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Eighty-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom
420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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Wednesday, October 20, 1976

News Phone: 764-0552

Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan
Alabama still in dark age

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THIRTY YEARS have passed since
Clarence Norris fled the State of
Alabama in violation of his parole.
We call on Governor George Wallace
to pardon Mr. Norris and put an end
to one of the ugliest cases in the his-
tory of the American judicial process.
Norris was arrested by Alabama
authorities in 1931 at the age of
nineteen. Along with eight other
blacks his age, he was charged with
the rape of two white women.
Though guaranteed the right to a
trial by a jury of his peers, Mr. Nor-
ris was convicted by a jury on which
there was not even one black male.
Editorial Staff

He subsequently spent fifteen years
in prison, five of them on death row.
Despite the racial climate of the
times, an Alabama judge declared
that there was no evidence whatso-
ever on which to base- a conviction
of rape. When the authorities fin-
ally released Norris from jail, he
wisely left the state. Wouldn't you
have done the same?
Norris is now a warehouseman for
the City of New York. He is also a
fugitive from the State of Alabama.
If he returns he is subject to arrest.
Mr. Norris has many supporters,
including the Alabama Attorney Gen-
eral. But the state's Parole Board
chairman refuses to even consider a
pardon for Norris unless he first re-
turns to Alabama and subjects him-
self to the humiliation of arrest.
Governor Wallace claims he has
no control over the Parole Board, but
we know differently. A man who put
fear in the hearts of Hubert Hum-
phrey and Jimmy Carter wields con-
siderable influence and power. We
call on him to exert some of that in-
fluence on the Parole Board of the
State of Alabama.
News: Bill Turque, Tim Schick, Liz
Slowik, Patty Montemurn, Lynn
Sharon, C. Channing, Janet Klein
Editorial Page: Rob Meachum, Mike
Beckman, W. Rockhill Nelson,
Steve Kursman
Arts Page: Lois Josimovich
Photo Technician: Chris Schneider

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Rob Meachum

Bill Turque

Jeff Ristine ....................Managing Editor
1Tm Schick.................Executive Editor
Stephen Hersh ................ Magazine Editor
Rob Meac hum.............Editorial Director
Lois Josimuvich .Arts Editor
STAFF WRITERS: Susan Ades, Susan Barry,
Dana Baumann, Michael Beckman, Philip Bo-
kovoy, Jodi Dimick, Chris Dyhdale, Elaine
Fletcher, Larry Friske, Debra Gale, Tom Go-
deli,, Eric Gressman, Kurt Harju, Char Heeg,
James Hynes, Michael Jones, Lani Jordan,
Loin Josimovich, Joanne Kaufman, David
Keeps, Steve Kursman, Jay Levin, Ann Marie
Lipinski, George Lobsenz, Pauline Lubens, Stu
cConnell, Jennifer Miller, Michael Norton,
Jon Pansius, Ken Parsigian, Karen Paul,
Stephen Pickover, Christopher Potter, Don
Rose, Lucy Saunders, Annemarie Schiavi, Kar-
en Schulkins, Jeffrey Selbst, Jim Shahin, Rick
Sobie, Tom Stevens, Jim Stinison, David
Strauss, Mike Taylor, Jim Tobin, Loran Walker,
Laurie Young, Barbara Zahs.
Photography Staff
Pauline Lubens . ........../Chief Photographer
Brad Benjamin. ........Staff Photographer
Alan Bilinsky........Staff Photographer
Scott Eccker...............Staff Photographer
Andy Freeberg.............Staff Photographer
Christina Schneider..........Staff Photographer

