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Eighty-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom
420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Ford's uninvited dinner guests

Tuesday, November 16, 1976

News Phone: 764-0552

Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan
ChecK out the Teach -in

IT was more than a decade ago that
that this campus was the site
of the first teach-in on the Viet Nam
war. It was a seminal event in the
history of the anti-war movement-
a first step toward educating this
country about the obscenity of an 11-
legal and immoral war. It would be
difficult to estimate the debt we all
owe to those first organizers, who met
in churches and classrooms, talking,
planning, asking themselves how
something like Viet Nam could have
This week, another teach-in begins
here, focusing on repression and car-
nage in another part of the world,
Latin America.
Latin America remains little more
than a mystery to most of us. We
hear the horror stories: the coups,
the' imprisonment of artists, the vio-
lence. done to all forms of human
expression, the totalitarian regimes
perpetuated by bribes from American
corporations. But few of us have a
genuine understanding of the trag-
edy that has become Latin America,
and how this country's policies over
the years have helped to make it a
hell on earth for its inhabitants.
Editorial Staff

WELCOME to another epi-
sode of-"As Your Stomach
Turns," a penetrating look into
the private lives of our coun-
try's leading citizens, regard-
less of their right to privacy.
Today we find President Ger-
ald Ford staring gloomily at a
wall in the Oval Office as his
wife Betty dances in.
"Poor dear," the First Lady
consoles, "still brooding over
your losing the election?"
"No, that's peanuts. Something
far more depressing just hap-
pened: Michigan lost to Pur-
"Oh Jerry, things are so con-
fusing. First you do such a won-
derful job as President, and.
then Michigan is proclaimed
Number One. Next thing I know,
you are rejected by the voters
and Michigan is dumped by a
born loser. Things just don't
seem the way they ought to
"Yes, Betty, life is so very
complicated and discouraging.
Sometimes now I feel that I
just can't win anything big."
"Now, now, Jerry, I'm sure
that Bo feels the same way."
SUDDENLY, there came a
sound that terrified them to the

quick of their souls: someone
knocked at the door. "I'll get
it," said the First Lady. A mo-
ment later she came, back with

Who was that strange and un-
familiar man at the doorway?
President Ford resolutely strode
up to it to find out. When he did,
he recoiled with horror.
But you're not supposed to be
here until January 20!"
"Well, ah just thought ah'd
bring in the family to show
them around their new home
away from home. Now, if y'all
stand aside ... oh, mah!" The
President - elect wandered in
staring in awe at his surround-
ings, and tracking in mud in
the process. On his heels came
Amy Carter, doing some rather
unusual acrobatics.
"Oh what an adorable little
child!" said Betty. "What sort
of roll are you doing there?"
"It's a flip-flop, Mrs. Ford.
Daddy taught it to me. Ya know
that Daddy's goin' ta send me ta
school with all the niggers?"
"No, no, child, that's blacks.
I'd hate to see you say some-
thing like that and get into
trouble with the press."
IN STROKE Billy Carter in a
drunken rage. "Press?!! Ah'll
lynch every-'single one of 'em!"
He swaggered up to Gerald
Ford, and then stood eye to eye
with him, glaring. It seetied

that there would be a confronta-
tion the likes of which had nev-
er been seen in the White House
before, when ... Billy Carter

right," a stern-faced President
Ford coldly pointed out.
"Nice place y'all got here,"
Billy noted as he staggered
Rushing in like the wind at
Plains, Rosalyn Carter carried
in an armful of plans and a
tape measure. "Why Jimmy,
this house is absolutely beauti-
ful! But some of those trees
out back are just going to have
to go, and we're going to have
to put in some magnolias out
front, and ... oh! this paint job
is just all wrong! and if y'all
excuse little ol' me now ah'll
go and measure all the rooms,
and oh dear!! this furniture is
absolutely horrid!" and so forth
as she left her husband still
staring in awe at the interior
of the White House.
BETTY FO D whispered in
the President's ear, "Are these
people going to stay for lunch?"
Tune in next time for the an-
swer. Meanwhile, reflect on the
character of our leaders, old
and new, "As Your Stomach
Jon Pansius is a member of
the Daily Editorial Page Staff.

