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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1972
WITH THE passage of no-fault insur-
ance by the State Legislature, con-
sumers in 'this state have finally gained
victory in the auto insurance field.
No longer will accident victims have to
wait. months, or even years, to collect
damages 'for accident losses. And no long-
er will those who were found to be at
fault after arduous and wasteful court
proceedings find that they cannot collect
any money for losses at all.
Not only will all accident victims re-
ceive benefits without delay, but the
benefits available are probably the most
extensive in the country.
THEBILL sets no limit on payment of
medical expenses for "reasonably
necessary products, services and accom-
modations for an injured person's care,
recovery or rehabilitation."
Victims will also be entitled to receive
all of their lost wages for up to three
years, and survivors of those killed in au-
tomobile accidents will be able to receive
as much as $21,900 in three years to help
ease the economic problems they face.
Gov. William Milliken has called it the
best no-fault bill in the country, and so
have some -consumer advocates.
As an added dividend to Michigan mo-
torists, it seems probable now that, auto
insurance rates will go down for many
drivers, especially those who are young,
single, drive less expensive cars, or are
in lower income groups.
People who are in high income brack-
ets may pay more under the new system,
but they, like everyone else, will get far
better coverage than they did under the
DESPITE THE success of no-fault plans
in other states, it did not pass the
Legislature easily. Months of open de-
bate was exceeded. only by the private
haggling in committee and behind clos-
ed doors. Consumer advocates and insur-
ance companies battled over the provi-
sions and lawyers groups had opposed the
It is comforting to know that the "good
guys" win occasionally.
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Space vs. welfare giveaway'
D.C. budget bungling
IT IS INDEED frightening that Congress
came close to giving up a large seg-
ment of its power to President Nixon.
Nixon's recent request to Congress, while
setting a budget ceiling of $250 billion,
would have given the President unlimited
authority to cut funds from any pro-
grams he wished. Congress would have
been left with no voice in the matter.
Shades of Thiei!
Fortunately, a reasonable compromise
was worked out, and Congress is to be
praised' for this. The compromise, agreed
upon over the weekend, by House and
Senate conferees, agreed with President
Nixon on the spending ceiling, but voted
to allows cuts of not more than 20 per
cent in any one program. Furthermore,
certain programs, such as Social Security,
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veterans benefits, and unemployment
compensation would be left untouched
It was argued that if Congress had
okayed the president's request, it would
be surrendering its "constitutional man-
date to control the government purse
strings." Nixon would thus have had
more power than any president in our
The Congress, anxious to adjourn in
time for the elections, has been rushing
legislation through, almost blindly in
some cases, to insure a quick adjourn-
ment. That they acted wisely in this case
is much to their credit.
But, remember, with election pressure
and Nader pressure on them, they have
little choice but to act wisely.
WE ALL HOPE in this room that
there's a chance that current nego-
tiations may bring an honorable end to
(the) war. And we will say nothing dur-
ing this campaign that might destroy
But if the war is not ended when the
people choose in November, the choice
will be clear. Here it is: For four years
this Administration has had at its dis-
pgsal the greatest military and economic
advantage that one nation has ever had
over another in a war in history.
FOR FOUR year's America's fighting
men have set a record for courage
and sacrifice unsurpassed in our history.
For four years this Administration has
had the support of the loyal opposition
for the objective of seeking an honorable
end to the struggle.
Never has so much military and eco-
nomic and diplomatic power been used
Aug. 8, 1968
By DAVID FRADIN
"MAN MUST 3XPLORE", ex-
claimed Astronaut David Scott
just last year in Rackham Lecture
Hall. "Because from exploration
comes discovery and from discov-
ery comes knowledge and under-
A survey just completed at the
University of Michigan shows that
the space program is important to
U-M's students because it "advanc-
es and -expands the frontiers of
scientific knowledge." Knowledge
is what is important about t h e
Rated first in the survey is "in-
creasing knowledge about - t h e
Earth's environment." The newly
launched Earth Resources Technol-y
ogy Satellite (ERTS) - much of
which was developed here at Ben-
dix, Ann Arbor and the Willow
Run Labs - is being used today to
help man understand how to us
and preserve the Earth's environ-
ment. Next year's Skylab program
- a manned orbiting laboratory -
will also increase the knowledge
of the Earth's environment.
But perhaps the most important
program as far as increasing our
knowledge - the Apollo m o o n
langing program - will be coming
to a close this December 6th when
the last moon mission blasts-off.
