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FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 1974

First Ward: Brunton

THE FIRST WARD IS a crucial race in
this year's municipal elections and
The Daily urges a vote for the Human
Rights Party (HRP) candidate Beth
The First Ward is crucial because the
HRP has a reasonable chance of win-
ning and keeping an HRP member on
Council. This .is obviously highly desir-
able. There is a need in this city for a
party dedicated to people over property.
Brunton is a fine candidate, and we
can lend her our wholehearted support.
Like all HRP candidates she can be
counted upon to vote correctly and con-
sistently on the multitude of issues fac-
ing the city.
The endorsement is not based on mere
pragmatism. When the staff voted on
endorsements, it was decided not just to
endorse candidates who had a good
chance of winning, but to endorse candi-
dates whose politics are consistent with
the beliefs of The Daily.
Brunton's stance on rent control and
marijuana are correct, in the opinion of
the Daily. Indeed, we could not support
a candidate who is opposed to these
vital issues.
hottest in this year's election, and
Brunton supports the mboth. She has not
waffled or changed her stance on either,,
remaining resolute.
Brunton is also knowledgeable and ex-
perienced on the subject of city politics.
She has both excellent academic and
practical experience. An economics ma-
jor, she has also served on the city's plan-
ning commission where she voted against

both Packard-Platt and McDonalds.
Brunton's Republican opponent is
clearly unacceptable despite her reputa-
tion as the party liberal. Her stands on
rent control and marijuana are clearly
out of line with both the ward and the
general tenor of the city.
Colleen McGee, the Democrat, has a

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Letters 'to
To The Daily:
ON THURSDAY The Daily pub-
lished a long, long letter attacking
rent control by long-time A n n
Arbor Democrat And near-million-
aire Zeke Jabbour. That letter was
filled with half-truths (at best),
spurious arguments, doubtful do-
cumentation and the type of dou-
bletalk and mystification which
only someone scared that tenants
might stand up for their rights
would resort to.
Zeke starts off by saying that he
doesn't know if it is possible "to
design a workable long-range con-
trol plan for an isolated point in
geography." Our progressive friend
therefore suggests that we not try.
But such a spirit, if applied to cur-
ing polio would be, "I'm not sure
we can do it, so let's not try." In
part, HRP agrees with the criti-
cism. A long-term solution cannot
occur in an isolated spot in geo-
graphy but the correct approach
should be to start with the iso-
lated spot and expand until it is
no longer isolated. Then we'll have
a long term chance.
such figures as J. K. Galbraith and
Walter Heiler (who are not exact-
ly known as being in the forefront
of the fight for tenants' rights) as
sources of the "ultimate know-
ledge" that rent control won't
work and suggests that not one
"respectable" economist w o u l d
argue for it. Radicals have long
known that "respectable" usually
means "conservative", "liberal"
or at least "not radical." It isn't
surprising that virtually no re-
spectable economist would endorse
rent control for most people who
might endorse the proposal sim-
ply don't get jobs that make them
"respectable" or, if they do en-
dorse rent control then, in Jab-
bour's eyes, they obviously aren't
"respectable." Yet it is interest-
ing to note that the majority of
the economics graduate students
and some of the younger, not yet
"respectable" economics profes-
sors, who have studied under these
great patrons, are both authors
and supporters of this bill.
ZEKE, WHO isn't exactly con-
cise himself, attacks the proposal
as being written in long and com-
plicated "legalese." He suggests
that HRP wrote it this way be-
cause either we like lots of small
print or we want to trick voters
into voting for something t h e y
couldn't understand. Come on. Did
you ever take a look at all the
fine print in your lease? The law
is written that way because if we
wrote it in concise and simple
English the landlords would not
be spending more than $40,M)
fighting it now because t,14-y
wouldn't care. Once it had passed
they could have their slick hign-
priced lawyers sidestep every part
of the law. That's why it's long
and complicated.
Zeke gives us a laundry list of
rent control's problems, none of
which he documents in any way
and a large number of which are
just plain wrong, if not malicious
lies. For example, it is "poten-
tially inequitable," whereas the
present rent system is just plain
inequitable; it's "legally suspect"
but so is all progressive legisla-
tion; "it favors leverage o v e r
equity," that's just plain untrue:
by including principal payments as
costs the amendment favors owner-
ship over speculation and its con-
sequent high costs for tenants.
ZEKE "Scare the Students to
Death Before They Cut My Pro-
fits" Jabbour, says the law pro-
motes superficial rather than
thorough repairs. This is not tzue.
Rather this is the way a moyey

