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Eighty-two years of editorial freedom
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Remembering things past:

Nixon, Hiss

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Taking Doug to task

IT SEEMS that there has been a breach
of law and order in the county sher-
iff's department.
After a month-long investigation into
Sheriff Douglas Harvey's domain, Coun-
ty Prosecutor William Delhey concluded
Wednesday that the sheriff and several
of his officers "have not complied with
the law in regard to the reporting of
stolen property."
While their shady
acts carry no crim-
inal sanctions and
p r osaecu te d >;
as crimes, t h e y
constitute obvious
illegality and re-
flect the corruption
of the present sher-
iff's administration.
Delhey's month-
long investigation
revealed that the
sheriff and his dep-
uties failed to no-
tify the County .
Board of Commis-
sioners within a
legally specified six
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, Charles
Stein, Marcia Zoslaw.
DAY EDITORS: Dave Burhenn, Daniel Jacobs, Jim
Kenich, Marilyn Riley, Nancy Rosenbaum, Judy
Ruskin, Paul Ruskin, Sue Stephenson, Karen Tink-
lenberg, Becky Warner.
Frisinger, Matt Gerson, Nancy Hackneer, Cindy
Hill, John Marston, Linda Rosenthal, Eric Schoch,
Marty Stern, David Stoll, Doris Waltz.
Photography Staff'
TERRY McCARTHY.............Chief Photographer
ROLFE TESSEM.......... .........Picture Editor
DENNY GAINER...............Staff Photographer
TOM GOTTLIEB...............Staff Photographer
DAVID MARGOLICK ...........Staff Photographer

months that he had recovered two snow-
mobiles and a camper-trailer. Delhey
also charged that Harvey made insuffic-
ient attempts to locate the owners whom
Delhey investigators later did discover.
Instead, Harvey sold one of the snow-
mobiles to his daughter for. $100 and
failed to turn in the money until this
week, 11 months after the sale. He also
transferred the title of the other snow-
mobile to the sheriff's department.
HARVEY TERMED these illegalities the
result of oversights by his deputies.
He generously agreed to take the full re-
sponsibility for their "mistakes." After
seven and a half years at his sheriff's
job, Harvey has remained so "ignorant"
of what he can and cannot do that Del-
hey's office now has to teach him his
sheriff's responsibilities in disposing of
stolen goods.
At minimum, accepting Harvey's ex-
planations of these disorders, he ranks
as a poorly informed, incompetent ad-
ministrator, and a lackadaisical super-
visor. He deserves the full responsibility
he accepted for the "errors". And it is
more incriminating if Harvey, who after-
all sold a snowmobile to his own daugh-
ter, knowingly sanctioned illegality.
Now a candidate for re-election on the
American Party ticket, Harvey has a
poor record to recommend him.
In the past he provoked charges of
"police brutality" while ostensibly keep-
ing the peace at student demonstra-
THE DELHEY investigation proves Har-
vey to be a selective law enforcer
subordinating the law to his own inter-
ests. In the snowmobile case, the law
was overlooked and a laissez-faire atti-
tude suddenly set in, all to Harvey's
Harvey has shown himself to be a dis-
reputable- character, not worthy of the
power he holds. He is no public defender
but a public profiteer. He is either too
insufficiently infornied about the law or
else too willing to compromise it to pose
as its representative.
To day's staff:
News: Ted Evanoff, Sara Fitzgerald, Chris
Parks, Eric. Schoch
Editorial Page: Denise Gray, Robert
Schreiner, David Yalowitz
Arts Page: Herb Bowie
Photo technician: Denny Gainer

"INCIDENTALLY," President Nixon said
at his press conference last week, "I
conducted the investigation of the Hiss
case. I know that is a very unpopular sub-
ject to raise in some quarters, but I con-
ducted it; it was successful."
The case which Nixon speaks of is per-
haps a strange one for him to refer to in
this campaign, as it was the primary basis
of his harsh anti-Communist image in the
fifties. In these days of seeming recon-
ciliation, this reminder of the Hiss case
stands out like the original cliche it- is.
The Alger Hiss case was called Nixon's
"greatest achievement" by one writer, and
in 'fact it constituted the main reason for
his almost meteoric rise in the political
world - from representative to senator to
vice president within four years.
THE ROOTS of the case go back to
Nixon's first election in 1946, when he
mounted a successful Red Scare campaign
against his opponent Jerry Voorhis. And
his opening speech in Congress connected
communism and espionage, boding of things
to come.
The new representative's first claim to
public prominence came when he accepted
the chairmanship of a special subcommittee
in charge of developing the legislative pro-
gram relating to the "Communist prob-
The Hiss case opened in August, 1948,

