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THE DAILY GLOBE, Ironwood. Ml pinion — Wednesday, Sept. 16.1998 Page8 Engler hoping to break even in Detroit Gov. John Engler's most ambitious goal against Democratic nominee Geoffrey Fieger is to '"break even" in Detroit, and do it without any "political deal" with Mayor Dennis Archer. Both Engler and Fieger discussed Detroit in their speeches to the Michigan Municipal League last week at the Grand Traverse Resort, north of Traverse City. Fieger vowed to "rebuild Detroit" and said the city is important to all of Michigan, including those who "five in the hinterlands." Engler, asked about Fieger's emphasis on Detroit, said Michigan "has 83 counties...not just one." (Northern Michigan transportation and other issues are included in Engler's 32-page "agenda for a third term." He pledges, for example, to "lead an effort to rally support" for building a new lock at Sault Ste. Marie to accommodate 1,000-foot ships.) The most intriguing question at this point of the gubernatorial campaign is how Archer will balance his loyalty to the Democratic ticket with his cooperative relationship with the Republican governor. My view is that Archer, who has been slow to embrace Fieger, ultimately will do so. Regardless, Fieger will, by a solid margin, carry Detroit, which swooned for him in the primary despite Ar- Almanac & Datebook cher's endorsement i of Larry Owen. Engler's view is especially timely, considering: 1) Engler and Archer met for three hours last week, and 2) a miffed Archer canceled a meeting he was to have with Fieger Friday. Noting Fieger's crack that Archer is a "slow learner" — i.e., slow to endorse Fieger — Engler said Archer "has every right to be upset about it. It was a pretty amazing tactic." Engler, in an interview after his Municipal League speech, emphasized his meeting with Archer was not political. He said it was part of their "routine" on social services, economic development, casinos, and environmental and other issues. Engler knows fv.!! '.veil that Archer is going to support the Democratic ticket Nov. 3. He said: "I would welcome 1 Archer's support, just as I would welcome the support of every person that votes in Detroit. We're working hard to make the case win, lose & DREW that I'm the only candidate running in Detroit for governor who is committed to speaking up for the kids who are in schools today that may not be safe or giving them a quality education. That's not to say that's every school in Detroit because it's not — but it is certainly some of the schools. And the dropout rate overall is just intolerable. That has to improve." Q: Would you at {east hope for the mayor's neutrality? A: My goal all along has been to try to garner half the vote in the City of Detroit, to break even there. That continues to be (my goal)...We're trying to reach out in other areas, of the state. I'm trying to win Genesee County, which we came close to winning four years ago. Q: Apart from your record, do you think disarray among Democrats will help you break even in Detroit? A. Certainly, I am trying to' do it on merit. I'm not trying to do it on the basis of being able to put together some political deal. I'm trying to do it on the basis of things we've done, and the things I stand for, and can be counted on to work for in the next four years. Steve Mitchell, of Mitchell Research & Communication in East Lansing, says Engler "...has the potential to do as well or better than any other Republican (candidate for governor) has ever done in Detroit" — at least the best "since Gov. (Bill) Milliken in 1978." Milliken, the first Republican to carry Wayne County since 1946, got 40.3 percent of the Detroit vote. He had unofficial — but substantial — help from Mayor Coleman A. Young, who said Milliken "understood the importance of Detroit to the rest of Michigan." Fieger and Engler both have stressed that interdependence. Fieger told the Michigan Municipal League last week, "I intend to promote it at every stop." Archer is not about to help Engler. Detroit Councilwoznan Kay Everett, an early Fieger supporter, said where Archer stands now "at this point is moot. The people have spoken. The train is moving. The question is whether (Archer) wants to be an engine or caboose." Pollster Ed Sarpolus, of Lansing-based EPIC/MRA, had a more brutal assessment of Archer's impact: "Getting an Archer endorsement is like getting an autograph. It's great to look at but it doesn't mean much." In an Aug. 18-20 Mitchell poll ' for The Detroit News, Fieger had a 48.5-33.3 lead over Engler in Detroit. In a larger sampling Aug. 20-24, Sarpolus had it 70-10 for Fieger. But Sarpolus said Engler could do much better than that if black turnout is down. Often overlooked, he said, is that Republicans comprise about a quarter of the