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

By TONY DUENAS some well-
AFTERTHOUGHTS from a political came down
election . . . Hippo. The
Relief was only November 5th away paign mana
after all! sanitation a
On the national scene the one vote Those con
from the Sacramento State Hospital in counter-char
Fresno county has not been found yet! charges and
Sheriff's deputies were stilllooking for
the absentee ballot and its author, both E
of whom were last seen in the general
vicinity of the hospital. The reason for se
this concern and interest is to determine
how large a percentage the PEANUT psyc
Party got out there. The sole party-
member compaigned dressed as a pea- -TueS
nut and using the slogan, "What's ano-
ther nut in politics?" EssgE
. . . And have you ever seen so many
losers in a crowd with their "win" but- the counter
tons on? at times. M
Admittedly, though, our attention was vindicated b
called to the local fun and games. For interest for
example, it was rather paradoxical see- excise and f
ing Banter Kevin supporting removal el proprieto
of excise and sales taxes on DELFEN survey, rec
while unalterably oppossed to free abor- at an al-tim
tion clinics. There were amusing mo- mended her
ments though, such as when Banty spoke ment on the
on the abortion issue before the Hell,
Michigan Chapter of the Women's Oc- AT LAST
togenarian society. middle scho
IT WAS refreshing ta see present Coun- "too close
3% votes ov
selor Silky Glib-Eken campaigning for Rasti,
political reform from his brand new,R.i
personal Silver Cloud Nine. Wasn't that Lipton in fo
Rolls the sharpest hog you've ever seen? There wa
The State's Counselor wasn't without changes and
his bright moments either as when wav- sentative El
ing with the "V" for victory sign stuck er Explain.
his fingers into some overhead light sock- breath repu
ets. That was quite a "Fro" he got con- ed that ma
sidering his receding hair lines goes Gurgitatesly
al the way back to his pre-natal stages. sive. Gurgit
Even the third party candidate got ments un-A
into the act. Fulton Transparency gained using a Quij
Notes: 7Th
By DAN RUBEN
PERHAPS JOHNNY CARSON made the most pro-
found comment about last Tuesday's election. He
said that to most Americans "it doesn't make any dif-
ference who is doing it to us." After two years of
Watergate and with the economy torn apart by simul-
taneous inflation and recession, a majority of Amer-
icans found that the easiest way to deal with their
discontent was to stay away from the polls.
The turnout at less than 40 per cent makes it clear
that the predominant mood of the country is not en-
thusiasm for Democrats, who won a landslide from
the voting minority, but 'rather cynicism and distruct
for all politicians and the political process itself. It has
been said during elections that "as Maine goes, so
goes the nation." On Tuesday, Maine proved to be
slightly ahead of its time by bucking both parties to
elect James Longley, an independent, as their next
governor. If public disillusionment with politics contin-
ues unabated, Longley will not be the last independent
to win high office.
THE GAP BETWEEN the people and those elected
to represent them can be seen on the issue of wage
and price controls. A recent network poll showed that
over half of the American people favor such controls
while only 24 per cent of the new Congress agrees.
People want an answer to why gasoline prices can't be
lowered when the oil companies are reporting profits
as being up 100 per cent. They want to know why
sugar prices can't be reduced when the sugar firms

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Reflections in a political eye

charges did get rather sticky
As. Mundane Beep-heep was
by the voters on conflict of
her vociferous support of
ood tax repeal while a broth-
r in private life. A voters
ently, shower her popularity
e high and some even com-
r for a wise future invest-
moon-lighting job.
report the race for Pioneer
ol board of regents was still
to call" Sassy Sour led by
er Wanda Walker with Onus
followed closely by Haven
urth place.
s the inevitable volatile ex-
barbs between State Repre-
bert Gurgitatesly and Tweet-
Gurgitatesly called Explain's
isive, while Explain counter-
ny of the constituents found
continued breathing offen-
atesly called Explain's state-
'merican and chided him for
a board as advisor and cam-

