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~. Ii , , , , , , I I , .j i \ I ---~--------~--~---~~-~~~~~--.-.---.. "Pge Sixteen-A GROSSE POINTE NEWS Thursd.y. April 29, 1982 C_, _V_ie_w_s _o_f _lh_e_, N_e_w_s_) Leaders who dOll~tlead Someone has described politics as the art of the possible. Someone else called it the art of compromise. Perhaps Sidney Hillman, head of the CIO in the 1940's, was more accurate when he said, "Politics is the science of how who gets what, when and why." That definition currently applies to the state Legislature's efforts to approve a new budget that ",ill require further cuts in state spending as well as imposition of new taxes. and increases in existing taxes. In an election year, in particular, it is not easy for legislators to vote tax increases, no matter how badly they may be needed. So it is not surprising that the state Se!!.:lte !!!. p::lrticuhr found ~ n('w (,X(,U5'(, la!'t week for delaying action on the proposed temporary increase in the state income tax. AFTER ONCE voting down the House-passed measure to raise the income tax rate from 4,6 percent to 5.6 percent until Sept. 30, the Senate staUed because some members refused to commit themselves to the plan unless legislative reapportionment were approved in advance. They obviously were worried about the new districts in which they will be running for reelection this year. In short, they were looking out for their own interests before undertaking a final vote on the politically unpopular income tax hike. . While the senators may have finally voted the tax hike into law or defeated it by the time these words appear in print, theIr concern about their own political fortunes rather than the politic81 fortunes of the state tells us something about the quality of the Senate these days. Those voting against the tax hike justify ~!teir actions on t~e grounds the public oppos~s It: So what else IS new? When has the pubhc ever favored tax hikes when it had the opportunity to express opposition to them? Very rarely. But senators are elected to lead, not just follow, and they also are expected to put the interests of the state ahead of narrow partisan interests and even narrower personal inte,rests. :..That means those who oppose the boost have an obligation to propose a realistic alternative a.nd not just scream about cutting more services and state aid in order to balance the b~dget. Drastic reductions already have been made in such state spending, which means, as sen. John Kelly said in his Capitol Report last week: ':"We are at a point .where we ~ust decide whether further massive cutbacks will irreparably damage vital state in$titutions. and services. Michigan's colleges and universities - among the top 10 and finest in the nation - are losing talented faculty and programs and within them their stature as educational leaders (having already slipped to number 42 overall). Local school districts are also slashing their programs and teaching staffs at a rate unprecedented in our state. Our highways and transportation system - once the finest in the nation ""-has slipped into disrepair, with more than 50 percent of our paved main highways, roads and streets rated as substandard." To the Editor: He went on to point out that to attract new business and industry, Michigan must have something to offer in return, which he thinks should be "quality of life." Its components include, he said, "a top-notch educational system from kindergarten through college, an efficient and well-maintained transportation system and top-flight cultural and recreational facilities." And tQen he added: "If Michigan continues to let its vital institutions and services deteriorate, its 'quality of life' will deteriorate also and the state will fail to attract the economic development needed to pull Michigan out of its economic morass. We C~!!.!!.0tde('!'e::ls~ s~r\'ir~s ~.nct~";N"('t th(' OIHllitv of life factors to remain the same. More importantly, many programs, once terminated, can never be reinitiated since the start-up costs are so high and the other programs should be vie- To the Editor: IT IS TRUE that the governor and the House and Senate appropriations committees agreed on a $270 million cut in the state budget last October. That action brought to more than $1 billion the reductions in the budget in the previous two years. Then in recent weeks the Senate and House committees approved further cuts proposed by the governor that totalled an additional $308 million for the period from July 1 through Sept. 30. In addition, the Legislature now has approved a 10-cent-a-pack boost in the cigaret tax, has been considering both an increase in the income...