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

Letters: Election day round-up

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.

Election endorsements

DENT. In a race featuring the most
explicit choice in four decades, McGov-
ern clearly and fundamentally repre-
sents change rather than ossification;
peace rather than war; the people
rather than big business; integrity
rather than corruption.
TOR. In order to remain on the state-
wide ballot in the future, the Human
Right's Party's candidate running for
the highest political office needs at
least 15,000 votes. She should have
little trouble taking them away from
her two lackluster opponents.
REPRESENTATIVE. D e s p i t e Demo-
crats' protestations to the contrary, it
is quite clear that Burghardt can win.
This wave calmed, voters should go
about electing the best qualified ac-
tivist-legislator - and that is Burg-
liberal criminology student and for-
mer deputy of Doug Harvey (fired for
union' organizing and insubordina-
tion), Postill says he will not chase
after marijuana law violators, and will
clean out the cobwebs in the sheriff's
Marvin Esch or Marvin Stempien
shows much promise of effectively
representing the people of this area. A
consistently progressive policy-maker
is needed, and clearly Nobody is it in
the 2nd District.
* YES ON PROPOSAL B. Passage of a
liberalized abortion law is long over-
due to give women ultimate control
over their own bodies, and allow all
women to do what wealthy women
have been able to do all along, and
would continue to do.
Approval of these two measures would
greatly improve the state's tax struc-
ture. It would allow low and middle in-
come working people tax relief and
force those with higher incomes to as-
sume their rightful share of the tax

These two stand out from the field,
Ferency for his general capability and
refreshing judicial perspective, and
Levin for his scholarly and activist
CUTING ATTORNEY. S a 11 a d e has
pledged to direct the tenor of county
law enforcement away from "victim-
less crimes", such as marijuana cases,
and concentrate on fighting more
serious crimes,
ERS. (14th and 15th districts). Both
women are knowledgeable and articu-
late individuals committed to the ideas
of radical change both on the board
and in the community as a whole..
COURT. To go along with his solid re-
cord as a district judge, Conlin has
presented a substantial and straight-
forward platform, devoid of the fluff
which many campaign dreams are
made of.
These endorsements, run through-
out the weeks preceding today's
election, represent the majority-
and in some cases unanimous-opin-
ion of The Daily's editorial staff.

To The Daily:
MANY VOTERS, among whom
are some supporters of Hubert
Humphrey, are disgusted with the
course of the 1972 presidential cam-
paign, and have declared a "plague
on both you louses," deciding that
abstention is the better part of
valor. As a state Humphrey staff
member, and one whose loyalty to
Hubert Humphrey is unquestion-
able, I appeal earnestly to the sen-
ator's friends to "think it pos-
sible they might be wrong."
I urge them to reflect thought-
fully upon the comparative merits
of Richard Nixon and George Mc-
Govern. Then, I believe, any Hum-
phrey Democrat will feel compelled
to cast a vote for Senator Mc-
That vote needn't be cast with
joy, for there is much that is dis-
turbing in the McGovern campaign.
However, Senator McGovern h a s
much to recommend him, and Pre-
sident Nixon's record is known to
all. In his twenty-seven years of
fighting for the people, Humphrey
has shown us that it is better to
compromise and gain a little bit
of the Kingdom of Heaven, than
to prissily insist on wandering pure
in the wilderness. Humphrey has
urged his supporters since July not
to abandon this philosophy of ef-
fective, pragmatic liberalism. Only
the President and his corporate
friends can profit from an unbe-
coming fit of self-righteousness.
If the choice is unhappy, it is still
clear-we must elect George Mc-
I submit it is a betrayal of all
that Hubert Humphrey stands for
to give aid and comfort to this
sorry administration.
As Democrats and democrats we
must not be uncritical of the par-
ty's standard-bearer; we must offer
constructive criticism when neces-
sary; we must offer him our ad-
vice, but we must also give him our
votes. After next Tuesday there
will be time enough for name-call-
ing and mud-slinging. In the mean-
time it is wise for dissatisfied
Democrats to remember that Hum-
phrey cautions us: "There is little
that is now."
He also calls: "Come Home,
-Alexander Bensky, '73L
18th Dist. Co-ordinator
Humphrey for President
Nov. 2
To The Daily:
I PLAN to vote on Tuesday for
Steve Burghardt for State Repre-
sentative. I do so because Steve
Burghardt offers the citizens of Ann
Arbor the opportunity to send to
Lansing a representative who has
a strong activist background and
clearly defined politics. He repre-
sents a party which operates with
an openness and democracy unpre-
cedented to Ann Arbor politics.
Through his work with the Ten-
ants Union and other local organiza-
tions Burghardt has proved his
ability to translate political beliefs
into effective action.
Burghardt's Democraic opponent
has advertised a long list of caus-
es he has purportedly aided. It is
interesting that so many of these
activities have been within the last
year while he has been running for
office. It is also interesting t h a t
three of these groups - the Ten-
ants Union, Michigan Marijuana In-
itiative and the Vietnam Veterans
Against the War - have endorsed
Far more important than activ-
ist credentials, however, is a can-
didate's political viewpoint. Burg-
hardt has had for along time a,
consistent radical outlook on what
is needed to correct the injustices
and inequalities in our ' society.
These views are represented in the

