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Page Ten

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Saturday, June t 9, g

Page Ten THE MICHIGAN DAWY Soturda~', June 19, 1976

SEMCOG: Helping cities cope

Anally claims "we've seen very
little evidence of it." Instead,
the airport consumes one third
of Romulus' land and contdib-
wtes a meager three per cent to
the tax base.
BUT COMMUNITIES such as
Romulus can see their problems
dissipate if the efforts of SEM-
COG are successful.
SEMCOG is a regional plan-
ning organization "similar to a
county planning agency because
it plans for more than one
area," according to communi-
cations representative Kathy
Harris. But unlike the county
p l a n n i n g agency, SRMCOG

wields no power and only makes
suggestions as a third party to
aid member groups.
Those members include seven
counties and 110 cities - en-
compassing more than half'of
Michigan's population.
MEMBERSIIP on SEMCOG
is voluntary and decisions and
recommendations are passed by
a 140 delegate General Assem-
fly. In addition, an Executive
Committee and three other
bodies examine the develop-
mental plans, which encompass
the areas of land use, recrea-
tion, housing, criminal justice,
sewer drainage, water quality
management and transportation.

SEMCOG was devised in 1968
after the passage of a federal
law requiring all applications
for federal loans and grants for
local projects be submitted to
"an area-wide agency which is
designated to perform metro-
politan or regional planning for
the area." In other words, one
a( SEMCOG's vital functions is
deciding whether or not one
group's plans are in accord with
other plans and developments in
the region.
SEMCOG, funded by federal
and state grants and partially by
membership fees, operates from
downtown Detroit, where a
group of technicians, aided by
computer, compiles the informa-
tion which shapes the plans pro-
posed for the future. For ex-
ample, SEMCOG's staff of 117
keeps track of population move-
ment patterns in order to fore-
see what transportation prepara-
tions will be needed for those
who relay on mass transit.

THOUGH it was created in
the late sixties, SEMCOG's out-
look tends to reflect the sober-
ing realities of this decade. "In
the 1460's, planners thought that
growth would continue ad in-
finitum, but now we realize that
many of the astronomical en-
deavors will never be realized,"
says Executive Director Michael
Glusac.
"We now have to ask our-
selves just how much can we
realistically expect growth to
occur," he adds, "and still we
find that many officials tend to
look to the future with rosy
expectations."
According to Glusac, SEM-
COG tries to educate local of-
ficials about the possibility of
their growth policies " so they
don't plan projects that won't
pay for themselves because the
right considerations were not
made in terms of future
growth."
Since any further growth of
Metropolitan Airport would pro-

bably require federal funds, a
port authorities would have t
deal through SEMCOG to re
ceive approval from Washing
ton. And it is in SEMCOG where
the view of the small town can
be considered from a technical
standpoint, as its representative
pushes for the town's story to be
heard by the General Assembly
or Executive Commitee.
IN THE CASE of Romulus
which joined SEMCOG ltst
year, concern might be ex.
pressed if the airport plans to
build facilities that would allow
it to double the amount of its air
traffic. Metro last expanded ten
years ago when it built a run-
way that required a flight tst-
tern to cut directly over Ptimi-
lus, mich to the chagrin tofhe
residents.
"SEMCOG could have be
an objective third party wite
self interest that could bw
helped ten years g
tends McAnally,

Mgabe: Fighting for
black majority rule.-

(Ccilioiin o mism srtia"
back to the city. That was the
kind of movement we had until
1970.
"But once you start carrying
guns and ammunition through
the bush, and you ask people to
hide you in the villages-asking
people to put their lives in dan-
ger, because if the police come
they'll be shot -well, then you
I e a r n tI care about the
masses."
What will ZANU's policy be
toward foreign investment in
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a new Republic of Zimbab-
we?
'AHA THERE IS a major
problem there. I think the
United States has to be edu-
cated about foreign investment
in former colonial territories.
Today, you know, there isn't
a single black capitalist in
Rhodesia: the colonial system
doesn't allow Africans to ac-
quire capital. There are some
middlemen here and there, but
very few even of them.
"What I see is a kind of
state capitalism like the Swed-
ish - type high welfare state,
where the government does
most of the work of develope-
ment. We'll welcome money
from the United States, and
anywhere else we can get it,
but not to private individuals.
It'll have to be done through
state institutions.
"What do you call that? It's
not socialism Soviet-style or
(Chinsese - style. I'm not so sure
it's even Swedish style. Hut
that's what we'd like to see."
Liberate Your
Head,
Celebrate Lunch
Don't just Eat it!
S. University at Forest