Apollo 17 will be the ,last time
Americans will explore the moon
for at least the next 15-20 years.
All because of those who would
like to :take the puny three billion
for space knowledge and give it
away as welfare.
David Fradin, '73 Engineering,
is chairman of the Federation of
Americans Supporting Science and
Dr. Arthur C. Clarke, the author
of 2001: A Space Odyssey, pointed
out in the January 1972 issue of
Playboy: "In another generation it
will seem incredible that intelli-
gent men ever questioned the val-
ue of the'space program. Anybody
who can't see the value of it is
THE PROGRAM has already
paid for itself in terms of lives
saved alone, the most dramatic
example being the use of satellites
to track Hurrican Camille of the
Gulf Coast in 1969. On the basis
of what storms did 30 or 40 years
ago the death toll from Camille
could have been over 45,000
Consider the fact that the
country of India is spending
percent of its Gross National
duct or $400 million per yea
the next ten years on a nation
space program. The American
ple, however, spend only one-
of one percent of its GNP o
Perhaps we Americans 'do
know a good thing when we s
With America's moon explor
comingtoea close in Decembe
may indeed, as Dr. Clarke
Big Brother in action:
Checking your garbage
FOR SOME time now, Uncle Sam has been developing a Big Brother
We have documentary evidence that federal agencies have almost
unlimited access to confidential information of citizens. Income tax
returns, social security files and confidential bank records are all
open to federal snoops.
Not even the mails are inviolate. Almost any government agency
can ask the post office for a mail check to find out who is writing to
Government agents have even resorted to poking Into people's
garbage. For a while, garbage collectors in the District of Columbia
had a list of 50 persons whose trash was set' aside and delivered in
burlap bags to a special room in a government building. There, unidenti-
fied men would some at night to spirit away the bags for scrutiny.
So, it came as no surprise the other day when we spotted two gov-
ernment agents, dressed as civilians, lugging large plastic bags filled
with trash aboard an airliner in New York City. The plane was bound
One of my reporters asked the men about the bags, but they only
made glib remarks about helping New York's Mayor Lindsay get rid of
the city's tl'ash.
How widespread the garbage game is nobody knows. But two res-
taurant owners from Bowie, Md., had a different encounter with Uncle
Sam on a train recently. The travelers, Kenneth Gill and Donald Rem-
bert, discussed the Watergate bugging incident. They merely talked
about what they had read in the newspapers.
A few days later, however, a Secret Service agent knocked on Gill'
door and proceeded to question him about his knowledge of the Water-
It's only 1972; 1984 is still twelve years away. But, apparently,
Big Brother is 'already watching.
-A Temporary Lift-
The Nixon Administration is rushing to complete a report before
election day which shows that U.S. prestige abroad received a big-if
only temporary-lift from President Nixon's trips to Peking and
The United States Information Agency is now analyzing the results
of surveys conducted last spring and summer in 15 countries. According
to sources inside USIA, the preliminary results show that U.S. prestige
rose in 12 countries surveyed following the President's trip to Peking
last February. At the same time, we are told, U.S. prestige dropped In
Japan, Mexico and Lebanon.:
The White House is expected to leak favorable statistics from the
peo- surveys before November 7. But the White House will probably keep
under wraps another section of the USIA study which indicates Amer-
poor ican prestige is on a downward trend.
ten The upward move generated by the President's historic trips is
Pro- only a temporary prenomenon, say our USIA sources. The general down-
r for ward drift of American prestige abroad can be expected to continue
nwide into the 1980s.
-t hid -Computerized Congress-
- the In the 91st Congress, 435 representatives wasted 190 hours - or five
work weeks - while their names were read slowly aloud to record 'their
vote. With push buttons on their desks, the congressmen could have
e not voted and been recorded in five seconds each time.
ation It now appears that Congress will at last get voting buttons. An
r, we electronic voting system has been installed and House computer czar
says, Frank Ryan says the system will soon be in operation.
However, initial tests of the system have backfired and Rep. Wayne
Hays, D-Ohio, who oversees the operation, has told us he doesn't
plan to sign any of Ryan's vouchers until the system proves A-Okay.
Routine Briefing - Several months before the Cambodian invasion,
a ranking general trooped up to the New York offices of C h a s e
Manhattan to brief a roomful of bankers on the latest developments
in the Vietnam War. One former Chase Manhattan official who was
present told us that the general stilongly intimated that something
big was about to develop in the war. He advised the bankers to keep
their eyes on-the supply lines in Cambodia and Laos. We asked ow
friend at Chase Manhattan whether he thought it proper for the Penta-
gon to brief dozens of bankers on sensitive military matters. "Whether
it's right or wrong," he told us, "it's certainly routine."
