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Student loans have not
been cut, insists Reagan

(Continued from Page 1)
American public today about student
aid programs," he said., "This is an
/outright cut."
Reagan said that under his program,
44 percent of the nation's un-
dergraduates "would be eligible for a
veritable laundry list of help," in-
cluding up to $1,600 in grants, $2,500 in
guaranteed loans, and work study sup-
port ayeraging $700 annually.
But Reagan did not mention that un-
der his proposals:
* Many students from families with
more than $30,000 annual income for the
first time would have to demonstrate
need to become eligible for aid.
" The fee charged when a loan is first
granted would double from 5 percent to
10 percent.
" The maximum $1,600 grant available
to unidergraduates represents a $200
reduction from current figures.
" As many as 700,000 graduate students
would be barred from the guaranteed
student loan program:
REP. PAUL SIMON (D-Ill.), chair-
man of the House post-education sub-
committee, was particularly critical of
the president's remarks. "The
President's statement is amazingly
confused," Simon said.
"These are the facts. Under the
proposals, more than 2 million college
students will be denied loans and/or
grants in the upcoming school year, not
counting those who are losing Social
Security help," he said. "Contrary to
what the president said, graduate

students would find their loan program
devastated by the administration's
proposal."
As an alternative to the 9 percent
loans, on which students pay no interest
until after graduation, Reagan wants
graduate students to borrow under an
auxiliary loan program that would
charge them 14 percent interest from
the start.
WHILE A graduate student's total
indebtedness could increase from the
curent $25,000 to $40,000, the change in
the program could mean monthly in-
terest payments alone of $466.
Democratic National Chairman
Charles Manatt said the numbers
Reagan recited bear little relation to
"troubling impact of his policies on our
educational system."
"If the administration curtails the
authority for guaranteed student loans,
even the $300 million mentioned in his
Barbados address, this will trigger
reduced loans three and four times that
amount because the banks simply won't
lend the money as they did with greater
guarantee authority," Manatt said.
"What we really have is $1 billion fewer
loans.
In his speech, the second of a series of
live radio addresses, Reagan also said
his Caribbean Basin initiative, "a plan
for trade, aid and private investment"
to build up the economies of Central
American and Caribbean nations "is
sound and in our best interest as well as
theirs."