when Whittaker Chambers, an employee of
Time magazine, named Hiss and seven o h-
ers as "underground" Comunists whom he
had known during his own involvemert with
the Communist Party in the 1930's. After
this assertion was repeated on "Meet the
Press", Hiss brought a libel suit against
Several weeks after the Justice Depart-
ment had announced its six-week in\lesti-
gation revealed there was "no basis for
a case" against Hiss, Chambers produced
typewritten sheets of State Department do-
cuments he said Hiss had given him ten
years earlier.
EVEN AFATER THIS, the Justice De-
partment said it was about to drop its
investigation. It could not be proven that
Hiss, a State Department official, had used
the documents for any illegal purpose.
It was December before five spools of
film - purportedly copies of hundreds of
documents - mysteriously turned up in a
hollowed-out pumpkin in Chambers' garden.
The "pumpkin papers," as they came to
be called, were subpoened by Nixon, and
Hiss was indicted for denying in earlier
testimony before a grand jury that he had
ever given any State department document
to Chambers, and that he had ever seen
him after the begining of 1937.
In the first trial, the jury was unable to
reach a verdict, but a second trial resulted

in Hiss' conviction on both counts. At the
time, Nixon called Hiss' alleged crime the
greatest act of treachery in the nation's
Superficially, this dry account, although
somewhat bizarre, says little. But there are
unanswered questions: Why, when finally
revealed, did the five films yield but 58
documents? How it is that the typewritten
sheets later turned out not to be typed on
Hiss' typewriter? How is it that Chambers-
pronounced to be a psychopath by two dif-
ferent doctors - left the Communist party-
before the documents he supposedly re-
ceived from Hiss existed?
THESE QUESTIONS certainly seem a bit
suspicious. Yet Nixon, who directed the
whole Hiss case, was rocketed to nation-
wide prominence because of his part in
the endeavor. And his anti-communist fer-
vor hardly flagged in the following years.
In 1954, Vice President Nixon urged that
U.S. troops be sent to Vietnam to replace
the defeated French forces, and six years
later he declared, "There will not be set
up a foreign-controlled Communist dictator-
ship in Cuba . . . The U.S. has the power,
and Mr. Castro knows it, to throw him out
of office any day that we would choose
A dozen years later, referring to the
North Vietnamese, President Nixon said the
U.S. was not using the power that could

"finish them off in an afternoon."
A "Nixon history" may prove to be
tiresome ,reading, but only because of its
monotony. Its hard, anti-communist vein
has been consistent throughout - that is,
until a couple of years ago, when suddenly
repprochement became the word of the
was now the great peacemaker. The rea-
son, as evidenced by an occasional presiden-
tial remark, is not that Nixon had sud-
denly 'gone Red,' as American Party can-
didate John Schmitz claims.
Rather, it is that the President has per-
ceived the change in the climate of public
opinion since the Hiss case nearly a quar-
ter of a century ago. In 1950, a demonstra-
tion against the Korean war, as there waa
last year against the Vietnam War, could
never have occurred. In 1965, a McGovern-
Hatfield amendment against the war could
not have garnered the support of more than
two members of the Senate.
The President has done the nation a
favor by reminding the public of his back-
ground. Perhaps it might be well t. delve
into the past activities of other candidates
as well.
Zachary Schiller is a staff writer for
The Daily and a frequent contributor to
this page.



Talking to one
who was there
"What do you think of this country's claim that it is a
world moral leader now that you've served in Vietnam?"
"It's just a country. It's got a lot of cold people in it
that can fly planes and drop bombs . ..
Mike Lewis stops and fidgets with his great bushy beard.
I look down at my notes for another question. The tape ma-
'chine whirrs. I push the microphone closer to him. The
reading jumps.
JUST LIKE any other interview, but not really.
For Lewis has been closer than just about anyone to the
madness that is the air war in Vietnam.
He was an air force photointerpreter at the Seventh Air
/Force Headquarters in Saigon, before Lavelle got there. That
means he was a member of the important elite who mapped
out where our planes would drop bombs.
Lewis talks calmly about the war. But then he's lived
with it since returning from Vietnam. He hasn't been silent,
After returning, from Vietnam he started chapters of
the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) here and at
the University of Texas. An undergraduate here, he remains
one of the campus' most vocal war critics.
I first came across Lewis' name when I opened a New
York Times at a lunch counter in Washington last June. In a
front page article by Seymour Hirsch, Lewis described two air
raids he had targeted deep in North Vietnam which later
were labeled "protective reaction".
There hadn't been any protective reaction, however.
Lewis had targeted the raids like any of the others. This at
a time when Nixon had told the country he wasn't shelling
North Vietnam.
"WE KNEW THAT publicly it wasn't legal, so you 'just



"We'll have a coalition government over
my dead body!"