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To The Daily:
I FEEL compelled to make
some statement in connection
with Proposal A. I am not a
Michigan voter but I have had
to endure the foolish advertis-
ing of the People Against 'A'
and now I'd like to add some
of my comments.
First of all, the radio com-
mercials I have heard point
out that the cost of beverages
will go up. I suggest that we
look at the present cost of
soda and beer. I went to a la-
cal establishment and took a
look at the price of a 16 oz.
returnable bottle and a 12 oz.
non-returnable can. The cost of
the bottle was $.01625 per oz.
but because there was a five
cent refund for the bottle there
was a net cost of $.013125 per
oz. while the cost of the can
was $.01833 per oz. I think it
would be of interest to note
that the store I went to charges
somewhat less for cans of soda
than other local stores, in this
case, 22 cents. If one is mak-
ing the same purchase from a
machine charging 25 cents, the
cost os $.0208 per oz. As far as
increased cost is concerned, a
wise shopper buys returnabes
now to save money.
Another "issue" is the energy
consumption one. Both return-
able and nonreturnable bottles
must be washed before anything
it put in them. Also, consider
this, the truck that brings the
beverages to market must also
return to the factory and if it
returns with a load of empty
bottles, the increased cost is
I suggest that if you think this
is an issue of concern that you
check out the facts and vote
Jim Weingart
October 16
To The Daily:
On NOV. 2, I, like many other
citizens, will have a chance to
vote on Proposal A, the banning
of throwaway bottles. Itncom-
forts me to know that with the
passage of this proposal we
could once again be in control
of our environment.
Think what this would mean
to you and me. We could again
go walkin barefoot on our
beaches. Our children, instead
of throwing worthless bottles
against walls or into streets,
would once again take them into
stores to collect the deposits.
Those that oppose this pro-
posal, should go to one of Cana-
da's provincial parks and see
how few broken bottles are left
behind after a camping trip.
Or listen to the comments of
former Oregon Gov. Tom Mc-
Call who says that, ". . our
ban has reduced litter, cut solid
waste, conserved energy and
created jobs."
An Oregon highway survey
revealed that beverage - related
litter dropped 83 per cent in the
first two years under the bottle
law. What a far cry from what
we are hearing from our bottle
Please listen to those people
from Oregon who have been
through this and know. The
facts show that if we the peole
of Michigan, are to solve our
litter problem, we have to take
control and the best way is to
vote yes on Proposal A.
Alan Cassels
School of Natural
October 14
parks proposal
To The Daily:

are all going to have more lei-
sure time on our hands, unfor-
tunately there will be no nat-
rnaln1ncesto spend it We nra

voting Yes on the 1/4 mill1
Parks and Recreation proposal
on November 2nd.
These monies, each $1,000tas-
sessed valuation, property tax-t
ed 25 cents, combined with
matching federal funds (thou-e
sands of dollars we have notx
been eligible for in the past)I
will be used to provide recrea-I
tional facilities, preserve natur-t
al areas and most importantly1
initiate sorely needed programs
for the elderly.
You can help, it 's your coun-
ty, it's your time. Join me and
vote YES for Parks and Recrea-
tion, November 2nd.
Jeffrey Quinnell
To The Daily:
ON JULY 23, 24 and 25, aT
playground using recycled and
surplus materials was con-t
structed for persons with spe-1
cial needs. This took place att
High Point in Ann Arbor onf
South Wagner Road. The pro-X
ject required the efforts and
help of many people.-
Phase One of the playground
was successful because of the
efforts and donations from ther
community. We would like to
thank Detroit Edison, Michigan
Bell, Ann Arbor Schools, people
from the Citizen's Band Radiox
Group, newspapers, radio sta-
tions, local community men'sc
and women's service groups,
the Eagle Scouts, local busi-
nesses, and all the other terrific
people of the community forT
their contributions of time, en-
ergy, materials, equipment and
suppoft. We also thank the par-
ents, the staff, and the adminis-
tration, who gave their hours,
smiles and enthusiasm towards
building this playground.
We were greatly impressed
by the community support andt
we hope other projects of this
nature get as much support as<
we did.
Zena Welber9
October 8 .
Ford vs. Carter
To The Daily:t
GERALD FORD alleges that
Jimmy Carter is willing to say
anything to get elected. Since;
Mr. Ford never points to any
examples of how Carter is do-
ing this, is this not exactly the
kind of vicious personal attack
of which Ford has accused Car-
ter? Is not calling Carter "mor-
ally conceited" far more demo-'
gogic and impertinent than'
calling Ford devoid of leader-
ship and politically insensitive
to the poor - both of the lat-
ter of which can at least be
supported by the record? Ap-
parently, Ford can give more
criticism than he can take.
But second, and more import-
antly, examine the record.
Was it Carter who had to test
the political water before tak-
ing action on the Butz affairs?
Was it Carter who was so
anxious to defend his adminis-
tration that he announced that
he would release a list of cor-
porations participating in the
boycott of Jewish - owned firms
-when in fact he had fought
against disclosure in the past
and when, even then, he did not
have a list to release?
Was it Carter who got so car-
ried away trying to defend his
foreign policy that he grossly
misstated the realities of life