ant the instructions read "vote for not
more than two" when in fact there were
only two names on the ballot. A greater
moment of bemusement occurred while
deciding on the County Drain Cleaner's
race for the 69th district and warned
not to vote for more than one and
found none listed at all!!
THOSE IMPORTANT referendum vot-
es on the Proposals should provide for
some interesting results. They certainly
provided interesting reading while in
the voting booth. One lady in the booth
called for room service twice while vot-
ing and outside two voters in line faint-
ed due to extreme exhaustion. Both were
quickly revived and back on their feet
after being administrated GATOR AID,
however.
It is expected that if Proposal A is
passed but not Proposal B then the
provisions in Proposal A would negate
the results of Proposal C. You recall if
you wanted Proposal B to win you were
to have voted no, however if you wished
to defeat Proposal B then you had to

desedved notoriety when he
Main street on Harry the
city has slapped his cam-
ger with a bill from the city's
and cleaning department.
flict of interest charges and
ges and counter-counter
the counter to the counter to

paign manager. At last report, they were
continuing their politicking and mud-
slinging out in the midst of Ferry field
on State.
The bed-sheet ballot looked like Howard
Cosell's script, completely unintelligible.
For example, did you notice in voting for
the Fourth district Parking Meter attend-

vote yes on the ballot. However, the
ramifications of a successful passage of
Proposal C was to declare all other pro-
posals unconstitutional and therefore Pro-
posa D (often referred to as the "all of
the Above" proposal) would have alie-
viated that situation. Several voters had
to be placed under psychiatric care after
their arduous trip Tuesday.
Apparantly some of the electorate had
already voted their conscious and were
"tripping" before arriving at the election
polls. There were reports of several e.lec-
tors of our future leaders arriving at
two and three in the morning at t h e
polls. When informed their time had long
since run out and turned away, many
demanded rain-checks. Unfortunately,
their demands were not complied with;
another example of the State's discrim-
inatory and oppressive practices.
EVEN THE zealous and persevering
campaign street volunteers were spot-
lighted in the news on several occasions;.
There was the time, late in the cam-
paign, 92-year-old Kenoshapelia Garcia
was crossing at State near North Uni-
versity when a Melvin Crash and a Don
Ruthless supporter both attempted to
assist her across the street, at the same
time, in different directions. She never
did make it across the street. Ms. Gar-
cia's - who refused to disclose her mari-
tal status - left boot was found in front
of MR. TONY'S, while her motorcycle
helmet was last seen rolling north on
State. She angrily told arresting officers
she never intended to cross State but
merely had stopped to pick up her copy
of the DAILY at the corner coin box.
Perhaps in the end result, we can all
continue secure in the belief the best
person won. Though really,'in fact, there
were no real winners, just losers - us!

Tuesday, November 12, 1974

News Phone: 764-0552

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mi. 48104

!e Silent Electorate

Vietnam ghosts still haunt

THE SPECTER of the Vietnam mon-
ster did some belated haunting
last Friday with the acquittal of the
defendants in the Kent State trial
and the announcement of the parole
of Lt. William Calley.
The National Guardsmen on trial
were acquitted because of lack of ma-
licious intent. The defense said they
were provoked by threatening stu-
dents. The closest student was' 95
yards away from the Guardsmen,
perched on a knoll, when they opened
fire.
The Kent State incident diffused
the Vietnam protest movement and
student dissent has remained deflated
ever since. It it not because of a dis-
integration of alienation among stu-
dents that many stopped protesting,
but out of fear and frustration caus-
ed by these murders.
fEAN KAHLER, one of nine Kent
students who was shot and is
paralyzed as a result, called the
handling of the affair a coverup and
stated, "The American people do not
realize the effect the Kent State in-
cident has on them."
The Ohio voters didn't seem to rea-
lize it. They re-elected James Rhodes
for a third term as governor. Rhodes'
actions during the days after the in-
vasion of Cambodia led to the inci-
dent at Kent. He ordered the Nation-
al Guardsmen to the campus, fully
aware that they were allowed to use
live ammunition, a practice many
state guards forbid. During his cam-
paign he said he should not be held
responsible for the actions of the
Guard. Ohioans are probably more
concerned about the upset of their
beloved Buckeyes and will forget the
whole matter.

