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Us1e Sitnn Daihj
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A debt. toAmericans as wel

HOW IRONIC. After years of record
amounts of bombing of North Viet-
nam, President Nixon is now forging
ahead with his plan to fund a massive
foreign aid program to that country.
Of course, some of the same irony ex-
isted. after World War II when the United
States rebuilt Europe and laid the foun-
dations for the economic power that
Germany and Japan possess today.
But there were some differences. After
World War II the wartime governments
of Germany and Japan no longer existed,
and so the German and Japanese gov-
ernments were no longer our enemies.
However, the government of North
Vietnam -today is the same one which
Richard Nixon considered to be the ene-
my of the United States not even two
months ago. The only difference is that
now the United States has made peace
with the North Vietnamese government.
Aid there is no doubt that the United
States, after years of destructive bomb-
ing, has a moral obligation to the North
Vietnamese to help them rebuild.
T IF THIS country can effectively
forget the past with North Vietnam,
if Richard Nixon can travel, neotiate
and improve relations with the Peonle's
Renublic of China and the Soviet Union,
whih Nixon has considered to be ene-
ines of the United States, then why can't
Richard Nixon grant amnesty?
After all, those who avoided or battled
the draft were American citizens whose
only crimes were that they could not
morally sunport the United States' ac-
tions in Vietnam.
At the same time, the North Vietna-
riese, to whom we may give and much
as two and a half billion dollars, are
avowed communists who killed nearly
50,000 American soldiers.
It is hard to see how Richard TNixon,
the long-time anti-communist, can log-
ically justify aid to North Vietnam and
a hard-line attitude towards draft re-
sisters at the same time.
The President's thinking seems a lit-
tle fuzzy from another-point of view as
well, as Congress is now pointing out.
ACCORDING TO administration logic,
aid to North Vietnam is needed, but
aid to the United States is not. The fed-
eral budget proposed by the President
provides drastic cutbacks in approxi-
mately one hundred domestic programs.
The Nixon administration believes that
these programs are either outmoded or
failures, and therefore expendable.
TOday's staff:
News: David Burhenn, Michael Duweck,
Cindy Hill, Robert Murray, Ted
Stein, David Unnewehr
Editorial Page: Denise Gray, K a t h I e en
Arts Page: Richard Glatzer
Photo Technician: Randy Edmonds

Perhaps many of the domestic pro-
grams are failures, perhaps many of
them are outmoded. But the problems in
American society they were meant to
deal with still exist. If old programs
don't work ,then new ones should be
found that do. Dropping the old pro-
grams and then ignoring the problems
is not a responsible alternative.
The Nixon administration believes that
the answer is revenue-sharing. It feels
that the federal government cannot
solve social problems because of its dis-
tance from the problems. Therefore, it
believes that money can be used more ef-
fectively to solve social problems at the
state and local level than at the federal
Unfortunately, state and local govern-
ments are often not very receptive to the
need for action to initiate social change.
For example, a large chunk of Ann Ar-
bor's revenue - sharing money is going to
buy new police cars. There are numerous
problems more pressing in this city, to
say the least. The city of Pontiac plans
to use its revenue-sharing money to build
a new football stadium for the Detroit
Lions. Such is the ability of local govern-
ments to deal with pressing local prob-
AMERICAN PROBLEMS of justice and
equality are still pressing in this
country, and thousands of draft resisters
are still considered outcasts and crimi-
nals because of the dictates of their con-
The United States carried more than
its share in the destruction of Indochina,
and has an obligation to help rebuild.
But the United States also has an obli-
gation to the American people. The war
had a tremendous impact on this coun-
try as well as Indochina. Hopefully, Con-
gress will not forget either obligation as
it acts on the spending and priorities of
the federal budget.
Editorial Director
TODAY'S BUBBLE-GUM contest, spon-
sored by The Daily, promises to be a
big event for all local campus blowhards.
Why? The answer, my friend, is blow-
ing in the wind.
Beginning at noon in the Diag, the
dream of all dentists will come true.
Hundreds of pieces of free bubble-gum,
sweet and chewy, will be on hand for
those who wish to show off their bubble-
blowing prowess. Those whose jaws sur-
vive the grueling grinding, and make it
into the final "stretch," will be judged
in three separate categories - size dura-
tion, and wierdness of the bubbles
And the prizes for the lucky survivors?
What else but a year's supply of bubble-

