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Page 6--Supplement to The Michigan Daily - Sunday, November 2, 1980
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Edited and managed by students at The University-of Michigan

Vol. XCI, No. 52

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Editorials represent a majority opinion of the Daily's Editorial Board
Daily endorsements represent a majority opinion of the Edi-
torial Board. Our views on the presidential, contest and the Tisch

tr tax-cut proposal can be found on
page of today'sfull-size issue.
O'Reilly a
T WO YEARS AGO, the Daily was
placed in the unfortunate position
of having to choose between endorsing
incumbent Congressman Carl Pursell, a
middle-of-the-road Republican with a so-
so voting record, and Earl Greene, an
Ann Arbor City Councilman whose
positions on the issues seemed closer to
our own, but whose experience and per-
sonal style did not point to a great
likelihood that he would make a very
good addition to the House of Represen-
We are faced with no such dilemma this
time around. Pursell's Democratic op-
ponent is one Kathleen O'Reilly, and we
can proudly and unreservedly endorse
her as an ideal candidate for Congress
from the Second District.
O'Reilly has no experience in elective
office, yet she knows the men and women
who may soon be her colleagues quite
well. She served two years as executive
director of the Consumer Federation of
America, a lobbying group. Her
organization was judged one of the most
effective in Washington by an objective
University of Chicago study.
Pursell has not been a terrible
legislator these last four years, but he has
not exactly qualified as one of the best
and the brightest, either.
He has voted for Ronald Reagan's pet
project, the Kemp-Roth tax cut, that
could raise inflation to new heights while
shutting down needed social services. He
has opposed such needed safeguards on
the nuclear power industry as the
requirement that nuclear plants come up
with an emergency evacuation plan for
nearby residents before the plants are
And perhaps most offensive, Pursell
has cast many votes against federal fun-
ding of abortions for poor women.
O'Reilly stands stalwartly against Pur-
sell's backward positions on these three
issues, as well as on many others in-
cluding energy and environment mat-
ters, social legislation, and, of course,
.consumer issues.

the editorial page and the front
Beyond her specific stances on the
issues, O'Reilly offers an aggressive ap-
proach to her work that strikes us as
refreshing. She speaks of her votes in the
House as comprising at most half the job;-
the other half, she says, is publicizing and
leading the fight for her constituents' in-
terests by using the news media, public
debate, and any other technique that will
serve the cause.
The aspiring legislator's personal
qualities bear out her promises and past
successes. She is articulate, well-
informed, and smart as a whip. We
wholeheartedly endorse Kathleen
deserves to
ret ain seat
state Rep. Perry Bullard for another
term as the 53rd District's representative
in Lansing.
As Ann Arbor's spokesman in the state
legislature, Bullard has proven himself
willing and able to work in the best in-
terests of the community and the state.
He has fought for .the passage of the
Freedom of Information Act, the Con-
sumer Protection Act, the prohibition of
throw-away bottles, and Truth in Lending
for student loans legislation.
On other issues, Bullard has shown a
consistency of opinion on ideas in line
with University students' interests. He
introduced legislation - requiring public
institutions to divest of all holdings in
companies doing business in South
Africa, a nation despised world-wide for
its practice of apartheid. He is in favor of
ballot Proposal B, which calls for the
legal drinking age to be lowered to 19. He
has also introduced legislation to compel
institutions to adopt a firmer commit-
ment to affirmative action programs.
Bullard's opponent, self-employed
businessman Ray Barton, holds several
ideas to recommend him. Barton, like
Bullard, is opposed to Proposal D, the ill-
conceived Tisch tax cut proposal. He
would like to revitalize the workmen's
compensation system and is pushing for a
"sunset law" to monitor the growth of

