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Eighty-Five Years of Editorial Freedom
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Wednesday, September 24, 1975

News Phone: 764-0552

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mi. 48104
Support for Wheeler veto

Wheeler in his anticipated veto
of $he HRP-GOP plan for allocating
the city's $2.4 million in federal reve-
nue sharing funds. At the same time,
we caution Wheeler and his Demo-
cratic cohorts to devise an alterna-
tive plan sensitive to the community
service needs of the city and above
political considerations. .
The controversy over the fate of
Ann Arbor's $2.4 million in federal
revenue sharing funds started over a
year ago when then Republican May-
or James Stephenson appointed the
CDRS citizen's pansel to devise a
workable plan. The debate over allo-
cation of the money has been heated
ever since, and this week it flared
into a major explosion involving
vitriolic city council exchanges, open
animosity across party lines and a
threat to initiate a recall drive
against Mayor Wheeler.
Sparks fly
THE SPARKS now flying around
council chambers were touched off
by a glaring disparity bptween the
GOP-supported CDRS citizen com-
mittee's proposal for spending the
monies and the Democrats' idea of
how the funds would best be spent.
The Republicans supported an
amended version of the HUD-ap-
proved committee proposal calling
for immediate council allocation of
all 2.4 million dollars.
In accordance with HUD guide-
lines, the GOP. amendments didn't
vary more than ten per cent from the
itemized dollar figures in the com-
mittee proposal.
The present council is an even
GOP-Dem split, and the Republicans
knew they would have to look else-
where for support in order to push
their plan through.
HRP sellout
To the Democrat's astonishment,
the GOP found a willing though
most unlikely political bedfellow in
HRP councilwoman Kathy Koza-
Kozachenko's strange alliance
revolved around her concern with
immediately allocating as much hu-
man services money as possible.
Both the Democrats and Koza-
chenko agree that their human ser-
vices priorities are substantially the
same; that the only real difference
lay in the question of when the mon-
ies should be spent.
In opposing the entire HRP-GOP
package, Wheeler and his defenders
argue that the committee proposal
doesn't move in the best interest of
the city: that there is no need to al-
locate that much of the money im-
mediately, that the package suffers
from hasy wording and lack of struc-
tural integrity; that HUD approval
should be taken with a grain of salt,
since as an outside agency, HUD is
hardly in a position to know what's
best for the city. Also, Wheeler re-
fuses to equate the citizen commit-
tee's demographic diversity and pri-
vate citizen nature with fair repre-
sentation of resident's opinion, since
the committee was appointed by a
Republican mayor and approved by a
Republican council.
THE MAYOR argues that he was.

elected to represent what he
perceived to be the people's best in-.
terests and that a veto would reflect
those interests.
Political Ransom
There is a second side to the CDRS
scenario which community service
people are quick to point out. Many
coordinators of local health care, day
care and other human service agen-
cies have voiced skepticism over the
true long-term intent of a Wheeler
veto. They fear that if Wheeler re-
j ects the amended citizen's panel's
package he will choose to hold the
remainder of the money hostage for
a high-priced political ransom.
They aren't ecstatic over the bulk
of the HRP-GOP plan, but they hest-
tate to oppose approval until Wheeler

guarantees that he will take care of
their own pressing needs if and when
his counter-plan is approved by HUD
and implemented. But they realize
the GOP-HRP package would give
them over $639,000 now, whereas
Wheeler would offer only $400,000 in
emergency funding and a vague pro-
mise of more to come later.
THEY FORESEE a situation in
which the city's human service
agencies will face the choice of for-
feiting their political independence
or perishing, in which only those ag-
encies which echoed Wheeler's and
the Democrats' policies would receive
funding sufficient for long-range
planning and stability.
To throw all $2.4 million of CDRS
funds into Wheeler's lap would risk
tremendous abuse.
Ideally, we would prefer to oppose
both the HRP-GOP plan and the
Wheeler initiative until the mayor
commited himself to meeting the
needs of community service programs
and doing it with all speed. Realis-
tically, though, it's clear that in a
veto situation one can't oppose one
without tacitly supporting the other.
The rich get richer
The Daily finds the GOP-HRP pro-
posal totally unacceptable. We find it
largely slanted toward meeting the
needs of a well-to-do minority. One
of its provisions would sink $14,000
into a quarter mile section of road in
Arrowwood Hills. It would, if passed,
blow the whole wad at once, even in
those areas which don't need imme-
diate funding and whose future
needs can't be accurately assessed at
this point.'
TN REJECTING the package, we
should point out that the entire
veto-recall mess woildn't be with us
if Councilwoman Kathy Kozachenko
had not chosen to desert the real in-
terests of her constituency in a poli-
tical maneuver that smacks of ven-
detta. With scant regard for overall
impact she says that she was offend-
ed by the lack of compromise offers
from the Democrats, yet she chose
to make the greatest possible con-
cessions by siding with the GOP.
The Dems hoped to move half a
million dollars of CDRS funds now,
the HRP. a million. But somehow
Kozachenko found the $1.4 million
between herself and the GOP an
easier gap to hurdle.
Again, to oppose the HRP - GOP
eaekage is to support the Wheeler-
Democrat alternative. If Wheeler
vetoes the former, as he is expected
to do today, we can't forsee the Re-
publicans and Kozachenko muster-
ing enough votes to override. In that
case the initiative would fall to the
Democrats, and with the Democratic
plan as the only strong alternative,
it nrobably would pass without much
JAYOR WHEELER, however, must
not view a successful veto stand
as a carte blanche opportunity to
use CDRS as a quasi-slush fund to
be dispersed at his political pleasure.
He has a responsibility to suport
development of a new plan which
would slate at least as much long-
term funding for human services as
the amount authorized for such use
by the GOP-HRP plan.
Finally, many of the city's human
and other service agencies are cry-

