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Rockefeller s heroin plan a bit rocky


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The risks of Phase Three

LWAYS FULL of surprises, President
' Nixon. yesterday took the generally
unexpected action of dropping nearly all
wage-price controls except those regulat-
ing food, health and construction costs.
While scrapping most of the Phase Two
controls, the President outlined his goal
of holding inflation down to two and one-
half per cent in 1973.-
The President plans to achieve this
goal through "jawboning"-which relies
on voluntary cooperation on the part of
business and labor-backed by the threat
that wage-price controls might be rein-
stated if flagrant violations occur.
It is too early to predict whether the
"Jawboning" will work, but suchecono-
mists as Walter Heller of the University
of Minnesota and Noble Prize-winner
Paul Samuelson predict that inflation
could climb to a rate of four per cent or
more during the coming year.
THE FACT that such methods failed
early in the Nixon administration
before the advent of controls dims the
outlook for their success now.
The Phase Two controls did not cut in-
flation from a rate of six per cent in 1971',
to approximately three and one-half per
cent last year, but it may be difficult or
Impossible to halt inflation without strict

controls. After all, even with Phase Two
controls December saw the highest
monthly increase in the price of food
since 1951.
It is also questionable whether volun-
tary cooperation can keep profits within
the President's guidelines. Organized la-
bor in particular criticized Phase Two
for allowing profits to increase while
clamping down on wages. Hence, not only
will it be harder for the Nixon adminis-
tration to keep prices and profits in line,
but the government will also have to
contend with unions that may consider
themselves belatedly "unleashed."
STUDENTS at the University may
quickly feel the pinch of rising
prices, possibly in the form of rent in-
creases. As much as it may keep tabs on
this country's industrial and business
concerns, the government probably won't
be paying too much attention to rent in-
creases by local realtors.
Controlling inflation is tricky business,
and few if any economists insist they
have the final answer to the problem.
Hopefully, the President's new policy will
be more successful than the old one. The
risk is great, however, that "jawboning"
will be less effective than Phase Two.

DESPAIR BREEDS desperate meas-
ures, and Nelson Rockefeller's sug-
gestions for dealing with the narcotics
plague are the children of despair. They
all sound very clean and surgically neat.
Mandatory life sentences for pushers.
No more plea bargaining. No parole. The
end of youthful offender treatment for
pushers under 19. Get tough. Crack
The problem is that Rockefeller is deal-
ing with only a section of the problem,
and nobody knows it better than he
does. In his State of the State message,
Rockefeller says: "In this state, we
have tried every possible approach
through education and treatment - hop-
ing that we could rid society of this
disease and drastically reduce mugging
on the streets and robbing in the homes."
THAT STATEMENT is a lie. The state
simply has not tried "every possible ap-
proach." It has spent $1 billion, but much
of that money went to bureaucratic rip-
offs, to fancy posters and glossy pamph-
lets and other media junk that had noth-
ing to do with the causes of drug addi-
ction, and it went to a pitifully small
number of programs that tried to deal
with the problem, but had to fail be-
cause of the inadequacy of the funding.
We have at least 200,000 heroin ad-
dicts in this city, according to the best
estimates I can find; if we have ever
had more than 15,000 addicts in treat-
ment at one time I'd be thoroughly sur-
Rockefeller's "every possible approach"
did not include the one approach that
has worked in the Western world, I mean
the British system. This system re-
cognizes that some people are heroin
addicts, that addiction (as even Rocke-
feller admits) is a disease, and that some
heroin adicts should receive heroin for