HRP platform on which he runs.
Burghardt's Democratic oppon-
ent calls himself a radical. But like
so many other self-styled leftists
in the Democratic Party, Perry
Bullard has co-opted radical rhe-
toric and programs. The Demo-
cratic Party and its candidates
have a history of making cam-
paign promises and then backing
down in the crunch. Bullard is a

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When this election's over, Dick Nixon won't have the press
to kick him around anymore!"

representative of, and controlled
by, the same party that put us in
Vietnam, the same party that local-
ly has blocked HRP efforts for
meaningful change, the same party
that contains such "radicals" as
Mayor Daley, John Stennis, James
Eastland, Frank Rizzo, Lyndon
Johnson and so on.
Burghardt offers us responsible
radicalism and an effective HRP
voicein Lansing. I am sure that
Ann Arbor voters will recognize
this next Tuesday and send Burg-
hardt to the Legislature.
-Dave Chudwin
Nov. 2

It was our first convention at
which it was recognized that our
candidates would win. Debate was
intense. The four days of open dis-
cussion was an experience; mist
valuable, some unfortunate.
I feel some structural methods of
how we discuss the issues and nom-
inees need to be improved. In the
next few monthe the HRP will
grapple with this and new items
such as how HRP will develop as
we enter primaries, expand to oth-
er Michigan areas, and refine our
platform. Yes, the HRP isn't per-
fect. As a nominee who narrowly
lost to Steve Burghardt for t h e

Marjorie Lansng for Regent

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At 3-4 weeks the heart is pump-
At 6 weeks all organs are pre-
At 8 weeks there is readable
brain electric activity.
At 10 weeks there is spontaneous
movement, that is movement which
is independent of mere stimulus
At 11 weeks there is thumb suck-
At 12 weeks electro-cardiograph
readings are present. At this point
the brain structure is complete.
At 12-16 weeks we have "quick-
ening", that is the mother can
readily feel movement. In m a n y
legal systems this is where the
fetus acquires legal status as a
person and is possessed of legal
At 16-20 weeks the baby's heart
can be heard distinct from t h e
mother's heart.
At 20 weeks premature birth can
take place. At this point the baby
merely grows larger; all systems
are complete and operating.
You go on to assert that it is at
the 20th week, that is at the end
of five months, that many judicial
and medical authorities have found
to be a reasonable stage in fetal
development to mark the difficult
legal distinction of when life be-
gins. That is totally inaccurate on
your part and most likely a pro-
duct of your own wishful thinking.
The fact is that medical science
and jurists know quite well that
human life begins at conception.
The problem is when does that hu-
man life acquire the status of be-
ing a human person?
You continually dismiss s u c h
questions as mere philosophical ar-
gumentation, as if they were in-
teresting topics for a rap-session
only concerned with how many
angels can dance on the head of a
pin. Intelligent and thoughtful dis-
cussion on the subject is crucial
and not to be so cavalierly dismis-
sed either by you or by anyone
else. Whether or not we -will be
terminating the lives of human
persons simply because they are
unwanted is of immense sigifi-
What is at stake is the balancing
of the rights of pregnant women
with the rights of the human life
that they have conceived. Fetal
human life is not without rights
and the legal systems of our coun-.
try and many other countries re-
cognize that fact. You cannot, in
this regard, divorce law from mor-
ality, the two necessarily overlap,

