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Sidewalk star Daily Photo by PAUL ENGSTROM

The new flagstone pathways creat a star pattern in the middle of the Law Quadrangle.


Agent Orange payments costly


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In Its 103rd Year

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of
the Veterans Administration said
yesterday that if the government
decides to compensate Vietnam
veterans forany harm caused by Agent
Orange, the cost will run into the
billions of dollars for years to come.
"We would be looking at hundreds of
millions of dollars per year, going in to
the middle of the next century," VA
Administrator Robert Nimmo said. It
was the first public estimate by a high
official of the cost of paying veterans if
studies conclude that the herbicide
permanentaly damaged their health.
A SENATOR questioning Nimmo at
a hearing suggested that the high cost.
of ,compensation is a "'a major
inhibiting factor" in reaching a con-
clusion about whether the herbicide has
harmed veterans.
Later, Sen. Arlen Specter, (R-Pa.),
told a reporter he believes the cost of
compensation is "a big ingredient" in
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the delays in studying the issue scien-
Nimmo told the Senate Veterans Af-
fairs Committee of yet another delay.
He disclosed that the Veterans Ad-
ministration has rejected a proposed
design for the study. The design, which
,said the investigation would not
produce findings for four years, was
prepared by the University of Califor-
nia at Los Angeles under a $114,288 VA
contract awarded May 1.,
..UCLA HAS BEEN given 35 days to
revise the design, Nimmo said.
The UCLA plan calls for comparing
the health of a large number of Vietnam
veterans and of veterans who did not
serve there.
Several scientific panels called the
design flawed. They criticized the in-
tention not to tell examined veterans
whether they had been exposed and
whether they had any symptoms being
looked for.
ROGER DETELS, dean of public

health at UCLA, defended the secrecy
proposals as necessary to prevent the
veterans from reporting ailments they
do not suffer.
He complained that UCLA in-
vestigators had to wait months for
security clearances needed to examine
military records about troops
Veterans have been saying for years
that their health was damaged by ex-
posure to herbicides used to kill crops
and clear jungles.
SO FAR, 58,000 Vietnam veterans hae
asked for and taken VA medical
examinations and 10,500 have filed
claims for compensation for health
The VA has not honored the claims,
contending a study must first establish
that a link exists between exposure and
health problems.
About 12 million gallons of Agent
Orange,,containing deadly dioxin, was
sprayed during the war, and some of it

is known to have been dropped over
U.S. troops.
THE SPRAYING stopped after Viet-
namese women told of birth defects in
their offspring.
Veterans have complained of birth
defects in their children and of a wide
variety of ailments - cancers, liver
and kidney disorders, tingling in their
fingers, nerve and skin disorders, num-
bness, vision and hearing impairments,
fatigue, miscariages by their wives,
reduced sexual drive and impotence.
Nimmo called the issue a,
"troublesome matter" and pledged to
work to resolve it.
"Vietnam veterans have every right
to question what actions are being
taken on their behalf and 'where are we
going next?"' he said. "I am deter-
mined to set this agency on the path
which will lead us to a scientific
resolution of the possible health impact
.of Agent Orange on the Vietnam
veteran population.

Kennedy assails Reagan policy

NEW YORK (AP) - Sen. Edward
Kennedy, in a speech portending
another quest for the presidency in
1984, declared yesterday that the
Reagan administration has "replaced a
tradition of compassion with a standard
of greed."
Reminding about 950 AFL-CIO con-
vention delegates of past alliances bet-
ween the Kennedy family and
organized labor, the Massachusetts
Democrat said, "You have never aban-
doned a struggle - and neither have I.
"SOON THE challenge and the chan-
ce will come to us again," said Ken-
nedy, whose assault on President
Reagan's economic policies was

frequently interrupted by cheers.
Kennedy took several jabs at David
Stockman, Reagan's budget director,
and decried "the most anti-union, anti-
labor administration in modern
And Kennedy joked about 1984
political speculation surrounding him-
self and former Vice President Walter
Mondale, saying, "I don't like to hear it
about him and he doesn't like to hear it
about me."
made his 1980 campaign swan-song
speech at the Democratic National
Convention at Madison Square Garden,
just a few blocks from the hotel where

he spoke yesterday. That marked the
end of Kennedy's long and futile cam-
paign to wrest the Democratic
presidential nomination from incum-
bent Jimmy Carter.
He has since formed a political action
committee - as has Mondale -and
unabashedly sought union support in
the future.
Meanwhile, federation president
Lane Kirkland sent word to the White
House that the will accept Reagan's in-
vitation to a Oval Office meeting Dec.
2. Reagan had invited both Kirkland
and the AFL-CIO's entire 35-member
executive committee.

France promotes birth control

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PARIS (AP) - "We may decide to
get married eventually," a young man
says, pointing to his girlfriend. "But
first, we want to live together and
children would not be a good idea until
we make up our minds."
"I just had a -baby," says a young
woman pushing an infant in a stroller.-
"So I've decided to wait a little."
FRANCE'S NEW Socialist gover-
nment, keeping one of last spring's
election promises, launched a prime-
time TV campaign for birth control
Produced and directed by film-
maker Agnes Varda, the TV spots
portray women and couples from all

segments of society talking about why
they chose to use birth control.
The campaign, aimed essentially at
women, was created by the Women's
Rights Ministry and the films ,were
tested before all-woman panels.
PARTICULAR emphasis is placed
on women 20 or younger, who account
for one-third of the abortions in the
country, and on rural and working class
women, who traditiomlly have been
slower to accept birth control, accor-
ding to Yvete Roudy, minister for
women's rights.
"Our message is simple," Roudy said
at a news conference. "Information
about contraception is a legitimate

right, and today every woman must
have the right to choose."
Studies show that 70 percent of all
French people have sexual intercourse
for the first time before the age of 18,
but only 15 percent of women aged 16-18
use any form of contraceptive, she said.
THERE ARE ABOUT 160,000 legal
abortions in France each year and an
estimated 160,000 more illegal ones, she.
said. Women under age 2Q account for
more than 100,000 of the total.
Roudy said she also hopes the cam-
paign will reduce the "inequality of in-'
formation" about birth control.




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