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Tuesday, June 16, 1970

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

JAMES WECHSLER
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A Sony For Your Thoughts!

CITE MASSIVE PROBLEM
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SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 1970

Mews Phone: 764-0552

Legalize addictive drugs-
THE USE OF addictive drugs and the laws which sur-
round them constitute one of the primary reasons for
the attrition of human lives in an urban ghetto.
Too often, youths growing up in America's decaying
metropolis, become enmeshed in a web of crime, poverty,
and disease which have at their center the illegality of
using and selling narcotics.
Forced onto the black market, heroin and other ad-
dictive drugs take on prices which are. invariably beyond
the means of the addict. So to secure enough money to
support this habit, he must turn to the most lucrative ac-
tivities at hand - those of a criminal nature.
And, once the addict becomes involved in the thievery,
prostitution, extortion, which are the criminal themes of
ghetto life, it is unlikely that he will be able to escape.
Rather, he finds himself on a path which usually ends in
prison, or, if he's more fortunate, in an inadequate mu-
nicipal hospital.
MEANWHILE, organized crime in the U.S. continues to
feed on the prohibition against the sale of addictive
drugs. The illegality of drug sales does not curb the mob's
business operations, it merely makes it possible to charge
the addict prices he is unable to pay. Of course, he will
be offered the ready availability of enough drugs to pro-
vide for his habit, in exchange for certain services to the
syndicate. The addict had no choice but to agree.
And then there is the question of what makes a per-
son susceptible to a pusher. In an urban ghetto, the same
conditions which perpetuate the degrading quality of life
also perpetuate the frame of mind that can accept the
offer of heroin.
Often, for example, the family life of a youth whose
parents are involved in the drug-crime-poverty triangle
only steers him in a similar direction.
The prohibition against the sale of addictive drugs
is based upon a fear that allowing it to be legally sold
would increase the number of addicts. This argument
stems from an erroneous belief that it is difficult to ob-
tain drugs on the black market. Rather, it is common
knowledge in every decaying urban community that one
does not even need to express an interest in "shooting-.
up" before he is approached. And for those who are in-
terested in trying drugs, the high school is often the first
place to look.
Legalizing the sale of addictive drugs would not in-
crease the number of addicts, but would decrease their
enslavement to a way of life which makes their few hours
of drug-induced euphoria the only oasis they know.
-ROBERT KRAFTOWITZ
NIGHT EDITOR: MARTIN A. HIRSCHMAN

THE WORD that seems to be
emanating from the White
House area these days is that
President Nixon is exhibiting re-
markable restraint under fire but
could get pitilessly rough if he
finds himself in serious political
trouble.
In this portrait of a long-suf-
fering, benign but not neglectful
chief executive, he emerges as a
lonely soul in need bf Senatorial
"love" still grievously misunder-
stood by an incurably hostile "lib-
eral left" and gallantly refusing
to unleash the emotions of the
radical right.
"The President would have little
to lose in terms of votes, and per-
haps a great deal to gain, by mak-
ing himself the commander in
chief of the hard hats in a war
between the hard hats and the
long hairs," Stewart Alsop writes
in the current Newsweek; only his
intelligence and his awareness of
the "terrible fragility" of Amer-
ican society leads Alsop to hope
that "he will do his best to con-
trol, rather than to exploit, the
drift to thetrancid right." But
Alsop precedes this faint reas-
surance with the reminder that
the President must be continuous-
ly tempted to revert to "the tech-
nique he used so successfully as
a young politician clawing his way
to the top," this time by unleash-
ing "the fury of the middle-aged
and the middle class against the
radical young."
IT MUST FINALLY BE said
that this image of a centrist Pres-
ident so far stoically enduring the
taunts of liberal detractors is a
tiresome threat, whether invoked
by propaganda minister Herb
Klein or by practicing journalists.
The truth is that the President
has repeatedly encouraged or con-
doned the deadly polarization; he
has tempered the tactic just
enough to disarm the respectable
constituency, but his instinct for
the jugular is unconcealed.
It was Mr. Nixon who issued the
incredibly insensitive comment
after the Kent State tragedy in
which he appeared to equate the
victims with those who fired the
fatal shots.
And finally it was Mr. Nixon
who summoned the leaders of the
construction workers to the White
House after the ugly street as-
saults in New York, and warmly
saluted them.
IT IS HARD to detect in any
of these any spirit of self-disci-
pline or conciliation. That things
may get worse before they get bet-
ter is entirely possible; the com-
bination of economic disarray at
home, frustration in Indochina
and the Wallace victory may pro-

