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

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mich;

News Phone: 764-0552

Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

The Silversein saga

THE DISCOVERY of Student Govern-
ment Council member Joel Silver-
stein in Pacific Grove, Calif. is not shock-
ing in itself. After all, another member,
Marty Scott, lives in Detroit and attends
Wayne State University, and a third, Mi-
chael Davis, lives in Cleveland.
SGC sent a letter to each of the long-
distance members asking whether they
wished to retain their seats. Scott and
Davis replied they would remain on
Council. However, there was no reply
from Silverstein. Consequently, his seat
was declared vacant on September 19.
Shocking, however, were the telegrams
that have since been sent from Winni-
peg, Canada, bearing Silverstein's name.
One sent to SGC and another sent to The
Daily clearly had led people to believe
that Silverstein was backpacking in Can-
ada and would return to his SGC seat in
three weeks.
BUT THE REAL shocker is that Silver-
stein was not in Canada at all. The
Daily was informed of his whereabouts
by one of his numerous friends who

knew where he was. It took less than
a half hour to find him, and that he
wants to stay on SGC, after that. He is
listed in the Pacific Grove phone direc-
tory. Yet, SGC President Bill Jacobs
could not, or at least said he could not,
find Silverstein after a month-long
It is not difficult to find motivations
for Jacobs' laxity. With Silverstein's seat
vacant, and Scott and Davis voting, Ja-
cobs would be in a good position to fill
the vacant seat with a member of his
own GROUP party - to replace Silver-
stein. If, on the other hand, Scott and
Davis were off Council, GROUP would
lose much of its power to the competing
Responsible Alternative Party.
IF SGC cannot even locate its own mem-
bers, there is a real question as to
what they can do.
Perhaps, Silverstein is right, "I can
represent the students (on SGC) from
here (in ~'California) just as well as

"IF ONE votes for any of the other
candidates, especially the t w o
major ones, it is a racist vote,"
Thomas Dennis says.
Thomas Dennis is a black middle-
aged Communist waging what is sure
to be a losing battle for the U.S.
Senate in Michigan.
Dennis argues that his "long involve-
ment in people's struggles" makes
him a better candidate than Human
Rights Party candidate Barbara Hal-
pert. "I'm not a middle class subur-
banite," he says.
During the McCarthy era Dennis
was followed, bugged and threatened.
In the early fifties, as a full-time
Communist Party worker, hefwas in-
dicted under the Smith act. "We were
indicted for conspiring to teach and
advocate the violent overthrow of the
government. It was a thought control
charge," he contends.
Dennis still complains of police har-
assment, telephone tapping, and FBI
tails. "There were times when neith-
er I nor my wife could leave the
house without 'company'."
DENNIS' campaign is aimed at the
working class and young people. He
really doesn't expect to win. He is
just hoping to get enough votes so the

party will be granted a plac
ballot next year.
He says it was only whent
the "CP that I really begant
stand the big contributions
history the black people have
this country. I also began
the real reasons behind racis
"It also surprised me to f
people fighting for the rightsc
It just wasn't done back the
nis comments.
Now, Dennis is shocked by
nomic conditions in the state
igan is facing the prospect o
ing the next Appalachia."
"The hardest hit is the you
40 per cent of the black you
of work. Most of them neve
job and have no prospect of
ting one," he says.
But neither this issue, no:
outspoken opposition to the w
CIA and to the FBI are like
him many votes.
"You can't solve the pro
the people with capitalism.
ism exists for profits, not
Dennis contends. As of yet,]
voters have not demonstrat
finity for Communism. In as
went overwhelmingly for W.
May, it is doubtful that ma
munist voters will emerge tb

commie' ca
e on the Dennis hopes his compaign is serv-
ing an educational purpose. If elected
he joined he could use his office as a focus for
to under- issues. "The media, which has been
and the ignoring me so far, will be unable if
made to I am elected."
to learn But the establishment, and even un-
sm." derground, media are ignoring Den-
Ind white nis. Most of the media would x ather
of blacks. not use up copy space on a "sure
en," Den- loser" - especially when the Human
Rights Party is much more in the
the eco- news as the third party of record.
e. "Mich-
f becom- NONETHELESS; Dennis continues
his campaign, knocking his oppon-
uth. 30 to ents, especially Democratic candidate
ith is out Frank Kelley and incumbent Republi-
t had a o can Robert Griffin. For them he has
ever get- these words:
Griffin: "Bought and paid for can-
r Dennis' didate of the auto industry. His con-
'ar, to the tribution list reads like a Who's Who
ly to win of industry. He has taken over the
blems of b of fanning racism from NAG and
people," Kelley: "We call him Jelly Kelley.
Michigan He has no backbone, nothing. He's a
ed an af- gutless wonder."


its capitalism

state that
allace in
any Com-
his fall.