Editor's note: The following are the state-
ments of the mayoral candidates in the up-
coming primary.
Democratic Party
Robert Elton
IT IS MY firm belief that the present city
government has not addressed itself to
the real and serious problems of the com-
munity. Problems of the environment, prob.
lems of the deterioration of the quality
of life, and the growing social problems of
Ann Arbor go, not only un';olved, but
not even talked about.
The development of outlying parts of Ann
Arbor is going on at unprecedented rate,
but there exists little or no dialogue as to
whether this is good, or bad. Already the
sewage plant operates at, or near, capacity.
Yet the past year saw a record number of
building permits issued. The downtown
area gets more inundated with automobiles
every day, yet the city is building resi-
dences that will increase the n e e d for
transportation. Garbage collection services
are curtailed, and the landfill is being
filled to capacity, yet the city never ques-
tions what it picks up in the garbage pail
to see if it could be recycled, or used in
another way. Violent crime is at an all time
high, yet policement spend more time than
e-er writing parking tickets. The city plans
-d d millions for roads, yet pennies for
crossing guards to help schoolchildren
across these busy streets.
I don't believe these are inevitable trends.
With good leadership, the city can turn
these things around, and begin the work
of building for the future.
The city must develop an environmental
conscience. There is no reason why the
building code cannot stipulate that new
buildings will have adequate ventilation,
freeing them from dependance on energy-
using air conditioners. There is no reason
why the city should actively encourage the
use of private automobiles by building and
maintaining roads, and discourage the use
of bicycles and walking by not building, and
not maintaining, bikepaths and sidewalks.
The city should actively encourage the re-
cycling of materials, rather than the pro-
liferation of refuse, and it should start
by banning non-returnable bottles.
The city must develop a program for
growth that does not merely rubber stamp.
the desires of the land developers. At the
same time, the city must ensure that ade-
quate representation of all the city's minor-
ity groups is made in the decision-making
process. We cannot allow Ann Arbor to
become a haven for the rich alone.
Most of all, the city must come to grips
with the realization that the quality of
life in Anh Arbor has declined for most
people in the last five years. It is likely
to get even worse unless we act now to do
something about it. Ann Arbor has a spec-
ial character, a certain uniqueness, and it
would be a tragedy to let it slip away
because we were too shortsighted to real-
ize what was happening.
John Feiner
IF ELECTED MAYOR I will do all I can
to help make Ann Arbor a community
its citizens are proud of.
Whether you reside here a day, a year
or a lifetime I believe you are entitled
to and should receive all the normal city
provided services equal to or better than
you have had in the past. If as mayor I do
only one thing to improve the environment
for the citizens of Ann Arbor, and I certain-
ly hope I can do more than just one, I will
be able to look back on my term as mayor
and say to myself, "I helped to make Ann
Arbor a better place to live, not only for
myself and family but for all the citizens
of Ann Arbor.
I am past president of the Noon Optim-
ist Club of Ann Arbor, and have worked
to have laws requiring the use of safety
glass passed on the local and state levels.
Franz Mogdis
I'M A CANDIDATE for mayor because I
feel Ann Arbor needs a strong mayor
over the next two years. A mayor who is

willing to take the lead and indeed force
changes, force reorganization of city hall
and its priorities to make them more re-
sponsive to the needs of the total commun-
It's time, for example, that we had ac-
countability to citizens at all levels of city
government. This can be done by making
all department headsresponsibleto council
rather than to the city administrator, and
it can be done by introducing regular re-
views of each department, including public
hearings, in order to determine and eval-
uate how well they are carrying out their
functions. I'll fight for both of these chang-
The city must also initiate an affirmative
action program to get women into non-
clerical, administrative jobs. It is totally
unexplainable that no woman holds a posi-
tion of department head or higher in city
hail today. When we hire a new city ad-
ministrator, which the new mayor and coun-
cil will do, we must look for an innovative
person who believes in these principles and
is prepared to pursue them. This new ad-
ministrator also must be willing to take
direction from your elected representatives
-council and the mayor.
If elected, I'll push for an immediate mor-
atorium on all new road construction until
a new.circulation study is completed - a
study which takes into account all modes
of transportation. I strongly support the
AATA bonding proposal for a comprehen-
sive public transportation system. The
city must free itself from dependence on
asphalt roads and polluting cars; the ex-
pansion of the public transit system is a
step in the right direction.
If I'm elected I'll also give immediate at-
tention to ensuring that the police give
equal service when needed to all citizens.
It is clear that if the police are going
to effectively combat serious crime against
people, muggings, rapes, hard drugs and
break-ins, then victimless crimes must be
de-emphasized. As immediate first steps,
I'll set up an ad hoc citizens' committee to
review and recommend changes in police
priorities and procedures; bring the pres-
sure of the mayor's office to bear on the
police department to immediately de-em-
phasize victimless crimes; and in high
crime neighborhoods, determine the feas-
ibility of bicycle and foot patrols replacing
or augmenting patrol cars.
The new mayor must also push for ex-
panded child care, community-oriented
medical, dental and drug care for all, .and
better consumer and renter protection laws.