Daily Photo by TOM GOTTLIEB

the same reason that diabetes victims
receive insulin.
It is not a perfect system; but there
are about 400 addicts in London, and
200,000 in New York, so they must be
doing something right.
I believe that this session of the State
Legislature should enact very t o u g h
narcotic laws. But they should be much
broader than what Rockefeller is pro-
posing. An ideal law would connect the
British system to the Rockefeller crack-
IN OTHER WORDS, the state wo'!id
say to the addict that after a certain date
he would be able to get a regular main-
tenance dose of heroin, according to his
needs, dispensed at health stations, pub-
lic hospitals, or a system of supplement-

ary clinics. To get that dose, he must
register, receive a punch card bearing
his picture, and get the dose on the
premises; no heroin should be taken
That registered addict would have free
access to whatever psychiatric counsel-
ing he needs; he would be able to regis-
ter at a special addicts' job placement
agency; he would have access to social
workers who might help repair the ac-
cumulated injuries of his years in the
If he continues registered for 18
months, he might even be given an
amnesty for past narcotics-related cri;n-
es, which would restore some of the
rights he lost to the monkey.
All city addicts would be given six

is to register, from the date the
ation is made law. Any addict who
ers after that cut-off date would
to reveal the name of the person
ddicted him, and agree to appear
witness against that pusher in a
of law (the way federal health
rities try to track down the car-
of bubonic plague or smallpox.)
rER THE registration period is
then some of Rockefeller's propos-
ould be perfectly acceptable. Some
r cent of our addicts have tried
hand at pushing, to support their
habits. If the state relieves them
need to feed their own habits, and
i operate as pushers out of greed
Mme malign psychological need, to
I pain, then they should be put
till operate as pushers out of greed
r rob people would then be sent-
as muggers and robbers, as they
1 be.
British system has some flaws and
have to be modified to fit local
ions. But its institution would at
contain the present addict popula-
because there would be no profit
oin anymore, and therefore no need
kate new consumers.
ockefeller and the Legislature just
the present boldly punitive laws,
won't be jails large enough to hold
body. The cops, the jails, and the
> cannot handle the cases they now
and to suggest that more of the
will solve the problem is to raise
to an emotional pitch, without
being able to put your solutions in-
the toughest possible penalties, is
mly real solution for the most des-
problem this city has ever faced.
rabble-rousing politics is not.
apparent that he is ignorant c
this work. Professors tend to play
Outflank by referring to old books
graduate students will not have
read, graduate students tend to
focus on recent books professors
will not have read.
Ray Gozzi writes a weekly col-
umn entitled "Maggie's Farm" for
the Yale Daily News.




Court orders police restraint

three Detroit men suspected in the
shooting of the six STRESS officers has
reached the limits of police brutality.
For the past two weeks the black com-
munity has been plagued by numerous il-
legal search proceedings and unwarrant-
ed arrests. Homes have been broken into
Sports Staff
Sports Editor
Executive Sports Editor
BILL ALTERMAN ........... Associate Sports Editor
BOB ANDREW............. Assistant Sports Editor
SANDI GERM ............. Assistant Sports Editor
RANDY PILLTPS ........ Contributing Sports Editor
MICHAEL OLIN .......... Contributing Sports Editor
cRUCK DRUKIS ........ Contributing Sports Editor
JOEL GREER ............ Contributing Sports Editor
SPORTS NIGHT EDITORS: Chuck Bloom, Dan Borus,
Mare Feldman, George Hastings, Bob Heuer, Frank
Longo, Bob Mc~inn, Roger Rossiter, Rich Stuck.
Ecker, Mike Lash, Mark Ronan, Bob Simon, Theresa
Swedo, Robin Wagner.
Janet McIntosh, Marcia Merker, Mike Pritula,
STAFF: Jeff Chown, Richard Flaherty, Fred Lucas,
Business Staff
Business Manager
BILL ABBOTT ............Associate Business Manager
FRANCINE SCHERGER ............Personnel Manager
PAUL WENZLOFF ...............Promotions Manager
STEVE EVSEEFF ................Circulation Manager
SISTANTS: William Blackford, Sherry Kastle, Ray
Catalino, Linda Coleman, Jim Dykema, Sandy Fien-
berg, L'Tanya Haith, Dave Lawson, Elliot Legow,
Caryn Miller.
STAFF AND TRAINEES: Joan Ades, Esat All, Dawn
Bare, Michele Becker, Roy Chernus, Linda Cycow-
ski, Donald East, Michele Engel, Harriet, Erlick,
Deborah Geistein, Gregg Gunnel, Bo Hartrick, Nancy
Karp, Cynthia Kaufman, Alan Klein, Steve LeMire,
Beryl Levine, Jon Licht, Mike Luerich, Joyce Mc-
Clendon, Carol Meyer, Paula Schwach; Valerie Sief-
man, Ton Slykhouse, Edward Stieg, John Totte,
Daral Voss, Debra Weglarz, Jonnie Williams, San-
dra Wronski.
STAFF ARTIST: Denny Dittmar.