Paul Travis is a Daily associate
managing editor.

Government hy manager


THE CITY MANAGER-city council or-
ganization of municipal government
has been, for the last decade or so, prais-
ed by everyone from high school civics
teachers to, oddly enough, the city man-
agers themselves.
The original concept put forth by good
government groups was to remove the
conduct of city affairs from the hands of
hack mayor-politicians dispensing cor-
ruption-ridden patronage and to place
municipal affairs in the hands of a pro-
fessional city manager or administrator.
Counterbalancing the city manager
would be a popularly elected city council
of "city fathers" who would make the
major policy decisions and act on the
recommendations of the city manager.
The city manager would be responsible to
the city council which could remove him
if, in a crunch, it came to that.
The whole thrust of the city manager-
city council type of government has been
to lift city affairs out of the gutter of po-
litics to the clean and efficient plateau
of business. Efficiency ' production and
professionalism would become the goals
of city government. Municipalities would
be run like American businesses and the
most would be gotten out of each tax dol-
For many medium-sized cities the city
manager-city council system worked very
well in enabling them to meet the mount-
ing demands on city governments and the
services they provided.
'HOWEVER, as the administrative role
became more important and the
technical aspects of running a city more
complex, the role of the city administra-
Editorial Staff
PAT BAUER .............Associate Managing Editor
LINDSAY CHANEY .................Editorial Director
MARK DILLEN ..................Magazine Editor
LINDA DREEBEN .......Associate Managing Editor
TAMMY JACOBS ........... .....Managing Editor
LORIN LABARDEE .............Personnel Director
ARTHUR LERNER .......... ...:..Editorial Director
JONATHAN MILLER ...............Feature Editor
ROBERT SCHREINER .............Editorial Director
GLORIA SMITH ..........................Arts Editor
ED SUROVELL .........................Books Editor
PAUL TRAVIS ...........Associate Managing Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Robert Barkin, Jan Benedetti,
Chris Parks, Gene Robinson, Zachary Schiller, Ted
COPY EDITORS: Diane Levick, Jim O'Brien, Charle
Stein, Marcia Zoslaw.
DAY EDITORS: Dave Burhenn, Daniel Jacobs, Jim
Kent'ch, Marilyn Riley, Nancy Rosenbaum, Judy
Ruskin, Paul Ruskin, Sue Stephenson, Karen Tink-
lenberg, Becky Warner.
Frisinger, Matt Gerson, Nancy Hackmeier, Cindy
Hill, John Marston, Linda Rosenthal, Eric Schoch,
Marty Stern, David Stoll, Doris Waltz.
Business Staff
Business Manager
BILL ABBOTT ............Associate Business Manager
H ARRY HIRSCH..............Advertising Manager
FRANCINE SCHERGER ...........Personnel Manager
DIANE CARNEVALE ..... . ............. Sales 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;
STAFF AND TRAINEES: Joan Ades, Easat Ali, 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,
Darai Voss, Debra WegIarz. Jonnie williams. San-