hungry landlord and his friends
(like Zeke) would read it in their
.quest to increase their profits as
much as possible. So long as !and-
lords own houses they don't live in,
no law will be able to make them
make thorough repairs- because
their interest is in a fast buck.
At least the rent control law en-
courages them to make repairs of
some kind, which is more than
they do now.
Our poet laureate goes on to ac-
cuse the writers of lack of imag-
ination and of a lack of flexibility
in the law. He suggests that we
could have exempted a senior citi-
zen who owns only a single unit;
the law exempts ALL-persons who
have only a single owner occupied
building with three or less rented
units. Using one extreme example,
Zeke suggests that the law might
hurt a senior citizen who owns
her home free and clear and rents
it out. But the law has a special
hardship clause, for both tenants
and landlords, which would allow
the board in such a case to raise
the senior citizen's rent to save
her from the dire strai-s which
Zeke, but not HRP, foresees for
her. (For someone who complain-
ed about having to read the whale
law, Zeke doesn't seem to have
read it very carefully.)
Zeke continues, would have saved
the downtown area. So woui l the
Wizard of Oz. Downtown is what it
is today because of Briarwood,
Ann Arbor Tomorrow and other
maneuvers pulled by Ann Arbobusiness interests. Now all of a
sudden the writers of the rent con-
trol hill aren't "imaeinative ' un-

The Daily I
I stopped believing in Santa Claus
long ago. For five years there has
been no construction either of low
cost housing in Ann Arho, or of
any housing in the downtown area.
Now, landlords say, we will solve
this problem for you - and fast
too! Just look what we've done re-
cently. (Oops, didn't mean to say
that.) Let's face it. There is a
housing shortage. Ann Arbor's
semi-monopolistic housing market
hasn't solved it in the past and
can't and won' tsolve it now.
The question is, do you want a
cheap shortage or an expensive
IN SHORT, Zeke's arguments
just don't make it. Rent control
will help lower rents, will encour-
age maintenance and will begin to
give tenants some control over
their living situations. Rent c.n-
trol will provide an experience that
other towns can share and build on
and that Ann Arbor people can
take with them when they leave
and build on elsewhere.
-Richard Levy
IIRP Campaign
March 28
To The Daily:
WE FEEL we must protest y,,)ur
proposed new practice of having
pom-pom girls at football games,
which I recently saw noted in the
University Record. I have been to
several University football games
with friends visiting from o *'."i e t
schools, and all along I have been
proud that Michigan doesat have
anything as demeaning as pom-
pom girls, while all the other
teams do. Now you are go+n; to
ruin it. And the sad part about it
is, you probably think wri're be-
ing terrifically open-minded a n d
In case you haven't heard of :t
out there at the Athletics Build-
ing, there's a new movement going
on. Through women's libera;:en,
women are encouraged to dis-o: er
themselves as individuals an!] hu-
man beings, not as objects. Un-
fortunately, many women as well
as men have not heard of this
movement, and still think of them
selves as objects. These are the
people you will put out on "tir
football field as "pom-pom" girls
CONSIDER THp; term "p,)11 pcrr
girls." These unfortunates a.,e n-,t
even women, a term connoting self-
respect, awareness, and in.l:pend-
ence; they are only girls, a word
connoting cuteness, empty-neaded-
ness - "object-ness."
There was an article rec,-r.tly in
the Detroit Free Press. Y:fu mac
have seen it. It was about a TV
cameraperson whose job it was to
pick out (in his words) "h meys,"
"broads," and "cuties" to s>i,,+w
on TV for the viewing pleas ire of
the male chauvinists at home.
Please compare his philosophy with
your own practice of presenting
porn-porn girls.
Female cheerleaders are a fine
idea. However, do not turn them
into a skin show. They sltonld be
dressed exactly as are the male
cheerleaders - in pants and swee-
ters. Let us not lower these wo-
men to the level of objws. Let
them be women athletes with the
opportunity to demonstrate their
skills. I consider it ironic that
your "pom-pom girl" announce-
ment came out in the same issue
of the Record as an announcement
about a new funding pro!)-)!.al for
women's athletics. One step for-
ward, one leap backward.
WOMEN'S liberation is making

