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Copyright 1986, The Michigan Daily

Mit igan


Ninety-six years of editorial freedom
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, February 5, 1986

Vol. XCVI - No. 89

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a State of "I am talking al
the Union Address celebrating what emancipation," h
he called a "great American success of welfar
comeback" after years of economic byhow many of its
woes, Reagan set what he called "an independent of we
agenda for the future" that highlights Reagan set no
many of the policies he set during his for reform other t
previous five years in office, government'sr
Reagan yesterday directed his ad- "provide shelter a
ministration to develop a welfare those who cannot
strategy to help the poor "escape the selves."
spider's web of dependency" and to BUT HE said,"
work with private insurers to develop replace program
affordable insurance against the costs name of compass]
of catastrophic illness. moral worth of
"IN THE welfare culture, the family breakups
breakdown of the family, the most communities into
basic support system, has reached
crisis proportions - in female and
child poverty, child abandonment, D e m
horrible crimes and deterioratinge
schools," Reagan said in a speech
prepared for a joint session of
sumt oCngestoa aynR eaA
He said little of the budget he will
submit to Congress today saying,
"Tonight, let us speak of our respon- WASHINGTON
sibility to redefine government's Party leaders,
role." President Re
"After hundreds of bilions of dollars Pressdentoft
in poverty programs, the plight of the assessment of th
poor grows more painful," he said. portrayed the pr
"But the waste in dollars and cents over a devastati
pales before the most tragic loss: the floundering farm
sinful waste of human spirit and dangerous red-
potential." ledger.
SAYING "we can ignore this StateoftheUnion
terrible truth no longer," Reagan or- American famil
dered his Domestic Policy Council to warned that R
report by Dec. 1 with "a strategy for policies will u
immediate action to meet the finan- stability and indep
cial, educational, social and safety TO PRESENT
concerns of poor families." the state of the u

Ten Pages

bout real and lasting
e said, "because the
e should be judged
s recipients become
specific guidelines
han to acknowledge
responsibility to
nd nourishment for
t provide for them-
"We must revise or
ns enacted in the
ion that degrade the
work, encourage
and drive entire
a bleak and hear-

tless dependency."
Reagan said he wanted to "redefine
government's role: not to control, not
to command, not to contain us; but to
help in times of need; above all, to
create a ladder of opportunity to full
employment so all Americans can
climb toward economic power and
justice on their own."
"But we cannot win the race to the
future shackled to a system that can't
even pass a federal budget," the
president said in a blunt criticism of
Congress' failure to complete its own
budget-writing process.
"WE CANNOT win that race held
See REAGAN, Page 5

tocrats criticize



(AP) - Democratic
responding to
eagan's upbeat
e state of the union,
esident as presiding
ng budget deficit, a
n economy, and a
ink foreign trade
to the president's
theme stressing the
y, the Democrats
eagan's economic
undermine family
pendence. '
the party's view of
nion, the Democrats

turned to former Virginia Gov.
Charles Robb, and to Sen. George.
Mitchell of Maine, Harriett Woods,
the lieutenant governor of Missouri,
and Reps. Tom Daschle of South
Dakota, and William Gray of Pen-
Mitchell, chairman of the Senate
Democratic Campaign Committee,
moderated the nationally televised
response to Reagan. In a closing
statement, Mitchell said the ad-
ministration's policies are "driving
more families into hard times and
apart, and they're causing American
jobs to move overseas."

Navigation problems Daily Photo by MATTPERE
Sandy Hofmann, an employee of Film Projection Services, tries to maneuver around yesterday's puddles and
ice. Temperatures will rise to 45 today.

MI Senate awaits vote on smoking bill
By JILL OSEROWSKY THE BILL, introduced last March in both Jack Faxon (D-Southfield), who introduced Under the act all governmental agencies medical insurance.
Special tothefDailv - 3 . .. - the-bill, but was not on the committee. "I - including the University - must impose But Gregory Niehaus, Univers

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LANSING - The vote on whether or not to
send the Michigan Clean Indoor Air Act to
the state Senate floor was delayed in-
definitely yesterday when a member of the
Public and Mental Health Committee which
was reviewing the bill, failed to attend the
Sen. John Kelly (D-Detroit) who would
make the deciding vote, was called away
from Lansing at the last minute because of
an emergency, said Rosemarie Barone,
Kelly's administrative assistant.

tne Senate and i-ouse pronibits smoking in
public places except in designated smoking
areas. Controversy over the bill was
sparked by a conflict of interests between
the tobacco industry and health
Four of the five senators on the Public and
Mental Health Committee listened to public
testimony forthree hours before deciding to
send two bills on to the Senate while
retaining two others - owing to a deadlock
"Certainly I was disappointed, said Sen.

fully intended him (Kelly) to be here."
THE BILL, which was originally spon-
sored by 20 senators, is popular among the
public but not the tobacco industry, ac-
cording to Faxon.
"It's amazing what money can do,"
Faxon said, adding that "it's cheaper (for
the tobacco industry) to spend all their
money on lobbyists instead of trying to in-
fluence public opinion which is against

the policy, which designates non-smoking
areas, by Jan. 1 next year. All non-
governmental public places which receive
state funds must adopt the act by 1988. All
other non-governmental public places would
be bound by the law in 1989.
IT IS NOT clear how much money the
state and businesses will lose or save if the
bill is passed. Many witnesses who testified
said that costs incurred from putting up non-
smoking signs and giving smokers breaks to
smoke, would be offset by paying less for

assistant prof. of finance and insurance,
said businesses and the state will lose some
money trying to implement the bill.
Niehaus and Robert Tollison, a .George
Mason University professor, collaborated
on a study that quantifies the costs of the
proposed legislation. Niehaus presented
their findings to the committee. The tobacco
industry sponsored the report. "Legislation
of this sort is not cost free," Niehaus said.