But despite these ideas, Barton has not
presented a clear reason why he should
replace Bullard. He has no new, in-"
novative ideas. He has not shown that
electing him as our representative would
give our community or the state a new
lease on life.
Bulard will continue to serve Ann Ar-
bor as a competent legislator who 'is
responsive to community needs. He
deserves another term in office.
Laro best
Regent picks
T HE METHODS a Regent uses to
reach the decisions that affect the
jobs and lives of University faculty and
students are more important than
current opinions he or she espouses on
controversial issues. A Regent holds of-
fie for eight years, and while controver-
sia issues often fade in and out of the"
public eye in such a period, the day-to-
day business of running the University
remains essentially the same.
The vast majority of material that
passes .before the Regents requires
business, not moral, decisions. Although
the Daily does not agree with his
positions on South African divestment
and the handling of the Graduate Em-
ployees Organization case, we endorse
incumbent Regent David Laro (R-Flint)
for relection. The Daily finds itself
agreeing more often on the issues with
Democrat Stuart Hertzberg, but the basic
philosophies that underlie his positions
are what bring us to endorse him for the
other contested Regents seat.
Both Laro and Hertzberg seem to have
the whole University community's in-
terest in mind when they make their
decisions. Laro has said he would include
students in the process of deciding which
programs are to be cut back, if that
becomes necessary. And as a tax lawyer,
he can keep a close watch on the financial
aspects of the administration's plans.
Laro has proven in the past that he
thinks carefully on the issues before he
commits himself, and that he is willing to
change his position when it becomes
clear that he should.
If elected, Hertzberg would become a
member of the ruling family of
Democrats that sits on the board. Instead
of merely sliding into a slot as one of the
boys, however, the Daily believes Hertz-
berg could influence some of his
colleagues to modify their opinions.
Hertzberg has shown an ability to
reason lucidly on complex issues, and he
expresses the sound philosophy of an ex-
perienced liberal humanist. A senior par-
tner in his law firm, Hertzberg will be
able to understand the language of the
administration without an interpreter.
The other major party candidates, in-
cumbent Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann
Arbor), and Democrat Nellie Varner of
Detroit, are intelligent, informed on the
issues, and articulate in their positions;

neither would be a detriment to the Board
of Regents.
However, Baker has shown some
disregard for students in the past eight
years.nHe has not proposed involving
students in- important University
decisions and does not seem to have them
in mind when he speaks on issues such as
program cuts and modifications-issues
that have as much effect on students as
on the faculty or alumni.
Varner, on the other hand, most cer-
tainly keeps students in mind. But her
competitors Laro and Hertzberg over-
whelm her in experience and influence.
Yes on
P ROPOSAL B: Two years ago, the
state legislature raised the drinking
age from 18 to 19. Before the age increase
was given a chance, voters kicked it up to
The 21-year-old drinking age has
proven frustrating to say the least. The
fact that 18- to 21-year-old adults-who
share the same responsibilities as the 21-
and-over group-cannot share the same
privileges is ludicrous. And in light of
President Carter's draft registration
plan, the irony and injustice of the 21-
year-old drinking age is even further ac-
Nineteen and twenty year olds do share
one very important right with the rest of
adult society, however-they vote. On
November 4 they should take advantage
of that right along with the rest of the
population, and vote "yes" on Proposal
B. Nineteen is fair.
Proposal E: Since 1975, overcrowding
in Michigan's prisons has been a con-
tinuous problem. Currently, the prisons
hold about 1600 more.inmates than their
maximum capacity. Prisoners are being
housed in areas not designated for
housing, such as garages and
recreational areas.
Proposal E advocates increasing the
state income tax .1 percent, from 4.6 to
4.7 percent. This money would be used for
improvements in the state's prison
facilities, including constructing four
new facilities.
Despite the slight, additional tax bur-
den, we feel it is important that no human
be forced to suffer the current cruel
prison conditions. We therefore support
Proposal E.
We hope, however, that the courts don't
use E's passage as an excuse to fill up the
newly constructed facilities if more
rehabilitative methods are available.
Proposal G: Michigan legislators are
technically immune from civil arrest
while the legislature is in session. When
the law was first put in the state Con-
stitution, legislators met only a few mon-
ths out of the year, and legal actions
could be postponed until they were home
again. Today, the legislature meets

