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Parent Issue
Day
7
Month
May
Year
1891
Copyright
Public Domain
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The Recister gives below t lie opinioiiB of a number of ritizens, representing all foctions df rtie Republican, Democratie and Prohi bition partios, in regard to the inayor's pólice appointmentii. Evidently Mr. Doty has disappointed ïotne of bis politica! frieuds as well as opponent. We were greatly aarprised at the reluctante which inany Deiuociatic politicians showed about expressing tbemeelvea, even aier they had been Manred that no names woulil be given. We bad expected to flnd an enthusiastic support of the inayor by those who voted lor him, but the Democratie opinionsgi ven below, all of which, except one, are from men who worked for and votcd the straight Democratie ticket, do not show universal approval. One thing these interviews fIiow and show conclosively, and tbat is. thatthe people have learued who is res])onsible for the enforcement ot the laWi, and will know who to blame if there is not a. radical reform in our city government. Will our mayor take cognizance of thie? For this we shall have to wait and eee. "During the past year the feeling in im Arbor bas become strong that our toe was engaged ratherin protecting saloons and resorte of low cbaracter(hw the law tban in protecting our citizens from these places. In view of this widespread belief, the re appointment of the oíd pólice forcé strikes the observer as pretty tliin proceeding on the part of the mayor, especially in view of bis essions in favor of law and order." ".Mayor J)oty in bis pólice appointinents shows plainly tbat he was not entitled to the support of tho!e who favored t lic citizenb' uioveiner.t, and teatiües to tbelr wisdom In not endorshim. message of ilattery and good will to all tin wnatever business tbey may be engaged) plainly imlicates what bis policy will be. "l was greatly in hopes that the out mayor would take cognizance of the citizeus' movement and so atictnpt to make better appointnients, but ;t seeins as a wliole there is no improvemteut over last year, and we cannot therefore look for any better city government than heretofore. Kvidently the lowest element of saloonism will hold the reins of city government." " I am not disappointed in the character of the pólice appointments. It is the democratie party, not Mr. Doty, that dictates the appointments. No botter mati tban Mr. Doty could have been nominated by either party, nor on more capable,; but the appointments simply (ieinonslrate the well known (act that the party back of the man is usual ly "biger" than the man. When in a city hke Ann Arbor, the saloons keep the party in power, they always oollect their pay, and the appomtmenia notedare the iu.-t mstallmenl iur the sur rent year." " 'J'here is of coursu no reforui whatever in the pólice üepartment over last year's force; while in the legal department there is a decided degeneration." "J think that the whole question lies witb the mayor. The matter of the onforcement of the law depends npon whetber Mayor Doty will see to it tbat the pólice enforce the law. 1 think they will, if he orders them to do so." he appoiutments are goed. No man (an take the pos-ition of city marshal and make a suecess of it. If he does not do his duty, the better eh-ss of people will surely be down on him ; and if he enforces the law, the saloon element will see that such a name is given bim that bis reputation will be ruined. 1 understand that Mr. Murray has told the mayor that be was willing to do wbatever was asked of him. This laye the whole responsibility of enfon:ing the law on Mayor Doty." "If the law is to be enforced, it is to be done by the direct order and will of Mm mayor, and not by the voluntary action of the pólice force, no matter who is appointed to serve as poiicemen." "The mayor's pólice appointments have been a great disappointment to ur better class of citizens without diaion of party. The pólice foros of the past year have been quite active in arresting friendless tramps, especially tlwse who have no woncy to tuy pjhiskey, but not the slightest attempt has been made to euforce the law against saloons. There are saloons in Ann Arbor which have not been closed night or day or ■Sandays for the entire past year. Perhaps the pólice witb their past year's expedente are just the men to euforce the law during the coming yenr. The public will see, and tlte public will nol br deceived." " The mayor's appointments are all rigut. The men will do what they are instructed to do and that is all you ;ould ask of any pólice forcé." "' I think that if I were in the mayor's place I should have made a cbange, but tuu not disposed to nud fault. Am of the opinión tbat the men re-appointed will do as instructed, and I believe that our mayor will see to it that the proper instructions are given them." " The average policeman, as well as uien in other business, works for the he receives. I have no doubt that the pólice force here, thougb too small, !d see that the laws were observed, if thy were given te understand that xheir salaries depended upon it. I am waiting patiently to see whether our mayor will give the proper instructions. Í doubt if the party that elected him will allow any such instructions to le given.'' "What do 1 think of the pólice appointments? Wby, sir, I think them a eolossal 'straw,1 showing very conclusively that the mayor is in the hands of the 'gang.' If, however, he orders the pólice to enforce the law, and they do it without fear or favor, 1 shall be entirely latisfled." .íThe íirst íive expression are from 'Republicana, the next six from Demoerftte and the last two from Prohibidonists.l

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