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Page 1A-Saturday, July 29, 1978-The Michigan Daily
State hopefuls divided on issues

(Continued from Page 3)
MIKE STIMPSON, senior budget of-
ficer for Washtenaw County, pointed
out that his financial background would
allow him to fight the state's economic
woes.
"Ieknow the people in this district
because I've always lived here. I've
spoken to the neighbors," the
Republican said.
And finally, there was Ron
Trowbridge, the outspoken Republican
member of City Council. Trowbridge
also said he has constantly heard the
voters' anguish and could no longer
tolerate incompetency in state gover-
nment.
"MY DEALINGS with the state have
told me there is a lot of yo-yos up
there," said Trowbridge.
Bail Bondsman Harold Moon, who
made an unsuccessful try for the office
in 1974, did not attend the session.
When the candidates ended their
opening appeals, they finally began to
debate the issues raised by the audien-
ce.
THE EVENING'S participants were
asked their views on whether the state
should fund abortions.
Most of the candidates favored a
move to force the government to sub-
sidize abortions.
Pierce called it "disgraceful" for the
state to cut back funds for abortions.
"NOT ONLY that, but it's economic-
ally stupid," aded the doctor. He
argued it would cost more to support
the eventual welfare needs of the un-
wanted baby.
Councilman Trowbridge, however,
said "it's not the business of the state to
support abortions."
CANDIDATES also disagreed on the
controversial marijuana issue. A
motion presently sits before the
legislature to decriminalize the drug.
Trowbridge, Stimpson, and Klein
downplayed the issue's significance
and said there are many more crucial
objectives for the legislature to pursue.
"What does marijuana have to do

with anything? I'm quite content with
the $5 law," said Trowbridge.
"WE SHOULD spend precious little
time thinking of marijuana," said
Klein.
But Pierce disagreed, maintaining
the issue is significant and claiming he
would support decriminalization.
Colburn and Goodman said they need
to become more informed before they
could discuss the issue.
LAST MONTH, the State Senate
voted to severely regulate the role of
lobbyists by forcing them to itemize
any entertainment expenditures over
$50 monthly or $250 annually. The bill
would also prohibit lobbyists from
presenting gifts in excess of $25 to
legislators.
One member of the audience asked
whether the candidates would accept a
free lunch from a lobbyist.
Trowbridge, Stimpson, Goodman and
Clburn said they would strongly reject
the free lunch but would listen to the
demands of both strong and weak lob-
byists.
"I'M NOT GOING to owe anybody
anything," Colburn said.
"I think their money should be repor-
ted but I wouldn't deny them their
freedom of speech," said Trowbridge.
But Klein and Pierce said they woulid
take a free lunch so they could listen t(.
the complaints and desires of different
lobbyists.
"I MAY OR may not accept a free
lunch. It is a way to sit down and
listen," said Klein.
Pierce said he would accept the lunch
but would attempt to meet with all
citizens, especially those who aren't
organized in formal lobby groups.
All the candidates except Trowbridge
said they would reject a capital
punishment proposal such as the one
which failed to make the November
ballot.
"It is hard to take someone's life but
I'm not sure it wouldn't be a deterrent,

said Trowbridge. retirement this year after 16 years in
Bursley, 65, announced his the legislature.
The courage to fight
(Continuedfrom Page9)

Bourne often found himself looking at
his companions as if it were from a re-
mote distance, and that it sometimes
seemed to him they had very little reason
or sense of responsibility apart from
which the business imposed upon them.
Despite considering himself apart,
Bourne remains bound by and obeys his
infantrymen's orders. This instills in
him a philosophy that allows him to
compensate for any battlefield
atrocities he may be ordered to com-
mit.
Manning likens the collective force of
many soldiers to a severe storm. Man-
ning considers the actions of in-
dividual members of that tempest,
however, expressions of a single will:
The problem that confronted them all
equally did not concern death so much
as the affirmation of their own will in
theface of death.
This view of war reflects ambivalent,
contradictory reasoning, and is today
an anachronistic viewpoint-and
therefore fascinating.
In today's war novels, excluding the
pulp genre, nobility is conspicuously
absent on the part of the individual or
his supporting brethren.
While Manning's novel partly em-
braces a philsosphy similar to that
found in Hemingway's A Farewell to
Arms, the novel also departs from that
tradition. Bourne adheres to a Niet-
zchean philosophy.
In the Middle Parts of Fortune, bour-
ne declares: "Power is measured by
the amount of resistance it can over-
come . . . the function of our moral
nature consists solely in the assertion of
one's will against anything that may be

opposed to it." that passage strongly
parallels some of Nietzche's writing.
Manning uses Bourane to show the
development of an elusive sense of in-
ner strength forged in battle, a
development which is unique to each
combatant.
Reflecting on the ethical problems
posed by combat has sent more than
one contemporary soldier winging
down the tunnel of contemplation and
recrimination. Existential thought is a
welcome solace to the soldier. It admits
madness and absurdity of combat and
disregards older ethical traditions.
Existentialism was a philosophy
unknown to World War I soldiers. they
clung to nationalism, a credo almost
wholly ignored by Vietnam soldiers.
Manning's novel contains a moral
justification of war which rejects
existentialism and its view of war as
morally purposeless. Bourne, Man-
ning's protagonist, finds himself balan-
cing precariously on the edge of sanity
in a war he did not choose to fight in.
given this unenviable position, Bourne
grabs for the philosophical straws
Manning provides him.
The sun's energy is equivalent to a
million million megaton atom bombs
each second.
'Barbara'
long on
laughs
(Continuedfrom Page 4)
the skid row bully who disturbs the
Salvation Army meeting house with his
assaults on the women, and eventually
ends up almost joining them. Badgerow
made the transformation believably,
gaining the sympathy of the audience
as he did. This was absolutely crucial at
this point in the play.
The major characters, Janice Reid as
Barbara, Lou Brockway as Andrew
Undershaft, and Don Hart as Adolphus
Cusins, performed their roles ad-
mirably. This was particularly true of
the prolonged last scene, in which An-
drew Undershaft makes his last pitch to
Barbara and her fiance Adolphus.
When Lady Britomart pleads with her
husband to "stop making speeches,"
the audience feels nearly like seconding.
the request.
CONSIDERING the fact that nearly
all the actors are performing in other
plays during these few weeks, it is
amazing that they are able to maintain
such prolonged monologues without
tiring or completely losing the interest
of the audience.
Add to the fine acting some
beautifully authentic costumes and a
sumptuous set, including a huge, life-
sized cannon, and the sum isa truly im-
pressive production. Be forewarned
that the philosophizing may put a strain
on the inquisitive mind and the seat that
will tire easily. But for those who would
relish a long evening with George Ber-

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