much to your evident discomfort.
-Rev. Fr. Charles E. Irvin
St. Mary's Student Chapel
Proposal C
To The Daily:
TODAY Michigan voters have the
opportunity to voice their opinions
concerning the future of Michigan's
public education. The issue at hand
involves the present inequitable
and unfair tax system whereby
many taxpayers pay more and re-
ceive less educational benefits than
those residents within a prosperous
industrial area.
Such is the reasoning behind Pro-
posal C. Michigan's elementary and
secondary public school districts
will be insured an equal and qual-
ity educational opportunity for all
students under this proposal. We
are not alone in our concern for
quality in our educational system.
Much of the success of our cam-
paign came from the non-partisan
support of many organizations in
cooperation with students through-
out the state.
The diversity of support in favor
of Proposal C is demonstrated by
the endorsement of the following:
MEA, Michigan State Chamber of
Commerce, League of Women Vot-
ers, Michigan Committee for Qual-
ity Education, Detroit Board of
Education, Michigan Milk Produc-
ers Association, Michigan Commis-
sion on Aging, Michigan Real Es-
tate Association, Detroit Chamber
of Commerce, State Board of Edu-
cation, Mary Stempien, and Gov-
ernor Milliken. We all urge your
support with a YES vote on Pro-
posal C in today's election.
-Students for Equal
Educational Opportunity
Nov. 6
Burgoyne et al.
To The Daily:
THERE ARE THREE candidates
in local races who might well at-
tract a number of liberal and rad-
ical votes, but whose liberal cre-
dentials are highly suspect, at best.
They are: Herb Ellis, David Byrd,
and Shirley Burgoyne.;
Ellis and Byrd are both black,
both Reublican, both candidates
for re-election as county commis-.
sioner. From that point on, the sim-
ilarities are not as easily discern-
able. Ellis, who is running in Dis-
trict 12 against Barbara Peacock
and Dave Cahill, has longbeen
identified with local conservatives.
Of the three, he is least likely to
'be mistskenly labelled as a liberal.
Byrd is quite another matter. He
is both opportunistic and clever,
and is fully capable of reflecting
whichever'philosonhy is appropriate
to the occasion. He is the Repub-
lican nominee in District 13; his
only opponent is Ray Shoultz, a
McGovern Democrat.
Byrd frequently masquerades as
a liberal, but usually'votes with the
conservative majority on the Board
of Commissioners. Furthermore,
branches of organized labor view
all branches of organized labor
view him as blanantly anti-labor.
His closest ties appear to be with
the highly conservative Black Con-
tractors Association.
Shirley Burgoyne, candidate for
Circuit Court judge against Pat
Conlin, Edward Deake, and S. J.
Elden, is the most troublesome of
the three. She is a former 'presi-
dent of thehRepublican women's
club, and was once enjoined by the
courts to cease firing some manner
of weapon early every morning for
reveille during a daily flag-raising
She claims that since then she
has become a liberated woman,
and both the thrust and tone of leer

campaign would lend credence to
her claims - if her campaign man-
ager were someone other than
School Board President Ted Heu-
sel, nominal -leader of the board's
conservative majority, who h a s
revealed his intention to gear his
candidate's campaign toward cap-
turing the student and women's
vote. Her past record and her pre-
sent organization strain the cred-
ibility of her claims of reform.
-Penny Martin
Nov. 2