These are just a few of the progran:. I in-
tend to push for if elected mayor.
Human Rights Party
David Allen

David Allen has
Daily's invitation
statement on the

not responded to T he
to make a campaign
editorial page.

Ann Bobroff
LIKE MOST other HRP candidates, I feel
the party must pressure local govern-
ment for changes in many areas: health
care, childcare, mass transportation, hous-
ing, community control of services, ten-
ants rights, taxation, discrimination against
various groups, and so on.
The differences between my opponents
and myself is how we believe city council
can be used to achieve these goals.
Some candidates talk mostly about mak-
ing change through City Council. I be-
lieve this is totally unrealistic. Lo c a
government is comparatively powerless.
Our experience on council has shown that
frequently state and federal laws block.
legislation HRP wishes to pass. And Ann
Arbor government has nowhere enough
money, even with revenue sharing, to pro-
vide the services we feel are necesary for
its citizens. Perhaps most importantly,
many problems in our society cannot be
changed through government alone. For
example, City Council will never be able
to simply legislate away the racism and
sexism which exist in Ann Arbor.
The only way to deal effectively w i t h
these problems is through the pressure
of mass movements, such as those of blacks,
women, gay liberation, and trade union-
ists. Only such movements can create mas-
sive social change. They pressure govern-
ment on all levels to enact reform. And
outside of government, they focus public
attention on the problems of oppressed
groups, and force society to recognize their
HRP should push for whatever reforms
we can get through City Council. But an
equally important role for our candidates
and elected officials is to participate in,
aid, and publicize mass movements. For
example, recently I have participated in
the demonstration at City Hall demanding
a public hearing on community control of
police. I also picketed in the past weeks
with the striking Ann Arbor school board
secretaries. As HRP's mayoral candidate,
I would continue such activities as an im-
portant part of my campaign.
The anti-war movement made the stu-
dent community acutely aware of how pow-
erless we are as a group by ourselves.
So it's important for us to try to draw
other types of people into our party. Part
of this means stressing issues which affect
non-students, workers, minorities, women.
It also means that HRP must be more
than an Ann Arbor party. We should begin
by reaching nearby communities which
have a larger non-student population, such
as Ypsilanti. We must also strengthen our
ties with the National People's Party.
Jenita Kaimowitz
MY CANDIDACY for mayor was urged
by people disillusioned with Democratic
and Republican refusal to make needed
changes in our city.
Democrats like Republicans are so tied
to the narrow interests of the business
community and the University administra-
tion that they cannot and have not re-
sponded to others.. City government must
begin to function for those who've been
left out - for blacks, students, women,
neighborhood groups, workers, poor peo-
ple. To carry on and expand the work
toward these goals, the two HRP people
elected last April need added support on
City Council.
When Nixon began his total dismantling
of the war on poverty, I was horified,
though hardly surprised. In its place local
governments will receive revenue sharing
funds, theoretically intended for +he financ-

city officials who are preoccupied mainly
with a new fleet of police cars and the
aesthetics of garbage collection.
We have a broad natural constituency in
this town that we can bring out to the
pols by concentrating on our real needs and
common goals without rhetoric or divisive-
ness. Rent control, for instance, is neces-
sary here, and we will have to elect our
own people to get that passed.
I am confident that I can win the mayor's
race. I am representative of segments of
the community that include but go far
beyond the "youth vote," because I am
37 years old - I have a family of my own,
have raised two kids, have been a house-
wife, a sales clerk, a high schoil teacher. In
addition, my work at Ozone House has pro-
vided me with first-hand contact with peo-
ple and departments and agencies through-
out Ann Arbor, as well as with young peo-
ple and their families from varying poli-
tical, economic, and social backgrounds.
I am supported by many members of
the Human Rights Party, and also by peo-
ple who usually support Democrats but
who don't believe that a Bendix technocrat
will concern himself greatly with human
needs and social change.
Richard Steinhart
WE ARE STILL pioneers. Man has not
yet conquered the elements. His tech-
nology is burying him in a polluted, data-
processed condominium. Look around you!
People have become absorbed by militant
apathy. We stubbornly fight to be left pas-
sively ignorant.
I prefer to look at radical politics from a
bio-chemical viewpoint. The definition of
radical being, in this case, "a group of
atoms that is replacable by a single atom
or that is capable of remaining unchanged
during a series of reactions." When change
is necesary, implement it.
I am a University of Michigan student,
have regularly attended city council meet-
ings, and keep informed of major issues.
The time is rapidly approaching when the
city, as we know it, will be extinct. In its
place will be a sprawlingbmegapolis from
Detroit to Chicago. It is vital that Ann Ar-
bor maintain its position as an open forum
and artistic center in the confining atmos-
phere of surrounding communities. Action
is energy. Drive and desire are fuel.
I find it appalling that in a city housing
a large and well-respected University, $800,-
000 of allocated monies was cut from an al-
ready anemic public school budget. Our
youth are our most valuable resource. Per-
haps there can be a more reliable way
of financing public education. Programs
in schools should be developed to both
teach students and provide a service to
the community.
On another level, centrally located gar-
bage receptacles would improve and cut the
cost of garbage collection. By positively
encouraging recycling, there will not be
as much waste. We must begin to clean up
after ourselves.
No one can deny the continuing import-
ance of the automobile in the function of
our daily lives. The city must, however,
encourage alternate methods of transporta-
tion to relieve congestion and avoid energy
crises. The possibilities include more bi-
cycle paths, improved sidewalk maintain-
ence, evaluation of restricted parking areas
and pedestrian malls. Extended bus serv-
ice to all areas of the city, with special
rates for low-income passengers would be
a necessary measure as well.
People all over the country say that Ann
Arbor is a unique city. Is it governed in a
unique way? We deserve a new approach to
politics. Causes, not symptoms will have
to be dealt with sooner or later. By act-
ing now, we will have the potential for im-
provement and will save the higher future
cost of dealing with more and more symp-
Republican Party.
Lewis Ernst




