The Michigan Daily-Sunday, December 11, 1977-Page 5
Questions of rights
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Does a voter have the right to a secret ballot even when not voting
legally? Look to Ann Arbor and the Michigan Supreme Court for the
answer, for that remarkable question cropped up here when it was
discovered that Al Wheeler's single-vote win in April's mayoral elec-
tion might ride on whether 20 people, none of them actual city resi-
dents, might have to reveal whether they voted for Wheeler or Coun-
cilman Lou Belcher.
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A h, Anita. Every year needs at least one instant -legend. Dade
County, Florida had presented a referendum to its voters. The issue -
homosexual rights. Then Bryant, notable chiefly for a syrupy brand of
orange juice commercials, showed her snarl was as formidable as her
smile; her war on gay rights qualified as something of a modern-day
After several years of lethargy, the issue of affirmative action,
(and specifically affirmative action quotas) stood up and roared in the
form of one Allen Bakke, a white 37-year-old who has taken his suit
against the University of California-Davis to the Supreme Court.
Bakke wants to go to med school; U-Cal-Davis took a quota of
minority students instead of whites. The uproar is at center ring of
the contemporary controversy over civil rights.
Moments of hope
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If there is a miracle that seems within reach this holiday season, it is the prospect of peace, at
long last, in the Middle East. Despite the ferocious reaction of other Arab states, Anwar el-Sadat
and Menachem Begin sat down to tell each other their countries should fight no more. The world
watched and hoped. As former Israeli foreign minister Abba Eban put it, "The Middle East will
never be the same again."
The Wolverines rejected Woody Hayes' bid to go out to California for New Years for the second straight year.
But tempering the sweetness of the victory was a particular determination not to return to Ann Arbor in
January without the Roses again.
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