in mnt from fiscal neglect. The Dem-
oorats under Wheeler must move
without delay to follow through on
their bledge of $470,000 in emergency
community service funding and make
every effort to come up with a viable
CnRS plan that will attend to the
long-term service needs of the city.
Business Staff
Business Manager
Peter Caplan................Finance Manager
Robert F. Cerra ............Operations Manager
Beth Friedman................Sales Manager
David Piontkowsky ........Advertising Manager

To the Daily: i
I WOULD LIKE to offer a few
commentskin reference to "Pino-
chet Squashes Reform," an ar-
ticle in the September 19 issue
of The Daily. I lived in Chile
with a family of native-born
Chileans for a three month per-
iod ending this March. During
my stay (which was my second
visit to Chile, the first being in
Dec.. '68) I had the opportunity
to meet Chileans of diverse so-
cio-economic classes-including
factory workers, agricultural
workers, industrial managers,
professionals, students, military
personnel, agricultural land
owners, and small business own-
ers. At the time I was extreme-'
ly interested in the Chilean peo-
ple's reaction to the political
events in their country. How-
ever, I yas not prepared for the
overwhelming response which I
received. It seems impossible to
relate in such a short space, the
chaos and terrible uncertainty of
the Allende regime as it was de-
Iscribed to me, but I would like
to try.
Allende's economic policy in-
volved placing unqualified po-
litical appointees in positions of
power in government-confiscat-
ed industries. Frequently, the
qualified managers would refuse
to work under such tyrannical
incompetence and, would quit
their jobs. Some left the coun-
try altogether, as Allende's po-
litical stranglehold tightened.
With the outflux of those exper-
ienced and competent individ-
uals, the government-industries
were being run into the ground.
In the countryside, large farms
were confiscated and divided
into portions delegated to indi-
vidual workers and their fam-
THESE PEOPLE farmed the
land only to produce sufficient

I questioned people if they
feared that Pinochet's military
coup might develop into a per-
manent government. I was
amazed at the number whosre-
sponded that Chile needed a
strong hand to pull the country
out of the crisis created by Al-
lende. These people acknowl-
edged that Pinochet would no
doubt be in power for at least
ten years, but they also held a
great faith in the man to return
their country to ,them in better
shape. As to Pinochet's "laissez-
faire economic policy," I reply'
that his policy has been to give
the most aid to the poorest peo-
ple. For example, small tolls
are taken on the major high-
ways. On the weekends these
tolls are slightly increased, on
the theory that people who can
travel on the weekend are more
affluent. These funds are used
to build housing for the desti-
tute. As to Pinochet's "torture-
prone police," I reply thatonly
those who resisted with arms
were abducted. Those citizens
who wished to leave the coun-
try were allowed to do so, al-
though they will not be allowed
to return. In fact, most of Al-
lende's key administrators are
now in exile.
ADMITTEDLY, Chile is a
poor country with a long history
of a rigid socio-economic class
system. If Allende's administra-
tion changed this on-sided svs-
temn in any way, it did so as the
secondarv consequences of an
all-consuming attempt for voliti-
cal control in which all Chileans
would be made "equal," not by
elevating the lower classes, but
by bringing the entire country to
In.America, we live in a coun-
trv of continual dissent. It was
difficult for me at first to com-
prehend the unity and love of
countrv displayed by the Chilean
neonle. On a personal basis. I
had nothing in America which
compared or prenared me for
my experiences in Chile. That
is why until now I had felt it
woild be futilx to relate my ex-
neriences in this form of a one-
wav communication. However, I
have grown tired of reading
third-hand accomints of what has
happened in Chile.
Name Withheld by
September 22
To The Daily:
ON SUNDAY, September 21,
the Bargaining Committee of Lo-
cal 2001 sent amailing to the
membership which is 2,400
strong. The Bargaining Commit-
tee was aided in this effort by
about 13 other members of the
local, including two from Flint
and one from Dearborn, who vol-
unteered to give up their Sun-
day. The Bargaining Committee
wishes to extend its thanks and
appreciation to those 13 people.
On Wednesday, September 17,
the Bargaining Committee was
paid a visit by about 10 mem-
bers of the CDU. These people
were apprised of the upcoming
mailing and readily promised
their help. When a CDU spokes-
person was notified of the exact
date the mailing would be done
she again promised the aid of
her contingent. They were to ar-
rive at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
However, once again, the CDU
lived up to the Bargaining Com-
mittee's expectations and failed
to arrive. The CDU spends a lot
of time creating dissension and
distrust, complaining about the
lack of communication, and
claiming they have an over-
whelming -desire to participate
in the work that must be done
in the local and aid in the com-
munication process. Yet, when
it's time to do some work, the
CDU is never there.