Detroit vote. AG race In a Sept. 1-4 poll on what promises to be one of the hottest statewide races, Sarpolus has a 29-29 tie between the Attorney General nominees — Republican John Smietanka and Democrat Jennifer Granholm. Forty-two percent of the 600 statewide respondents were undecided. Granholm, the Wayne County corporation counsel, has leads in Detroit, 39-15 in Wayne County and 36-21 in Macomb County. Smietanka, former U.S. Attorney for west Michigan, leads 30-22 in Oakland County, 46-18 in west Michigan, and 34-27 overall out- state. In the combined area of the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula, Smietanka leads 26-22. It's about time For three decades, there has been talk of building a second lock at Sault Ste. Marie capable of handling the massive 1,000- foot ships that now constitute half of the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet. Fearing Michigan faces "severe economic consequences" if there is further delay, Engler vows to lead an accelerated lobbying effort for building a new lock on the St. Marys River that connects Lakes Superior and Huron. A new lock at the Soo is an old idea with new urgency, especially for shipment of the iron ore that comprises about two-thirds of the total tonnage going through the Soo. Sept. 16, 1998 Today is the 2S9th day of 1998 and the 88th day of summer. TODAY'S HISTORY: On this day in 1908, General Motors was founded by William Durant. On this day in 1964, "Shindig" premiered on ABC. On this day in 1992, Barbra Streisand ended a six-year absence from, the stage to smg at a fund-raiser for presidential candidate Bill Clinton. TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Francis Parkman (1823-1893), historian; Lauren Bacall (1924-), actress, is 74; B.B. King (1925-), musician, is 73; Peter Falk (1927-), actor, is 71; Elgin Baylor (1934-), basketball great, is 64; Ed Begley Jr. U949-), actor, is 49; Mark McEjiwen (1954-), weatherman, is 44; Robin Yount (1955-), baseball star, is 43; Orel Hershiser (1958-), baseball star, is 40. Clinton's order on double-talk isn't being applied to himself WASHINGTON (AP) — By order of President Clinton, the government is supposed to stop bureaucratic double-talk and use plain, understandable language — instructions that do not apply to his defense in the Monica Lewinsky impeachment case. Even Democrats are counseling that he'd be better served without legalistic attempts to explain away his lies about the affair as only evasions, and therefore truthful. An influential Republican said the hairsplitting is worsening Clinton's situation. After all, people know what sex is. And that Clinton lied — as most Americans had suspected all along — to avoid admitting an illicit sexual relationship. In their rebuttals to Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's impeachment accusations, Clinton's lawyers are presenting a fine-line case against perjury, a count on which the Republican House could vote to seek the president's dismissal by the Senate. Clinton attorneys David Ken- dnll and Charles Ruff argue that Starr's perjury accusation wouldn't stand up in court. It isn't going to court. It is up to Congress. Kendall said that makes it very much a political question. But that doesn't eliminate the legal one, as in this Whitu House counter to Starr: "The terms 'sexunl affair' and 'sexual relationship' nre inherently ambiguous and, when used without definition, cannot possibly amount to perjury. The president testified to the grand jury about what he believed those Walter Mears terms mean." In that Aug. 17 testimony, he had to defend as truthful his denial of sexual relations in his sworn deposition in the Paula Jones lawsuit seven months earlier. Kendall said that wasn't perjury because Clinton was responding to a very narrow, technical definition of sexual relations. "I said I did not have sex with her as I defined it," Clinton said in the grand jury testimony. "That was true." According to Starr's report to the House, Clinton went on to say that his denial might have been misleading and if so, he was sorry. That may get past the legal test, but not the plain language rule the president set for the government beginning next month. "By using plain language, we send a clear message about what •the government is doing," Clinton said in announcing his order. Ironically, at points of political stress, Clinton repeatedly avoided plain language in favor of crafty wording — he never slept with the woman, never broke marijuana Inws, never contrived to avoid the draft. In each case, the answer blunted the question and got him past a campaign hazard. This corner is more difficult. So his White House counsel, Ruff, says the president's firm, televised — but unsworn — denial of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky was not