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Summer Daily
Summer Edition of
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Edited and managed by students at the
University of Michigan
Friday, August 24, 1973 News Phone: 764-0552
Tenants hurt own
cause by ignorance
IN ANN ARBOR, rip-off landlords, who offer the stu-
dent community substandard housing at outrageous
prices, proliferate.
The landlords are successful because they know the
law inside and out, while tenants too often are complete-
ly uninformed or depend on the landlord for informa-
tion.
The lanrlord ha +ie unner hand in nearly every re-
spect - ahnormally low vacancy rates, captive tenants
forced to live in a narticilar area regardless of cost, and
a thorough understanding of all the tricks and how to
use them.
Anythin short of touch rent control legislation prob-
ably will not brinc down the cost of housing, but at least
tenants should learn the rules of the game, so they can
get their monev's worth.
City Council has taken a first. albeit feeble, step to-
wards edtcatin tenants by financing publication of a
handhook exnlaining tenants' rights and duties.
The booklet has a few valuable tips but the landlords
approved the text nrior to publication. Consequently the
book's overall worth must be suspect.
Unfortunately some of the blame for the failure to
know the laws lies with the tenants themselves. Too often
tenants do not check out their legal powers and as a con-
sequence live in htntsinl that could not possibly measure
up to the city building code as they blindly pay an illegal
damace denovit.
Moreover. the landlords will continue to exploit un-
witting tenants until they too know the law and the not
quite ethical maneuvers for beating housing's exorbitent
cost.
Tenants cannot inst sit back and mark time, because
there's going to be a lone wait for rent controls. Tenants
must challenge the landlords. They cannot knuckle under
to the landlord's pressure, but apply powerful counter-
pressure.
Several years ago a rent strike was moderately suc-
cessful yet even on an individual level, tenants can force
the landlords to upgrade conditions by legally withhold-
ing rent until improvements are made.
Most importantly, however, before confronting land-
lords the tenants should get competent legal advice.
Become informed, know the law, start on an equal
footing with the rip-off artists.
Summer Staff
ROBERT BARKIN and CHARLE STEIN
Co-editors
GORDON ATCHEsON .. ... ... . ..Night Editor
DANIEL BIDDLE.. . ....... ,Night Editor
DEBORAH GOOD.. .. ...Assistant Night Editor
JACK KROST.... . . .... Assistant Night Editor
JOSEPHINE MARCOTTI .. ... Assistant Night Editor
DAVID STOLL......Assistant Night Editor
DEBRA THAL ..............................Night Editor
REBECCA WARNER.........Night Editor
DAN BORDS
sports Editor
BILL BLACKFORD"
-Susiness saager

I would like to be able to write
about what a glorius day today is
in the history of the world. I would
like to be able to write of honesty
in our time, of the guilty being
tried and of truth in government.
Eight months after ending the
Vietnam War, men's hearts should
anticipate a long peace, and men's
minds should be free from the
heavy weight that comes with war.
But this is not such a period -
for this is not a period of peace.
This is the time of wholesale cor-
ruption in government.
TODAY WE are engaged in a
final, all-out battle between crooks
and uprighteous men. The modern
champions of corruption have se-
lected this as the time. And, the
chips are down - they are truly
down.
Can there be anyone today who
is so blind as to say that the war
is not on? Can there be anyone
who fails to realize this is the time
for the showdown between the hon-
est men and the corrupt men? ,
The reason why we find our-
selves in a position of impotency
in the world today is not because
our only powerful potential en-
emy has sent men to invade our
shoresbut rather because of the
traitorous actions of those who
haverbeen treated so well by this
nation. It has not been the less
fortunate or members of minority
groups who have been ruining this
nation but rather those who have
had all the benefits that the weal-
thiest nation has had to offer -
the finest homes, the finest col-
lege education and the finest jobs
in government we can give.
THIS IS glaringly true in the
White House. There the brightest
young men who are born with sal-
ver spoons in their mouths are the
ones who have been the worst.
This gives you somewhat of a
picture of the type of individuals
who have been running our gov-
ernment. In my opinion the White
House staff, which is an essential
part of our government, is very

robert barkin
thoroughly infested with crooks. has needed only a spark to re-
I have here fifty-seven cases of kindle them. Happily, this spark
individuals who have coibmitted has finally been supplied.
crimes or have helped plan them, As you know, the President on
but who are nevertheless are still Wednesday accepted the total
helping to run our government, blame for the Watergate break-in
One thing to remember in dis- and the subsequent cover-up. The
cussing crooks in our government President, in attempting to justi-
is that we are not dealing with fy his position, claimed he did it
men who get thirty pieces of silver for national security. The reaction
to bug the Watergate hotel. We of the American people to t h is
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In my opinion, the White House, which is an
essential part of our government, is thorough-
ly infested with crooks.
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are dealing with a far more sin-
ister type of activity because it
permits a handful of men to guide
and shape our policies.
AS YOU HEAR this story of high
treason, I know that you are say-
ing to yourself, "Well, why doesn't
the Congress do something about
it?" Actually, one of the important
reasons for the graft, the corrup-
tion, the dishonesty, the disloyal-
ty, the treason in high government
positions is a lack of moral up-
rising on the part of two hundred
million American people. How-
ever, the morals of our people have
not been destroyed. They still exist.
The cloak of numbness and apathy
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Rafferty in the Student Pub-
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Michigan Daily building. Letters
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would make the hearts of our
forefathers happy.
WHEN THIS pompous President
in tailored suit, proclaimed to the
American people that the Con-
stitution endorses such activity, the
blasphemy was so great that it
awakened the dormant indigniation
of the American people.
He has lighted the spark which
is resulting in a moral uprising
and will undo only when the sorry
mess of twisted warped thinkers
are swept from the national scene
so that we have a new birth of na-
tional honesty and decency in gov-
ernment.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a
direct quotation of the Wheel-
ing speech which launched the
anti-communist crusade of
Sen. Joseph McCarthy w i t h
the exception that references
to "communists" have b e e n
changed to "crooks," and re-
ferences to the "State Depart-
ment" to the "White House."

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And now, ladies and gentlemen, this theater
proudly presents .

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