Leters Deposit ordinance would aid consumer

To The Daily:
THANK YOU for your editorial
supporting the Ecology Center's
proposed city ordinance to require
a five-cent deposit on beverage
containers. Your arguments in our
support leave out only one import-
ant point: That this measure will
be of great benefit to consumers,
since returnable bottles will again
become available at those stores
which have recently refused to han-
dle them. An Ecology Center study
conducted two months ago found
that soft drinks were priced 45 per
cent higher in cans, and 55 per
cent higher in throwaway bottles,
than the same soft drinks in re-
turnables at the same Ann Arbor
My reason for writing, however,
is more serious: You characterize
the ban on throwaways as an HRP
proposal. This is not the case. The
project was originally conceived by
the Ecology Center and former
Democrat Councilman J a c k
Kirscht, who asked me to draft
a bill before HRP was represent-
ed on the Council at all. After re-
peated delays caused by unsuccess-
ful attempts to get similar state
legislation out of committee, and
following an intensive background
study by the Ecology Center, a
city bill was finally written.
Representatives of the Ecology
Center discussed.the bill with mem-
bers of all three parties. Democrat
Robert Faber agreed to introduce
our bill, but when Faber was un-
able to attend the Council's agenda
meeting, HRP's Jerry DeGrieck
introduced it to avoid delay. In
doing so, DeGrieck emphasized
that this was not a partisan meas-
ure, but rather an Ecology Center
The bill was referred to a tri-

port - or oppose - any particular
party, and it considers the action
which it supports to be above party
lines. All three parties have ex-
pressed support for a measure of
this type, differing only in the de-
tails of the means to be used.
The bill can be expected to re-
ceived its official first reading and
public hearing in the next few
weeks. What is needed at this point
is a discussion of its merits with
all members of the City Council,
to make it clear that there is no
good reason to oppose the bill, and
every reason to support it. If a
vote is taken on the true merits of
banning throwaways, we can hope
for something like unanimity of the
City Council. If, on the other hand,
reporting like the Daily's editorial
encourages a vote along party lines,
the resulting division will weaken
a good bill, helping (in the Daily's
words) in "dooming the next gen-
eration to the same self-defeating
-Peter W. Schroth
Oct. 20
More on Green
To The Daily:
THE EVENTS surrounding the
presentation of the NARMIC Slide
Show have again demonstrated the
need for students to demand involve-
ment in determining who teaches
them, how they learn, what they
learn, and who their knowledge
serves. Student concern and pres-
sure have already attained the fol-
lowing positive results:
-Professor Green has been re-
-Students were placed in equal
voting numbers on this committee
-a procedure which hopefully will
take place in all departmental and
college committees dealing w i t h

ber of concerns that need to be
-Professor Green should never
have been suspended. Therefore,
Professor Green should be rein-
stated unconditionally;
-The students were not chosen
by the duly elected student govern-
ment. Appointments by such a
body would have insured diversity
in the committee's composition and
would have safeguarded its mem-
bers from departmental pressures;
-The committee is only advisory
and the ultimate authority rests
within the Chemistry department
faculty, a body in which students
have no voice;
-Issues relating to the Univer-
sity of Michigan's complicity to
war research have been and will
continue to be concealed to the
extent that the showing of the
NARMIC slide show, The Automat-
ed Air War, was deemed irrelevant
to the study of Chemistry;
-While the Review Committee
has limited its investigation to the
teaching of Chemistry 227 this fall,
only the relevancy of Professor
Green's presentation of the slide
show need be established;
-In order to prevent similar con-
troversies, a set of guidelines re-
gulating the content of what is to
be taught in University classes may
be proposed. Such a procedure is
totally illegitimate in that it usurps
the right of students and faculty to
define for themselves the nature
of their studies.
-Steering Committee of "The
Ad Hoc Group Supporting
Mark Green and Student
Oct. 17
The ,Daley?

agreed." Another triumph for
goodness against the forces of evil.
Right on, Daley.
Was it worth compromising the
newspaper, undermining its inte-
grity, and setting such a dangerous
precedent in your mad fantasy
campus crusade to get the "big-
gies" behind the local parlors?
What delusions? What naivete! I
mean you can't even help find the
big exploiters and rippers-off ex-
traordinaire right on your own cam-
pus. And if you had published your
story as planned, you might have
prevented the enormous g r i e f
coming down on the women who
worked those parlors.
Why were these places raided in
the first place? Because it's politi-
cally expedient to "crack down on
vice"? Certainly. For the organized
crime connections?! Hanging out on
Huron or Fourth Street? To net
the operators of the establish-
ments as The Daley reported. And
it doesn't matter how many other
people get crushed in the rush!
The underlying motives probably
reside in our impuritan ethic, so-
called, that can't abide pleasures
and has illegalized most of them
wherever the tethic got the power.
The crux is that prostitution "lays"
a guilt trip on us. In this society
we force practically all women to
be closet prostitutes - and we
don't want to face that fact. The
male power structure controls
everything. The only way for wo-
men to survive is to prostitute
themselves as waitresses or wives
or whatever, selling their labor
and their lives, shuffling, smiling,
and sucking, because males con-
trol the money a'nd determine who
gets it and how much, and females
want to live. (Sure, many males
are caught in that trap too, but in