truthful, while in his Jones deposition, that same wording was narrow, careful and not perjury. Kendall said Clinton admitted a sexual relationship when he testified to the grand jury, but that didn't mean he had perjured himself when he denied sexual relations in the Jones case deposition. The point may work legally. It doesn't help politically. "Legal language must not obscure the fact that I have done wrong," Clinton said at a White House prayer breakfast Friday. Then, beginning the vigorous defense he promised, Clinton's lawyers used legalistic distinctions to argue, in defense briefs and on tole- Doonesbury Two of the four current locks (the Davis and Sabin) were buitt during World War I and are "deteriorating and functionally obsolete," according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. There also is the World War II-era MacArthur Lock, similar to the locks along the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Soo locks are operated by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The Poe Lock was built in the 1960s to handle the 1,000-footers that represent nearly three quarters of total fleet cargo capacity. "This reliance on a single lock has grave implications for the steel industry and electric utilities in the event of an accident at the Poe," said MDOT. Debbie Marshall, Engler's transportation adviser and Washington lobbyist, said "reliance on the Poe Lock has reached a critical level." She will lead Engler's accelerated effort for a new lock to replace the obsolete Sabin and Davis locks. Latest estimates put cost of the new lock at about $225 million. Federal funds would cover most of it, with eight Great Lakes states being responsible for the rest. , .• Michigan's share could range between $8 million and $18 million, depending on outcome of a funding task force established by the Great Lakes Commission to study traffic volumes, origins, destinations and other factors. * , I GET US Sf SENSE TO OUR vision talk shows, that he hadn't done impeachable wrong. "He doesn't want to hide behind a bunch of ... legal mumbo-jumbo," John Podesta, Clinton's deputy chief of staff, said on CNN. But that's the shelter against perjury. Clinton is a lawyer too, and he used it when he testified. That is the dilemma. The legalities backfire politically. "The considered judgment of the American people is not going to rise of fall on the fine distinctions of a legal argument but on straight talk and the truth," Rep. Dick Gephardt, the House Democratic leader, said Monday. Sen, Tom Daschle, the Senate Democratic leader, also said Clinton should drop the legalities in favor of plain talk. "He lies by being technically accurate," complained Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., who serves on the House Judiciary Committee and is a Clinton defender against Starr. "I wish he would stop it. DAILY 1M9CONSM NEWSPAPER ASSN. MCMOAM PnCSS ASSOCIATION ASSOCIATED FflESS GaryLamberg Andy Hill Editor/General Manager Managing Editor Ralph Ansaroi News Editor —In Our Opinion — Volunteer effort prevents tragedy The best of what life in a small community is all about can be seen in the team of local volunteers who came together to rescue a Bessemer Township worker Monday. It looked pretty grim to Louis Sworab when he found himself stuck in quicksand-like gumbo at the bottom of a deep hole. In the process of repairing a water main, Sworab had to step into mire that wouldn't let him go.' His partner, Louis Mattila, was quick to size up the looming emergency and the fact the hole was about to collapse. A passerby called the sheriffs department on a cell- phone and a series of quick responses averted disaster. Within minutes, a backhoe from the City of Bessemer, lumber from Steigers Home Center, pumps from Bessemer Township and Big Snow Country Enterprises and countless other volunteers and equipment were on the way. Bessemer Township Fire Department members including chief Richard Kinnunen, Mark Selin, Scott Maki, Jason Berg, Dave Syreini, Mike Hautala and Bob Sailer were among those who responded and entered the hole to help their fellow firefighter. People from many walks of life dropped everything to lend a hand. All worked together to get Sworab out. For instance, Claire and Frank Jewess brought cases of soda to refresh the workers. Without the quick response and cooperative effort, it could have been bad. Since so many local people pitched in and worked together, a tough situation was turned into success and a wonderful example of teamwork. It's a story that has been repeated many times in our area — local people who care coming together to solve a problem and avert disaster. BY GARRY TRUDEAU YOUKNCW, ZIPPSK.I HAP HO/PEA ITX/ASKXJ 5ONIC£.*ANP CUTE, "BUT THIS PIACZ IB SO BI61 HGUREPIV

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