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Shaky Dem-HRP bond holds City Council

By ROBERT BARKIN
Daily News Analysis
The city's new liberal marijuana or-
dinance owes its Monday night passage
to a tenuous alliance between the Demo-
cratic Party and the Human Rights
Party.
The six to five vote followed straight
party lines, with -the Republicans voting
against the ordinance and the Demo-
crats and HRP voting for it.
Yet there was a noticable strain in the
radical-liberal coalition. Throughout the
meeting, constant reference by all three
parties was made to the alliance, and
most of it was derogatory.
Before the meeting began, both HRP
Council members were claiming the pro-
posed law as a "total victory" for their

party. The bill was remarkably similar
to the one that they had originally
offered. And the key element of the law,
that the five dollar fine covered sale as
well as use, was unpalatable for the
Democrats. The recent Marijuana Com-
mission did not go as far as the new
ordinance on the sale question.
The news media also seemed to view
the new law as an HRP victory. Imme-
diately after the meeting both HRP
council members were interviewed for
television and news papers as the prin-
cipal forces behind the bill.
The two other parties on the Council
had different views on the motivation of
the bill. The Republicans labeled the ac-
tion "a political deal between the Demo-
crats and the Human Rights Party."

The Democrats, who produced four
crucial votes to pass the ordinance, saw
the action differently.
Council member Robert Faber (D-
Second Ward) was the most outspoken
of the Democrats. Faber saw the new
law not as an HRP ordinance but rather
a "consensus" of elements in the com-
munity. He said the Democrats and HRP
were "aiming at the same thing" in
trying to pass the pot law. He called
the partisan split on the issue "horren-
dous and unjust."
Faber said the Democrats were wait-
ing until they had a liberal majority"
before taking the marijuana issue to the
Council. The attitude of the HRP, ac-
cording to Faber, "destroys the concept
of cooperation" between the parties.

But council member Nancy Wechsler
(HRP-Second Ward) made it clear that
HRP felt "cooperation" was not high on
the list of HRP priorities. "Everything
is partisan," she said. The only thing
we (HRP and Democrats) have in com-
mon is that we both run for political
office. The measure would never have
been brought up if HRP council mem-
bers had not been elected."
The controversy brings to point the
unique political situation in Ann Arbor
politics. The student vote has placed
the Democratic Party in a tenuous posi-
tion. They must cater to the student
interest to maintain even a ohance of
electoral victory. Yet no matter how far
they go, it still will not assure them that
they can retain or improve their power
in the city.

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Wednesday, May 17, 1972 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN - News Phone: 764-0552
e Connally resigns from
Trasuryto aid Nixon

ARTHUR BREMER, accused of shooting Gov. George Wallace,
smiles as he watches a Wallace rally in Wheaton, Md., Monday.
Evidence mounts that
W allace was stalked

W ASHINGTON(A-
President Nixon yesterday
announced the s u r p r i s e
resignation o f Treasury
Secretary John Connally
under circumstances that
did nothing to dispel ru-
mors Connally might join
him on the 1972 Republican
ticket.
Standing before reporters at
the White House, the chief ex-
cutve and the only Democra-
tic mnber of his Cabinet were
lavish in praising each other.
Nixon said he will nominate
George Shultz, former secre-
tary of Labor who now directs
the Office of Management and
Budget, to succeed Connally at
Treasury.
Connally was asked directly
if he would be available should
Nixon seek him as his autumn
running mate in place of Vice
President SpiretAgnew.
Declaring that he didn't an-
ticipaste a presidential decision
of that sort, Connally replied,
"I don't want to engage in that
type of speculation at this
point in time."
Nixon said Connally would
undertake some temporary, un-
paid assignments for him--
chores to be announced after
the President returns from
summit talks in the Soviet Un-
ion.
Just last month, the President
and his wife were overnight
guests of Connally and his wife
at their Texas ranch and on
that occasion Nixon said Con-
nally was capable of holding
any job to which he might as-
pire.