THE DECISION TO PAROLE Calley
seems to have been made about
the same time that Judge Robert El-
liott decided to acquit Calley. The
Army decided at that time not to al-
low Calley to be released. The fact
that the announcement of the ac-
quittal was delayed gives rise to
speculation that the Army's maneu-
vers were undertaken because of- a
fear of adverse public opinion.
Calley was found guilty of murder-
ing at least 22 Vietnamese civilian
while in the service of the U. S. Army.
If Calley had been a civilian and
killed 22 residents of Bloomfield Hills,
one doubts that he would even be
considered for parole after serving
for four-and-a-half years.
CALLEY AND THE Guardsmen at
Kent State were pawns in the
Vietnam controversy. They had nq
control over the circumstances in
which they found themselves. Their
defense has been that they were
following orders. However, according
to the decision of the Nuremberg
Trials following orders is not a justi-
fiable defense. This decision should
be applied to domestic as well as in-
ternationaltdisturbances.
Justice has been denied to the vic-
tims of Kent State and My Lai. Some-
one should be held responsible. The
Kent State case is out of federal
jurisdiction. The state of Ohio can
try the guardsmen. But with Frank
Rhodes, (who two days before the
incident authorized the Guardsmen
to shoot to kill), back in the gover-
nor's mansion, that seems doubtful.
There are too many people in govern-
ment who should be behind bars, and
vice versa.
-STEVE ROSS

are announcing an astronomical 1200 per cent increase
in profits. What other conclusion can the bewildered
and disgruntled American make, except that govern-
ment is serving the interests of big business and
big profits ahead of the interests of ordinary people
who are struggling to make ends meet. People are
not going to be winning to "bite the bullet" unless
government forces big business to share in the sacri-
fices.
FOR THOSE 38 per cent who did vote, they took their
wrath out on the party of Richard Nixon, Watergate,
and the pardon, to give the Democrats a massive vic-
tory. Democrats now hold at least tnIrty-six of the
fifty governorships, and majorities of 290-144 in the
House of Representatives and 61-38 in the Senate. What
will they do with these majorities? Mike Mansfield, the
Senate Majority Leader, says he hopes that Congress
and the President will "be able to get together and
work cooperatively." Other Democrats have indicated
that unless President Ford demonstrates some leader-
ship and initiative, they will have to pick up the slack
and devise their own plans for fighting inflation and
unemployment. After hearing the President's propos-
als for growing home gardens, hunting for bargains,
and wearing buttons, it is obvious that the Democratic
majority has the responsibility to take action. However,
it is difficult to know what they will do. As Senator
Philip Hart said recently, there were no thoughtful pro-
posals made in the campaign, and while Democrats are
talking about formulating their own program, they

give few hints as to what it will be.
THERE ARE A FEW concrete advancements that
can be expected from the new Congress. It will be
a younger, blacker, more feminine, and more liberal
group that what we now have. It is likely that they
will act to reduce the bloated defense budget, but pro-
bably not substantially. There is also a reasonable
chance that the new Congress will substantially reduce
our current military aid to the dictatorship of Ngyen
Van Thieu in South Vienam. One could also hope for an
end to the grossly unfair oil depletion allowance. Other
blatant tax loopholes will also probably be re-examined.
It is ikely that some form of national health insurance
will be passed. If it does, serious illness or accidents
would be less financially catastrophic than they are
today for the working family. But it is unlikely that
such a plan would do as much as it should to end
the problem that local physician Dr. Ed Pierce ex-
pressed in his unsuccessful bid for Congress: "My
brothers in the medical profession are ripping you
off."
THESE REFORMS would be only a small, timid step
toward ending the nation's economic injustices and re.
arranging the misguided priorities that have made
the defense budget untouchable in the past. To restore
the shaken confidence of the people in their govern-
ment will require far more. Unless we get some unex-
pected vision and leadership from Washington, we will
likely see people dealing with their frustrations in much
angrier ways than not voting.