by unidentified policemen and innocent
people have been arrested on charges of
"suspected harboring of fugitives." How-
ever, all these tactics have proved futile
and have merely served to disrupt the
black community.
The family and friends of the three
suspects are particularly suspectible to
this unusual treatment. The mistreat-
ment has reached such a peak that seven
of the suspects' family members have
filed a suit in Wayne County Circuit
Court for damages occurred in police
Circuit Court Judge Thomas Foley is-
sued a temporary injunction Wednesday
ordering Detroit police not to harass the
family and neighbors of the three men.
THE PLAINTIFFS charge that the po-
lice entered their homes without war-
rants and tore the furniture apart. Were
the police hoping to find the men stuffed
inside the furniture?
The suit also states that a police ser-,
geant phoned one of the plaintiffs and
threatened to "blow the place up."
Foley's order restrains the police from
searching the homes of the accused men's
families or immediate neighbors without
a search warrant or "other legal right."
But as a police spokesman pointed out,
the law permits a policeman to enter a
building without a search warrant if he
has reason to believe that he will find a
criminal inside.
This may unfortunately lead to con-
tinuing harassment of blacks despite the
inj unction.
Today's staff:
News: Prakash Aswani, Pat Bauer, David
Grossman, Charles Stein, Teri Ter-
rell, Ralph Vartebedian, Rebecca
Editorial Page: Denise Gray, Ted Stein
Arts Page: Richard Glatzer
Photo Technician: Rolfe Tessem

AS YOU MAY have noticed,
much of academic life consists
of giving the impression that you
possess great knowledge when, of
course, you don't. Many are the
occasions when you must appear
to have something to say, when
you don't. Several techniques have
arisen to meet these situations, and
they are widely employed by pro-
fessors and students alike.
The best of these games are
virtually foolproof, and provide
the game-player with methods to
parlay a superficial understand-
ing of a book, !thinker, or issue,
into what appears to be a thought-
ful, critical, intellectual response.
In the interest of making these
valuable survival techniques avail-
able to all, I list below five of the
basic games. All they require is a
desire to win, as opposed to a
desire to understand. Once the de-
sire to win is properly inculcated,
the game-player will in fact see
no difference between winning the
game and understanding his ma-
terial, which is a most useful at-
titude to possess.
HAZE. With determination, even
the most brilliant clear book or
article can be proved vague, inde-
terminate, imprecise.
Haze is 100 per cent effective be-
cause no author or speaker ever
defines his terms perfectly, and al-
ways uses some undefined terms.
"Yet the author does not ever tell
us just what he means by capi-
Any comparative study at all
can be instantly Hazed: "Certainly
the defining features of Fascism in
Spain are different in certain as-
pects from those in Italy, yet the
author insists upon treating these
movements as equivalent."
STRAW MAN. Any argument, in
any book, will have qualifying
phrases strewn liberally about. It
takes only a minimum of effort to
disregard these, and the phrase
"Essentially, Bottomly is contend-
ing that . . ." will allow any
Straw Man to be set up that one
This means that only a few ba-
sic arguments need be mastered in

