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Page 2- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 13, 1986

Question: "Do you think the Reagan
Administration should make arms
shipments to countries in order to
obtain the release of American hos -
tages held there?"

Michael Machell, bus- r
iness school graduate
student: If your objective
is to get hostages back, or
anything for that matter, it
may not be effective in
obtaining that objective. If
you want the answer to the
question, you're asking the
wrong person. I don't have
an answer and I don't think
that anybody does. Negoti -
ations would be the only

Susan Goldfarb, LSA
sophomore: I think there
should be some sort of
negotiations, but not to
trade ammunition for some -
one's life. Trading of wea -
pons would make more vio -
lence occur.

Ron Nixon, LSA sen -
ior: No, I think it's a form
of extortion. It will only add
to the problem of terrorism.
It would be like giving a
street gang rifles and gre -
nades in return for hostages.
Something should be done
to help the victims, but
giving terrorists the tools of
their trade is not the

Mike O'Dell, LSA
sophomore: No, because
the administration's policy
is not to negotiate with
countries that it believes
export revolution or terror -
ism. I really think that the
administration is selling out
by making arms negotia -

Jennifer Silberman,
School of Education
senior: No, because I be -
lieve we should not encour -
age war by using arms as
bargaining tactics. But I do
feel that this, unfortunately,
might be the only way
terrorists will respond and
free hostages.

Price may go up for hostages
PARIS-Joy over the release of two French hostages held in
Lebanon was tempered yesterday by speculation that the kidnappers,
Iran or Syria, may raise the price of freedom for remaining hostages.
The return home Tuesday of Camille Sontag and Marcel Coudari
brought to five the number of French captives Shiite Moslem
fundamentalists have freed this year. At least five still are held. Coudari
corroborated previous reports that a sixth French kidnap victim may be
French newspaper headlines claimed that the French government
met Iranian and Syrian demands in exchange for the hostages.
Chirac's government denies negotiating to free the Frenchmen and
insists that its Middle East policy is not being determined by the
hostage situation.
Premier Jacques Chirac has called Syria "the obligatory passageway
to any solution to the Lebanese crisis."
Utility union fights drug tests
DETROIT-A utility workers union yesterday asked a federal court
to forbid random drug and alcohol testing of Detroit Edison Co.
employees, claiming the plan was based on government policy and thus
violated constitutional rights.
"We do not believe that our members should be singled out for the
personal humiliation and indignity of random tests," said Victor
Troutman, president of Local 223 of the Utility Workers Union of
America. "Edison has never claimed it has a drug or alcohol problem."
The lawsuit,, filed in U.S. District Court Detroit, alleges Edison
adopted the policy at its Fermi II nuclear power plant near Monroeon
Oct. 27 as a result of policies established by the Nuclear Regulator
Commission and to "avoid questions from federal regulators."
Bruce Miller, attorney for the union, said the policies are "state
actions (and) if the court agrees, it can raise a constitutional violation,"
Miller said.
Drug aids Alzheimer's victims
BOSTON-An experimental drug for Alzheimer's disease
significantly improved the memories of 16 out of 17 senile people
treated in a study, and may be the first effective therapy for this
devastating illness of old age, a researcher says.
Elderly people who did not know their sons and daughters or even
their own names were able to recognize their families again after taking
the pills. One less severely affected man went back to work part-time.
A retiree who before could barely speak took up daily golf again, while
another victim resumed driving, cooking and cleaning her house.
"If this is validated, I think we will have our first viable treatment
for Alzheimer's," said Dr. William Summers, an assistant professor
who directed the study.
Summers said that his findings are encouraging but still preliminary.
He stressed that the drug does not cure Alzheimer's disease but eases the
symptoms of the disease, much as insulin controls diabetes or L-dopa
relieves Parkinson's disease. The drug will only be used in controlled
studies for now.
U. S. bishops support Vatican
punishment of archbishop
WASHINGTON-America's Roman Catholic bishops, after daring
to debate the Vatican's punishment of a fellow U.S. prelate, stepped
back from confrontation with Rome yesterday by declaring the
Vatican's verdict "deserves our respect and confidence."
The bishops, all subject to church discipline themselves, did not add
to the Vatican's criticism of Seattle Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen.
But neither did they defend him, as some of his supporters among the
group had hoped they might. Their decision came after five hours of
intense secret talks over two days.
"On this occasion the bishops of the United States wish to affirm
unreservedly their loyalty to and unity with the HolyFather," Bishop
James Malone, president of the National Conference of Catholic
Bishops, said in a statement approved by most of the group's nearly.
300 bishops.
Swiss discuss chemical spill
ZURICH, Switzerland-Switzerland conceded yesterday to top
officials from countries along the Rhine river that a misunderstanding
delayed an international alert for 24 hours after a disastrous toxic spill
from a chemical plant fire.
About 30 tons of agricultural chemicals washed into the Rhine on
Nov. 1 when firefighters doused a blaze at a Sandoz chemical plant
warehouse near Basel, Switzerland.
A 25-mile-long chemical slick drifted downstream along the 820-
mile Rhine, killing an estimated 500,000 fish and eels, harming other

aquatic life and endangering drinking water.
The Swiss statement came in response to strong European criticism
for its handling of the emergency. But the statement did not explain the
misunderstanding which caused the alert delay.
Swiss President Alphons Egli told the meeting members that
Switzerland was ready to discuss damage claims by countries affected
and that he hoped they could be settled without legal action, said a West
German delegation spokesman who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Vol. XCVII - No. 51


Amous Mave, LSA
senior: I don't think they
;should. Reagan shouldn't be
sending arms to any coun -
'ry; it is a business we
should get out of.

Allison Berey, LSA
sophomore: Although we
should be concerned about
the return of American
hostages, negotiations
should not involve the
transfer of arms, especially
to countries that may not
use them responsibly.

Nikki Fuller-Boyd, gr-
aduate student, IPPS:
No, absolutely not. To sell
weapons to a country
known as terrorists is giv -
ing them a license to kidnap
American citizens. I disagree
with the policy of not
negotiating with terrorists,
but I don't believe nego -
tiating with weapons is the
answer either.

Robert Boyd, dental
school senior: I don't
agree that selling weapons
to Iran is a good thing be -
cause of their terrorist
activities. However, I think
first it is more important to
free the hostages and second
to have a long-range goal of
improving foreign policy.

Todd Ackley, LSA
junior: No, because if we
do then terrorist organ -
izations around the world
will think that they can take
Americans as hostages and
bargain for them with
weapons. It would make
American citizens prime
targets for kidnappings.

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