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

Packard and

Platt: A grim

fairy tale

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News Phone: 764-0552


Flemng stalls on GEO-OTF

Fleming's refusal Monday to bargain
with teaching fellow representatives
represents the kind of administrative
double-think that has made Fleming and
his staff notorious this fall during the
tuition strike.
Fleming told representatives of the
Graduate Employe Organization-Organi-
zation of Teaching Fellows (GEO-OTF)
that the University cannot recognize the
group as the TF's legitimate bargaining
agent unless GEO-OTF is authorized by
the state Employment Relations Com-
To consent to bargain with the TF
representatives, Fleming claimed, would
violate "a consistent University policy."
If Fleming was referring to the Uni-
versity's tradition of hiring labor at sub-
standard wages during periods of job
shortage, then his comment is indeed

IT IS HARD TO believe, however, that
the University actually doubts the
GEO-OTF's authority to represent its
TF, research assistant and student assist-
ant constituency. This fall the organiza-
tion, then known only as the OTF, gained
administration concessions t h r o u g h
strike threats, and there is no indication
that their warnings of an impending TF
work stoppage are any less valid this
The TF's want to bargain with the
University not only over pay issues but
also over demands such as reduced class
size which would have direct effect on
the undergraduate educational experi-
The obdurate University position that
Fleming's statement portends will only
cause difficult weeks for the students as
well' as the TF's if a strike is called, and
the University has nothing to gain but-
a little time.

Editor's Note: The following is
the text of an address to City
Council made Monday night by a
resident of the Packard-Platt area
of Ann Arbor. The address ex-
presses disapproval of a recent
Council resolution allowing the
construction of a Chatham super-
-market near Packard and Platt
roads, despite the opposition of
most residents of the area.
The Council resolution in ques-
tion OKed some "compromise"
construction plans offered by
Chatham which would reduce the
size of the shopping center by 20
per cent and provide a grass and
shrub barrier between the super-
market and adjacent housing areas,
among other provisions.
. Ms. Marriott clearly feels that
the approved "compromise" is not
much of a bargain, and the Re-
publican members of Council have
violated campaign promises to
block the Chatham project.
ONCE UPON A TIME, in t h e
country of Ann Arbor, there
dwelt in a village a goodly people,
of yeoman stock, who tended their
land and lived in peace and har-
mony with their neighbors. Al-
though at times they needs must
venture out onto the fearsome road
called Platt, they managed to es-
cape (albeit by a hair) from under
the crushing wheels which travers-
ed yon thoroughfare.
Then, one day, from the land to
their west, came rumors that yon
landowner (who lived not on this
land) had allowed a fearsome dra-
gon to forage upon this land. In
dismay, the people called upon
those who governed them to save
them from this menace.
Their weary kind admitted that
the sloth of those} who governed
had led to this sorry state, and
now he had not the strength enough
to slay this foul beast.
Then up rose Lord James Step-
henson of Lansdowne, known far
and wide as a foe of the king, and
also as one who coveted the throne.
HE WAS OF NOBLE mien, with
a voice right pleasing, as he pro-
claimed, "Good people of the vil-

lage, and all who dwell within vot-
ing distance, hear my words. Make
me king, and I swear that I will
succor you. With the aid of my
loyal henchmen, Sir Jack of Mc-
Cormick, Sir Richard of Hadley,
and Sir Robert of Henry, I swe.ar
that I will not permit such a dis-
aster to occur. And well do I know
that though Sir William of Col-
burn, Sir Lloyd of Fairbanks and
Sir Bruce of Benner be not present
now, they will right gladly lend
their sword-arms to the fray."
The people of the village t-ast
looks of doubt upon their s e I f-
proclaimed champion, and wonder-
ed if in truth their Lord James
would cleave to his oath.
Whereupon Lord James called
forth a scribe to set down his oath
for all to read, and then he and
his trusty vassals did affix their
seals, for all to see. And the
doubts of many were put to rest,
for how could an oath so witnessed
be forsworn?
ALAS FOR THE people of the
village, their answer was not long
forthcoming. Lord James did be-
come king, but the people waited in
vain for him to venture forth to
end their suffering. One day, how-
ever, King James sent forth those
two mighty knights, Sir William of
Colburn, and Sir Robert of Henry
to placate the disgruntled villag-
The people gazed trustfully upon
these two, for Sir William of the
fair hair and bonny visage was
skilled in the art of discourse, and
Sir Robert was a stalwart figure
indeed. Mayhap, with right on their
side, these knights would dispatch
yon beast right handily.
Alack for dreams, Sir William
and Sir Robert gave good report
of the dragon, who, they had been
told, was much maligned, for the
dragon desired an end to hostili-
ties. Therefore, these two faithful
servants of King James would go
forth to parley with the beast, ra-
ther than to cast him out.
WHEREUPON Sir William and
Sir Robert set forth upon t h e i r
journey, leaving the people divid-
ed betwixt those who prayed for
the knights' safe return, and those
who prayed that on that day yon
dragon wouldst have a right goad
In good time, however, the two
,knights returned with news of