tor, like that, of other technocratic-ad-
ministrative roles in other areas, has be-
come more and more important and dom-
inating. The members of the city coun-
cils have become increasingly inclined to
act as a rubber stamp for the city mana-
ger's recommendations.
Command of the city bureaucracy and
the technical knowledge to run .the city
have given the administrator a great ad-
vantage over those popularly elected
members of the city council who suppos-
edly are to make the real decisions.
A member of a city council can ask a
city administrator if there is an alterna-
tive to the action or policy that the man-
ager has proposed. The administrator can
pause, look like he has countless prob-
lems and headaches on his mind then
say no, there is no alternative. The coun-
cil member is left with that answer.
Although the city manager-city council
system may be an efficient way to run a
city, city council members find themsel-
ves at an ever-increasing disadvantage,
as the administrative post involves
greater technical experience and a more
intimate knowledge of the workings of
city government.
IT IS VITAL therefore, that members of
a city council - including, of course,
ours - be both able, and more important,
be willing to challenge and question the
basis of administrative recommendations
and decisions.f
If the seats on City Council are filled
with those who refuse to do so, then
whatever voice the community has in the
conduct of city affairs is lost.
What's new at
the nearby 'U'?
BY NOW 122 students at Eastern Michi-
gan University have been notified of
their suspension from the university for
failure to comply with a notably archaic
housing ordinance that -requires fresh-
men and sophomores to live in dormitor-
Only freshmen and sophomores who
are over 21 (or who are married, are vet-
erans, or live with their parents) are ex-
empted from this regulation. However,
the age of majority in this state is now
18 rather than 21. Eighteen-year-olds
who legally have all the rights and res-
ponsibilities of adults certainly should
have the right to choose their living quar-
ters at a state-supported institition such
as EMU.
Eastern Michigan has ignored the cur-
rent change in the age of majority sim-
ply because the university stands to gain
financially by requiring sophomores and
freshmen to live in university housing.
A CHANGE in housing policy that would
allow students 18 and over to choose
their place of residence would not result
in a mass migration from the dormitories.
At our own university, for example,
. . .... ...b .. 1...,v. .sl w i it n f n

Wheat crop may
oust Soviet chief
WASHINGTON - Soviet Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev may soon
face serious political opposition in the Kremlin, according to a recent
intelligence report.
The late Nikita Khrushchev was ousted as Soviet premier after a
bad harvest and a dispute over Mideast policy. Now another bad
harvest and a setback in the Mideast has shaken the authority of Brez-
hnev, Khrushchev's successor.
Brezhnev is counting on negotiating a highly favorable comprehen-
sive trade agreement with the United States to revive Russia's sagging
economy, which according to the CIA is in far worse shape than the
U.S. press has so far reported.
Brezhnev's moves toward the United States have angered his con-
servative opponents in the Kremlin. Unlike Khrushchev, Brezhnev has
been able to downgrade some of these critics, but he has not silenced
them all.
A secret CIA report reveals that a showdown in the Kremlin could
come at a meeting of the Central Committee this week.
Meanwhile, White House aides tell us President Nixon has decided
to delay a second round ,of disarmament talks with the Russians until
after the election for fear of angering big labor at home.
The President, we are told, wants to avoid reminding voters -
especially in California - that the SALT talks may eventually mean
more job cutbacks for defense workers.
Republicans are chortling over newspaper accounts that Senators
Ted Kennedy and John Tunney recently spent four days aboard a sloop
with two lovely ladies who definitely were not their wives. The
story appeared in the Manchester Uigion Leader.
Kennedy's companion was identified as Mrs. Amanda Burden, a
pretty, 28-year-old New York City socialite.
In checking the story out, we talked personally to Senator Tunney
who told us that Senator Kennedy was definitely not accompanied by
Mrs. Burden.
Tunney, himself, admitted he brought a lady friend, but at the time,
he noted, his wife was filing for divorce. Since then, the two have been
To prove the story was overplayed, Tunney told us the senators
were also accompanied, at least on part of the trip, by their 11-year-
old sons.
Priestly Disguise - Leaders of the Black September terrorist group
have disguised their agents as Muslim and, Christian priests and sent
them abroad with orders to kill top Jordanian leaders. A secret CIA
report warns that Palestinian guerrillas may attempts to assassinate
top Jordanian officials whenever they travel outside the country.
FBI Rebuffed - Actor Marlon Brando has ordered his lawyer
to take legal action, if necesary, to stop the FBI from snooping into his
private affairs. Brando has never committed any crimes nor supported
any subversive causes, but the FBI nonetheless has kept a file on him.
For some unknown reason, the FBI has spent more time investigating
Brando, the movie godfather, than many real-life godfathers.
POW Gimmicks - POW wives are complaining to us that rock con-
cert promoters, door-to-door solicitors and even cemetery owners are
trying to use the wives to line their own pockets. The standard gimmick
is to advertise that the enterprise featuring the wives will help the
POW cause although frequently the promoters keep most, if not all, the
Copyright 1972, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.
It seems I've heard

"He was the very mo-del of a mo-dern ma-jor gen-er-al !"

