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Thursday, July 7, 1977


Page Seven

--hur-d-y- Julyi7, 1977l111IE M1L1I11IIIIIIIIIIPage IIeIen

Postmaster indicates Council kills porn bill

possible rate increase

ter General Benjamin Bailar
proposed yesterday to boost
first-class postage rates to 16
cents for businesses but allow
individuals to continue paying
13 cents.
Bailar made no recommenda-
tion on ending Saturday mail
deliveries as a cost-cutting mea-
sure but said the idea still is
under serious consideration.
HE SAID the dual rate sys-
tem for first class mail could
almost erase the Postal Serv-
ice's $1 billion a year deficit,
making the service close to self-
To qualify for the 13-cent "cit-
izen rate," a letter would have
to have either the return or
delivery address handwritten.
Roth addresses would have to
include zip codes, and the en-
velope would have to be of a
standard sh'ape and size that
postal-processing m a c h i n e s
could handle.
A person could use the special
13-cent stamp on an envelope
provided by a creditor for pay-
ing bills as long as the return
address was handwritten.
BAILAR indicated that no spe-
cial procedures would be estab-
lished to assure that businesses
were not using the 13-cent "cit-
izen rate." Instead, businesses
and other heavy mailers basical-
ly would be trusted not to abuse
the arrangements, he said.
But he added that businesses
probably would find it too costly
to hand-address mail they now
type. He said the Postal Service
would "look at the situation" if.
abuses become a problem.
If inflation is curbed and the
Postal Service can make cuts
in its costs, Bailar *said, "the 13-
cent for the individual could
have a long life." It is 18 months

old now.
ALSO IN the package of rate
changes he proposed to the Pos-
tal Service board of governors
was a new special rate for sec-
ond-class mail, such as maga-
zines and newspapers, if the
mail is sorted before going to
the post office.
Bailar said the offer of a
cheaper rate to second-class
mailers who pre-sort their mail
and meet several other condi-
tions "was an attempt to recog-
nize and deal with some of the
competition we face" from pri-
vate firms selling magazine de-
livery services.'
The board said it would act on
the package Monday. If the
board approves it, as expected,
the Postal Rate Commission
would have 10 minths to ap-
prove or reject the rates.

(Continued from Page 1)
you ready to give over to this
sort of thing, like Boston and
other cities have?"
COUNCILMAN Belcher pulle4
the rug from under his fellow
Republican's proposal, when he
announced, during the discus-
sion before the vote,. that he
would soon be offering his own
anti-pronography ordinance.
Belcher said his ordinance
would act to remove publica-
tions or illustrations revealing
genetilia or breast areas from
the view of public thorough-
fares. His proposal would pro-
vide for the removal of adult
magazines from the view of the
general public in all stores that
handle the material.
The third section of the pro-
posal will provide for the licens-
ing of massage parlors to in-
sure "minimum qualifications

for masseuses."
BERTOIA SAID he did not
like Belcher's proposal because
he preferred a more "surgical
approach" to the problem. "We
can deal with this problem more
easily by cutting it out," said
Bertoia, "rather than just giv-
ing it a little cosmetic ap-
In other action the Council,
by an 8-2 margin, overrode
Mayor Albert Wheeler's veto of
the Sculpture Park Development
soon to be located downtown.
The park, which will be lo-
cated at the intersection of Cath-
erine and Detroit Streets and
Fourth Avenue, will provide a
location for a sculpture that re-
sembles a gateway. The sculp-
ture is currently the property of
Ann Arbor Tomorrow, a group
concerned with the revitalization
of the downtown area.

WHEELER objected to the
use of f e d e r a l government
money, through the department
of Housing and Urban Develop-
ment's (HUD) Community De-
velopment Block Grant (CDBG).
The mayor mentioned that
HUD secretary Patricia Harris
has said that the CDBG funds
should only be used to for "the
maximum feasible benefit to
lower income groups.
"I DON'T think any citizen of
lower income in this city is in-
terested in construction of this
park," said Wheeler.
Wheeler threatened 'to ap-
proach the local regional office
of HUD to appeal Council's d:-
Councilman Louis Belcher was
incensed by Wheeler's remarks
and heatedly accused the mayor
of usurping the city charter and
"running to Washington, ask-
ing them to run the city."

...Unless You Plan it That Way
method of contraception that best fits your health and lifestyle.

an ajpyfe:'

But family planning means a lot more. Like-
" making sure you're healthy before, during,
and after pregnancy
* counseling and helping solve fertility
problems for couples who want to have
children but can't
* counseling and assisting men in their role
in family planning
" counseling young people on their problems
and how a baby will affect their health and
their lives

Familyjlanning~mreansmore than you may
For help or information, contact the family
planning clinic in your communjty, your local
healtl lJoartment, or your own physician.
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