Defense spending reanalyzed

great import. The dragon, s a i d
they, was right benevolent, and,
provided that he could have his
ways with the land, inclined to be
Knowing full well how little in-
clined to do battle were the king
and histhenchmen, the dragon pro-
posed the following plan: He would
make himself smaller by the per-
centage of 20, and would build un'
the land a hillock, which would
hide the ravishment of the I a i d
from the sight of the villagers.
The people much appreciated this
care to their sensibilities, but still
were- loath to accede to the drag-
on's wishes, for when all was said
and done, a dragon lessened by 20
per cent still possessed awesom--
proportions in such a peaceful lit-
tle land.
AND THOUGH t'was doubtless
true that the hillock would spare
them the sight of much devasta-
tion, yet the devastation would still
take place and inevitably intrude
upon them.
With grave demeanor, the knights
bade them heed the words of
the king's canny advisor, Master
Edwin the Pear. Were the dragon
balked, warned Master Edwin, the

beast would of a certainty wreak
cruel vengeance upon the inhabi-
tants of the village.
He would lay waste to all the
land, right up to the borders of the
village, scorching and fouling the
air with his fiery breath. The vil-
lagers would long rue-the day they
opposed the will of the dragon.
Much dismayed, the people ask-
ed, "But what of King James?
Will he forswear his oath?" The
knights cast down their eyes and
Sir Robert muttered, "Alas, Kitg
James is 'sore immersed in gar-
bage, and other awful offal, for
yours was not the only oath he
"But what then of Sir Jack of
McCormick? Of Sir Richard of
Hadler? Both swore to protect'us."
"Sir Jack is down in the sewer, for
he is sore afraid that our cisterns
serve not well the people of Ann
Arbor. He greatly fears the adve it
of more stress on yon waterways."
A VILLAGER quered, "Will not
the advent of the dragon foul the
sewers still more?" Sir Jack re-
ports that the dragon swears nay,
and Sir Jack feels sure that no
one would forswear an oath. Sir
Richard of Hadler has said naugnt

tional defense budget, a record 87.7
billion dollars, reflects this administra-
tion's confused priorities regarding the
allocation of federal funds. At a time
when the nation is supposed to be at
peace, and billions are being spent on
outmoded or decaying projects, such a
freespending policy is unwarranted.
In peacetime the major consideration
regarding budget allocations ought to be
the furtherance of progressive social
programs, yet in spite of this, money for
these programs has dried up while mili-
tary interests are catered to in an ever
growing way.

Those funds which must be spent for
military purposes should at least be care-
fully watched. Current plans to develop
vast aircraft carriers at a time when the
usefulness of such systems has come into
serious doubt, is without justification.
Finally, the effectiveness of a demoral-
ized army, witness the many "fragging"
incidents, regardless of how well it is
equipped, is dubious at best.
IT IS NOW UP to Congress to reject this
proposal for the sake of the people
which it is supposed to represent. A more
responsible and up-to-date defense bud-
get is long overdue.

Zero hour for Nixon's bluff

ed a

On the prospects or peace In
S PROPOSED BY the U. S., I continuation of the war to wipe out fulfill its obligation to contribute to created for the normalizati
Mr. Kissinger in Paris on De- the reality recognized by the the healing of wounds of war and lations between the D.R.V.
ber 20, 1973. The meeting last- Agreement that there exist in to the postwar reconstruction in the U. S. and contribution1
rnly one day; therefore, all the South Vietnam two governments, the Democratic Republic of Viet- the preservation of peace i
plex questions arising from the two armies, two zones of control. nam. East Asia and the world.