in Eastern Europe? Was it Car-
ter who then gathered a group
of Republican ethnic leaders to,
"forgive" the error?.
Is it Carter who takes credit
for putting more people to work
than at any time in our his-
tory -- when, in fact, employ-
ment always increases natural-
ly as a result of population
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pation is expected to be at an
all-time low?
No, in every case it has been
Gerald R. Ford who has dis-
torted facts, defended an inde-
fensible record, and glibly
equated experience with com-
petence. As Mr. Ford himself
has so ineptly put it (This is his
phrasing, not mine.): "People
who throw stones shouldn't
live in glass houses."
Paul L. LaClair
October 13
To The Daily:
Bernard O'Reilly's October
7th letter to The Daily contains
a glaring error concerning pay
raises for clericals. Clericals
are not receiving a pay raise
of 7 per cent on average. The
University, through the payroll
office, and through Dean's of-
fices, has instructed each de-
partment in the University to
give clericals a merit increase
of from 0-10 per cent - in-
structing the departments to
give the clerical of average
merit (whatever that is) 5 per
cent (not seven). As in the past,
this raise is being administered
very inequally - those depart-
ments with more money are
giving higher raises, regardless
of the merit of the employees
involved, and clericals who are
out of favor with their super-
visors can, and are, getting
Susan McGee
October 7
south africa
To The Daily:
RATHER THAN retreating in
the face of murderous repres-
sion, the anti-apartheid revolt in
South Africa continues. Despite
an official death toll of over
400, new demonstrations con-
tinues to erupt and massive
"stay-home" strikes have re-
peatedly erupted in Soweto
and other black provinces.
The mass anti-apartheid pro-
tests have sparked dramatic de-
monstrations of support by the
Cape "coloureds" - the South
Africans of mixed race that
Vorster has sought Ato divide
from blacks, while imposing on
them similar measures of segre-
gation. The deeping of the black
rebellion and the solidarity of
the "coloureds" opens the pos-
sibility of striking major blows
at the apartheid system.
The anti-apartheid revolt has
demonstrated great solidarity
and daring but lacks a coher-
ent strategy to smash apartheid.
Black workers in South Africa
must reassert their leadership
in the struggles against police-
state rule. They must back the
youths' demands for free and
equal public education and re-
lease of anti-apartheid prisoners
with determined strike action.
The specific demands of black
workers during the 1973 -75
strike wave - abolition of the
color bar for all jobs, trade un-
ion rights for Africans and a
decent standard of living -
must be brought forward and
linked to a series of democratic
and class demands, including an
end to the pass laws, abolition
of all forms of public and resi-
dential segregation, elimination
of the contract labor system,
the right to form legal trade
unions and political parties, and
the convocation of a constitu-
ent assembly elected on univer-
sal suffrage.
This perspective opens the
road to a possible alliance with

sections of the white South Afri-
can working class and popula-
tion. One example of solidarity
was the white student demon-
strations at the University of
Cape Town in 1972. Joint action