duce new, desperate demagogy.
But this is a curious moment to
suggest that liberals desist lest
they provoke the President's deep-
er wrath.
Mr. Nixon's troubles stem from
a series of misjudgments and mis-
clculations about the war and
the economy. He heeded much of
the same Pentagon counsel that
so long deluded Lyndon -John-
son; he was beguiled by the
advocates of do-nothingism in the
price-wage realm; he allowed
Mitchell's Southern strategists to
convince him that he could out-
Wallace Wallace, in a nicer way.
He has confused the games of
politics with the business of gov-
ernment, creating a crisis of con-
fidence among even many who still
uneasily describe themselves as his
supporters. ,
,Will all this be changed if
columnists embrace the vows of
silence and kids go back to their
books? Are we being told that the
search for scapegoats may get
rougher at any moment?

"It is perfectly true that stu-
dents have no monopoly on wis-
dom. They did not suddenly 'dis-
cver' war, or hunger, of poverty,
or discrimination. But, as it al-
ways has been through history,
they are the least able to com-
promise with injustice . . .
"The war is the issue for many
.of them - and many simply do
not believe, as I do, that the Cam-
bodian operation will shorten the
war and speed the troop with-
drawal. But that really is not the
core of the issue: it is not the war
they want brought home, it is the
peace. They want to get on with
the works of social renewal.
"We should take students seri-
ously, not because they are future
voters or because they pose a
threat to democratic process--but
because they help voice the na-
tion's conscience."
Perhaps Finch, in his new White
House sanctuary, will be able to
call that speech to Nixon's at-
tention. But let there be no pre-
mature presumption that he will
be heard any more clearly than
before.
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WASHINGTON OP) - A blue-
ribbon panel of civilian pen-
ologists, appointed after wide-
spread alaegations of mistreat-
ment of Army stockade prison-
ers, recommended yesterday a
.1ajor overhaul oft he Army
prison system.
The panel said Army stock-
ades are outdated and over-
crowded, lacking in medical and
psychiatric help and adminis-
tered by officers and enlisted
men with little or no training in
penology.
"The problems of the. Army
correction program are so broad,
complex and delicate that sub-
stantial chatiges in organization

are required to cope with them,"
the panel said in a 133-page re-
port listing 61 specific recom-
mendations for reform.
The six-member panel was
appointed by Secretary of the
Army Stanley R. Resor in April
1969 following outbreaks of pro-
tests by prisoners, particularly
at the Presidio in San Francisco
and the Long Binh stockade in
South Vietnam.
However, the panel said it did
not consider itself an investi-
gating body and, therefore, "did
not inquire into the validity of
the allegation" of prisoner abuse
raised in Congress and the news
media, and by the prisoners
themselves. Its purpose, the
panel said, was to recommend
improvements in the system.
The panel did, however, call
for deactiviation of the Presidio
stockade with its functions
transferred tohFt. Ord, Calif.
From a physical standpoint,
the Presidio stockade "is far be-
low what one might well expect
to find on a post which is the
headquarters of an Army juris-
diction extending over eight
states," thepanel stated.
There were no specific in-
stances of prisoner mistreat-
ment in its findings. However,
the panel reported conditions in
some stockades that it said were
inconsistent with modern cor-
rectional standards.
Among these were buildings
poorly designed, too little space
in solitary confinement cells and
a lack of programs to handle,

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Letters to the Editor

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To the Editor:,
The following is a copy of a
letter sent to the chairman of the
16th Congressional District Re-
publican Committee.
AS A MEMBER of the Wayne
C o u n t y Republican Committee
and a 1968' Republican candidate
for State Representative, I have
been v e r y concerned about the
course which our country has
been following .under its present
Republican leadership. T h e re-
cent invasion of Cambodia h a s
now caused me to re-evaluate ser-
iously my personal commitment to
the Republican Party.
Under t h e Nixon Administra-
tion the many critical domestic
problems which face our nation
have been irresponsibly ignored.
The administration has tabled ac-
tion on the urban crisis, unem-
ployment continues to rise, the
national economic situation de-
teriorates, and young Americans
have been alienated by a repres-
sive and unresponsive government.
Instead of dealing with these in-
ternal problems, the president has
ignored the pressing needs of the
American people. He has chosen
to continue and even to escalate
the war in Southeast Asia, and he