Daily Photo by DAVID MARGOLiCK
of the affair, save he has told
King James, 'Whither t h o u goest,
there will I go."
With sinking heart, another per-
son queried, "Dost 'Sir Lloyd of
Fairbanks say 'likewise? His aid
was promised by King James."
Sir Lloyd counsels thusly: "All
villagers would do well to sell
their lands, and their dweling-plac-
es, and their clothing, and their
chidren, if needs must, then vwith
these riches, mayhap they can
bargain with yon landowner for the
land. Then they may oust ths dra-
gon and live happily ever after."
In deep despair, the people ask-
ed, "'And what of you, Sir Wil-
liam and Sir Robert? Dids't n o t
swear that you would not permit
sich a disaster to occur?"
"ASSUREDLY," said Sir Wil-
liam solemply, "and we have hon-
ored our oath. A dragon lesa by
20 per cent is no longer a disas-
ter; forsooth, 'he may well be
deemed a blessing."
"Bless you, my children," quoth
Sir Robert benignly, the the two
knights took their leave, m u c h
pleased with a job well done. And
among the villagers there grey, the
realization that they nad indeed
been suckered.
Saigon administration ' in making
war, then the P.R.G. of the R. S.
V.N. will not stand idle and let
them do whatever they like, it will
resolutely take any necessary ac-
tion to duly strike back to defend
the Agreement and to defend
The U. S. and the Saigon admin-
istration will have to bear all. the
consequences parising from their
acts and will undoubtedly meet
with defeat again. The struggle of
the army and people of South Viet-
nam under the leadership of the P.
1. G. is still facing many difficul-
ties, hardships and complexities,
but it will certainly be victorious.
For our part, the Government
of the D.R.V.N. as well as the P.
R.G. will, as in the past, strictly
respect and scrupulously imple-
ment the Agreement and the Joint
Communique. How the situation in
South Vietnam will develop de-
pends on the U. S. and the Saigon
This article is Le Dce Tho's
statement on his December 1973
meeting with Henry Kissinger. It
is reprinted from the Indochina
Peace Campaign's paper Focal

on of re-
'.N. and
made to
n South-
the U.S.

FOR THE PAST several weeks, President
Nixon via a wide array of spokesper-
sons has been raving about "evidence"
conclusively proving that his primary ac-
cuser during the Watergate hearings is
a liar.
Through Gerald Ford, Hugh Scott, and
his lawyer James St. Clair the President
has cited as yet undisclosed tapes and
documents which allegedly refute testi-
mony from John Dean who declared
Nixon knew of the Watergate cover-up.
Nixon has gone to the well at least
once too often by making these latest
declarations. The President should either
put up or shut up.
There are absolutely no rational rea-
sons to believe the President should have
suddenly discovered materials absolving
himself of the scandals that have dis-
figured this administration.
News: Gordon Atcheson, Dan Biddle, Bill
Heenon, Judy Ruskin
Editorial Page: Paul Haskins, Marnie
Heyn, Patricia Tepper, Eric Williams
Arts Page: Ken Fink, Doug Zernow
Photo Technician: Allison Rutton

He promised no more bombshells. The
subsequent explosions left an already
battle-fatigued public reeling with fur-
ther anger, frustration, and just plain
tapes of Nixon conversations "do not
exist," the White House claims. Another
lacks perhaps the most critical 18 min-
utes of presidential discussions ever re-
corded -the erasure the result of a sin-
ister force, according to one Nixon aide's
testimony. ' s
Nixon dismissed special prosecutor
Archibald Cox when his probe began to
zero in on the milk producers' campaign
contribution which seemingly came in
exchange for political favors.
In light of these and other revelations,
why should the public be asked to accept
the existence of new "evidence" simply
because the President says it is so? Why
If Nixon can clear himself of Dean's
charges, he should do so immediately.
Then the country can get on with the
business of impeaching the President for
his other high crimes and misdemeanors.

current situation of South Vietnam
could not be discussed.
The two parties could only re-
view the situation and present their
respective views on the problems.
It was then decided to maintain
this channel for further discussions
as warranted by the situation.
The Paris Agreement on Vietnam
has been signed for nearly one-year
now, but South Vietnam has not
known a single day of peace and
the war is still going on.
Many essential provisions of the
Agreement and the Joint Commu-
nique have been most brazenly vi-
olated by the U. S. and the Saigon
The situation is becoming more
and more serious because of the
fact that although, after its failure
in Vietnam, the U. S. had to with-
draw all its forces from South
Vietnam, it is still seeking by ev-
ery means to continue its military
involvement and its intervention in
the internal affairs of South Viet-
nam; and to use the Saigon admin-
istration as an instrument for the

The question is now whether or
not the U. S. and the Saigon admin-
istration really desire peace in
Vietnam. If this is the case, they
should strictly respect and scrup-
ulously implement all the provi-
sions of the Agreement and the
Joint Communique.
The U. S. should put an end to
its military involvement and its
intervention 'in the internal affairs
of South Vietnam, cease to support
and assist the Saigon administra-
tion in pursuing the war, recognize
that there exist in South Vietnam
two governments, two armies and
two zones of control, and let the
South Vietnamese people settle
themselves their own affairs in ac-
cordance with the provisions of the
Agreement and the Joint Communi-
With regard to North Vietnam,
the U. S. should immediately stop
its air reconnaissance and fulfil its
obligation to, contribute to the post-
war reconstruction in the D.R.V.N.
Only in this way can genuine peace
be ensured in Vietnam, conditions


Le Duc T ho

WITH REGARD to North Viet-
nam, the U. S. continues its air re-
connaissance, in violation of the
sovereignty of the Democratic Re-
ptibilc of Vietnam and refuses to

