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Michigan Daily
Edited and managed by Students at the
University of Michigan
Wednesday, August 14, 1974
News Phone: 764-0552
Up from nowhere
IT WOULD BE INACCURATE to say that Gerald Ford's
Congresional address Monday night left me any-
thing like hopeful or elated-our politics are diametric-
ally opposed, as often as not, so there was little common
ground there to rejoice on -but I did feel something life
relief because of the tone of his speech.
Ford took mostIt folksy, popular stands on domestic
issues that his predecessor fudged and ducked: modest
support for public education (where the Nixon adminis-
tration spent not one cent for schools); comprehensive
health insurance. (which the previous president held out
with one hand and beat back with the other); interna-
tional discussion of food and fuel needs; tough appraisal
of budget management; beating down inflation; and
Candor, Honesty, Integrity, and more Candor.
On the other hand, Ford's international stance -
with one prominent exception, his reaffirmation of the
Paris Agreement and his wish for a rapid compromise
settlement in Cambodia (for which read: withdrawal
with pomp and circumstance)- fairly reeks of rabid
nationalism and manifest destiny; but at the same time,
his foreign policy, like his domestic, appears to be con-
strained by the same four principles: "communication,
conciliation, compromise, and cooperation." Only time
will tell.
THE SWEETEST THING about Ford's speech was its
lack of hype He used first person singular conditional
where Nixon used the royal we. He radiated no sense of
paranoia about r-mster/punster cabals lurking behind
his back, just wai' nz to snicker. And he seemed to un-
derstand that he ""d succeeded to a job and not a niche
in some shrine called "history" or "democracy" or "the
free world."
If his first presentation to Congress as president is
any indication, Gerald Ford may be the sort of caretaker
executive who can let the nation, and the world, back
away from the Plain of Armageddon, to heal and go on.
Partition madness
THE TURKISH PARTITION demand has deadlocked
Geneva peace talks at a delicate moment and threa-
tens to engulf Cyprus in full-scale war.
Turkey's "final compromise" establishing six auto-
nomous Turkish enclaves there is not a viable peace solu-
tion. Partitioned Vietnam, Palestine, Ireland and Korea
are testimony enough. Drawing the barbed wire line over
Cyprus will merely force Greek and Turkish natives to
their Troodos Mountain arms caches: guerrilla bands
will incessantly dispute hamlets: large populations will
be displaced: and nainfully slow Greek-Turk Integration
efforts - which recent foreign intervention has inter-
rupted -- will stop forever.
Turkey, of course, is negotiating from a position
of strength. With 40.000 troops poised to occupy the rest
of Cyprus and the Greeks helplessly watching, Ankara
can afford to wring concessions from Athens.
But Turkey had better halt while they are ahead,
for they cannot expect the new Greek government to pay
for the junta's mistakes.
Greece. after shedding the onpressive regime, can
tap a powerful source of resurgent nationalism if a war
occurs. If Turks continue expanding their island beach-
head, Greek Premier Constantine Caramanlis can no
longer afford to sit back. Now is the time for him to bet-
ter his nation's bargaining position by seeking military
advantages in European Turkey.
The two nations and the island are like Pandora's

box, ready to pop open at any moment.
ROTH SIDES WERE foolhardy in postponing Geneva
talks for 48 hours. If national pride prevents Foreign
Ministers Mavros and Gunes from negotiating, the is-
land situation may slip out of control.
Therefore. the nations must resume talks and main-
tain more flexible bargaining positions. The partition
issue is non-negotiable, unrealistic, and should be aban-_
doned by Turkey.

Letters to the Daily

To The Daily:
MICHAEL Wilson's "review"
most sophomoric and insensi-
tive piece of criticism The
Daily has ever published. Those
of us who have seen the film
and recognize it as a brilliant
and beautiful statement of the
ultimate destructiveness of the
macho violence ideal that so-
ciety imposes were left stun-
ned by his idiotic statement
that the film is "Italian porno-
graphy." His comment that
Tonic in "momentarily detour-
ed" from his assassination mis-
sion by a "pretty streetwalk-
er" is equalled in stupidity only
by his averring that the film
is "a sort of Day of the Jackal
The only conclusions we can
draw from such an incredibly
asinine piece of work are that
Wilson is thirteen years old or
younger, or that he did not see
the film but wrote his review
from a press packet (generous-
ly laced with stills from the
bordello scenes), or that he's a
half-swit, in which case he
should be gently farmed out ,o
an appropriate place. The arts
page is not an appropriate
place. If you can't find a per-
son of intelligence to review
a film, for God's sake, let it go
un-reviewed. It is insulting to
be presented with criticism
from a little boy whose arousal
at the sight of naked breasts
covers his perception of the
film as a whole with bodily