has increased the prolifer'ation of
expensive and dangerous nuclear
weapons.
INITIALLY, I believed that the
Nixon-Agnew syndrome might be
merely an aberration in an other-
wise healthy political party. It has
b e c o m e increasingly apparent,
however, that most Republican
leaders and congressmen are in
support o present administration
policies.
In view of these dangerous and
unwise policies I wish to advise
you, and the entire community,
that I can no longer continue to
be associated with the Republi-
can Party in any way. I wish to
disaffiliate myself from the party
by resigning from the positions
which I hold within the Repub-
lican organization. In addition, I
will not seek another term as a
Republican precinct delegate and
I do not again plan to seek public
office as a Republican candidate.
This decision has been especial-
ly painful for me to make; I feel
that I have many good friends
within the party. However; the
administration's present policies
have left me no other alternative.
-Michael D. Knox, grad.
1968 Republican candidate
for state representative,
Dist. 28

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Some people called it Baby Woodstock.
And over the loudspeaker, the acting
master of ceremonies dIeclared it was a
part of the Woodstock nation that had
gathered en masse at Gallup Park Sun-
day for the season's first rock concert.
And judging from the observation of
a few people who were at the real thing,

Sunday's event had some of the flavor of
last summer's extravaganza.
There was, indeed, a comraderie among
the four thousand or so that gathered
Sunday. Student and student-age types
lolled on the grass along with parents
and their babies-naked on their father's
shoulders or rolling along in the stroller
in front. Older folks joined grade school-
ers, the Knights of the Road, a Detroit
motorcycle club, sacheed in for the last
few notes, and all the while the police
unobtrusively 'directed traffic and eyed
the scene from afar.
The concert was markedly different
from last year's-very little, perhaps none
at all-political discussion or exhortations
of Power to the People. The main attrac-
tion was music and good feeling. The
main purpose, the same.
THE HARDEST PART of the after-
noon was simply getting to the concert
area. Parking facilities being less than
adequate, most concert goers had to leave
their cars far far away and troop across
the concrete bridge, down- the banking,
over the railroad tracks and dowr the
dirt road into Eden.

But it was worth the trip only for the
very good feeling of seeing so many people
together enjoying themselves and willing
to cooperate with the bandsmen when
they asked for quiet, clapping hands,
joining hands, snapping fingers, a glass
of water wine or beer and a little clean-
up help.
It wasn't a fashion show Sunday in
the Coco Chanel-Christian Dior sense
of the word. But the concert provided
an array of bluejeans stitched, patched,
cut off, frayed, loose, tight, ripped, faded,
tie died and dirty.
A multitude of bronzed shoulders like-w
wise greeted the sun-many of them
crimson by the time the afernoon had
ended.
"The air was perhaps the most tell-tale
sign of the afternoon. It intermittently
smelledof marijuana and a locker room,
though much more of the former and
much less of the latter. And to correspond
with the air, some of the Kool-Aid was
reportedly electric and joining the Pepsi
Generation Sunday could have meant a
whole new trip so to speak.
THE PRIME REASON for it all was

the music-the UP, Catfish and SRC-
and the performers came through just
fine. The atmosphere was physical, the
people were, and the music was the per-
fect accompaniment for thoughts and
actions.
During at least one number each band
built to a vibrating crescendo and the
crowd gyrated to its feet.
"That was like an orgasm," one en-
thusiast murmured at the appropriate
beat. "Yep, someone nearby agreed, "de-
finitely the orgasm experience."
Perhaps.
But everyone managed to keep his con-
cert cool and the police remained in their
unobstrusive spots throughout.
And after the SRC finished their last
encore and 6 p.m. rolled around, everyone
picked up his belongings and trash, head-
ed for the trash can to deposit the junk-
and meandered out of Gallup Park back
to the world at large.
And as everybody traipsed back down
the dirt road, back over the railroad
tracks, up the banking and over the
bridge, one wanted to turn around and
yell in the best Jed Clampett style, "You
all come back now. Y'hear."

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