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Page 6 - The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, January 10, 1984
German town wants
missile protests ended

U.S. task force
suggests change
mn food progra~m

MUTLANGEN, West Germany (AP) -
After months of daily blockades of the
U.S. Army missile base in Mutlangen,
some residents of this sourthern Ger-
man town are trying to get anti-nuclear
protesters to leave them in peace.
"Not only are they blockading the
base, but they're laying siege to our
town," said Franz Niedermann, who
lives a few hundred yards from the en-
trance of the base where new U.S.
nuclear missiles are stationed.
A WEEK-OLD petition drive against
the protests has collected more than 100
signatures asking the protesters to go
away. Mutlangen, a southern town
about an hour's drive from Situttgart,
has 5,000 residents.
The West Defense Ministry confir-
med last month that the first battery of
nine medium-range Pershing 2
missiles is ready to be fired on com-
mand at Mutlangen. The nine are
among 108 Pershing 2 and Cruise
missiles West Germany is to receive as
part of NATO's plan to deploy 572 new
missiles in Western Europe.
"We're against the missiles," said
Anna Farstl, a resident of Mutlangen.
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"But Mutlangers are against the
demonstrators too."
HOSTILITY is clearly growing
toward the dozen or so protesters cam-
ping out in an old chicken coop near the
The protesters, a changing band of
students, vacationers, joblessmand
school dropouts who take turns main-
taining daily blockades, say they've
been threatened, harassed and snubbed
by the residents of Mulangen.
"The petition is just one sign of
growing opposition to us," said
Elisabeth Petzold, 29, an out-of-towner
who for the last six weeks has taken
part in the blockade.
THE MOOD is in sharp contrast to
the festive atmosphere that prevailed
last September when the nation's anti-
nuclear groups kicked off their "hot
autumn" of protests with a blockade
that drew some 5,000 peaceful demon-
strators to Mutlangen. Author and
Nobel laureate Heinrich Boell, writer
Guenter Grass and American peace ac-
tivists Daniel Ellsberg and the Rev.
Phillip Berrigan were among the
Back then, townspeople brought food
and drink to the protesters and praised
their friendliness. The protesters sang
peace songs and handed out flowers.
But now, the few remaining
protesters say they get daily threats
from anonymous callers telling them to
leave. A window pane was broken once,
and the trash can in the garden outside
the chicken coop is routinely overtur-
"On Saturday there were seven
calls," said one protester, a Mutlangen
resident who spoke on condition she not
be identified. She says she is snubbed
by other townspeople when she goes

House task force said in a preliminary
report yesterday that it cannot sub-
stantiate "allegations of rampant
hunger" and recommended that
Congress make participation in federal
food assistance programs optional for
the states.
And, it said, "For the vast majority of
low-income people, the private and
public parts of the income maintenance
and food assistance efforts are
available, and sufficient for those who
take advantage of them."
While the report saw no need for
major new programs, it made a series
of recommendations, including one op-
ponents said could change the nature of
the food stamp program.
The task force, meeting for the first
time after seven hearings around the
country, quickly approved sections of
the report dealing with the definition
and extent of hunger - which the
report said was impossible to
document. It voted 9-3, with one mem-
ber absent, to recommend turning
federal food assistance programs into
optional block grants to the states.
"The task force recommends that
Congress make participation in
existing federal food assistance
programs optional for the states," the
report said. "States which choose to
establish autonomous programs will
instead receive one single ap-
propriation to fund these programs."
That would represent a major change

in the giant food stamp program, which
generally acts to minimize variations in
welfare payments among the states. In
states with low cash welfare programs,.
poor people now can get larger allot-
ments of food stamps.
"States or local governments are of-
ten better able to identify people and
their particular needs than the federal
government," the report said. "Yet,
under the present system, the federal
government must dictate blanket
eligibility criteria for all the states."
The report also said budget cutbacks
initiated by the Reagan administration
have not cut food aid to the truly needy.
Critics have charged the task force was
preparing to exonerate administration
policies and resurrect proposals
Congress has rejected.
The optional program was opposed
by organizations representing mayors,
counties and governors. It was denoun-
ced by Sen. Edward Kennedy, (D-Mass.),
who called the report "an insult to every
American who has ever visited a soup
"In its cold, clinical, bureaucratic
language, this document, issued in the
first days of 1984, has earned a place in
George Orwell's vision of the
doublespeak of 1984," Kennedy said.
"It is a transparent cover-up of the
serious and worsening problem of
hunger in America. In effect, this
commission says to the hungry: 'let
them eat block grants.' "