slow but sure progress. Y xxr new
policy could be a tremendous lean
backwards, and make me ashamed
of my University. I hava, talked
this over with many of my friends
and they agree. Please reconsider
your policy. Thank you for your
--Barbara Kern and 20 others
Feb. 23
To The Daily:
AS DAN BURKE'S representa-
tive to the candidates night spon-
sored by Project Community, I
must clear up your' interpretation
of my remarks.
I said that the use of revenue
sharing money for child care had
been one of the highlights of city
spending. Never had so much in
services been received for so lit-
tle money. That, should this sup-
port end, much more than the
$200,000 would be lost: all the vol-
unteer energy, all the organiza-
tion, and all the good will that the
child care centers had produced.
But, should we lose these funds,
we should not abandon the pro-
jest. To maintain the project I
supported a large sliding scale,
such that those who had large
financial resources would carry
the majority of the costs. It is on
this point that you mistakenly in-
ferred that I didn't support city
E funding.
Dan Burke does not believe in
solving our financial problems by
cutting off this vital social service.
David Perlman
Campaign manager
for Dan Burke,
Democratic candidate
for Council

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Third Ward: Pat Paulsen

rVHE DAILY REFUSES ' TO endorse any
Third Ward candidates this year be-
cause they, have demonstrated their re-.
moteness from those people they alleged-
ly are to represent.
The Democratic and Republican con-
tenders are seeking to gratify only their
middle - class suburban constituents;
stressing curbs on city growth and im-
proved fire and police protection, while
they neglect low-income housing, drug
help, health care, and day care.
HRP's candidate Harry Kevorkian has
also displayed his lack of concern for the
ward and the issues. Expecting to lose
"miserably," he refuses "to campaign at
all in his ward. To add insult to injury,
he is confining his efforts to helping
Kathy Kozachenko, the HRP hopeful in
the Second Ward.
Democrat Daniel Burke means well,
but when questioned about the city's fi-

nancial dilemma, he admits that he is
unfamiliar wih the "nitty-gritty" details
of the city budget. In addition, he re-
mains unsure about the priorities he
should assign to city programs. Such a
man is ill-suited to hold a council seat.
lieves in responsible city 'government,
but he is irresponsible by ignoring lower-
income dwellers in his ward. One should
be wary of a man whose party broke a
campaign promise last year, permitting
construction of Packard Platt Shopping
Center in the ward.
Bertoia and Burke do not support
either of the ballot proposal..- They in-
sist on linking the liberalized pot laws
to crime increases. Bertoia opposes rent
control just because it hasn't worked in
the past under different circumstances,
while Burke refuses to take a stand at all.

Fourth Ward: Kenworthy

cratic hopeful James Kenworthy in
the Fourth Ward. Kenworthy's support
for the two ballot proposals as well as his
progressive stance on other issues is in
agreement with Daily policy.
Though The Daily agrees with HRP
candidate Margo Nichols' politics, she
has realistically admitted that she does
not hope to win. Fortunately Kenworthy
does have a strong chance of beating the
Republican incumbent C. William Col-
Colburn voted for. the building of Mc-
Donald's and other exploitative growth
opposed by the voters. He has failed to