WASHINGTON M) - There is
mounting evidence that the man
who is accused of shooting Gov.
George Wallace was stalking the
governor's campaign in recent
weeks.
Arthur Bremer, 21, of Milwau-
kee, has been charged with the
shooting which seriously wounded
Wallace Monday at a shopping
center in Laurel, Md.
The theory that Bremer stalk-
ed Wallace has been fueled by
reports that he was seen in re-
cent weeks at Wallace political
rallies in Michigan and Mary-
land.
Bremer had been questioned
by police in Kalamazoo last Sat-
urday before a Wallace rally at
the National Guard Armory. The
police said they acted on an
anonymous tip that a suspicious
man had been sitting in a park-
ing lot near the armory most
of the day.
Kalamazoo police said they re-
leased Bremer because they
were satisfied with his story that
he was merely assuring himself
of a seat.
Other reports have also placed
Bremer in several rallies in
Maryland, the last time in Whea-
son just one hour before the
shooting.
The picture drawn by relatives,
friends and acquaintances of
Bremer is that of a youth who
kept his opinions to himself, de-

veloped few friendships and was
something of an enigma even
to his family.
Among the items in his Mal-
waukee apartment were a Con-
federate flag and newspaper
clippings about Wallace's cam-
paign, some dating oack to
1991.
Also found in the apartment
were two boxes of shells and
some gun magazines.
Members of Bremer's family
described him as "shy and tim-
id" and expressed disbelief that
he could have done the shooting.

RELIEF FUND
Local group aids Irish

PRESIDENT NIXON announces the resignation of John Connally.
"
U.S. ets pound North,
hit air defense base
SAIGON (A - American jets kept up heavy air at-
tacks on North Vietnam yesterday and the U.S. Command
said they destroyed an air defense system headquarters
where Russians were known to have been working.
North Vietnam's drive into the South slowed down,
and commands in Saigon awaited their next move.
A U.S. adviser in the critical central highlands re-
ported that U.S. B52 air bombardments had wiped out half
of two North Vietnamese divisions operating in the region.
The U. S. Command, in a communique on the results
S - ------- ---- - of about 2,000 air strikes in
North Vietnam during the
last week, said Air Force
F4 jets attacked the coun-
R ed ross try's main air defense com-
plex three miles south of
was the first time in my life Hanoi, "destroying several
that I cooked Irish stew," Ryan structures."
said.
He claims the Irish Relief 'The headquarters was wreck-
Fund is non-political. However, ed," a spokesman for the 7th
en St. Patrick's Day he organ- AiFresd arilases
ized a small, symbolic funeral ing the damage at Bach Mai.
procession-instead of the tra- U.S. intelligence reports said
ditional, light-hearted parade- Russian technicians and advis-
to City Hall. ers were known to have been
Marchers carried a coffin in working at the headquarters
honor of the 13 who were killed but the U.S. Command had no
on Bloody Sunday. Ryan also comment.
presented a resolution to Mayor A lull continued yesterday
Robert Harris to put before City around Hue although South Vi-
Council. etnamese on Highway 1 were
Passed unanimously, the reso- hit again by 130mm artillery
lution called upon President fire. Three government soldiers
See GROUP, Page 13 were reported wounded.

By DIANE LEVICK
The Bloody Sunday incident
in Londonderry, Northern Ire-
land in which British soldiers
shot and killed 13 Irish civilians
Jan. 23 shocked the Irish-both
at home and abroad. Locally, it
motivated Desmond Ryan, a
teacher at Huron High School
formerly of Dublin, to set up
Ann Arbor's Irish Relief Fund.
Ryan, along with his wife and
a small ad hoc committee, set
up the Irish Relief Fund to raise
money for the Irish Red Cross.
The Red Cross distributes food,
clothing, and other supplies to
victims of the strife in North-
ern Ireland.

The first large-scale money-
making activity for the Fund
was a musical benefit at the
Ark coffeehouse on Feb. 27.
Several Irish musicians and
singers and local Irish poet Tom
MacIntyre performed at the
event which brought in several
hundred dollars, according to
Ryan.
A similar benefit in Detroit
raised about $300.
In addition to the concerts,
Ryan has also collected dona-
tions outside Ann Arbor Catholic
churches.
The last fund-raising effort of
the winter term, an Irish dinner
at Guild House, netted $33. "It

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