-tax and a 4 percent tax on amusements, and is facing the prospect of additional cuts in state programs if the budget is to be balanced. In his Capitol Report, Kelly had made an excellent case for the temporary increase in the income tax and the proposed 4 percent tax on amusements by pointing out that the state still might be $200 million short even if both tax hikes were approved. Yet on the first vote last week, Kelly was one of the senators opposing the income tax hike. The presumption is his negative vote reflected his constituents' opposition as well as his concern about what reapportionment will do to his district. Yet the failure of the Legislature to approve the state bail-out plan worked out by the governor and legislative leaders would jeopardize Michigan's credit rating, Milliken has warned. This would affect the ability not only of the state but of local governments and school distric~s as well to borrow the funds they need for varIOUS purposes. As these words are written, the bail-out package worked out by the governor and legislative leaders is the only solut'ion on the agenda. If it fails to pass, its legislative foes, and especially those in the Senate, will have to bear a large share of the consequences that will occur. If some legislators hold out for reapportionment before acting on the bail-out package, that, too, should be remembered when fhe people go to the polls later this year. District court in jeopardy A report by the accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand has cooled some of the enthusiasm for. converting Grosse Pointe's municipal courts into a district court system and, hi fact has j~p~rdized the approval of the proposal that is r~ulI'ed by the May 11 deadline. In its' study, the firm r~ommended agamst c~nversion at this time on grounds it would cause "a negative impact." It said that while the cities now net more than $250,000 a year from. t~e muni~ipa.I court system, the more sophIstIcated dIstnct court operation would cost the cities $200,000 a year. The report, however, appeared to have a Earlier this month the Governor signed the Grosse Pointe District Court bill into law. This law provides for the establishment of a one judge district court (District 32b) to serve all five of the Grosse Pointes, .provided all five of the Grosse Pointes pass a resolution authorizing the establishment of a Grosse Pointe District Court and submit such resolutions to the Michigan Secretary of State by May 11. If all five of the Grosse Pointes take such action, a district judge will be elected by all Grosse Pointers in November and the court will begin operation on Jan. 1, 1983. This court will replace the wed as 'seed corn' to help future generations.". It has been over a year now As this newspaper reported last week, several administrators in the Pointes took issue with the repOrt. And so did State Sen. John Kelly, who -wrote the legislation that would create the new court. Kelly saw the report as an .,attempt to sabotage" the district court proposal. Administrators, expressed concern that if the Pointe councils do not act by the May 11 deadline and the legislation expires again, as it did in 1980, the state could abolish all municipal courts and put the Pointes into another district court jurisdiction, leaving the community with little or no control over the courts serving local people. touc~.of schi70phr~nia. It. said, on the one hand, It is not an easy issue. But the Coopers & tha~ the o~y baSIS f?r Its overall. r~ommen- . Lybrand report added up all the arguments dalton (a~amst adoptiOn of the district court against the district court proposal without givsystem? IS the cur!en.t status versu~, the ing the rationale for establishment of the sys- ~conomlC costs of a dlstnct court system. But tern. It played down the possibility of the state It ~ecommen?ed, on th~ other ?and, that t~e assigning the Pointes to another district court Pomt,~ counCils al~o wel~h th~ . non-econo~Jc probably in Detroit. And it ignored the incon: . c~sts befo~e makIng theIr deCISIOnson the dIS- venience for Grosse Pointers if they have no trlct court Issue. local court in which to file civil suits between Those costs, the report said, include loss of $1,500 and $1,0,000. local control of police resources scheduled for I testimony, especially in a remote court facility; the probability local personnel handling traffic violations would have to be assigned to other duties; and the prospect a district court judge would make decisions on all policies and procedures except those mandated by the state ,which presumably would mean further loss of local control. . THE REPORT contended that there is no law jn effect or anticipated that would require a district court in the Pointes. Apparently true. The report also raises the possibility that the proposed Grosse Pointe court, if adopted, might ,be incorporated into other existing district ~urts, which would mean a further loss of local control. .' But that seems to ignore the possibility that the state also might decide to incorporate the 'Grosse Pointe municipal courts into a larger district court in which the Pointes would have 'little voice and over which they would have 'even less control. We think it is unlikely that Grosse Pointe and East.l?etroit will ~e feft indefinitely