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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 9, 1982-Page 7-C

Local liberals on the upswing,
but it's not like it used to be

(Continued from Page 2)'
think there is a movement to the left,"
Ezekiel said. "The experience of
having the Reagan people in power has
had a great effect on people.
Progressive people have stopped
feeling defeated and rejected and are
starting to feel excited, hurt, united,
and mad," he said.

EzeJiel
. . represents liberal swing

Ann Arbor's mayor, beginning his fif-
th year at the city's helm, is Republican
Louis Belcher.:Belcher is president and
co-owner of First Ann Arbor Corp., a
local aeronautical management/con-
sulting company. He served three ter-
ms as a council member before being
elected mayor in 1978.
BELCHER HAS won tremendous ap-
peal among taxpayers for his measures
to streamline the city government. He
has also worked extensively to roll back
millage payments, which have declined
steadily during his tenure, in an effort
to offset rising taxes.
His strict Republican ideology and
conservative stance on most key issues
have the predominately conservative
council on his side, though dissenting
voices, especially those of council
members Morris, Ezekiel, Hunter, and
Peterson can frequently, be heard.
Morris and Ezekiel have expressed
their concern for the rights of students,
and often come in conflict with the
other members of council. Morris was
formerly considered unbeatable at the
polls, but redistricting may have taken
some of her student support away.
The University and the city still are
tied very closely, even though student
voices are few and far between inthe
council chambers. Now students can
only be heard if some large issue arises
that affects them directly, though most
members of the council say they have
noticed a gradual rise in student in-
volvement during the past year, ever
since President Reagan was elected.
The Monday evening council
meetings are televised live on Ann Ar-
bor Cablevision. If you tune in, don't
look for flying chicken bones, though-
a detailed discussion of the intricacies
of Ann Arbor's temporary parking
signs is a more likely fare.

,

Ches brough
... sees nothing new

Sa es steady,
merchants
(Continued from Page 4)
Donald Tue, manager of Tech Hifi on
WE. William Street, said his business
recently diversified its product line to
soften the impact of hard times. "If we
had just stuck to hi fi, we would be
hurting right now," he said.'As it is, he
said, sales have stayed close to what
they were last year.
HE SAID he has tried to increase the
appeal of his store to people outside the
campus area, even though students still
comprise the basis for his sales.
Students, he said, have become more
picky. "You have to sell them more . ..
you have to show them the per dollar
buy."
Loc Lan, owner of Orient Express on
State Street, said students pay more at-
tention to the portions they get, to the'
quality of the food, and of course, to the,
price. His $1.10 serving of fried rice has,
he said, rapidly increased in,
popularity, and there are fewer and
fewer orders of the $6.75 serving, of
* jumbo shrimp.
Few merchants predict an upswing in
the economy,
"This fall will be worse than before,"
said Bill Knudstrup, an assistant
manager at Village Corners. "It isn't
looking like things will be picking up.. .
but I've got no solution."-
Other merchants said the com-
bination of the recession and cuts in aid
to higher education will slow the local
economic recovery. "It's probably
going to be a little bit of time before we
can work ourselves out of- this one,"
said Wild.

Peterson agreed with Ezekiel, saying
that Ann Arbor is experiencing an "ac-
tivist rejuvenation-As Reagan
wakes people up, we're seeing, .a
resurgence of people who react to that,
but we are not completely reactive-
we represent a substantive
movement," he said. Peterson termed
the trend he sees in local politics as "a
reawakening of progressive spirit."
Republican Chesbrough said she
thought there was "nothing new" in-the
local political scene, saying that "Ann
Arbor has always been a liberal city."
CHESBROUGH pointed out ~that
Hunter's victory in the Second Ward
was not surprising because that ward is
so strongly Democratic. Chesbrough,
who has often disagreed with her more
conservative party members, said
simply that Ann Arbor "is a generous,
open-minded town that looks at change
reasonably. Ann Arbor people love Ann
Arbor, and are willing to give gover-
nment the money to make it better."
She said there was nothing new about
that in the city.
The council members operate on a
part-time basis and are paid, ap-
proximately $5,000 dollars annually for
their services. The office of Mayor is
also a part-time position with a yearly
salary of $10,000 dollars.

(Continued from Page 3)
XXX films (to. show and/or sell),
magazines, lingerie, sexual ac-
cessories, etc. It usually costs 50 cents
to browse, and that is deducted from
your purchase if you decide to buy.
For the discriminate shopper, ,there
are myriad magazine themes (bon-
dage, homosexuality, submission,
group sex, etc.) each with an inventive
title usually reflecting the content
("'3ondage," "Male Lovers," "Group
Sex," etc.). All contain pages and pages
of pure pornography, which supposedly
justifies the prices (from a couple of
bucks to over $10).

THE EIGHT MILLIMETER XXX
movies seem to be the most popular at-
traction at each location, and each has
several booths for viewing in the back
of the store. One token (25 cents) buys
about 50 seconds worth of a 15 minute
flick. The movies make no pretense at
having a plot, in typical porn fashion, so
you can expect nothing but raunchy
sex. But what makes these movies true
classics is that they don't bother with'
sound, a distracting nuisance.
Both stores also stock a wide array of
sexual devices for pleasure out of the
store. They carry vibrators of all
shapes and sizes, and inflatable

Doily Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS
THESE PASSERS-BY seem oblivious to the screaming pornography of the Fourth Ave. Adult News.
For the prurient interest, it's 4th Ave.

matables for those who find sex with
fellow human beings difficult (either
finding itor doing it). For those too em:-
barassed to purchase such outlandish,
devices, the stores also offer many dif%
ferent types of massaging oils (Doe,
Johnson's flavored "Motion Lotion,'
for instance, supposedly will heat up afi
ter it is applied to the skin and blow.
on.)
And in case you desire more than
magazines, movies, and massages,
Adult News and Books carries different
"Swinger" magazines-publications,
featuring people looking for partners in.
various stages of undress.

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WELCOME
STUDENTS
Lfheiea
Flower Shop
Ann Arbor
.203 E. Liberty
662-5616
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