Bridge people AP Photo
Three of 11 people who are living under the Main street bridge in Houston
co'k a meal over an open fire near their makeshift home. The community,
which has existed for several months, is one of several temporary encam-
pments that have grown up in the Houston area since the days of Tent City.
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High Court to rule


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court said
yesterday it will decide whether states may force the
Jaycees, a national organization dedicated to
developing leaders, to admit women as full members.
The justices agreed to hear an appeal by Minnesota
officials, who want to apply the state's law barring
discrimination in public accommodations to the
Jaycees' membership policy.
THE COURT'S decision could lead to the sexual in-
tegration of other men-only groups besides the
Jaycees, and might affect groups whose member-
ships are based on religious belief or national origin.
Minnesota's appeal was backed by the National

Organization for Women and other feminist groups
who say the Jaycees are depriving women "of the
advantages provided by the traditional avenues of ...
economic and political opportunity."
Jaycees lawyers said the "alarming" legal power
sought by Minnesota threatens the membership
policies of "hundreds of organizations" such as the
Knights of Columbus, the Polish Women's Alliance,
the Sons of Norway and B'nai B'rith.
THE COURT, issuing hundreds of orders as it
returned from a four-week recess, also took these ac-
* Let stand the Abscam bribery and conspiracy con-

viction of former Rep. Frank Thompson (D-N.J.),
who after 26 years in Congress is serving a three-year
term in federal prison.
* Cleared the way for federal prosecutors to bring
Rep. George Hanse (R-Idaho) to trial on charges of4
filing false financial disclosure statements with
* Agreed to 'decide, in a case from Ohio, whether
people stopped by police for traffic offenses always
must be told that anything they say could be used
against them, even when the suspected offense is a
misdemeanor rather than a felony.

New phone system on line for 'U' students, staff


(Continued from Page 1)
technology at the new Replacement
Hospital was one of the major factors
that forced the University to examine
new phone systems, Plice said. Under
the proposed plan, the hospital's new
telephone and data transmission
systems would be completely installed
by the time it opens in August 1985.
Other administrators have pushed
the new system for the entire Univer-
sity, because it offers a more efficient
and economical way to carry data at a
time when computers are increasingly
important, Plice said.
The other major factor in the decision
to replace the current Bell Centrex
System with one that is owned and
operated by the University is simple
economics. Speaking to the regents in
December, Brandon said that the new
system would save the University an
estimated $500,000 per month over Cen-
trex, and the cost of replacing the Un-
iversity's 26,000 telephones would be
paid back in five to seven years.

BRANDON also warned that the
breakup of the telecommunications
giant AT&T on Jan. 1 will double the
University's telephone costs. Under
AT&T, the cost of local calls was sub-
sidized by the national company's high
rates for long distance calls. But since
the court-ordered breakup, local and
long distance calls will be regulated by
different companies, and the Univer-
sity and other consumers will have to
pay for the local service that long
distance calls once subsidized.
Brandon also said that it would be
cheaper to hook up the entire Univer-

sity to a centralized computer system
rather than install varied types of
equipment that would complicate
maintenance procedures with little
flexibility for adding new technology.
A detailed report on the financial
viability of the plan should be released
this week, and the regents will review
the report at the January meeting.
Installation of the system can begin
as soon as the University finds a com-
pany to provide the equipment, and as
soon as final plans are completed.
UNIVERSITY officials estimate that
construction will begin sometime in

August and continue until spring of
1986. Brandon said STC will install the
new telephones alongside the old and
will not have:to cut service to an office
or dorm room while replacing the
STC, which has helped the University
of Chicago and Northwestern Univer-
sity convert to private systems, has
already received $450,000 from the
University for its consultation work.
Funds for the new system's im-
plementation will come out of Univer-
sity departments' administrative ser-
vices budgets.

'U' may install emergency telephones

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(Continued from Page 1)
project because of the price tag.
But Foulke said that since the Univer-
sity wants to spend $34 million on a new
telephone system, now would be the

time to invest in emergency phones. It
would "make the University look bad,"
Foulke said, if it turned down requests
for emergency lines while spending a
much greater amount of money on
other telephones.
Foulke's housing security committee
also researched emergency systems at
other campuses, including Wayne State
University and Michigan State Univer-

sity, which reported much success with 4
their outdoor telephones.
If the Regents approve the Univer-
sity's entire telecommunications
system package, the emergency phones
would be installed between the fall of
1985 and fall of 1986, after work is com-
pleted on the Replacement Hospital's


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