as the only muruclpal courts In the state, despite the Headlee amendment which requireS the state to finance programs it mandates. It also seems rea~onable that the proposed shift to a district court, under legislatIOn drafted to meet Grosse Pointe's needs, would be better suited to this community than a district court. in a larger jurisdiction which would simply take over presept Grosse Pointe municipal courts. Several Grosse Pointe administrators feel the Coopers & Lybrand study exaggerated the ad. ditional costs of the proposed district court. As every citizen no doubt would" agree, costs are important because they affect taxes. Yet benefits are important; too, and should not be ignored. Those benefits are outlined in a letter to the editor from Circuit Judge John H. Hausner elsewhere on this page. We think the letter provides a sound rebuttal to some of the arguments made by the Coopers & Lybrand report. • Mayor has last word on fun run To the Editor: I would like to acknowledge the many letters I received which expressed sincere concern over the Grosse Pointe Woods Council's recent ap~ proval of a request by the Grosse Pointe Business and Professional Association of Mack Avenue to hold a "family fun run" on Palm Sunday. In its desire to cooperate with various communityoriented events, the council, along with the Mack Avenue Business and Professional Association, inadvertently overlooked the fact that Sunday, April 4, was Palm Sunday. Please rest assured that I and the other members of the city council are vitally interested in maintaining the highest of Christian standards for our community and in guaranteeing the right and freedom of worship for all of our residents. Therefore, please accept my sincere apology for any distress that this event may have engendered. I thank each of you and the various church members for calling this matter to my attention. George S. Freeman Mayor, Grosse Pointe Woods Adult classes begin in Ma)' District court wins judge's support since we began our "Citizens for a New Pool for South" campaign. Our committee went to Grosse Pointe Board of Education members and requested them to build a new pool for South High School. They told us there wasn't room for a pool on South High property, and we were advised by different persons to go for a community pool. Since every school pool is a community pool, it "seemed like a good Idea. Months and board meetings passed. Since the cost of a larger pool would not be that much more than a 25-meter pool, we asked the Board of Education for a 5O-meter pool with a moveable bulkhead and aids for the physically handicapped. "Do a thing, do it rigbt!" . Art Colton, a member of our Fifteen single-session classes for adults have been planned by the public schools' Department of Continuing Education for the week of May 10. Classes on Monday will be "Basic Skin Care for Women," "Basics of Bread Making" and "Tips From A Master Gardener: Herb Culture in Pots and Backyard Gardens," Seven single-session classes are scheduled for Tuesday, May 11. In. eluded are "Charity Suczek Presents: Notes From A Visit With James Beard," "Counted Cross Stitch," "Discover the Wines of Germany," "Do It Yourself: Electrical Demonstration," "Say Hello to Michigan" and "Tips From A Master Gardener: Trees." Scheduled for Wednesday, May 12 are "Adventure in Understanding Painting. Ingres," "Fishing in Lake 51. Clair" and "Pressed Flowers." Three short classes will be held on Thursday, May 13. They are "Community Crime Preventi0'k" "Do I Hear A Fast Waltz?" and "uo the Cha Cha Cha and Rumba." Full information on the spring,summer program of classes scheduled by the Department of Con. tinuing Educalion will be found in the yellow flyer which is available at the public library and its br'anches, as well as at the office of Continuing Education, located at Brownell Middle School, 260 Chalfonte Avenue. Call 343-2178 for more information. present five municipal courts 10 the Grosse Pointes. Failure to establish such a court may leave Grosse Pointers with no court in which they can file civil suits for amounts between $1,500 and $10,000. At best the citizens of Grosse Pointe would be forced to file such lawsuits in the Wayne County Circuit Court and wait 40 months to get a trial. If a Grosse Pointe District Court is established, Grosse Pointers will be able to file such lawsuits in their own community and such cases will be tried by their own elected district judge and Ior juries of Grosse Pointers. Every district court in Class A school deserves pool committee, prepared a feasibility study using McMillan (Messner) Field as the site. Having acquired around 2,500 signatures on petitions, the committee pressed the Board of Education for action. So, in June, there will be an advisory question on the school election ballot asking voters to vote "yes" or "no" regarding the pool. However, the cost figures used in the question for the cost of a feaSibility study are excessive, and the probable cost of the proposed pool should be considerably Jess. We are sensitive and aware of the economic situation around us. Really, all that our committee wants is a new pool for South High School. Grosse Pointe South High School is a "class A" school and should have a swimming pool that is not so old, so small, barely useable, and that our children hate to use. We are asking voters to vote "yes" on the advisory question in June. First of all, the feasibiHty study will determine where the pool could be built and the size and the cost, etc. The Grosse Pointe Board of Education would have to con. What; flew on Jr.