IN BRIEF
Compi led from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
U.S. accused of murder plot
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador- Leftist rebels asserted yesterday that the
CIA is planning to assassinate ultra-right leader Roberto D'Aubuisson to
keep his Nationalist Republican Alliance from taking power in El Salvador.
"The U.S. State Department is trying to keep Maj. Roberto D'Aubuisson
from power and the CIA has been charged with physically eliminating him."
Radio Venceremos said the Reagan administration wants to ,keel
D'Aubuisson's Nationalist Republican Alliance, which has been linked with
death squads terrorizing Salvadorans, from participating in a new gover
nment.
"Reagan is interested in keeping Christian Democratic regimes in Central.
American," Venceremos said. The Christian Democrats won 24 seats in the
assembly.
Visiting U.S. congressmen told rightist leaders this week that they risked ,
cut-off of massive U.S. military and economic aid if they excluded the
moderate Christian Democrats from power.
Americans lax in filing taxes
WASHINGTON- The midnight Thursday deadline for filing federal in-
come tax forms is approaching, but the Internal Revenue Service says m ore
than a third of the returns still have not been filed.
For those who file after the deadline, the interest penalty for late payment
has been raised this year to 20 percent from the 12 percent of last year.
The Internal Revenue Service is expecting about 96 million returns this
year, up slightly from 1981. At last count, as of April 2, the government had
received 57.5 million returns, down about 1.7 percent from the same time a
year earlier.
Officials don't make much of that difference, saying millions of tax-
payers-especially those who owe additional money-always put off filing
until the last day or two.
"You always get your people who file early to get their refunds and the
others who owe money wait until the end," said Tony Bombardiere, an IRS
public information officer.
Nicaragua may talk with U.S.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua- Although Nicaragua has made no "normal"
response to a new U.S. plan to normalize relations, there are indications that
the Sandinistas will be willing to negotiate if Mexico plays a key role in the:
talks.
"The important thing is to seek peace and stability, even if it means direct:
talks;" junta member Sergio Ramirez Mercadoat said last week before the
U.S. plan was revealed this week.
"But we want to do everything within the Mexican framework'for peace,"
he added.
The eight-point plan was presented in Managua by U.S. Ambassador An-:
thony Quainton as part of a month-long U.S. effort to get a dialogue going
between the two estranged governments.
According to sources here, the United States wants direct talks with the
ruling Sandinista government. But Ramirez, one of three junta members,
made it clear Nicaragua wants to use Mexico as a "communicator."
Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo has been a staunch friend of the lef-
tist government. He earlier proposed a non-aggression pact between the
United States and Nicaragua, and offered to oversee negotiations.
Turkey's ex-leader arrested
ANKARA, Turkey- Former Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, a persistent
critic of the military government, was arrested by a force of more than 100
soldiers who converged on his home early yesterday.
It was the second time this year that Ecevit, who has been waging a heated
verbal battle with Turkish leader Gen. Kenan Evren, had been arrested for
violating a government ban on political activity.
Ecevit, chairman of the disbanded Republican People's Party will be of-
ficially charged tomorrow with defying the military ban on political activity
and damaging Turkey's interests in foreign countries, reliable sources said.
Ecevit's latest arrest was triggered by a speech he made on Norwegian
television last week challenging a speech Evren made last Saturday, the
sources said.

Levin blasts Reaganomics
in ailing Detroit yesterday

what a 17 percent unemployment rate is
doing to the spirit of the people of my
state," he said.
LEVIN SAID the economy needs "a
break from supply-side economics
which have supplied us with more than
5,000 bankruptcies in just the first three
months of this year, which have sup-
plied us with'a crisis in agricultural in-
come, which has supplied us with 17
percent interest rates, and which have
supplied us with a threat to the stability
of our savings and loan institutions."
Levin also criticized Reagan's Latin
American policy for 'supporting gover-
nments which reject the policies and
principles that make our nation free."
Hailg races
to preserve
peace in the
Falklands
(Continued from Page 1)
the British colony it invaded last
Friday.
But the mood of the crowd, estimated
by: military authorities to number at
least 200,000, was genuine and eager for
war.
"Death to the swine, Margaret That-
cher," they thundered. "The queen of
England is stupid."
THE ARGENTINE president told the
crowd Argentina "extends its hand, in
peace, to the adversary. Put let the
world be sure that the Argentine people
is firm in its will. If the British want to
come, then let them come and we will
do battle.. .
Britain has announced a blockade of
the Falklands as of 11 p.m. today war-
ning that any Argentine ship found
within 200 miles of the islands after that
hour will be fired upon and sunk.
A 40-ship British war fleet, dispat-
ched six days ago, was still a week
away from the Falklands, 450 miles off
the Argentine coast. But two and
possibly four British nuclear-powered
submarines were reported already in
the icy south Atlantic enforce the
blockade.
CAUGHT IN the middle of the dispute
over the islands that Britain has ruled
and Argentina has claimed for nerly 150
years, were the 1,800-English speaking
residents of the Falklands. -
A message smuggled out by the
islanders and released by the Foreign
Office in London said 500 wanted to be
evacuated before the fighting starts but
that the rest had chosen to stay, and
side with Britain.
In London a controversy over nuclearr
depth charges and the potential of
civilian casualites erupted.
British press reports said helicopters
aboard the armada's lead carrier In-
vincible were armed with anti-sub-
marine nuclear depth charges, a new
type of weapon about which little was
known. But the Daily Mirror said "the
Cabinet has no intention to allow com-

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