Saturday, August 4, 1973
THE SUMMER DA 1 LY
beef about meat
By DAN BIDDLE
Most of Ann Arbor's butchers are run-
ning out of meat, but they have plenty of
beefs with the government.
Prime cuts have become an endanger-
ed species; chicken used to go for 30 cents
a pound and is now leaping toward a full
dollar, ground beef has passed $150, and
the men in the blood-spattered aprons
ROGER OMAN, assistant chief meat
cutter at Kroger's Westgate store, has
wielded a butcher's cleaver for 10 years
and now he's almost ready to start look-
ing for another job.
"These high meat prices, they're noth-
ing but politics," says Oman bitterly. "If
I were Nixon's butcher, I'd sure cut off
Oman sympathizes with W a s h i n g-
ton, D. C. butcher Bernie Goldstein who
made headlines earlier this week when
he refused to deliver the White House
beef order in protest of the meat price
OMAN BLAMES the beef shortage on
"It's the big Russian wheat deal that
did it," says Oman as he skillfully trans-
forms a fatty chunk of cow into a stack
of handsome rib steaks. "That sent up the
price of grain, so of course all the farm-
ers had to push up the price of cattle, and
that's where your shortage starts."
A middle - aged customer snaps that
hamburger's gone up 20 cents at Krog-
er's in spite of the freeze, and Oman ex-
plains politely that the chain buys meat
from Canadian processors who don't fall
under the freeze's limitation.
"I'M SORRY, ma'am, but it's the only
way to keep our counter full. You can
The Daily wishes to apologize for any
misconceptions arising from an article in
yesterday's edition c i t i n g violations of
campaign contribution laws. A number of
local o f f i c i a ls and ex-candidates were
named in the article as alleged violators.
County Prosecutor William Delhey, how-
ever, explained yesterday that only some
of the candidates may have violated the
law, while in other cases the contributors
themselves may be at fault.
Another University o ffic ial1 has an
nounced his intention to head for greener
pastures. Jack Hamilton, director of Uni-
versity Relations has been appointed
assistant to the president at the University
of Missouri. Director here since 1970, Ham-
ilton will be responsible for university-
wide communication at Missouri in addi-
tion to his duties as an advisor to the
. .. are varied for this summer week-
end. There will be poetry readings in
West Park from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.... the
Lighthouse coffeehouse will be open from
8:00 to 11:30 p.m. The coffeehouse is lo-
cated in the basement of the First Pres-
byterian Church . . . Williams' Cat on a
Hot Tin Roof will be presented at 8:00
p.m. at the Power Center . .. "The Con-
cert for Bangladesh" will be shown at 7:30
and 9:30 p.m. in And. A, Angell Hall .. .
"White Heat" can be seen at 8:00 and
10:00 p.m. at the Arch. Ad.. - .. "Stolen
Kisses" and "The Wild Child" will be
shown at Aud. 3 and 4, MLB at 7:30 and
9:30 p.m.. .. and looking ahead to Mon-
day there will be a showing of Edwin
Reischauer's film "The Japanese" at 7:30
p.m. at the Ecumenical Campus Center,
921 Church St.
Today should be warm and sunny with
afternoon highs reaching up into the low
80s. Clouds ihould begin to roll in Sunday
with some rain likely for early next week,
go to some other store, and they won't
have what you want."
The customer moves away with a
scowl, and Oman -reflects, "Every day
now, I gotta handle complaints.
"It's not even funny anymore. It's no
longer just a matter of price, it's a mat-
ter of getting something to eat."
BUTCHERS AT the A&P and Vescio
Stores on Stadium Rd. don't want to
See MEAT, Page 5
AT STAKE is the meaty object shown at right, and according to Ann Arbor's
butchers, the sign at left is just a misspelled warning of bad news yet to come.
Pictured below are three local cleaver-swingers, and they've got some beefs
about the meat freeze.