WHAT, YOU MAY ask, was
involved in this mailing? The
following was done:
* 2,400 postage stamps had to

cles. P
tors, de
ers wen
coup ca

to surrender their vehi-
'rofessionals such as doc-
entists, and some teach-
nt on strike. Women and
s demonstrated in the
When the long-awaited
ame, it was a blessed re-

erent si
be affixed to envelopes;
* 2,400 envelopes had to be
stamped with a return ad-
" 2,400 name and address la-
bels had to be typed;
" A three-page legal size by-
laws proposal had to be col-
lated, stapled and folded;
" A three-page statement plus
an insert had to be collated
and stapled;
" A two-page legal size news-
letter had to be collated,
stapled, and folded;
* The official call to the Sept.
28th meeting was printed,
two to a page, and that had
to be 4cut;
* Packets of the above mater-
ials had to be assembled and
envelopes had to be stuffed;
* The envelopes had to be sep-
arated into those for Ann Ar-
bor and those for other cities;
and, finally,
@2,400 envelopes had to be de-
livered to the Post Office for
THE COST OF this mailing
was approximately $1,098.00;
$700 for postage, $300 for print-
ing and $98 for envelopes. The
printer could have collated,
stapled and folded the mater-
ials, but this would have been
at an additional cost. The Bar-
gaining Committee chose to do
this work itself along with the

aid of volunteers.
This is an example o
going that must be do
local. This is apparentl
work the CDU wishes
volved in. What, you sl
yourself, is it they rea
to do? What is their rea
The next time you rea
article or leaflet I w
you to remember this
many examples of wi
promised help has r
forthcoming and to giv
consideration to the ab
Deborah Moore]
Bargaining Cott
September 23
To The Daily:
25th, the Black Cong
Caucus is meeting to
South Africa. The cauc
includes congress-pers
of Detroit, has made th
public: the U.S. must
hands off South Africa
unreasonable request.)
calation in fighting in 2
(Rhodesia) and Namib
West Africa) imminent
in this remote but mh
part of the globe hag i
Anti-Apartheid stalwa
have spent years f iI

4 Chile
against the current, now find
f the on- themselves in friendlier, or at
ne in the least concerned, audiences.
y not the Groups both inside and outside
to be in- government are listening to
hould ask what they have to say.
ally want One of the best known of these
al goal? stalwarts, Dennis Brutus, is
ad a CDU speaking at the U-M today,
ould ask about the future of the struggle
s one of in South Africa, in the law quad
hen their at 4:30 p.m. Brutus has excel-
not been lent credentials to speak on this
e serious subject. He was a "banned"
ove ques- person in South Africa, impris-
oned in 1963 and shot in the
head back while tryingdto escape. He
nmittee served a sentence of hard-labor
on Robben Island, a former lep-
er-colony now used for poiitical
outcasts. After this he made his
A. way to the U.S. and has been
~C( carrying on his work from here.
He bears major credit for ex-
eptember posing South Africa's racist
gressional sport policy, leading to her ex-
discuss pulsion from the Olympic
us, which Games. This hurt the sports-
on Diggs crazed white South Africans
weir stand enough to drive them to previ-
keep its ously unheard of measures, such
(not an as inviting Arthur Ashe to play
With es- at their annual tennis champion-
rimbabwe ships. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Bru-
ia (South tus wll join a panel to speak
, interest about South Africa's doctrine of
neral-rich Apartheid.
ncreased. The Southern Africa
rts who Committee
g h t i n g September 23