thus be reasonably independent).
Sure, prostitution exploits wo-
men; and so does every other in-
stitution in society. Women are ex-
ploited everywhere. Why come
down on these women - already
so oppressed and hassled? (It has
the ring of Vietnam - we jail
them in order to free them.) Prosti-
tution is a felony, and the con-
victed can get twenty years. Of
course, for the tricks it's only a
misdemeanor - 90 days. Now The
Michigan Daley tells us that the
women "have the option to turn
states' witness and thus gain im-
munity from prosecution." As if
that would happily end the mat-
ter! But what about the arrest re-
cords these women will now have?
And the jail experience, the choice
forced upon them, the trials, the
guilt, the anxiety until it's all over?
Ihe Daley makes it sound like
they're being done a favor! But
then it would: cooperating w i t h
the authorities seems to be The
Daley's thing these days. T h e
women get their choice: cooperate
with the cops, or face a possible
20 years. How would you like your
do-gooder, pure, well-off friends to
take away your job, give you an
arrest record, and then offer you
those alternatives? It seems to me
that The Daley's function should
have been to tip off these women
rather than to collaborate and be
in collusion with the police.
Were the consequences of these
raids considered in advance? Was
legal assistance provided for?
Were the women consulted at all
about these actions takdn in their
own behalf, "for their own good."
it all smacks of whites knowing
what's best of blacks, males for
females, adults for young people.
No bengauathentic nrostitues.gwe

be acceptablee totalk to prostitutes
about their exploitation - and I'm
sure they'd teach us a lot about
our own lives. If we are to do
something, it's straighten up our
own lives, fight the oppressions
where we are at - not over there,
where we can call in the cops and
keep our own souls self-righteously
Exploitation can be fought wher-
ever we are, everywhere in this
system. If 1 prostitutes want help,
we should be there when they ask
for it, and not before.
All power to the prostitutes.
-Donnie (S.W.A.M.)* I
don't use my last name be-
cause it is patronymic and
thereby sexist.)
*A SWAM is a Straight (non-gay),
White (non-colored), Adult (non-
youth), Male (non-female).
New World
To The Daily:
MILLIONS OF Americans w i I1
again faill to vote in the coming
election. Many have come to the
conclusion that regardless of which
set of capitalist 'politicians win the
election nothing will change, ex-
cept that we will get more of the
same. More unemployment, more
poverty, spreading ghettos and rac-
ism, more terrorism, more crime
and corruption at all levels of
society, further ruination of our
environment, and more and bigger
wars. And that is Capitalism. And
both Mr. Nixon and Mr. McGov-
ern are for the continuation of Cap-
There is but one Party that is
campaigning . for a complete
change, and that is the Socialist
Labor Party, whose program cails

assumed that they had gotten
secret authorization to do it,"
Lewis recalls. "It (the order)
would have to come from the
President or the Pentagon."
Lewis was disturbed by the
phony protective reaction strikes
when they occurred. He sent some
charges and photographs to a
senator documenting what he knew.
"But it didn't make a splash.
The only reason it made any-
thing over the summer was be-
cause of Lavelle, because Lavelle
was so high ranking and had or-
dered so many missions," he says.
The air force took good care of
the reports photointerpreters filed
on the phony raids. They are spe-
cial reports, Lewis says, that
didn't go into the computer at the
Intelligence Command like regular
Instead they were hand-carried
to the Seventh Air Force Head-
quarters in Saigon.
"And the reports went straight
to the generals", Lewis explains,
"and I believe, to the Pentagon."
AS I REPLAY the tape of the
interview, all I can do is shake
my head at some of the questions
I asked. There's such a wide
chasm between our understanding
of the war.
For example: I ask whether
there's a deliberate plan to knock
out civilian targets. Lewis hesi-
tates. Already I see that it doesn't
matter if the whole mess is de-
Lewis explains, "Most of the
missions are flown with open abil-
ity to fire so whenever they see
anything the pilots can drop things
on them."
"Pilots are just people except
they can kill a lot' faster."
It's not really so hard to believe
that after three of four years of
intensive random bombing, all the
dikes and hospitals will be hit
sooner or later.
"It's just the way the struc-
ture is set up," Lewis says.
And what's more deliberate than
three hundred and fifty missions
daily in a ncontrv which at eartain



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