be applied to any further boycotts
by farm workers. Farm workers see this as a political move by the
Republicans to use the NLRB to destroy the farm workers move-
Historically, agricultural workers have been excluded from the
National Labor Relations Act of 1935 (Wagner Act) which guarantees
the rights of workers to organize and bargain collectively. Farm work-
ers remained excluded when the Taft-Hartley Act was passed in 1948
which imposed restrictions on labor organizations by outlawing recogni-
tion strikes, "hot cargo" agreements, and the secondary boycott.
During recent farm worker organizing drives in the grape and
lettuce fields, the National Labor Relations Board (charged with en-
forcing Taft-Hartley) has consistently dismissed grower complaints
against the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, advising
them that the farm workers union is not covered under Taft-Hartley.
HOWEVER, THE face and politics of the board have changed
due to recent Nixon appointments, so that Republicans now have a
3-2 majority on the board. Last summer Nixon appointed Republican
Peter Nash as general counsel of the board. Nash has now done
what no previous general counsel had been willing to do. On March
9 he went to court and filed a. formal complaint against United Farm
Workers asking for an injunction against the farm workers' recently-
won farm worker contracts, claiming that they have "hot cargo"
agreements which violate the Taft-Hartley Act.
Morally, the board's decision to move again farm workers i,
indefensible because farm workers have no rights under the National
Labor Relations Act.' What the Republican board is now saying is,
that even though farm workers do not have any rights under the
federal legislation, farm workers will now be inhibited by the restric-
tions of Taft-Hartley, and specifically denied the use of their only
effective non-violent tool, the boycott.
LEGALLY, the board's action denies farm workers the equal pro-
tection of the law guaranteed by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments
to the United States Constitution. This is also an illegal attempt by
the board to abuse its equitable powers to issue cease and desist
orders against alleged Taft-Hartley violations. Finally, the Board is
violating its statutory mandate not to spend any taxpayer money on
agricultural labor disputes.
. The facts conernmg Tnitedi arm Wnrkers nntracts hnventt

Concentration on adult education
and training warrants p r e -
cedence over simply allocating
more money to spiraling welfare
expenditures. Money alone ,will
not. do the 4 job - it takes active
participation by people who care
and who will provide talent and
time needed. to solve the human
resources challenge.

Letters to The Daily

Blurnham yes
To The Daily:
ONE OF MY opponents in the
upcoming Second Ward City Coun-
cil election recently accused me of
running a dishonest campaign be-
cause I'm not publicizing the fact
that I'm the Republican candidate.
If the accusation implies that I am
deliberately hiding my party id.n-
tification, then I must firmly deny
There is not a single constituent
who desired to know what party I
represent who has been deprived
of that knowledge. In fact, my an-
nouncement specifically states it.
On the other hand, if the "charge"
is that I am simply not openly
flaunting my Republican alieg-
iance, then I proudly admit it.
The trend in American politics
is toward independence on the part
of the voters. People no longer
believe in political parties but ra-
ther they prefer to examine the
individual candidates and vote on.
their merits. That's why I'm run-
ning as Tom Burnham, not as a
party label. I want the voters to
look at what I say, what I've done
and what I believe; then cast their
vote accordingly.
The partisanship in council poli-
tics has reached ridiculous bounds.
Recently a city decision as to
when a certain sewer line should
be installed was decided on a
straight party vote. This city
doesn't need more hard line party
politicians, it needs more council-
men who are free to cast their vote
in accordance with the city's need
as the citizens voice it.

necessity for bucking this ridi-
culous partisanship. He has recent-
ly cast several votes against the
Democratic position.
I challenge the voters to com-
pare me with my opposition in
light of our positions on the
issues, not on our party lahbl.
People, not parties, should sit on
city council.
-Tom Burnham
Second Ward Council
Law '73
March 23
Burnham no
To The Daily:
RECENTLY Bob Weaver (R-Se-
cond Ward) has publicly comment-
ed that Tom Burnham (Republican
candidate, Second Ward) is a" per-
son who could represent students,
that being the major theme in
Burnham's campaign.
Tom Burnham states: "Students
have been promised representation
on the City Council for years. It
is a promise that non-student coun-
cilmen have seldom kept. The time
has come to put the voice of a
student . . . in city government.
I am a student, know students, and
will speak for students on City
'It is important to know m o r e
about who this candidate is, where
his interests lie, and what he re-
In fall 1969, Tom Burnham was
one of the managers for Apart-
ments, Ltd., from whom I rented
when I was a graduate student. At
the end of the academic year I

question. I made repeated at- 4
tempts to contact the owners- and
former agents, Tom Burnham and
Dave DeBoer. After being referred
in circles for several weeks it be-
came clear that Tom Burnham and
Summit Associates may never
have intended to honor their end
of the contract.
Perhaps an explanation for this'
is to be found in the ex'pressed at-
titudes of the owners and man-
agers of Apartments, Ltd. One
owner-manager was quoted by the
Ann Arbor News in 1969 as saying,
"I have no interest in discussing
problems with students in any
form outside of the University."
Tom Burnham echoed this atti-
tude in an interview with The
Daily when he said: "Who needs
the Tenants Union?". at a time
when students needed and were
demanding an organization which 0
would begin to represent their in-
Obviously Burnham and the oth-
er managers and owners felt that
I was only another student and
therefore saw fit to ignore their
agreement with me.
Does he represent students?
Where do Tom Burnham's inter-
ests and concerns really lie?
My experiences and the exper-
iences of other tenants with Tom
Burnham cast grave doubt on his
suitability to any office which re-
quires an objective outlook and
balanced judgment.
-Joseph' A. Meneghini
March 23

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