A CDRS Entrance Exam


food for their own families,
while national food shortages
began to develop. Allende
stepped in with material goods
and food rationing, which was
administered by his private po-
lice force. These men not only
administered food but they also
took noterof politically dissatis-
fied citizens.
In the meanwhile, communist
revolutionaries were being im-
ported wholesale from Cuba,
supplemented by transitory dis-
sidents from other S.A. coun-
tries. (I am told, of the political
prisoners taken, the vast ma-
jority were not Chilean.) These
volatile immigrants were armed
and assembled into a political
collection agency, used to help
confiscate the property of those
who chose to resist. I met a
family who owned a large tree
farm in the south of Chile. They
told me that the entire family
never slept at one time - at
least two members stayed up
with guns waiting for Allende's
men to come in the night. When
the communists did come, the
family was warned by a man
who worked for them, at his
own personal risk.
Chile was stricken by incessant
strikes and anti-Allende demon-
strations. The truck drivers,
crucial to the economy of a long,
narrow country like Chile, went
on strike. A student told of wit-
nessing a group of these drivers
machine-gunned to death by Al-
lende's police when the drivers

FOR THOSE OF you who are having difficulty
following the subtle nuances and bitter con-
flict in the allocation of the CDRS money, the
following quiz is offered as a means of "refresh-
ing" yourselves to some of these complicated and
difficult issues.
Be advised that in some circumstances there is
more- than one possible answer to a question;
therefore choose only the letter (a-e) that is best
suited in response. The test is being given on the
honor systm, so please keep your eyes on your
own papers!
1. The acronym "CDRS" stands for:
a. Community Development Revenue Shar-
b. Clash of Democratic and Republican
c. Communist Drive Reaches Saigon
d. Repondez S'il Vous Plait
e. UnionSoviet Socialist Republic-
2" THE CONFLICT that has elolved in this
case really centers around:
a. The mulberry bush
b. How to spend the money
c. A cruel and cunning conspiracy on the
part of the Republicans
d. A cruel and cunning conspiracy on the
part of the Democrats
e. Who knows what's best
3. The CDRS situation has become an emer-
gency because:
a. Some community agencies cannot survive
without the money
b. The city of Ann Arbor never had so
much money before
_ c. City Council says so
d. The Federal Government says so
e. Everybody says so
4. Al Wheeler is: \
a. An up-and-coming microbiologist
b. Former mayor of Ann Arbor
c. A "cunning", "devious" politician
d. Bo Schembechler
e. A used-car salesman
Al Wheeler, because:
a. He is a Democrat
b. He is black
c" He gets all the girls
d. He gave them a bum deal on their cars
e. None of the above
6. At the emergency City Council meeting last
Friday at 5 pm:
a. The Republicans and HRP voted through
a compromise plan for spending CDRS
b. The Republicans and HRP sang Auld
ILang Svgn in harmony
c. Al Wheeler and Kathy Kozachenko got
d. James Stephenson was officially confirm-
ed as mayor of Ann Arbor
e. Magee said something (?)
f. Everybody ate salt water taffy and
nitched pennies
7. IF AL WHEELER vetoes the HRP-CDRS
plan th-, intend to:
a. Challenge him to a duel

b. Launch a campaign to recall him
c. Cecede from the Union
d. Ask Abe Beame's advice
e. Tell their mommies
8. Al Wheeler has said that the threat of a Re-
publican recall drive bothers him:
a. About as much as a "fly on his coat"
b. About as much as a "wasp on his
c. About as much as "ants in his pants"
d. More than he admits
e" All of the above
was appointed:
a. To relieve overcrowding at the Washte-
naw Home for the Bewildered
b. To give the public a feeling that they
really had some input into the workings of
the town
c. to deflect attention from the Ann Arbor
massage parlour industry
d. To facilitate a crisis
e. All of the above
10. The $14,400 that the HRP-Republican plan
allots to street resurfacing at Arrowwood Hills:
a. Would be enough to resurface a quarter
mile of the street there
b. Would be enough to get an estimate
c. Would be enough to buy the workcr tw
lunch at Burger King
d. Should be enough to buy Bo Schembechler
a new defense
e. Should be reallocated to the tree-planting
a. Thinks they wield considerable influence
on City Council
b. Died a horrible death in 1974
c. Is a religions group
d. Is held everv New Year's Eve
e. Are Martians
12. At this point the best action for all concern
ed woild be:
a. To try to get the CDRS money'moving
1h. To bribe an impartial mediator from
(. To throw the money off the top of Huron
d, Tn eiv'e the monev to the city of Saline
e. To noen a chocolate factory
11 TTv MOr AL A' the CDRS story might be:
a, A Ahq~t nowers corrupts absolutely
h. All i fair in love
c.X WhI the going gets tough, the tough-get
d. The mills of the gods grind slowly
e. I think it's so groovy now, that people are
finally getting together
f. The meek shall inherit the earth
g. Blowin in the wind
David Weinberg is a.) an amoeba with ex-
tremely high intelligence b.) a Bolshevik e. )
Daily Dietician d.) a television journalist e.)
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