Amy Carter
a look of serious concern upon
her face.
"Jerry, there's a strange man
with a huge grin at the door, she

Betty Ford
threw up, all over the Presi-
dent's suit "Ah think ah hafta
go to the bathroom," he noted.
"It's down the hall and to the


Thai s on arms binge

Rob Meachum

Bill Turque


Jeff Ristine ................... Manaaing Editor
Tim Schick ................... Executive Editor
Stephen Hersh.... .. Magazine Editor
Rob Meachum ........ .,....... Editorial Director
Lois Josimovich ......... ...... Arts Editor
STAFF WRITERS: Susan Ades, Susan Barry
Dana Baumann, Michael Beckman, Philip Bo-
kovoy, 'Jodi Dimek, Chris Dyhdale, Elaine
Fletcher, Larry Friske, Debra Gale, Tom Go-
deli, Eric Gressmnan, Kurt Harmu, Char Heeg.
James Hynes, Michael Jones, Lani Jordan.
Lois Josimovich, Joanne Kaufman, David
Keeps, Steve Kursman, Jay Levin, Ann Marie
Lipinski, George Lobsenz, Pauline Lubens,r tu
CcConnell. Jennifer Miller, Michael Norton,
Jon Pansius, Ken Parsigian, Karen Paul.
Stephen Pickover, Christopher Potter, Don
Rose, Lucy Saunders, Annemarie Schiavi, Kar-
en Schulkins, Jeffrey Selbst, Jim Shahin. Rick
Soble, Tom Stevens, Jim Stimson, David
Strauss, Mike Taylor, Jim Tobin, Loran Walker,
Laurie Young, Barbara Zahs. -
Photography Staff
Pauline Lubens............. Chief Photographer
Brad Benjamin ...........Staff Photographer
lAlan Bilinsky ...... ......... Staff Photographer
Scott Eccker .......... ...... Staff Photographer
Andy Freeberg..............Staff Photographer
Christina Schneider Staff Photographer
Business Staff
Beth Friedman...... . Business Manager
Deborah Dreyfusa ..Operations Manager
Kathleen Mulhern ... Assistant Adv. Coordinator
David Harlan.................Finance Manager
Don Simpson...................Sales Manager
Pete Peterson..........Advertising Coordinator
Cassie St. Clair ............ Circulation Manager
Beth Stratford.............Circulation Director
Sports Staff
Bill Stieg............... . Sports Editor
Rich Lernrr . . Executive Sports Editor
Andy Glazer . . Managing Sports Editor
Rick Bonino . Associate Sports Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Tom Cameron, .Enid Goldman,
Kathy Henneghan, Scott Lewis, Rick Maddock,
Bob Miller, John Niemeyer, Mark Whitney.
STAFF WRITERS: Leslie Brown, Paul Campbell.
lMarybeth Dillon, Ernie Dunbar, Henry Engel-
tardt, Jeff Frank, Cindy Gatziolis, Don Mac-
Lachlan. Rich Ovshinsky, Jim Powers, Pat Rode,
John Schwartz.