Long wait for Teltran mass
By JO MARCOTTY of receipt of federal funding from the Ur-
The city's much-heralded new mass ban Mass Transit Administration," states
transportation system may not be in oper- Michael Berla, a member of the AATA
ation for up to a year and a half, despite board. "When we receive notice, it will
approval of the plan by city voters April 2, take a range of approximately 12 to 18
according to Ann Arbor Transit Author- months to implement the system."
ity (AATA) officials. According to Berla, officials expect ap-
At present the system, called Teltran, proval of the grant by September 1 at the
lacks both buses and final approval for latest. Federal funds are expected to
a $3 million federal grant it needs to be- cover two thirds of the necessary costs,
gin operation. with state funding and taxes covering
"THE TIMING of the transition to the the remainder.
Teltran system is dependent on the date Teltran's vehicle fleet will consist of 15
Douglas plans to rule on
bombing legality Monday
YAKIMA, Wash. (A') - Supreme Court
Justice William O. Douglas has promised
he will issue a ruling by Monday on
whether to call an immediate halt to U.S.
bombing in Cambodia.
Douglas heard arguments in the case
yesterday and then retired to his Cascade
Mountains cabin to consider the case.
DOUGLAS PROMISED a ruling by Mon-
day declaring, "I will not let the question
President Nixon, meanwhile, sent a let-
ter to Congress accusing the lawmakers
of "abandoning a friend" and undermin-
ing his own efforts for a cease-fire by
setting an Aug. 15 cutoff for bombing of
And the Pentagon indicated it would con-
tinue reconnaisance flights over Cambodia
even after the cutoff date.
DOUGLAS HEARD an hour of oral argu-
ments on a request from American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) attorneys that
he vacate a stay of a lower court order
declaring the bombing to be unconstitu-
At issue is a case brought by Rep. Eliza-
beth Holtzman (D-N.Y.) and four Air
Force officers challenging the President's
authority to order Cambodian bombing.
The District Court ruled the President
did not have the authority to act uni-
laterally, but the ruling was stayed pend-
ing an appeal to the Second U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals. Arguments in that ap-
peal are set for next Wednesday.
BURT NEUBORNE, an ACLU attorney,
argued that the District Court decision
should be enforced. Otherwise, he said,
"you give the President judicial authority
to continue to do something the judiciary
said in the first place he had no right
Last Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall refused to remove the
stay against the District C o u r t ruling,
prompting ACLU attorneys to make a
similar appeal Thursday to Douglas at
his summer retreat some 50 miles north-
west of here.
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT attorney Wal-
ter Fleischer presented an affadavit from
Secretary of State William Rogers claim-
ing the government's military efforts in
Southeast Asia would be "irreparably
damaged" by enforcement of the lower
express buses, and 40 mini-buses, five of
which are to be specially equipped for
THE MINI-BUSES will provide neigh-
borhood transportation and rides to ex-
press line transfer points.
Express buses will carry passengers to
points a greater distance away.
When the funding is okayed the Author-
ity will order the buses, fifty in all, by
means of competitive bidding.
"IT'LL PROBABLY take from four to
six months for the buses because they
have to be manufactured and then adapt-
ed to the Teltran plan," says Berla.
The Teltran system was designed by
the Ford Transportation Research Office.
If Teltran gets sufficient use, its propon-
ents say, a significant number of bene-
fits could result.
Less land within the city would be used
for streets and parking lots, planners
predict, and there would be less noise
and air pollution, decreased traffic con-
gestion, more job opportunities, fewer ac-
cidents, and increased mobility for aged,
poor and disabled citizens.
THE AATA also plans to give serious
study and consideration to the use of al-
ternative fuels and innovative power
sources that promise to reduce or elimi-
nate pollution from the vehicles.
Highlights of the planned Teltran sys-
tem include door to door service to vir-
tually anywhere within the city limits.
The expected fare is low-25 cents a
ride with monthly passes for $10.
TELTRAN WILL combine convenient
doorste pickups with high capacity, ef-
ficient limited-stop express bus service
connecting shopping centers, employ-
ment areas, schools and other high activ-
Passengers will be able to travel any-
where in Ann Arbor by calling the Tel-
tran dispatcher from their homes or from
one of the fifteen to twenty direct line
telephones located at convenient points in
Rep TRANR. U nta:_