Luxurious Living - The Navy is spending over $100,000 a year to
house off-duty sailors in plush apartments while their ships are being
overhauled at the Newport News,. Va., shipyard. The offduty sailors re-
lax in furnished, fully carpeted two-bedroom apartments in town. Most
of the ,apartments have color TVs and access to swimming pools. Mean-
while, on-call sailors working in the dockyards continue to sleep in
bunk beds on crowded barges.
Avid Reader - The Army's post in the Canal Zone is a long way
from Washington. But.General George V. Underwood and his top brass
down Panama way keep informed. The general is not only an avid
reader of the New York times, which is available locally, but he also
receives each day, by ;airplane, four copies of the Washington Post.
The public shells out more than $2,000 a year so the general and his
staff can keep up-to-the-minute with the latest goings-on in Washington.
nts support Geen
juncil Phyllis Vine Erenberg ing shown, both ethically and ad-
iw as John Whitmore 'ministratively, it was by Mr. Dunn.
ation, Thomas Trautman Shame on Mr., Dunn and shame
Prof. D. J. Guth on the University for' exhibiting
venrs Leslie Owens such a low standard.
rther- Jehuda Reinharz' -Seymour H. Mandell,
en as Robin Jacoby A.I.A., J.D.
is ap- Judith Silver Frandzel Class of1'53
ly 227 Ernest Young' Oct. 11
eating William Rosenberg
al de- John Broomfield Error cited
meth- G. N. UzoigweEro cie
Oliver Holmes To The Daily:
John Fine Jr. REGARDING a statement by
h our John Eadie Bill Thee in Saturday's articleEby
Robert Mattoon Jr. Cindy Hill, neither I nor a n y
e im- CharlesfGibson GROUP member, nor GROUP as
pro- William Hauser a whole, has been charted in court
Gerald Linderman with the serious offense of bal-
lot-box stuffing. I resent the in-
-History department faculty sinuation by Bill Thee' that GROUP
Oct. 13 is a party to any election c o d e
To The Daily: violation because he- chooses to
o con- WITH REGARDS to the suspen- "remember" events that never oc-
rt as sion of Prof. Mark M. Green, I curred. I also demand a public
nitar- cannot be in support of or against apology.
dents, the subject matter of the teaching -David W. Smith
ension methods of Prof. Green. However, Chairman, GROUP
g the under the facts presented in the Oct. 16
Detroit Free Press, I certainly re-
ion to gard his suspension as unwarranted Scared
objec- and rash in nature. ro The Daily:
ficial First, the right to teach matters I GET HALF scared to d e a t h
nsists of "educational quality" in a n y whenever I think of that abrtion
study classroom should be reserved to bill proposed by Senator Bursley.
a n d the judgment of the teacher. If the How would he, or how could he,
-t h e university disagrees with the sub- respond to me if I were to ask
i- ject matter, then the university him what he would do if they found
Letters: Faculty, studei
To The Daily:
WE, THE undersigned students
enrolled in Chemistry 227, do here-
by protest the arbitrary suspension
of our instructor, Prof. Green.
Without prior notice or consulta-
tion, without regard to our right
to participate in the decisions
which affect our education, a n d
without due process we have been
summarily severed from contact
with our professor.
We condemn, this action by
chairman Dunn as an arbitrary and
misguided use of power contrary
to our interests as students. We
condemn the suspension of Prof.
Green as a blatant violation of
academic freedom infringing on
the basic rights of free inquiry and
We defend Prof. Green's action
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being relevant to our educ
and assert our right with
Greensto determine the e,
within our classroom. Fu
more, we support Prof. Gre
a teacher. We have found hi,
proach to teaching Chemistr
dynamic and interesting, cre
an appreciation of- and a rea
sire to learn the laboratoryr
ods of organic chemistry.
As injured parties along wit
instructor we demand an er
this injustice and call for th
mediate reinstatement of our
Fessor, Prof. Green.
'To The Daily:
AS FACULTY members who
ceive of our function in pa
the development of an huma
ian consciousness in our stud
we are outraged at the suspe
of Mark Green for showing
We call the College's attent:
the statement of educationalo
tives in the 1971-72 LSA 0'
Bulletin: ". . . the College i
that the proper subjects for
are not merely techniques
skills, but the liberal arts:
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