support any realistic funding of day care
and other human services.
Clyde Colburn is the Republican's boy
.for the next mayoral race. His defeat
will hopefully ' ruin his chances for may-
or, saving' Ann Arbor from a man who
has based much of his campaign on the
absurd lie that he (Colburn) is running
against two students.
date at the University, Nichols is .and
has been a full time librarian for three
years. She is obviously not a student.
Unlike his other Democratic.., party
mates Kenworthy has consistently sup-
ported both the five dollar dope fine and
rent control. He has taken the most lib-
eral stance on the non-existent Demo-
cratic platform favoring an increase in
funding to the human services program,
willing to control commercial growth and
stop the building of new roads.
To keep Ann Arbor's social services, to
stop commercial takeover of the city, and
to get the Police Department to respond
to voters' needs, Clyde Colburn must not
be allowed on City Council for. another
deceitful and oppressive term.
To make City Council responsive to the
voters, Kenworthy is the best- choice of
the candidates in the Fourth Ward.
James Kenworthy is the man to stop C.
William Colburn.

Fifth Ward: Hall,

consistent record of inconsistency on the
issues.. Her contradictory stands on the
rent control issue have earned deserved
contempt: It betrays a tendency to waf-
fle which is despicable.
SO GO TO THE POLLS Monday and cast
your vote for Beth Brunton in a ward
where the HRP has a good chance of
winning. Her knowledge about the issues
and her, experience working with the city
make her a desirable addition to City
Council and a worthy heir to the seat
held by Jerry DeGrieck.

Human Rights Party candidate Jesse
Compared to the other candidates, his
attitude mirrors what a politician's
should be. Despite his party's cynical
attitude on top of the enormous odds
against him in this GOP-dominated ward,
he has demonstrated a remarkable drive
and desire to change city politics.
Due to an extreme lack of funds and
peoplepower, Hall has been confined to
the city's old West Side which is largely
inhabited by apartment-dwelling stu-
dents, senior citizens, and blue collar
The area has proven to be tougher for
him because Citizens for Good Housing
have concentrated their efforts there.
As an economics teaching fellow at the
U' Hall has handled the West side re-
markably well. Instead of relying on
rhetoric like his HRP colleagues, Hall has
taken a more practical tack. He, suggests
that the city's human resource programs
that the party has long advocated be
funded by landlord's back taxes which
they will be forced to pay the city back

under rent control.
the police force, he recommends that
police personnel be directed away from
victimless crimes 'and redirected toward
enforcing property crimes committed by

Second, ward: Kozachenko

large segment of the University com-
munity, it is necessary that the predomi-
nantly student electorate choose a can-
didate that will best serve their interests.
We believe that HRP candidate Kathy
Kozachenko will be more responsive to
student interests than her Democratic
opponent Mary Richman, who has spent
the entire campaign refusing to take a
concrete stand on any crucial issue.
While Richman has expressed "support
with reservations" for both the rent con*-.
trol and marijuana ballot proposals, Koz-
achenko has come ..out strongly in sup-

port of both. .
Richman has refused to take a stand
on proposed solutions to the city's fiscal
crisis. Kozachenko has strongly, supported
such measures as cutting administrative
salaries and paring down the police de-
partment budget.
The position of HRP is also crucial in
this election. Ward Two is generally con-
sidered to be HRP's strongest ward, but
the lack of a Republican candidate this
year may throw a large number of mod-
erate-conservative votes to the Democra-
tic candidate.
F' IMP DOES NOT WIN a seat during
this election, there may be no radi-
cai_ voice on council to voice student in-
While both candidates have a some-
what sketchy political history, Kozachen-
ka has done more than pay just lip serv-
ice to radical reforms. She has been ae-
tive in the UFW boycott committee and
is' currently serving as chairperson to the
County Advisory Committee on the Sta-
tus of Women.
Calling for "change now," Kozachenko
promises to serve the needs of her con-
stituency by giving top fiscal priority to
human resource programs such as health
care, child care and drug rehabilitation.
She also recognizes a need for commun-
ity control of the *Dolice force and im-

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