£ .... 1.1. . • Michigan lakes in more money than .it costs; therefore, there will be no financial burden on the citizens of the Grosse Pointes to maintain this court. Except for the Grosse Pointes and East Detroit in Macomb County, aU the other communities :n Michigan have already replaced their municipal courts with district courts. It is very important that Grosse Pointers urge their city councils to take the necessary action to establish a Grosse Pointe District Court before the May 11 deadline, or they will again be deprived of their own forum in which to litigate important civil cases. John H. Hausner Circuit Judge 3rd Judicial Court sider ail the possibilities. Then, they would bring the issue back to the voters. This is your chance to tell the Board of Education that you want a pool for the south end of Grosse Pointe, a pool Cor South High School. Who again will spend more than a year of their time tryin~ to . persuade the Grosse Pomte Board of Education to provide the pool which should have already been provided for our children? The present pool is a disgrace to our community. We should not even have to go through all this. The school system should have already replaced the swimming pool at Grosse Pointe South High School for our children and our community. In the final analysis, our committee is asking the voters to say ",yes" to a pool (or South High. Hopefully, too, the Board of Education can find a place for the pool on Gross~ Pointe South ,liHigh School property, or close by. Sinct-rely, Joan Bartoszewicz, Chairman, Citizens for a New Community Pool B:r Pat Rousseau Hartley's Country Lane .. , has reopened ~;:.:.~ with new fashions that are traditional with Hartley's and brand new lines with fresh new labels. Stop by 85 Kercheval. - At Seasons Of Paper ... you'll find (~.~' . ,~''', Mother's Day greeting cards, interesting gifts \,.--_t£:-/ and pretty gift wrapping free ... 115 Ker- ",.",] '..~1 cheval. ~_'J • Give Mother ... a gift of beauty. Arrange for a gift certificate for a soothing. moisturizing facial with Anna at the Greenhouse. 117 Kercheval, 881-6833. • Lam of Salzburg ... has the most charming shortie pajamas and long pajamas in their traditional hearts and flowers prints for girls sizes 4-14. Find them at Young Clothes, 110 Kercheval. Find matching prints in gowns for ladies at Pappagallo. Watch for. , . the new windows at William DenIer and Company, 77 Kercheval. The interior has undergone a new "face-lift". • Maria Dinon ... has gathered together a delightful group of pretty summer dresses. From Albert Capraro there's a white and black polka dot silk featured in "'YlW". Albert Nipon's cranberry silk organza is perfect for summer parties as is his white silk striped with a rose print. Soo Young Lee's contributions are a navv and white dot print that can be dressed up or down and a striking rose linen. Styles from Bill Blass III are also waiting for you at 11 Kercheval. • Animal Planters ... are decorating the ~ League Shop and would love to do the same - for your home. Ceramic dogs. ducks, chic- '1r-J~ .. ' kens and cats from small to good sizes are '11'-, .... waiting for your green thumb at 72 Ker. ~ c;heval. They're nicely priced and are de. -1 hghtful even without greenery. Special ... Trail's BUb~le Bath regularly ~ $2.98 is now specially priced $].99 for the 34 oz. I ,- ,-- il . size at 121 Kercheval. I : ~ • t¥' :. Pappagallo . . . has pretty night gowns by Lanz of Salzburg in ladies' sizes extra small to large in several styles ... long and short. The charming prints in pink, blue, lavender and red. green and navy match the prints for girls night gowns at Young Clothes, What a nice fashion coincidence, Stop by Pappagallo 115 Kercheval. • When Vittoria .,. was in New York she bought lovely dresses for the mother-oC-the-jr bridE; or groom. They are now. at La Strega " Boutique. You'll love the beautIful colors including mauve and cornflower blue. If a wedding is planned in ~our family be sure to stop at La Strega Boutique, 63 Kercheval in the lobby of the Colonial Federal Building. Your advertising could be here ... 882-3000. '..~ .•. { I ) 1