throughout the year; the legislators'
year-round immunity can be and is
abused by unscrupulous lawmakers.
Proposal G would allow the legislature
to pass laws altering this immunity. In
the interest of equality, we support a
'yes' vote on the proposal.
Proposal H: Currently the state Con-
stitution provides no method for filling a
vacancy in the office of lieutenant gover-
nor. Under Proposal H, the governor could
appoint someone to fill the position, and
that person could be a state legislator.
The proposal would also remove the
lieutenant governor as president of the
state senate. Only in rare cases has the
lieutenant governor had to exercise his
power as president of the senate by
casting a tie-breaking vote. The
lieutenant governor could spend his time
much more effectively elsewhere. For
both of these reasons, we support the
passage of Proposal H.
Tax plans
all look
TE ARE NOT completely convinced
V r there is a crying need for property
tax relief at this time in the state of
Michigan, especially considering that
any cut in property taxes will mean an
increase somewhere else if services and
programs are to remain intact.
We have repeatedly expressed our in-
tense opposition to the Tisch tax cut
plan-Proposal D-and would now like to
point out several faults with the other two
tax proposals, A and C.,
Proposal A, the Smith-Bullard option,
would reduce local propertytaxes by
establishing a maximum state-wide
property-tax levy of 24.5 mills and
providing for a maximum of 7 voter-
approved mills in future elections. The
revenue needed to support education
would be made up by increased business
and industrial property taxes and an in-
crease of less than 2 percent in the state
income tax.
The amendment, however, leaves it to
the legislature to set the income tax
levels and devise a school financing plan.
We are leery of such a plan because it
takes a great amount of local control over
schools and places it in the hands of the
legislature, which could well take the
politically easy- route and establish a
minimum, inadequate school funding
Proposal C, the coalition plan, would
reduce assessed valuation of each owner-
occupied home by $7,100 and raise the
sales tax from 4 percent to 5.5 percent to
make up for lost revenues. Such a sales
tax increase would be more burdensome
a for the poor who can least afford to pay it.
Further, it is predicted that Proposal C
would generate revenue shortfalls
because the plan calls for the gradual
phasing out of the utility sales tax. It
could take 4 years for the estimated $100
milion shortfall to come into balance.

Supplement to The Michigan Daily
Proposals A and C seem largely
responses to Proposal D, and all of them
warrant "no" votes.
Best picks
for county
IN THE 9th District race for the Wash-
tenaw County Board of Com-
missioners, the Democratic incumbent,
Meri Lou Murray, is our choice. She has
been an active member of the board since
1972 and was the first female chairperson
of the board. She has held that position-
three times.
Instrumental in creating the County
Parks Commission, obtaining grants for
county recreation projects, and
establishing line bus service between Ann
Arbor and Ypsilanti, she is quite active in
planning and transportation.
In contrast, the Republicanchallenger,
Gerald Jernigan, appears relatively
uninformed. When asked what he
believed the major issues to be, he said
that he would "have to cop a plea on that
While both candidates in the 10th coun-
ty district are acceptable, we feel that the
Republican incumbent, Thomas Bur-
nham, is more qualified in legal and
budgetary matters, which constitute the
bulk of issues that the county board of
commissioners deals with. Burnham, an
attorney, has extensive training in finan-
ce as well as the experience to deal with
complex budgetary matters which are so
important this year because the county
faces substantial revenue reductions.
Richard Walterhouse, current chair-
man of the county board and Republican
from the 11th district, is "running on his
past record," which is not bad. He has
concentrated on the areas of physical
plant and the acquisition and planning of
county facilities.
Democratic challenger Gregory Scott
is running on just one issue: applying the
Scanlon efficiency plan to county gover-
nment. He himself admits there would be
considerable problems with attempting
to do so.
We endorse Walterhouse for another
The two candidates vying for the open
seat in the 12th district are both very
capable men..
Democrat Donald Duquette, University
law professor, exhibits many skills
necessary to function as county com-
missioner. His plan to expand human
services without adding to the county
budget is very attractive.
On the other side, Republican David
Foulke, head of University Housing
security, exhibits the same ad-
ministrative skills.
His plan to curb assaults and violence
on campus as well as his plans to turn
young people away from peer-pressured
lives of crime seem to fit the needs of the

students better at this time.
In a tough race between two very ac-

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