any given field, and the Straw
Man approach will allow one to
fit any book, however new, into
these basic arguments, about
which a long string of prepared
remarks can be trotted out. Thus
at one stroke the appearance of
thoughtfulness is maintained and
any truly new thoughts, which
might require actual consideration,
can be disregarded.
BONGO - BONGO. At times it
takes some effort, but there will
always be a Bongo - Bongo. "The
author claims that individualistic
religion leads to achievement
orientation, however the Bongo-
Bongo possess a highly individual-
istic religion and have been de-
scribed as inordinately lazy."
Any attempt to generalize, how-
ever cautious, can be Bongo-
Bongoed even if no specific coun-
ter - examples are known, by the
simple technique of suggesting that
the work of some other schcolar
has led to different implications.
This will always be true.
The simple fact that a dispute
exists is usually enough to discred-
it the generalization. "The author's
conclusions differ from those of
Professor Bongo-Bongo, and per-
haps we should look for fresh re-
search in the area before these is-
sues are settled."
Note the appearance of judicious
fair - mindedness, really a cover
for an inability to decide issues of
substance. Only a minimum stock
of names needs to be kept for
Bongo - Bongo to be effective, es-
pecially when used in conjunction
with Straw Man. Bongo - Bongo
has the added advantage of pro-
longing academic disputes, mak-
ing them in principle unresolvable,
providing much - needed oppor-
tunities for publication.
CHUCKLE. There is something
grotesque about much academic
laughter: it sounds as if it were
coming from a tomb. This is be-
cause many occasions for laugh-
ter are really not funny, but rather
are parts of power plays: "Well,
Hornswager may think that,
(Chuckle,) but of course his argu-
ment is circular."

This game is best played in a
seminar or at a cocktail party, but
it has occasionally led to some pon-
derous attempts at humor in print.
It is most effective in setting up
Straw Man or reinforcing a Bongo-
Bongo, by diverting attention from
the substance of the argument to
calling upon the listener to Chuckle
along and therefore agree, regard-
less of his own thinking.

OUTFLANK. Whenever, for one
reason or another, the situation.
becomes desperate, you can Out-
flank your adversary by dropping
a new biographical reference: "I
believe that Millikan's recent book
dealt with that problem."
Your adversary will not have
read Millikan-if, indeed, Millikan
exists - and will not wish to con-
tinue the discussion lest it become

Letters to The Daily

Feldkamp under fire
To The Daily:
AS A RESIDENT advisor at
Mosher-Jordan I feel obligated to
respond to John Feldkamp's letter
of Jan. 9. I agree with him that
the quality of The Daily's report-
ing in its article on South Quad
was shabby and irresponsible, but
I must disagree with him when in
the process of defending one of
the dorms he himself makes harm-
fll implications, uses misleading
statistics, and utilizes specious ar-
guments that denigrate Mosher-
The staff of our dorm is fully
aware that a real problem exists
here in terms of the composition of
our resident body. Feldkamp is
fully correct when he calls Mosher-
Jordan a 'white ghetto". However,
he implies, intentionally or not,
that there has been very little ef-
fort on the part om our claim to
integrate. This implication is false.
When Feldkamp is comparing the
return rates of Mosher-Jordan and
South Quad (in itself a mini-course
in "how to lie with statistics") he
neglects to point out that our rates
would have been even higher if our
building director, Sharon Gensler,
had not requested that 40 per cent
of our spaces be kept open for in-
coming freshmen.
Indeed, Mosher-Jordan w o u I d
have had almost 100 per cent up-
perclassmen. In implimenting this
unprecedented measure, Sharon's
intention was to give minority stu-
dents at least a chance to live in
the dorm. In another effort along
this line, Sharon enlisted the help
of black recruiters going to pre-
dominantly black high schools in
Detroit, encouraging blacks to live
in Mosher-Jordan.
As a final measure, Sharon re-
quested that 50 spaces be kept
open until the end of August, so
as not to make us a "closed"
dorm. I should reiterate t h a t
all of the above actions were ini-
tiated by Sharon Gensler, n o t
the Housing Office.
It strikes me as extremely ironic
that in his letter to The Daily
as well as in other forums (Hous-
ing Bulletin, meetings with staff's
of other dorms) Feldkamp prefers
to see himself as the noble white
knight of racial justic and Mosher-
Jordan as his stubborn adversary.
In fact, it appears to me as
though every time our dorm makes
an effort to alleviate the problem,
he jumps on the bandwagon, takes