..~ Peo,pIe of t"I'he l:>(jinte The Second Section, I~ron1Al10ther Pointe. Of View Ih 1mu'! Muell('T Last year, best selling writer William Kienzle, of Southfield. whose Hosarv Murders" was the first of th~ec hit mystery books, was guest speaker at the F.nends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library's annual dm.ner, and meeting. The year before that it was Grosse Pomte s own Pat Wright, whose "On A Clear Day You Can St'(' General Motors" alsQ hit the best seller list. And the year before that world renowned conductor Antal Dorati told of his achievements and plans for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra ... and the year before that library benefactor, arts expert'author of "Buildings "f nplrnit" W H:-lwll'in" Fprrv whn~p Lakeshore Road home is itself a conternporar~1 classic, addressed the Friends. You think, with this list of winners, the Friends are stuck now for an encore that's not an echo? You don't know the Friends Program Committee; this year, they've come up with something really special. "Of Court. and Country," a program of Elizabethan music and literature. features harpsichordist Ray Ferguson, director of the Organ and Church Music Division at Wayne State University, and actor Graeme Campbell, veteran of Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival, "Roderigo" in "Othello" with James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer at the American Shakespeare Festival at Stratford, Conn., last summer. They'll appear at 8:30 p.m. next Tuesday, May 4, in the Grosse Pointe War Memorial's Fries Auditorium, following the Friends dinner - at $8, a real bargain! - at 7 p.m. "upstairs" at the War Memorial. A special section of the theater has been reserved for those attendimz the dinner meeting. Other seats are complimentary to interested Grosse Pointers, courtesy of the largest group of Library Friends in the country. IBEX Is In Rehearsal It's been six years since IBEX last drew upon the exceptional talents of its members to produce a play, This, everyone agrees. is much too long between curtain calls. but you'll see for yourselves that the wait's been worth it when you laugh yourselves silly at IBEX's 50th anniversary production of the classic Pulitzer Prize comedy "You Can't Take It With You," by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, at North High School's Center for the Performing Atts this spring. , There'll be two performances, Friday, May 21; and Saturday, ML:y 22. at 8:30 p.m. Tickets at $6 eacn are available now at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Office, 881-7511, or by calling 822-1996 or 821.6062. Proceeds will be IBEX' 50th anniversary gift to the War Memorial. Mrs. William Coyle and Mrs. Frank Parcells are ~eneral co-chairpersons of the project. In rehearsal now at the Cloverly Road homo of Mr_ and Mrs. Charl_ Parcells. under the direction of Mrs. Richard Henritze, are the Mesdames George Parker III, Milton Volkens, Frank Parcells, Katherine Anslow, William Coyle, Arnold Combrinck.Graham Jr. and William Bokram. plus IBEX husbands William Montgomery, William S. Turner Jr., Mr. Bokram, Mr. Coyle and Victor Benjamin. The club has been fortunate enough to recruit a corps of fine guest actors - Dr. Sidney Sinclair. Timothy Sinclair. Michael ~1engden, Kemi'eth Howard, Albert Berteel, Jeffery Montgomery and Phillip McAllister - to round out the cast. On Stage All Over Towl"'! Grosse Pointers are turning up on stage all over town this spring. Ron Samuel plays a close family friend of (Continued on Page 4B) --- / ,.' .~,,' Jacobson's STORE FOR THE HOME GROSSE POINTE .' • v, Thursday, April 29, 1982 The wonderful world of rummage The scene: the Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, rectory basement. The date and time: any weekday this spring, any hour from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. The dialogue: "Uh ... where do you suggest I put these?" - spoken by a woman who has managed to make her way down the basement stairs despite the fact that she" cannot see above the pile of clothes s~e is carrying. "We've got a truckload of furniture coming in this afternoon." - spoken by a woman who is trying. rather desperately, to clear a path through the furniture already in so that the woman with the pile of clothes will be able to make her way to a place to put them. "Where are the antiques that have been appraised?" - spoken by a woman who'd just like to know. They're all Christ Church Episcopal Church Women, and they're getting ready for their First Annual Great Big Spring Rummage Sale, to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Thursday and Friday, May 6 and 7, in the Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, Underc~ft. "With a spillover (for ciothing) in Miner Hall. There's no admission charge. "Just come and buv," say general co-chairmen MALLY REGAN and MARION MAURER. pic- Plant auctio'l for gardeners Windmill Pointe Garden Club members gather next Wednesday. Mav 5 at 11 a.m. i:t the Lakeshore Lane hom~ of Mrs. Rollin Allen for their annual plant auction. The luncheon meeting will be co-hosted bv Mrs. Paul Woerner. . ". \(j(' I (In/lc)/ l('llilc'/. /11)/ (u.

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