The Michigan Daily
Vol. XCII, No. 55-S
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, August 5, 1982
Allen stands alone on issues
By BILL SPINDLE
This is the second in a four-part
series profiling the Democratic can-
didates running for the 18th district;
state Senate seat. The primary elec-
tion is next Tuesday.
In a primary race where most of the
candidates agree on most of the issues,
18th District state Senate candidate
Ron Allen has set himself apart from
the rest of the Democratic field. -
'For starters, Allen, who is serving his
second two-year term as Ypsilanti
township supervisor, is the only can-
didate who has come out strongly
against the state's recent income tax
hike-or any other tax hike for that.
matter-comparing it to "bloodlet-,
"ANY TAX increase is counter-
productive. Government is in
husiness," said Allen in a recent inter-
view, "and it's pricing itself out of that
"You have to keep the confidence of
the taxpayer, once you lose that con-
fidence, your system begins to crum-
ble," he said.
Allen also differs with the other three
candidates on capital punishment.
While the other candidates are opposed
to the death penalty, Allen has given the
idea reserved approval.
"ANYONE WHO commits any
heinous butchering crime should be
aware they are forfeiting their own
life," said Allen, "but at the same time
great care must be taken to be sure that
you have an equitable justice, not one
based on wealth or social status."
"If the legislature can come up with
those safeguards then you've got
something," he said.
On government funding for abortions
also, Allen has found himself alone
among the Democrats in the primary.
ALLEN FAVORS Medicaid-funded
abortions only in cases of rape or in-
See ALLEN, Page 2
Vaily Photo by ELIZABETH SCOTT
STATE SENATE candidate Ron Allen favors Medicaid-funded abortions
only in the case of rape, or incest, or if the mother's life is in danger.
Israeli jets divebombed west Beirut
in thunderous sundown attacks yester-
day as tank columns closed in on the
shrinking Palestinian guerrilla enclave
behind a day-long artillery and gunboat
bombardment. Palestine Liberation
Organization chief Yasser Arafat urged
his trapped guerrillas to fight to the
death, declaring "martyrdom is the
key to victory."
There was a brief evening lull in the
action and Lebanon's privately-owned
radio stations said an undeclared
cease-fire had taken effect after
President Reagan urged the PLO to
leave Beirut immediately and warned
Israel to re-establish and maintain a
"strict cease-fire ... so that this matter
can be promptly resolved."
But waves of Israeli warplanes
swooped in under the cover of early
evening darkness to stage a 90-minute
raid that touched off fires in and around
the PLO's- beleaguered redoubt on the
southern outskirts of the Lebanese
ISRAELI TANKS knifed in from
Beirut's captured international airport
to within a few hundred yards of the
targets attacked earlier in the day in a
drive apparently aimed at isolating the
PLO refugee camps from the rest of
"The Israelis are intent on storming
the city of Beirut," the Palestinian
news agency WAFA said in a com-
munique late yesterday. Artillery ex-
changes raged unabated.
At least 54 people were reported
killed and 157 wounded as of late
yesterday afternoon, Lebanese police
and doctors reported.
THE U.S. government and the United
Nations were considering the
possibility of imposing sanctions unless
the Israelis stopped their offensive.
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem
Begin vowed to resist any punitive ac-
tions, declaring, "Nobody is going to
bring Israel to her knees."
There was no indication the Israelis
were about to pull back from their two-
See ISRAELI, Page 5
Doily Photo by ELIZABETH SCOTT
Come out and play
Ann Arbor residents Allison Matthews and Trent McNally enjoy each other's
company while playing yesterday afternoon in Liberty Plaza.