Henry Kissinger
has not drawn lessons from its
failure in the last war of aggres-
sion in Vietnam, if it continues to
violate the'k Agreement and the
Joint Communique, and to help the

Letters: Getting the con out of concerts

" ,. Y

To The Daily:
IT IS ABOUT time that some'ne
has at last exposed Bageris for
the ass that he is. The last time
both the Who and the Rolling
Stones were in town, I had the
opportunity to buy "the best seats
in the house"; $25 for the Stones,
$30 for the Who. The scalpers said
that Bugaris had withheld the best
1500 seats and sold them through a
group of scalpers.
Bageris, for some reason un-
known to me, has the promotional
rights for nearly every big r o c k
star to play in this area. He re-
ceived at least $10,000 for the Who,
Stones, and undoubtedly more i,)r
I hope the Daily does not let the
matter drop here. It would make
me and many others very haopy
to see Biddle and Day become the
"Bernstein and Woodward of the
Midwest" by further investigation
into this "scandal that has rocked
the campus", and come up with
enough evidence to put Bageris out
of business.
These concerts are for kids who
idolize these groups and stand in
line for hours under miserable

gotten pimped by this greedy son- up - Wooden characterstically re-
ofabitch. moves his first team, so that the
-Leslie Iczkouitz '74 UCLA bench can play against the
Feb. 1 opposition first-stringers. T h a t
keeps the point-spread down, of
[LA course, but more importantly it
ensures an experienced b e n c h
To The Daily: (which is why UCLA rarely loses
I AM ALWAYS amazed t h a t its poise), a constant suply of su-
sports writers and editors can ccn- perior players to match the attri-
tinue to be so creative in finding tion rates of graduation, and thus
ways to downgrade UCLA's champ- the national championship year af-
ionship basketball team, as if they ter year.
had little better to do. Bob Heuer MICHIGAN IN 1965? 'UCLA won
(Daily, Jan. 31) seems to be no not because Michigan was inept,
exception, and while his creativity but because their coach D a v e
is commendable, his ignorance is Strack was inept; Michigan came
deplorable. He feels that the Wal- onto the court not even knowing
ton-led teams are not UCLA's what a full-court press was. By the
"best-ever" because they haven't time the players adjusted, they
shown "killer-instinct" and be- were too far behind. I remember
cause their full-court-oress isn't as this because I was an undergrad-
effective as the old 1965 Goodrich- uate at Michigan then and I saw
led press. His examples of "bet- that game, and I saw the exaspera-
ter" UCLA teams are those which tion on Cazzie's face as he learn-
beat Houston in '68 and Michigan ed all about UCLA pressure de-
in '65. fense from the opposition, -n o t
The problem with Heuer . point his coach.
is that UCLA plays 30 games a Houston in 1968? Alcindor nad an
year (assuming they win tne injured eye, just as Walton had an
NCAA), and he writes as if the injured back against Notre Dame
only games he sees are these their first meeting this yeas. The,
broadcast on national TV. I went to importance of the full-court press

you would stop writing silly c o i-
umns based on a regional prejud-
ice and a half-dozen TV-viewed
games, and write from the perspec-
tive one gets from say, Attend-
ing all home games, your opinions
about teams and players might be
worthy of the title "good journal-
ism." It's a measure of the UCLA
fan's rabidness (akin to Michigan
football freaks) that after attend-
ing home games he goes home to
watch the TV videotape of the
same game on the local TV chan
nel. For those fans (who line up
four days in advance and camp
during the nights for season tick-
ets) UCLA fast-breaks better than
ever, plays rugged defense, su-
perb offense, against good t ams
and bad. Their mark s consistent,
exciting, excellent basketball, and
it's never been better than during
the Walton years. And Wr;ndn
would say that if you asked him
So, by the way, woo'.I any UCLA
basketball freak.
-Dane Harwood
Mental Healti Research
Feb. 4

dismal for me in this conglomerate
of steel bars, concrete, barbed
wire and wasted lives. I struggle to
prevent myself frm becoming a ro-
bot, conditioned to respond only to
whistles, bells, and threats of pun-
My past years have been little
more than bland, uneventful and
largely sad occasions, as I look
back in retrospect. The real trag-
edy of my life pronounces itself
when I attempt to look into my
future: I simply haven't any!.
I don't want to re-enter society
a desperate, lonely person like so
many who leave prison, only to
return as predicted by some grim
statistic. I can't allow myself to
fall prey to this statistic, a n d I
strengthen myself daily against
the possibility of regression.
I'M ASKING for help from peo-
ple in order to fill these voids in
my life, the loneliness, the hope-
lessness and the uncertainty, of
my future. I want to communicate
with people and hopefully they can
and will lend something from some
of their experiences.
I would be greatly appreciative
if you wouil nrint this lete~ri


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