say budget
cut effects

University researchers, while ex-
pecting cuts in their funding as a
result of the Gramm-Rudman-
Hollings law, are- nevertheless
cautious in trying to predict the
specific effects those cuts will have on
their own projects.
The National Institute of Health, the
National Science Foundation, the
Department of Energy, and the
Department of Defense are among the
major government research sponsors
slotted for cuts.
IN A Jan. 22 memo, the University
vice-president for research

Wilson warned that these agencies
would be making cuts ranging from
3.7 percent at the energy department
to 9.5 percent in some defense-funded
Wilson is planning a meeting with
research unit heads in the near future
to discuss strategies for handling the
cuts and maintaining as much funding
as possible.
David Heebink, director of the Of-
fice of Federal Relations in the
University's Office of the Vice-
President for Research said it's still
too early to determine Gramm-

Israeli,-s intercept jet in
effort to nab terrorists

MSA urges
The Michigan Student Assembly
unanimously passed a resolution last
night urging the University to bestow
an honorary degree on South African
dissident Nelson Mandela.
The resolution cited Mandela as
"an example of courage and dignity
in the face of inhumane conditions,"
and said that by granting the degree
the University will "add another fine
first to its list of distinctions. No other
predominantly white university has
awarded a degree to Mandela.

' to honor Mandela

MSA Min'rity Affairs Coordinator
Lawrence Norris said that the action
would be a morale booster for
black students on campus.
Also at last night's meeting, the
assembly agreed to place a referen-
dum on the MSA elections ballot this
spring asking students to vote on a
proposal requiring firms to pledge
that they are "not directly engaged in
supporting terrorist activity" before
they are allowed to recruit on cam-
The referendum also asks whether

a committee be appointed to review
the activities of the firms in the case
that a portion of the student body
petitions to have the firm's activities
reviewed after they have accepted
the pledge.
"We've got to get it out into that
forum, in the fishbowl, on the Diag.
Maybe it's going to increase voting in
the next election. It has obvioulsy
caused a lot of controversy here (at
MSA)," said MSA member Tom
See PROPOSAL, Page 7

ISRAEL (AP) - Israeli warplanes in-
tercepted an executive jet and forced
it to land in northern Israel yesterday
seeking to capture Palestinian
guerrilla' leaders but winding up in-
stead with Syrian politicians, officials
The plane was en route to Syria from
a conference of Arab revolutionary
groups in Libya, the officals said.
THE AERIAL interception, over
the Mediterranean 50 miles east of the
island of Cyprus and about 200 miles
off the Israeli coast, turned out to be a
blunder. No Palestinians were among
the nine passengers and three crew,
Israeli military spokesmen said -
just Syrians. including Abdullah al-
Ahmar, deputy secretary of Syria's
governing socialist Baath Party.
Israel apparently had hoped to cap-
ture one of two Palestinian ;guerrilla;

leaders, either Abu-Nidal - whose
real name is Sabry al-Banna - or
Ahmed Jebril.
George Habash, head of the Popular
Front for the Libertation of Palestine,
part of the Palestine Liberation
Organization, told a news conference
in Tripoli he considered himself the
main target of the Israeli intercep-
IN DAMASCUS, the Syrian
government issued an official an-
nouncement condemning the intercep-
tion of the Gulfstream II and calling
for an emergency U.N. Security
Council meeting to debate what it
called Israel's "air piracy."
Tripoli radio, in a broadcast mon-
.itored in London, said a "Libyan
Arab Airlines plane was forced by
Jewish air pirates to land in occupied
Palestine," the Libyan news media's
term for Israel.

The radio said U.S. naval units in
the Mediterranean "provided full in-
formation to the Zionist pirates about
the movenients of the civilian plane."
AN ISRAELI source refused com-
ment on the claim "as a matter of
Joseph Read, a State Department
spokesman, said, "There was no U.S.
military involvement in the inter-
cept. "
The plane was allowed to leave for
Damascus, capital of Syria, after
being held at a secret air base in nor-
thern Israel for about five hours.
"THEY DIDN'T find who they were
looking for," said one Israeli source,
who, like the officials and spokesmen,
insisted on anonymity.
Khaled Abdul Majid, a spokesman
for the Palestinian Salvation Front
which groups hard-line Palestinian
factions, warned in Damascus that
retaliation would follow.

Surf's up

better," Brame said Monday. "I could handle that."
Water officials attributed the million-dollar-plus over-
billing to a problem that resulted when an old meter
was replaced with a new one. "The computer com-
pared the first reading off the new meter with the last
reading off the old meter," said Robert Berg, press
secretary to Mayor Coleman Young.

Eula Hill, 83, who lives in one of the 30 homes that
make up the tiny town on Maryland's marshy eastern
shore, said Monday. "It's sad," she said. The first din-
ner sponsored by the church featured six muskrats,
Hill said. In recent years, about 100 muskrats were
prepared to feed crowds of up to 1,000. Muskrat con-
noisseurs came from as far away as Pennsylvania,

PERCUSSIVE: Arts previews guitarist Michael
Hedges' return to the area. See Page 8.

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