Letters to The Daily

Abortion bandwagon?
To The Daily:
of exposure to pro-abortion argu-
ments and advocates (including
Gloria Steinem fans), I find myself
in the uncomfortable position of
being completely unconvinced. In
most ways I am a good enough
liberal, and practically all of my
friends have jumped on the abor-
tion bandwagon, but I dawdle.
The pro arguments about im-
proving the quality of life (espe-
cially that of the prospective mo-
ther) and lowering the popula-
tion of unwanted children would
serve just as well to justify infan-
ticide or general elimination of
burdesnome people such as the
aged or insane.
Certainly an unwanted pregnan-
cy can be tragic; certainly it would
be nice if a woman could always
have control over her own body.
But the real question is whether
a fetus is a person. If it is, then
it is immoral to kill it. If it is
not a person, then we must find
some transition point where it be-
comes one, since a baby is a per-
At some point this mass of cells
acquires a morally relevant prop-
erty that makes it wrong to kill it.
No one has succeeded to my satis-
faction in finding this property;
most women six months pregnant
are quite sure that it is, indeed, a
baby in their belly.
When I ask myself, "When did
I begin?" I do not say "The mo-
ment I popped from the womb" or
"The moment I began to kick" or
"The moment I stopped looking
like a lizard fetus."
The only answer that seems
right to me is, "I began at con-
ception, when the two germ cells
united to yield my unique chromo-
some complement."
T- -... - .3

I personally feel that anyone who
can so willingly embrace such con-
venient generalizations as "As al-
ways, men view women solely as
physical objects . . .", etc., de-
serve to remain ignorant, with all
the misery that will attend. But
they do not deserve to-be able to
peddle their half-baked philosophies
with impunity, in the guise of a
constructive enterprise, to others
who may unfortunately be suscep-
tible. May the readers of Her-self
be advised of the extreme bias of
its editor, if the title does not al-
ready indicate that.
I have a suggestion: why don't
the relevant women's organizations
employ a determined quota' of qual-
ified men? This is liable to not
only add some muscle and organi-
zation to their efforts, but to dis-
courage the tendency for e a c h
legitimate cause to deteriorate in-
to a narcissistic exercise in pole-
mics, which is now so evident.
--Aaron B. Corbet, '73
Sept. 23
TV outrage?
To The Daily:
YES, things are hard all over!
It certainly was a "TV Outrage"
to miss the last three minutes of
"Columbo" as countless thousands,
maybe even millions of martyrs
were created. Yes, isn't it as you
say, a callous world we live in
when we can't even see the last
three minutes of a TV show? -
The truth of the matter is, that
WWJ-TV, acting in the public in-
terest, did in fact show the last
three minutes of this vitally im-
portant TV show during the wea-
ther portion of the news.
Nevertheless, we're quite proud
of the moral outrage that you ex-
pressed over such a serious, press-
ing matter. Who knows, maybe
since they've started editing such

"Columbo"). That's happened to
me too, darn annoying.
After working for a TV station,
I know what happens. Had the
storm warning run any later, they
would have had to preempt com-
mercials - which would have cost
them money. Those warnings ran
all evening. WWJ's excuse was
pretty weak. All TV stations get
warnings at the same time. I
know Channel 7 did not cut into
their show.
The dollar always wins.
-George Johnston
September 20
'Whining' editorial
To The Daily:
I FIND it disheartening t h a t
your editorial director, Lindsay
Chaney, should become so dis-
traught over a weather bulletin in-
terrupting a television program
that he would call for revoking
the station's license.
If informing the public of a se-
vere weather warning is, as Chan-
ey suggests, "against public in-
terest", then perhaps, he would
prefer no intrusions to his view-
ing and the next time, say, a tor-
nado is in the. area he can be
blown to oblivion with his eyes
still transfixed to the electronic
An editorial director, who be-
comes so infuriated over an inter-
rupted televisioin program is
(again in Chaney's own words),
"exhibiting callous disregard" for
his, readers (on purely selfish
grounds) and does not deserve the
space to whine about it.
-Donald Kubit
Sept. 19

that line before.*


SELECTIONS from the An-
thology of Great Univer-
sity of Michigan One-liners.
"I know this reading list looks
long, but some of the books are
quite short-take War and Peace
for example . .
"I want this class to be loosely
run, with a lot of feedback and you
students in control-now here are

ing for the course, and I came
across your article in ..."
"Hey that's amazing, I'm from
Moosehead, Maine too, I can't be-
lieve we've never met . ..
"Have you got a quarter for
some shampoo? ."
"That is a good question and I'd
like to return to it later . .."
"What is your ID number? . ..
"No, I've never been proposition-
ed at the UGLI, why do you ask-
hey wait a minute ...

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