Letters to The Daily

S /

Ride on
To The Daily:
AS TWO concerned students,
who have closely followed a n d
worked on city bicycling projects,
we heartily endorse the passage of
a safety - bicycling bond issue
by City Council on Monday night.
Out of over $1,700,000 approved for
the bonding project, $800,000 will
be allocated to developing a total
bicycle network.
The majority of the remaining
funds will deal with the safety of
pedestrians, and the handicapped.
With the approval of these funds,
and the establishment of the Bi-
cycling Coordinating Committee by
Council, the concerns of Ann Ar-
bor cyclists will finally be dealt
with, and acted upon.
Hard work by citizen lobbies, es-
pecially the Ann Arbor Bicycle
League, has prompted City Coun-
cil to propose this responsive fund-
ing issue. Now it is up to con-
cerned citizens and cyclists to
unite and work towards the pas-
sage of the safety - bicycling bond
issue, on the ballot in the April
--Dave Sahn '75

ing within two miles of campus
have nothing better to do from
January 1 until May than to ho,) to
the door every five minutes to an-
swer inquiries about next fall's
vacancies? Those of us who do not
live in Ypsilanti or in buildings
with armed guards are not permit-
ted to study, nap, or chat w it i i
friends from nooq until 11 p.m. -
no, we must spend all our time go-
ing to the door to tell twirpy co-
eds and their male counterparts
whether we intend to move out of
our apartments in time to let
them move in before classes start
in the- fall!
If it were already Aug. 24 - or
September 3 - it might be under-
standable: desperation and t h e
threat of oncoming winter m i g h t
justify this ceaseless interruption
of the peace of local inhabitanl s.
But 7 or even 8 months before
registration!!?? It is rudeness and
thoughtlessness, not desperation,
which accounts for this behavior.
As a resident student of many
years' standing, I can sympath-
ize with those who do not relish
working through rental agencies;
but the least such people ght
do is wait for the Daily to adver-


Lewis Ernst has
Daily's invitation
statement on the

not responded to The
to make a campaign
editorial page.

James Stephenson
AT THIS TIME in history the Ann Arbor
resident and the University student
need the same thing from City Hall. Lead-
ership, from the Mayor's office. Leadership
means the ability to manage city programs
so as to accomplish some kind of decent
The city has a tradition of being well
managed by Republican Mayors. The city
has been poorly managed under the leader-
ship of a Democrat Mayor and Democrat-
HRP coalition leadership of City Council.
Well meaning but naive people thought
leadership from liberal Democrats could
accelerate social change. Instead, the only
thing they got was chaos. The decent ob-
jectives that have been achieved are few
and ultimate losses of programs are forsee-
able. For example, look, at the results of
the Public Housing Program and the Model
Cities Program. Both are a shambles, and
both have been controlled exclusively by
liberal leadership climaxing in the evic-
tion of public housing tenants on Febru-
ary 7.
If the voters continue the present leader-
"r~traditional city programs will
become just as useless. How would t h e
quality of life for the University student
be afected by poorer refuse collection serv-
ices and poorer police services? Surely
the armed robbery and theft problems have
touched most students hby this time Tho



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