Today through Thursday, the
Teach-In On Terror in Latin Ameri-
ca will offer speakers, films, panel
discussions and workshops designed
to help us ask the same questions
that were being asked at that first
teach-in in 1965: Why has this hap-
pened? What has been this country's
role in perpetuating these condi-
tions? How can we compel our gov-
ernment, to put an end to it? At the
ver- least, the Teach-In can serve
to --ade public awareness of Latin
America beyond the stereotypical
images fostered by the geniuses whoj
created Juan Valdez and Ricky Ri-
They'll be little to chuckle about
this week. Many of the speakers and
visitors have felt the full force of
totalitarian terror. This evening in
the MLB, Isabel Letelier, widow of
Chilean President Salvatore Allen-
de's ambassador to the United
States, who was murdered in Wash-
ington several weeks ago, will sneak
on political repression in Latin
America. Wednesday afternoon,
three members of the University's
Zoology department recount their ex-
periences wih American - supported
government terrorism while conduct-
ing field studies In Central Michi-
van. On Thursday evening Isabel Al-
lende, widow of the martyred Chi-
lean president will talk about the
worldwide implications of Latin
American totalitarianism.
If the Teach-In can turn just a
few obloviousheads, then it will have
been well worth it. We all owe It to
ourselves to check It out.
News: Lani Jordan, Jeff Ristine, Tim
Schick, Linda Wilcox
Editorial Page: Michael Beckman, Bill
Arts Page: Lois Josimovich
Photo Technician: Brad Benjamin

WASHINGTON, D. C., (PNS)- first th
RECENT FIGURES released China a
bythe Defense Depart- ilar U.
ment reveal thateTrailand's U. for seis
S. arms purchases under 'the Dlaespii
Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Mao Ts
program surged to an unpre- and C
cedented $89.6 million in fiscal have b
year 1976, exceeding total Thai tween P
orders for the previous 25 ing the
years. The arms purchasing, busines
most of which involved equip- surge
ment for counter - insurgency ports b
warfare and internal security wake o
operations, peaked in the "radica
months prior to the Oct. 6, 1976, STOCK]
military coup. S)-
To finance the heavy buying, THE
Thailand has more than quad- mentc
rupled its 1975 borrowing from West i
the Defense Department's FMS Vietnam
credit program to $36.7 million 77 con
in 1976. $51 m
In addition, Thailand is double1
scheduled for more than $29 cians i
million in U. S. arms pur- of who
chases through the Military As- tion of
sistance Program in FY 1976. mill pr
Thailand has also received $81 miles n
million in surplus military gear tory-
in FY 1973-77 err the Excess project
Defense Article ,nogram. dertake
more t
THAILAND'Spolice comple
forces have also been making plome
heavy purchases of U. S. arms mese ir
and riot control equipment. factory.
Among the major acquisitions in yilr lfr
the past three years have been "ear of
68 counter-insurgency aircraft,p er pr
16 jet fighters, eight troop-car- now rie
rvi'g helicopters and 62 armor- scarce
ed cars.. While
Japan's China trade, in a remain
slumn since early this year, is will re
showing strong signs of revival, constri
marked by a recent $8 million hosnita
snle of advanced computer ss- Swedis
tems by Japan's Hitachi, Ltd. work.S
The computers, to be used for en crit
weather observation, are the policyt
N THE EARLY DAWN of a mid um-
mer morning here, a steel giillo-
tine blade ended the life of 21-year-old
convicted murdered - Christian Manucci
- the first criminal executed in France
in more than two years.
As the U. S. prepares for its own
first execution since 1967, the July 28
beheading of Manucci may signal a simi-
lar new epate of guillotinings in France.
And is Great Britain, West Germany,
Switzerland and Italy, sharpening debate
Iover the death penalty indicates a pos-
sible resurrection of capital punishment
as an attempted criminal deterrent.
Spain is the only West European coun-
try besides France now implementing
the peacetime death sentence, though in
Spain it is reserved for cases of politi-
cal terrorism or military misconduct -
not common crime.
were executied in September 1975, for
example, for the assassination of po-
licemen during the waning days of the
Franco regime.
Manucci's execution was the first in
France under President Valery Giscard
d'Estaing, indicating that Giscard now
intends to follow his predecessors -
Gen. Charles de Gaulle and Georges
Pompidou - in preserving capital pun-
Gis"ard had professed his "profound