-Pamela I
Diana Ste
August 2

Erbe Wiener

To The Daily:
Union condemns the Univer-
sity's anonymous proposals for
controlling student organiza-
tions by restrictingttheir access
to University facilities. Because
these rules are vague, political-
ly discriminatory and an in-
fringement of the freedom of
association, they violate our
constitutional rights as citizens
of the United States and of te
State of Michigan.
One rule would have groups
deposit all their funds with the
University to be eligible to hold
fund-raisers with University fa-
cilities. Another requires them
to "have sufficient funds on de-
posit with the University to
meet their obligations" - wich
might mean their obligatior's to
the University, but may w e II1
mean their alleged obligations
to outside creditors. And ano-
ther rule limits the use of the
proceeds of fund-raisers to tax-
exempt organizations, or a
"substantial segment" (what-
ever that means) of students or
staff, or to accomplish a "law-
ful and legitimate University-
related purpose" (as defined by
University bureaucracy).
These rules are unconstitu-
tionally vague because the pro-
visions concerning the deposit
are ambiguous, and expressions
like "substantial segment" and
"legitimate University-related
purpose" might mean anything.
They are politically discrimina-
tory because groups are allow-
ed to devote funds to purpos en
that are "University-related,"
but not to equally lawful pur-
poses that are not University-
related. And they abridge the
rights of citizens to freely as-
semble, associate and make use
of public property - not only
becauseall their money is hlId
hostage for their good behavior,
but because of the threat of the
University serving as an extra-
legal collection agency for out-
side interests.
THE RULES are instruments
of political repression. Wi t h
them the Administration would
starve into submission the rad-
ical and progressive groups who
rely on popular rather than
corporate and governmental
sources of funds. We demand'

that the Administra
tract, or the Rege
these illegal and n
rules. And we dema
their anonymous
identify themselves a
responsibility for
--Ann Arbor T
July 24
To The Daily:
apathy runs rampant
elated to discovert
people in Ann Arbor
concerned with thet
the oppressed.
Farmworkers in
Michigan walked of1
berry fields last Th
21) in protest of low
poor living conditi
weekend an emerg
went out asking peo
ate food and money,
grant workers. The
groups responded ir
by donating money
of food: Canterbury
Saint Mary's Studen
Friends Meeting Hot
jadores de la Raza
Fruit Coop., Vegiet
House Coop., Do Dro
International Market
of this outpour of fin
moral support, the fa
continued to strike
grower substantially
their wages.
livered on Sunday,
workers celebrated
thanking every gene
The people who p
strawberries will ha
more money to livet
courage to keep str
-Friends of thi
To The Daily:
THE Honorable Pi
Thomassen of the 15
Court entered a d
subject case on Nov
1973. It appears Judg
sen took meticulous
arranging to preve
fendent from exerc
right to appeal his

ation r e - home at 11 p.m. on the eighth
nts reject day of the ten day time limi-
nnecessary tation to handadeliver the pre-
and that pared appeal and to convey to
author(s) the defendent the message from
nd assume Judge Thomassen that the ten
proposing day limitation had been set
Tenants The following morning, a Fri-
day, defendent appeared at Dis-
trict Court where Judge Thom-
assen informed his chief clerk,
Ardis Williams, that there was
thanks no possibility that defense coun-
cil Flory could have misunder-
stood the mesage he had car-
n political ried to defendent's home the
, we were previous evening. Judge
that some Thomassen finally came out of
r are still his office and personally assur-
plight of ed defendent as to the accur-
acy of his message and that the
Keeler, order could not issue. The fol-
the straw- lowing day at 10 a.m. the Sher-
tursday (6- iff's Officers arrived.
wages and
ans. This IF THE reader requires more
ency c r y information to enable him to
ple to don- consider the possibility t h a t
to the mi- three young Ann Arbor lawyers:
following Henry, Thomassen, and Flory
mmediately conspired to deny due process,
and bags then we ask the reader to pond-
H o u s e, er the question of how the case
t Chapel, became exclusively Judge
ise, Traba- Thomassen's when the ether
, People's District Judge, S. D. Elden had
Coop, Vail done all of the preliminary re-
p Inn, and search.
. Because The following questions can-
ancial and not be left unanswered:
rmworkers I. Why was defendent n o t
until the granted a jury trial desplte
increased timely filing of fee?
2. Why did Judge Thomassen
demand that James Flory be
was de- brought back into the case as
the farm- Defense Council against t h e
1 M a s s, wishes of the defendent?
erous soul. 3. Why was the trial held
ick y our with less than onehoarano'ice?
ye a little
on and the 4. Why was it even changed
'from a pretrial to a trial?
uggling. 5. Why did Defense Council
he Farm- James Flory bring the prepar-
ed appeal to defendent's home
rather than file it with the Cir-
-us- cuit Court?
6. Why was responsible for
sending a legal aid lawyer to
eter G. V. enter his name in the record
5th District as Defense Council without can-
ecision on sent of defendent? - Why was
vember 15, hermotivated to pursue the a-
te Thomas: terests of the Plaintiff?
scare in 7. Why were the papers sign-
nt the de- ed at the Judge's home?
ising his 8. Why was the moritrium
decision. ignored?

It seems Judge Thomassen
simply exploited the coincidence
that defense council J a m e s
Flory was negotiating w i h
plaintiff's council (City Council-
man Robert Henry) for the po-
sition of Assistant City Attorn-
Defense Council, James
Flory, came to defendent's
The Editorial Page of The
Michigan Daily is open to
anyone who wishes to submit
articles. Generally speaking,
all articles should be less
than 1,000 words.

INVESTIGATION of this case
would reveal that Plaintiff's
council, City Councilman Ro-
bert Henry, had such influence
as to send a court officer (Ben-
nett) to defendent's home to
terrorize the defendent's fam-
ily even before the case had
Perry Bullard, your position
on the judiciary committee sitn-
ply does not allow you to look
in the other direction - your
Harvard Law School days with
James Flory notwithstanding.
-Allen O'Brien
April 26

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