FOR THE FIRST TIME, most students
at the University will have a role in
the election of their Regents. While the
race has not drawn a great deal of in-
terest, it does have a great impact on
the well-being of the students.
The candidates for Regent have often
been awarded their party's nomination
as a political plum for good service in the
past. Knowledge of the University, per-
sonal involvement with its workings, and
concern for the rights and desires of the
students have unfortunately not been
sought as prerequisites.
It is time that the forgotten constitu-
ents of the University-the students-
should show concern for how his Univer-
sity is run.
Of the six candidates running for two
open seats Marjorie Lansing, a professor
at Eastern Michigan and a long-time
resident of the city, is alone in showing
the concern and knowledge we feel is
necessary for the job.
LANSING IS AN avid proponent of a
grocery co-op and open Regent
meetings. She is a strong advocate for
strengthening affirmative action pro-
grams for women and minorities and
pressuring University departments to
end discrimination. She originally fa-
vored publishing faculty salary lists
without names. However, after discussing
the issue with voters during the cam-
paign, she now advocates the publication
of the lists with names included.
Lansing believes students should have
an active role in the policy-making pro-
cess of the University. Moreover, she
knows many faculty members, and as a
professor herself, will understand many
of that group's concerns, as well.
Republican, appears sincere in his
desire to work with the University com-
munity. However, he has shown in the

in the judgment of students. He voted
against the grocery co-op this summer
and war restrictive research policy last
The other two candidates, Thomas
Roach, a Democrat, and Deane Baker, a
Republican, show a startling lack of
knowledge of the University and its stu-
dent constituency. Although both believe
that they will eventually learn the work-
ings of the University, a two or three
year learning process is too long to
wait. In addition, -their opposition to
such things as significant student par-
ticipation in decision-making commit-
tees and a grocery co-op show little un-
derstanding for the concerns of the stu-
THE OTHER TWO candidates on the
ballot, Vito Delisi and Joseph Toth of
the Socialist Labor Party, offer a radical
alternative to voters. However, they op-
enly admit that they are running to dis-
cuss the Socialist-Labor Party platform
and are primarily concerned with re-
structuring society.
The Board of Regents requires the best
possible members to serve the interest of
not merely residents of the state, but the
students and faculty as well. For this
reason, The Daily wholeheartedly urges
that you vote today for Marjorie Lan-
This last in a series of election en-
dorsements represents the majority
opinion of The Daily's editorial staff.
The big sleep?
partment stores is holding an elec-
tion day "sleep sale." Headlines across
the country scream of a Nixon landslide
-"the biggest in history."

To The Daily:
I WANT TO quash und
both within and outside of tt
that I am displeased with t
ust 24 HRP convention. In e
HRP was forced by state
have our nominating conve
late August, which was a
date (most people were v,
ing, The Daily stopped tw
before we met, and the Ani
News had no advance sto


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HRP state rep nomination, I do not want
any person to use temporary HRP
structural deficiencies as mn a j o r
points of attack on Steve or other
ertones HRP candidates. The open ,onven-
he HRP tion decided that the HRP candi-
he Aug- dates were the best people for
essence, their offices. I wholeheartedly
law to e e
nonin are
[ntin in Quite different is my distress
terrible with the way the University Demo-
acation- cratic Caucus "used" the lettuce
vo days boycott. In other statements HRP
n Arbor has responded to the Caucus' mis-
ry). takes/lies. Here I want to explain
how Anglos should aid the Chi-
cano struggle, not use it. Simply,
when Chicanos ask for specific as-
sistance, Anglos should respond as
best they can.
Thus, happily, I wish to ask your
support for Gumecindo Salas, a
D emocratic candidate for the State
Board of Education. You can vote
for two people. The HRP has one
excellent candidate, Howard Jones.
As I'm not presently an HRP of-
ficial, I urge you to vote for Salas
also. Out of the migrant stream,
he has taught and helped organize
the Southwest Detroit's Latino,
Black and Anglo community. Jones
and Salas would help Michigan's
education system.
-Bob Alexander
Nov. 1

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