e Japanese have sold to
nd come on top of a sim-
S. sale of computers
smic observations.
te the upheavels after
e-tung's death, Japanese
Linese trade missions
een moving rapidly be-
Peking and Tokyo dur-
past month. Japanese
s analysts expect an up-
mi high - technology im-
by the Chinese in the
f the purge of China's
NEW Swedish govern-
continues to lead the
n reconstruction aid to
n with an expected 1976-
tribution of more than
lion. Sweden will also
the number of techni-
n Vietnam to 250, most
m will work on construc-
a huge pilp and paper
oject in Bai Bang, 50
orth of Hanoi. The fac-
the largest single aid
the Swedes have un-
n anywhere - will cost
han $177 million when
ed and will provide em-
nt for some 4,800 Vipt q_
in theforests an4
More imnorta"'
roduce 55,000 to-
newsprint and othe-
,odncts, much of which
mist be imported with
foreign exchange.
Sweden attaches no
to its foreign aid, the
ider of its contribtion
nortedlv go toward re-
ction and operation of
[s in the north, where
h technicians are at
Sweden was an ou~tsnok-
ic of American Vietnam
throughout the war.

Other western aid to Vietnam
has come in the form of medi-
cal supplies, school materials
and private contributions from
Italy and France. India re-
cently sent the Vietnamese 101
dairy buffalo.
RATHER THAN demobilize,
the Vietnamese military forces
- swollen by years of w.
are waging a massive econowimic
recovdry campaign. According
to the official Viet Nam Cour-
ier, large numbers of Army
personnel are rebuilding the
bombed-out railway links be-
tween the north and the south,
a~s well as clearing away un-
exploded bombs and mines
along the tracks. Others are
working to reclaim damaged
farmland and repair bombed
irrigation systems. The Navy
is developing a fishing fleet, re-
pairing commercial ships and
transporting goods between
north and south by sea. On
shore, sailors have begun
breering cattle in an effort to
s'innly some of the military's
food needs and reduce govern-
meat expenses.
Apparently aiming for event-
vial diplomatic relations with
the USSR, South Korea is try-
ing to develop relations with
Eastern European govern-
ments, according to a report in
the authoritative Far Eastern
Economic Review. Reliable
sources in Seoul say South .Ko-
rean dinlomats have been in-
stri-ted to put out feelers
wherever possible in Eastern
F'rune. but sd far only Y,ico-
slavia has given any favorahie
rp500flsP Soth Korea is be-
Feved to be seeking a balance,
to Chinese support of North

L elier days before he was murdered
eehe said. "The solidarity of the
To The Daily: American people in favor of
ORLANDO LETELIER WAS restoration of human rights and
successful i isolating the Chi- democracy in Chile must con-
lean junta internationally as he tinue to grow. This solidarity
argued for the restoration of is paramount to us. We wl
dem ocracy and hum an _rights. i ever r stunt it w . ech i ll
He exposed the callous' acts of never rest until we achieve the
Herexiednot only it fs.ct overthrow of the fascist regime
atrocity n the fascist in Chile."
jails, but thoe brought about I encourage people to attend
by the eco.nomic system as the talk tonight to be given
Tel, eby Isabel Letelier and I hope
The effect of a laissez - faire that this will be a step in de-
Prescription for Chile's econo- veloping solidarity with the
my, Letelier wrote a few weeks people of Chile.
before he was assassinated in Robert Miller
Washington D. C., has been to NovertMer 1
take several billions of dollars November IS
from the pockets of wage earn-
ers to place in those of the capi- To The Daily:
talists and landowners. Re: the Great Bicycle Contro-
UNDER THE JTYNTA, thous- versy
ands have been gilled, concen- IF
tration camps have been estab- the roads are for motor
lished throughout the country, vehicles-
over 100,000 have been jailed, and
and political activities and all sidewalks are for bicycles
forms of free expression have why
been suppressed. oh
By the end of 1975 unemploy- why
ment in Santiago was over 18 can't I fly?
per cent. Consumer prices in- Ms Bella Leach
creased an average of 375 per November 10
cent and wholesale prices rose
by 440 per cent. In 1976 2.5 mil- Letters c' oild be typed
lion Chileans, about one fourth and limited to 400 words.
of the population, had no in- The Da eily reserves the
come at all. right to edit- letters for
In a speech Letelier gave at length and grammar.
Felt Forum in New York a few

