The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXVI INo. 53-S
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, July 28, 1977
Mondale says govt.
to fight joblessness
By BARBARA ZAHS
Special to The Daily
DETROIT - Vice President Walter Mondale
yesterday reaffirmed the Carter Administration's
dedication to reducing the nation's-unemployment
Speaking before the National Association of
Counties (NACo) convention at Cobo Hall, Mon-
dale said, "There are many problems in this
nation, but, in my opinion, none can be solved
without a policy of putting Americans to work."
THE NATION'S jobless rate, he noted, has
dropped one per cent since Carter took office
January 20. Nevertheless, he called the present
7.1 per cent unemployment figure "unacceptably
"We think we're getting the economy moving
again," he added.
As a result of Carter's $17 billion economic
stimulus program, he said, "nearly $3 billion is
going to county governments for new public works
construction, public service jobs, summer jobs for
youth and direct aid to the areas hardest hit by
Detroit city government stands to reap $117
million from the package.
IN THE PAST six months, Mondale said, un-
employment in the Detroit area has dropped 1.5
per cent. An additional 31,000 people have gone
to work while 30,00 others have been droppeil
from the jobless rolls.
"These programs are 'just beginning to get
going," he stated. "This past week, 1,000 new
public works contracts were signed in this coun-
try. Some 20,000 new hirings were made in the
public service employment program-one of the
fastest rates ever recorded in America."
The federal government, Mondale said, is near
adoption of a youth employment program.
"WHAT OUR KIDS need in this country are
good, old-fashioned jobs where they learn how to
work, where they can earn some money, where
they learn to thrive in the dignity and the
strength and the self-respect that comes from
work," he explained.
Mondale praised the NACo delegates, most of
them county officials, for their help in tackling
the need for welfare reform.
Under the Carter welfare reform proposal, he
explained, at least one million new jobs and train-
ing slots will be created.
"WE'RE COMMITTED to giving you a pro-
posal that simplifies the welfare system so it can
be administered in a rational, efficient way that
cuts down fraud and abuse; that provides fiscal
relief to county and state governments within the
constraints of our budget; that helps keep families
See MONDALE, Page S
Vice President Mondale stands at a press conference before
speaking at the 42nd annual convention of National Associa-
tion of Counties at Cobo Hall.
Bad welds stop oil
VALDEZ, Alaska (P-The first oil to move through the trans-.
Alaska pipeline was halted within 15 miles of its destination yester-
day as workers here raced to repair welds challenged by federal
A questionable weld prompted an 11th hour delay which kept
the first oil from above the Arctic Circle from reaching this ice-
free port of Alaska's southern coast. Valdez is the last stop on the
800-mile $7.7-billion trans-Alaska pipeline route.
PUMPS WERE shut down yesterday afternoon. A top Alyeska
Pipeline Service Co. officials, who declined to be identified, said
the firm was "letting the line go flat." Inertia will gradually bring
the flow of North Slope crude to a halt..
Alyeska, for a week under Department of Transportation orders
to repair 14 welds at the site, said it was bringing the crude to a
stop south of Keystone Canyon-about 15 miles from the terminal.
See FACULTY, Page 5
Laidlaw says he'll defend
Weiss, but not Wheeler
By RON DeKErT their meeting Monday and ask
if any member would object to
Attorney R. Bruce Laid- his representing Weiss.
esterday said he would If anyone should object, Weiss
ent Ann Arbor City Clerk would have to obtain his own
e Weiss but not Mayor private counsel, Laidlaw said.
Wheeler in a civil suit Laidlaw refused to represent
gainst W h e e l e r which Wheeler in the civil suit because
the clerk as a party, it involved two members of the
ave decided to represent city government-Mayor Wheel-
y clerk if there is no ob- er and Louis" Belcher (R-Fifth
from the city council," Ward).
BELCHER filed suit against
LAIDLAW indicated he would Wheelek when he lost last April's
go before the city' cuticil at Sep.CI'Y; Page 5 .
"V''t pro ' er 'di e-tor William Martin calls the shots on N. State St. yesterday dur-
ing the- hooting for "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep," a fictional film treatment of the
loeal -f'anli sm-irders of 19%9-70. See Today, Page 3.