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February 5, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 6
Straus Broadcasting, Inc., has sold its stock interest in The Village Voice. All other Voice shareholders — Edwin Fancher, Evelyn L. Lutz, Herbert B. Lutz, Norman Mailer, and Daniel Wolf — continue to own stock, and Taurus Communications, Inc., of which Bartle Bull is president, has bought an interest in The Voice. Bull and Carter Burden are shareholders of Taurus. Taurus will not be involved in, and will not be responsible for the editorial policies of The Voice. Complete editorial and operational control will continue to be exercised by The Voice’s founders, Edwin Fancher, publisher, and Daniel Wolf, editor.
Jonathan Black’s article (Voice, January 29) reporting on my observations which I made after returning from a recent trip to Canada to visit with the draft deserters, contains one error (probably by the printer), and, perhaps necessarily, sketches a rather incomplete view of my feelings as to how to deal with this serious problem.
Our prime goal at this time must be to stem the flow of young men leaving the country. That can be done if we immediately terminate the draft. Pending its termination, we should provide that no draftee will be sent to Vietnam without his consent and add to the existing draft regulations that status of selective conscientious objector. One receiving such a classification would be required to provide alternative civilian service such as Vista, Peace Corps, or work in the cities’ ghettos.
Obviously, there will not be an amnesty offered to those now in exile so long as the war in Vietnam continues. However, it is important to open up the discussion of that matter so that we can now began to think of the options which should be made available to these young men.
My bill to create a selective C.O. status would not permit exemptions based on political reasons as the article indicated. An applicant for selective C.O. status would be subject to the same criteria by which today’s C.O.’s are judged, except that his opposition need not be based upon an “objection to participation in all wars.” — Edward I. Koch, Congressman, 7th District
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 2, 2010