Korea to cushion the impact of
U. S. troop withdrawals, which
it expects in the not-too-distant
future. The scenario now being
considered in Seoul includes So-
viet recognition of South Korea,

a U. S. non-aggression pact
with North Korea and the end
of efforts to have both Koreas
admitted separately to the
UN - which North Korea op-

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per cent of voters here favor capital pun-
ishment - and that a retreat from the
death penalty could cost Giscard up to
one million votes in the next election.
HERE IS A LOOK at four other West
European countries where the capital
punishment issue is stirring heated de-
0 In Britain, the pro-capital punishment
movement has gained momentum with
the spread of Northern Ireland-related
violence - pub explosions and letter
bombs - to England, Scotland and
Lobbyists are calling for the death
sentence to deal with IRA members
blamed for such acts, and recent polls
indicate that 88 per cent of the British
agree. There is also strong support for
dealing harshly with the killers of po-
licemen, though less so for common
The death sentence was abolished in
Britain in 1965 except for certain war-
time crimes.
f In West Germany, which abolished
the death penalty in 1949, support is
growing within the law-and-order Chris-
tian Democratic party to revive capital
punishment as a deterrent to political
terrorists like the Baader-Meinhof group
and the Palestinians who attacked the
Olympic Village in 1972.
* In Switzerland, where capital pun-
ishment was abolished in 1942 except
for wartime crimes of treason, mutiny

eliminated capital punishment decades
--if not centuries-ago.
The Ducy of Liechtenstein was one
of the first to drop the penalty in 1798.
San Marino followed suit in 1848; Bel-
gium in 1863: Holland in 1870; Norway
in 1905;: Sweden in 1921; Denmark and
Iceland in 1930 and Finland in 1949.
The Vatican scratched capital pun-
ishment from its books in 1969. Until
then, attempts on the Pope's life, mas-
sacres and a few other crimes called for
In Eastern Europe, Poland is the only
nation actually to havetannounced, in
1965, the end of the death penalty.
A government source in Hungary said
his country no longer applies the death
penalty for murder or economic crimes.
But in the Soviet Union, East Germany
and Yugoslavia, the death penalty is ap-
parently used regularly.
According to Amnesty International,
about 30 persons are condemned to
death every year in the Soviet Union for
acts ranging from robbery to World War
II crimes, though there is no informa-
tion suggesting execution for political
there have been at least 200 executions
in East Germany since its founding in
1949. In Yugoslavia, three Croatian ter-
rorists were executed in 1973 for killing
a policeman.
The French debate has taken on new

"ruthless killer" of several young peo-
The press campaign, which virtually
condemned the suspect to the guillotine
as he rode to custody in a police van,
has helped sway the public into taking
a much harder line on the death penal-
NOW, LARGE NUMBERS of intellect-
uals, politicians, editorialists and law-
yers are joining in passionate arguments
both for and against it.
In a nationwide television debate on
capital punishment in October, the far
right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen of the
Front National Party declared, "With.
only one execution a year or so for the
rising 'number of crimes committeed; a
firmer hand must be shown." There are
now about 2500 murders a year in
Critics ; of the penalty here point to
the perversions of justice that occurred
during the Nazi occupation, when re-
snectable judges - some still on the
bench -. sent prisoners to their deaths
to suit political demands, often on
ttrnnmed-up charges.
France introduced the guillotine in
1i92 - when the wood and steel struc-
ture was said to "humanize" execii-
tions - and it soon became popular
d'wine the re-olution.
Snain, on the other hand, favors the
mediival garrote, an iron device used
to kill victims by turning a screw that
P-entially breaks the cervical verte-
b'- Sp"in's chiFf e ,cutioner, known

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