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May 23, 1981 - Image 9

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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, May 23, 1981-Page 9
U.P. businesses look
forward to tourism

(UPI)-An influx of Memorial Day
weekend fun-seekers has Upper Penin-
sula businessmen looking forward to a
promising summer vacation season.
The long holiday weekend got off to
an early start Thursday, and officials
said mid-day traffic at the Mackinac
Bridge was up 20 percent over normal
daily counts.
MANY RESORT and motel owners
said trade was brisk, although full
bookings in the Upper Peninsula
traditionally are not seen until late
June and early July.
"Optimism is high for a good tourism
season ahead," said Robert Stommel,
president of the Marquette Chamber of
Commerce. "It was two years ago when
the gas shortage really affected the
area . . . but it's plentiful now and
people have accepted the idea of higher
prices and are ready to travel again."

Stommel said Upper Peninsula
businessmen hope the trend toward
higher gas prices and modest vacations
will prompt many tourists to stay in the
Midwest rather than take more exten-
sive trips to either coast.
Don't wait for a little birdie to tell

Coming home
PRESIDENT AND NANCY REAGAN disembark from Air Force One in
California yesterday after the first family flew back to their home for the fir-
st time since Reagan was wounded in March. Reagan had vowed he would
not return home until he was well enough to ride a horse.
Fla. bill may remove
infants from prison
LOWELL, Fla. (AP)-Mothers ten- Bill Booth say the baby boom poses
derly cuddle and coo to their small of- some problems at the prison, which
fspring in the modest eight-bedroom houses about 700 inmates.
cottage. For many of the babies-the BOOTH SAID there is a security risk
oldest is 13 months-it's the only home because some women in the cottage
they've ever known. would be in a more secure area if it
A bill before Gov. Bob Graham would were not for their babies. And he said
end such scenes. The mothers are the prison gets no special funds for the
Florida Correctional Institution in- children, estimating the cost per infant
mates and the children are spending at $2,000 to $2,580, from pre-natal care
their first years in prison. through the mother's release.
THE SPECIALLY furnished cottage, Some inmates feel animosity toward'
which is on prison grounds but outside the mothers, contending they're
the general prison area, now houses receiving preferential treatment, he
seven women and eight children-one said, and there also are disagreements
mother was joined recently by her among the mothers.
newborn twins. On the other hand, proponents of the
r Each mother has a large, bright room law argue that separation from the
that she shares with her baby-or mother could be damaging to an infant.
babies-and there are no bars on the "OUR ARGUMENTS are based on
windows. Mothers are allowed outside psychological evidence that it's in the
to give their children fresh air. best interest of the child to be with its
Proponents of Florida's 1979 law mother if the mother is going to be the
allowing women to have their newborns primary caretaker in the long run,"
with them in prison say it's essential to said Gainesville attorney Arlene
keep very young children with their Huszar, who has represented several
mothers. But advocates of the law's mothers.
repeal worry about how prison might "They're better off being with their
affect the children. mothers than in foster care."
"I JUST think there's a proper place And Clare Raulerson of the Florida
for motherhood," said Eugene Poole, Clearinghouse on Criminal Justice said
the assistant prison superintendent who taking babies away from their fit in-
oversees the minimum security cot- mate mothers could put the young ones
tage. "People are in prison because of a on a road to prison themselves, adding,
commission of a crime. But why "It's absolutely essential for mother
penalize and institutionalize a child?" and baby to be together for at least the
Poole says he also worries about first year, or the baby will suffer
crowding at the cottage, as two more psychological damage."
pregnant inmates have won custody of Rep. Charles Meffert, the sponsor of
their children. But, he said, "If the law the baby law repeal, disagreed, saying,
says we'll have them here, we'll have "Logic tells me if that's true, we should
them here, even if we have to do it lim- expect the vast majority of adopted
ping because there has been no special children to have serious problems
funding." through their adult lives."
Poole and Prison Superintendent

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