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Summer Daily
Saomm r Edition of
7111- M1 IIGIAN 1)AIIY
Edited and managed by students at the
University of Michigan
Tuesday June 12, 1973 News Phone: 764-0552
Ecology wins 'as
the EPA lsSes
T WOULD APPEAR that the Nixon Administration, not
content with merely sullying the political atmosphereI
of this country, now wishes to see its natural atmosphere
become polluted as well.
Fortunately, the Supreme Court isn't as clouded
over by befuddled thinking. A 4-4 ruling yesterday will
allow to stand a recent decision by U. S. District Judge
John Pratt, barring the Environmental Protection Agency
from allowing any supplementary state laws which would
permit substantial new air pollution in regions where the
air is still pure.
The issue had been brought to the court by the Fed-
eral government, which contended that it was permis-
sible to make clean air dirty, as long as the level of pol-
lution was below the EPA's maximum standards.
The government's interest in the issue was primar-
ily economic; "The cost, ultimately to the public, of reduc-
ing pollution in polluted areas to meet the primary and
secondary standards will be sqbstantially increased if no
encoachment can be made on clean air areas."
SUCH AN attitude befouls the mind, as well as the at-
mosphere. That the air we have has been polluted to
the extent it has is truly unfortunate. But now that we are
finally awake to the damage caused by industrial pol-
lution, automobiles, and so forth, we must curb any fu-
ture pollution in an attempt to keep any remaining
pure air pure.
The government's argument is despicable-it, in ef-
fect, places economics above the quality of human life.
If the air we have isn't protected now, future genera-
tions may find little or no air left to protect.
AS ENVIRONMENTALISTS have contended, the EPA
law's stated puroose to "protect and enhance" air
quality means exactly that. Air quality must not be de-
graded any further.
Siinmer S/aff
Editorial Page Edtor
Sports Editor
Business Manager

Secretariat: A lone national hero

IT HAS BEEN said that in times
of confusion and disillusion-
ment the people look for a man
on a horse to come riding along.
Perhaps it is indicative of this
country's wigged-out state of
mind, that it is a horse, and not
a rider, that we seem to have
latched onto. And what a horse ...
chris parks
Secretariat; Superhorse, Pegasus
- a living symbol of all that is
graceful and magnificent - Secre-
tariat, a horse, has become our
only national hero.
AT FIVE THIRTY Saturday af-
ternoon, an entire nation of people
dropped whatever they were do-
ing. Lawns were left half-mowed,
dishes half-washed, meals h a I f-
eaten. Attention was riveted on a
television screen and a horse race

triple homicide on the front lawn
could have moved me to leave that
room and miss what was about to
At five thirty, Superhorse stepped
prouldly, calmly into the starting
gate, disdainfully oblivious to his
jittery, quarrelsome cohorts. He al-
most seemed to know what was
expected and he had a look of
supreme confidence. He had come
to deliver.
THE GATE sprung open. The
animals lept out, nostrils flaring
and hooves flying. But by the time
they reached the first turn Secre-
tariat had dealt with most of the
inferior plugs who had the audacity
to appear on the same track with
Down the backstretch it was just
Secretariat and Sham - a paren-
nial Mr. Second Best. The champ
toyed with him for awhile, and
then decided to run.

THAT MOMENT, that drive, was
almost like a dream sequence -
suspended in time. The horse . ..
flying down the track, the hot late-
afternoon sun baking on his huge
back, his magnificent auburn coat
glistening . . . his powerful legs
churning with a twisting, side-
ways motion . .. pounding, digging
. . . clods of earth flying up from
under his hooves . . . powerful,
graceful motion .
. . . he's pulling away now .
10 lengths . . . 15 lengths. 20,
25 lengths (inside myself, Pm
screaming "Go! Jesus, look at that.
beautiful mother go!"). Around me
in the livingroom, eyes are bugged
and mouths are open in amaz:e-
ment, nay, awe:
Thirty one lengths? He won by 31
lengths,.to prove (as if it need to
be Proved) that no other 'horse
could touch him.
SO WHAT IS this horse - this
Secretariat - who drove the Wat-
ereate off the cover of Time
and Newsweek, who has captivat-
ed a cvnical, disillusioned country?
Secretariat is simply, a foil. He
is everything that our discredited
leaders (esnecially Richard Nixon)
aren't and never could be.
They offer Southern California
crassness, he offers Virginia grace.
They are craven, a self-serving and
pompous; he is quiet, aloof and
Secretariat is a horse - and a
He stands not only for excellence,
but for a magnificence and incor-
ruiptability we all hunger for these
Somehow, althongh I can imag-
ine Secretariat talking, I cannot
conceive of him ever saying, "I'm
the Triple Crown winner, and make
no mistake about that."
WE'RE ALT, SO tired of that
man who seems never quite big
enoigh for his job - who always
tires too hard, gets caught, and
has the disturbing habit of grab-
bing our collective sleeve and slob-
bering "God bless America" all
over it.
We are, as a nation, ready for
some class for a change. A n d ,
Secretariat's got class.
It seems ironic that the only dig-
nified, incorruptable hero we can
produce is - a horse. But times be-
ing what they are, I guess we're
not in a position to be too choosy.