other racially oppressed groups
to the struggle for a workers
and peasants government cen-
tered on the black proletariat.
It is only this perspective, based
on the strategically powerful
black working class of South
Africa, which can lead to so-
cialist revolution throughout
sub-Saharan Africa.
Come to the SYL forum on
South Africa today at 7:30 p.m.
in room 3209 of the Michigan
Spartacus Youth
October 15
To The Daily:
THE SERIES of presidential
debates is making a mockery of
free elections. Under the new
campaign spending law, the fed-
eral government has already
given Carter and Ford, a com-
bined total of over $25 million
to pay for their bumper stick-
ers, posters and campaign but-
tons. Now, with these debates,
the two capitalist candidates
are handed the most extensive
and powerful communications
networks in history.
The debates represent a gift
of free air time worth literally
millions of dollars. Minority par-
ties wouldn't have been allowed
to buy such exposure even if
they had the money. To top it
off, this restrictive political cen-
sorship is passed off as "an his-
toric exercise in the democratic
Imagine what the debates
might have been like if Social-
ist Labor Party candidates,
Levin and Blomen, had been
there to ask Ford and Carter
why they support a system that
breeds racism, poverty and
war? Or any of a hundred other
questions that could have
brought into focus the differen-
ces between candidates like
Ford and Carter, who represent
capitalism, and those of the
Socialist Labor Party who rep-
resent a new socialist form of
society based on production for
use and control of the indus-
tries by the nation's work-
ing-class majority.
Archie Sim
October 16
To The Daily:
ACCORDING to The Daily
(Tues., Oct. 19), the purpose of
the Diag rally on Monday was
to "apply pressure on the Uni-
versity to 'bargain seriously.'"
That has to be the funniest line
I've read in The Daily in years,
since it suggests that GEO has
been bargaining seriously. Seri-
Item: GEO proposes pay for
union officers and its bargain-
ing team. The source of such
pay? Hang on to your beanie
- the University rather than
the union budget! Now one
might be persuaded to go along
with such a natlproposal pro-
vided that GEO pay for the
University officers and its bar-
gaining team (turnabout is fair
play, no?).
Item: GEO proposes Univer-
sity suport (money, office
space, equipment, clerical help)
in the setting up of commis-
sions on gay and lesbian GSA's.
Great Zeus above! On what
groind, pray tell, do the sexual

preferences of GSA's serve as,
a proper issue for collective
bargaining? What of those GSA's
who prefer pistachio ice cream?
Or gravy on watermelon? Sepa-
rate commissions on them?
Item: GEO nroposes not only
Ralf-term health insurance but
also the extension of sich in-
s~nnce tn ine GSA's who

mand with the fact that the in-
crease this year for the faculty
was but 5 per cent. Moreover,
published survey data show that
GSA's at the University enjoy
the highest monthly net income
in the Big Ten.
basic problem in current nego-
tiations is that GEO bargain-
ers have created a fantasy
world all their own. They as-
sume that the University has
its own Money Tree and that
the faculty welcomes the ero-
sion (nay, destruction) of their
power to govern matters of cur-
riculum (class size, for in-
Overall, the posture of the
GEO bargaining team is blind,
arrogant, and ridiculous; in a
word, sophomoric. Personally,
I would hope that an enlight-
ened element within GEO would
press for the long overdue re-
placement of such a patheti-
cally inept Iargaining team.
And finally, since the threat-
ened GEO strike is illegal un-
der Michigan law, if a strike
is called, those who refuse an
order to return to the class-
room (the student, per usual,
is the innocent victim), should
be fired.
Prof. E. Shafter, Jr.
Humanities Dept.
October 19
To The Daily:
WORKERS' control over the
process of production is an in-
tellectual's utopia which has re-
cently been transformed into
the reality of more than 2,000
workers' lives in four medium
sized companies: Vermont As-
bestos Company, South Bend
Lathe, International Group
Plans and Saratoga Knitting
Mills. In each of these cases
workers have actually bought
the companies that they work-
ed in, rather than permit the
liquidation of the company and
consequent loss of their won
jobs. This has called for a re-
evaluation of each worker's role
at the work place. These re-
evaluations have been as chal-
lenging for the workers, them-
selves, as they have been for
their managers who now must
report at night to the workers
on their success in getting them
to make profits during the day.
The Association for Self-Man-
agement is devoted to helping
spread awareness of workers'
control and to help workers im-
plement industrial democracy.
We met five times last spring
and will begin this year's meet-
ings tonight, at 7:30, in the
Union, Room 3209, with a pre-
sentation on motions by State
Reps. Ryan and Bullard to ex-
tend the opportunity for the
founding of worker controlled
companies in Michigan. We will
then talk about ,what we can
do to aid this process. Every-
one is invited. Please come:
Mike Conte
Assoc. for
October 19
pet control
To The Daily:
I wish to invite those con-
cerned about pet control to at-
tend a public hearing on Thurs-
day, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. in
the City Council Chambers. At
that time the Mayor's Commit-
tee on Pet Control will be meet-
ing to hear people's opinions
concerning the effectiveness of
our new animal ordinance and
the fairness of its enforcement.
I welcome those who wish to

comment on whether the ordi-
nance should be retained or
modified to attend and help the
Committee in its efforts.
David C. Seigle

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