promised for the sake of statistics
is unacceptable. The situation is a
difficult one, and Feldkamp's in-
niendos to the effect that Mosher-
Jordan is intentionally racist and
negligent are certainly not helping
-Ralph Helmick
Jan. 10
South Quad solution?
To The Daily:
AFTER READING letters to The
D a i l y concerning the article
"South Quad: Beset with Quiet Ten-,
sion," I was greatly relieved to
find that the director of housing is
a liberal. From John Feldkamp's
letter of Dec. 15, I too was con-
vinced that this was no issue for
rationality and that, like F e I d-
kamp, we must all resort to naive
liberalism to solve South Quad's al-
leged problems.
Applying his dubious reasoning I
have formulated a solution to our
housing dilemma. If we lower
South Quad's atrocious number of
blacks and use them to dissolve
Mosher-Jordan's white ghetto, we
will accomplish several desired
goals. First, this plan will lower
South Quad's tensions and alleged
crimes by spreading it around and
also it will keep blacks in the mi-
nority of both dorms where they
But even before we can achieve
quotas we must first find out which
housing applicants are black and
which are white. Present housing
applications do not indicate race
or religion. Perhaps we should in-
vestigate the Ouija board techni-
que now employed by the housing
office for the purpose of deflect-
ing blacks to South Quad. Some-
how we must integrate both dorms
without adding a race criterion
to the application form. I propose
that we wait until after the first
day of classes and then desegre-
gate the dorms by busing.
Despite the convincing arguments
of both Feldkamp, housing direct-
or, and myself, some die-hards still
argue for freedom of choice. If
they were right, I would agree with
them. However, this freedom of
choice cannot remain as long as
Catholics, Jews, Orientals and Chi-
canos continue to covet the plush
white suburb of Mosher-Jordan.
-Robert Caine
Jan. 10

ciety" and the free world.
At the present time we do not
have any type of outside or inside
sponsorship, nor are we recognized
by the administration here. We are
working to remedy both of these
situations , within the eery n e a r
We have recently become aware
of various community organizations
and individuals who hold sympa-
thetic views towards prisoners'
rights and the goal of community
control of prisons. We peel that any
exchange of information would be
enlightening and beneficial both to
us and to you, the concerned mem-
bers of the local community.
We are currently "thinking in
terms of a workshop format to cov-
er such topics as ,Communications
Media, Community Organizing, Sex-
ism, Ecology, History of the Amer-
ican Left, etc. We need films, video
tape, letters of support, speakers,
creative energies and other crea-
tive inputs generated fram outside
these walls.
If you feel that you. can h e I p
please write to Roger Mintzer, No.
1056 or Ray Fortman, No. 10672
with your ideas, suggestions and
any physical support you ma! be
able to offer. The least you could
do would be to acknowledge t h i s
letter to help us in our struggle for
recognition here at Milan.
-Prisoners' Cultural'
FCI, Milan
Jan. 8
Office space
To The Daily:
I SEE (Dec., 10 Daily) that SGC
member Bill Dobbs is trying to
unload some surplus office space.
I have a suggestion for its use. At
one time there were five music
practice rooms in the Union. SGC
appropriated two of them (pos-
sibly as storage space for the lion-
tamer's act, it's hard to know for
certain). /
Wouldn't it be sensible for SGC
to make use of Dobbs' space and
to re-dedicate one of the rooms to
music? There is a notorious short-
age of places to practice on the
central campus, and a lot of prac-
ticing can be done in the time it
takes to get to the School of Mb-
sic, which itself is crowded. Be-
sides, Fellini's devotion aside, it
can be forcibly argued that, as a
cultural activity, music should take
precedence over circus.
-M. Easley
11 Dec.

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