Dick Nixon's final days

(continued from Page 7)
But they decided to dispense
with attributing the material to
a series of unnamed sources
and instead told it in straight
narative form. And the critics
squawked something fierce.
Had the book been written by
new journalists Gay Talese or
Tom Wolfe, there would have
been no fuss because that's the
way they work. Still, as with
anything else, The Final Days
should be taken with a grain of
salt. For example, the Kissinger-
Nixon meeting was probably re-
counted to the authors by
sources who had heard only
Kissinger's side of the incident.
And throughout the book, we
see examples of Kissinger's out
and out loathing for the presi-
dent - which undoubtedly color
the way he talked about such a
revealing encounter with Nixon.
Although The Final Days was
conceived as a portrait of Nixon,
some of the most revealing mo-
ments also shed great light on
the character and methods of
Kissinger and General Alexan-
der Haig, Nixon's chief of staff.
JJAIG'S ROLE is perhaps the
most intriguing-he walked
a tightrope trying to assuage
both Nixon and the forces of
impeachment in the persons of
Special Prosecutor Leon Jawor-
ski and the members of the
H o u s e Judiciary Committee.
The task of convincing Nixon to
resign rather than fight Water-
gate out through a trial in ihe
Senate also fell to Haig.
Despite the excellence of in-
dividual profiles The Final Days
lacks insight into the motives
of the people involved. But then,
Woodward and Bernstein didn't

view the book as a chronicle of
the reasons behind the events.
They wanted to tell, as com-
pletely as possible, just what
went on in that limited period
prior to resignation. Because of
those limitations, however, The
Final Days is not the definitive
Watergate book. It never tries
to explain the transgressions
themselves in any detail, nor

does it recount much (i the en
ly battles to squeeze intisrmaio;,
out of the unwilling administra-
tion.
Still The Final Days does -ut
ceed in graphically portraysi
one facet - that one very in
portant facet of the Watergace
affair implicit in its name And
that's enough to ask of a i-
gle book.

'Heat and Dust':
India's timeless face

(Continued from Page 71
consider abortions and both of
them leave the plains, the heat
and dust of Northern India for
the cool mountains. Fortunately
the parallels stop because the
present is too full of contra-
dictions.
ALTHOUGH both are English-
women in India, times have
changed, the colonial empire is
no more, and India affects them
in not exactly the same way.
Unlike Olivia who becomes a re-
cluse fadinging into time, known
only as the Newab's mistress,
the granddaughter becomes as-
similated.
She sleeps on the terrace in
hot weather in her sari like
other Indian women and thinks,
"It's amazing how still every-
thing is . -. I lie awake for
hours: with happiness actually.
I have never known such a sense
of communion.
Weaving in and out of the two
Englishwomen's lives are the
native women-some full bodied
characters,while others remain
little more than mere ghosts of
the imagination. There is the
haunting figure of Ritu, a young
Indian housewife who some-
times wakes up in the middle

of the night screaming. She is
much cowed by her mother-is-
law; a traditional Indian doctor
is called in to exorsise her sid
there are horrible screams
heard from her room. Later sl
too goes off to the mountaii
with her mother-in-law, on a
pilgrimage that is supposed to
cure her - thus she vanishes
from the novel.
PERHAPS THE BOOK should
have been longer. It is
structurallyintricate and so
people with characters that
they barely have time to make
individual bows before they
must leave the stage. No over-
whelming emotion drives this
tale. But bits and pieces of it do
stay in one's mind, much like
sand after a dust-storm. Vig-
nettes of a decaying palace.
Animals run in and out of an
upright, out of tune piano, as
Olivia plays Bach on it: A mm-
key delouses a hippie from the
west. One is aware of the blind-
ing sun and the enervating
heat and languid fair faces, of
crowded towns consistingOf
royalty and commoners; the
characteristic odors being ur-
ine, betel spices, and of casua
death visiting; the grotesquer-
ies of India, timeless and still

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