SECRETARIAT; Superhorse, Pegasus-a living symbol of all that
is graceful and magnificent-Secretariat, a horse, has become our
only national hero.

in New York.
And there I was, eyes glued to
the tube, along with six other geeks
in my livingroom and scores of
geeks in their living rooms from
coast to coast.
A few months ago I would have
been hard pressed to tell you which
three races make up the Triple
Crown or even the name of the
horse which won last year's Ken-
tucky Derby. I've lived 21 years
in blissful ignorance of the fine
points of horse racing - a sport
which has never exactly fired my
And yet, there I was - eyes on
the tube - and nothing short of a

HE decided to run - not jockey
Ron Tuircotte. With Secretariat the
jockey was almost superfluous -
there for no better reason than
that a horse had to have some-
one on his back (rules, you know).
Turcotte never used his whip -
to do so would have been almost
a sacrilege. A mere man does not
strike Superhorse with a stick.
Secretariat was running the race,
and Secretaariat decided it was
time to run - to show the 80,000
people at Belmont Park and the
millions at home like me - who
was the champion. It was time, he
decided, to take it, and take it
with style and class.

DAR BIDDLE ,..,...

.... Ass't. Night Editor
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Staff Photographer
Start Photographer
Night Editor
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Managing Sports Editor
Associate Sports Editor
Display Manager
Classified Manager
Circulation Manager
... Circulation Assistoit

Letters to The Daily

YFE rtEtyT
0 I m6ued Iby!"oas a el lincsSYNDICATE

Pool protest
To The Daily:
DURING RECENT years, the
city's excellent swimming pool on
Fuller Road has been well used
in the mornings by children and
at noon by adults who work near-
by. The excellence of the swim-
ming program had led us to be-
lieve that Ann Arbor's Depart-
ment of Parks and Recreation re-
cognized the value of individual
sports in which ordinary citizens
could develop their own abilities
and strength, whether starting in
good physical condition or not.
Thus we were disappointed and

angered to read the announcement
of a plan to close the Fuller
Pool to the general public b o t h
for the entire morning and for the
noon hour, reserving it for a small
group of competitive swimmers.
Swimming is one of the few
sports within the reach of every-
one, without regard for age or
athletic ability. The city's proposal
to make this sport inaccessible to
the adults and to the noncompeti-
tive swimmers who made good use
of the facilities in past years seems
a serious step backward. Public
parks should be available for ac-
tive use by all citizens, not re-
stricted to an athletic elite.

It is a measure of the Ann Ar-
bor Recreation Department's prior-
ities that it allocates six hours per
day to competitive swimming and
no time whatever to independent
adult swimming for physical fitness
at Fuller Pool. The adults of Ann
Arbor ask only one hour for their
exercise. It seems incredible that
the Recreation Department is so
unresponsive to community needs
that it can not reschedule a por-
tion of the competitive swimming
program to allow one hour at noon
for adults.
-Margaret Nielsen
Stephen Marston
June 6

Suickered '
To The Daily:
YOU THINK YOU'VE been slickeredt!
How about me? Mr. Smooth Shuffle, now
Ann Arbor's Mayor, slickered me into f
marrying him and he has been slicker-
ing me ever since. But, believe me, 7
it's been, and still is, a wonderful ex-
Take my advice, sit back and enjoy
being slickered by one of the best, stop
tieing critical, and help me make him
"Ann Arbor's Most Loved Mayor."
A better picture of your Mayor and
mine is enclosed.
-Mrs. James (Barbara) Stephenson
June 7

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