Life in a brave new world

IT HAS COME TO OUR attention
that there are only nine more
years in which to prepare for the
year 1984. While most will sit back
and relax there are those who have
already started work on this monu-
mental task. Among these are the
many agencies which conduct inde-
pendent investigations of people
applying for credit, insurance or em-
ployment.
IN ONE CASE A seven year old boy,
overjoyed at the fact that his
team had won a series of softball
games, was observed by a teacher
hugging a male classmate. A nota-
tion was made on the boys perma-
nent school record that he had homo-
sexual tendencies. When he attempt-
ed to enter a private high school with

In another instance a 44 year old
journalist was denied insurance be-
cause a credit reports on him stated
that he was a hippie with a beard
and long hair and he used drugs. It
turns out that in investigator only
talked to one person who didn't care
for the journalist, who happens to be
an assistant managing editor at the
St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
If newspapers investigated stories
the way credit agencies and other
groups investigate the information
contained in various files, they would
be out of business in a week, if not
sooner.
TPHOUGH A FEW STATES have
taken the steps to put stops on
some of their files it is hardly a
trend. What is needed are laws re-

pen pal
To the Daily:
I AM A BLACK inmate here
at this institution. I am without
someone to correspond with me,
who might help me further my
education while I'm here at this
institution.
I don't get many letters be-
cause I only have a mother and
sister to write to. Their letters
are so few in coming.
I will answer any and all let-
ters, as long as my stamps hold
out, if you will print this letter
in your school's upcoming issue
of your campus newspaper.
Race would be no barrier.
Closing and thanking you far
in advance for your time, con-
cern, and all the consideration
in the above request.
-Louis Hamer 136176
P.O. Box 787
Southern Ohio Correc-
tional Facility ,
Lucasville, Ohio 45648
sculpture
To The Daily:
LET US NOT deface the LSA
building by removing the bronze
sculpture, "Dream of a Young
Girl." Reasons adduced for cm-
mitting such'architectural cen-
sorship are ill founded.
The sculpture is not especial-
ly sexist, but its critics, like the
late Senator Joe McCarthy, are
able to see only what they fear
the most. The girl is not, as
some claim she is, the "epitome
of domesticity." She is a pioneer
woman, a wife whose "depend-
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erated than French w o m e n
and explains, "In the United
States women helped build tl-e
country with their own hands . .
and took the same risks as men.
They made themselves real
equals from the start."
NOT TO BE ABLE to perceive
such a theme in the LSA Build-
ing sculpture bespeaks ignor-
ance of one's own culture. To
expunge would express contempt
for American women.
-Blanchard Hiatt
November 7

to The Daily

nuclear energy rr' <3._.
To The Daily:«<:
OUR SOCIETY is confronted
with a moral problem more pro-
found than any which have ever
faced mankind. The move
towards nuclear energy is a
many-faceted decision, one of
which the public must be made
aware...
Nuclear fission technology is
based on cost benefit analysis
in which the advantages are p
more readily quantified than are
the associated hazards, leading
to the invalid conclusion that the
advantages are greater since
they seem more "real". Here, 4
however, we are dealing with
hazards that may affect gener-
ations to come and they cannot
be neglected or evaluated by any
traditional method.
The Northern Michigan Medi-
cal Society has established someg
startling facts which imst be
considered. Included in the study y
are these facts: 1) radioactivity
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