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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October], 1992- Page 7

Suicide
bil1s sent to
*Judiciary
Committee
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Dr.
Jack Kevorkian sharply rebuked
lawmakers yesterday even as they
edged forward on a bill that would
allow doctor-aided suicides under
strict safeguards.
His comments did not stop the
Michigan House Subcommittee on
Death and Dying from setting aside
a bill that would make assisting in a
suicide a four-year felony.
The panel instead agreed to put
before the full House Judiciary
Committee a bill that would legalize
physician-assisted suicide under
controlled circumstances. It also
backed legislation that would set up
a special commission to review the
issue for another two years.
Michigan has no law against as-
sisting in a suicide. Lawmakers have
been under increasing pressure to fill
The concern that he's
operating essentially
as an unregulated
loose cannon is
addressed here.'
-- Rep. Lynn Jondahi
D-Okemos
that void since Kevorkian's in-
volvement in the suicides of five
women.
Ed Rivet, chief lobbyist for Right
to Life of Michigan, called
yesterday's abandonment of a pro-
posed ban on assisted suicide "an in-
sane policy."
Rep. Lynn Jondahl (D-Okemos),
chair of the House suicide subcom-
mittee, said the panel rejected the
idea of an outright ban because of
widespread public support for doc-
tor-assisted deaths.
"With a bill like this, Dr.
Kevorkian cannot operate," Jondahl
said. "The concern that he's operat-
ing essentially as an unregulated
loose cannon is addressed here."
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ted
Wallace (D-Detroit), would allow a
licensed physician to administer a
fatal injection or other lethal
medication to a terminally ill person
suffering incurable pain.

Flint bans foreign-made
autos from city garage

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - If you
own a foreign-made car, your
wheels won't be welcome in the
City Hall basement garage.
Mayor Woodrow Stanley says
only American-made cars will be al-
lowed in the garage to convey a
message to city workers whose pay-
checks come from taxpayer money,
much of which comes from General
Motors Corp.
"Foreign-made vehicles will not
be permitted in the City Hall parking
garage. See me if you have special
circumstances that will not permit
your compliance ..." Stanley wrote
in a memo Friday to city department
heads and division managers.
GM, the Flint area's largest em-
ployer, has about 50,000 salaried
and hourly workers in the area. The
automaker has cut about 30,000 jobs
there over the past decade.
The garage, which has about 40
spots, is used by department heads,
middle managers, secretaries and
City Council members. The ban be-
gins Monday.
Lynn Barbee, a mayoral
spokesperson, couldn't say Tuesday
what penalties might be assessed if
someone defies the order.
"To be very honest, this is
something we did not plan to mush-

room into this big of a deal," Barbee
said.
Stanley on Monday said the pol-
icy could be extended to other city
lots. He declined to define "foreign
made."
"If anyone has any doubt whether
they are driving an American-made
vehicle, they probably shouldn't be
parking in the garage," he said.
Howard Simon, executive direc-
tor of the American Civil Liberties

problem with the order.
"I will comply with his wishes,"
said Parks and Recreation Director
Steven Waller, who recently bought
a 1993 Toyota Camry. "No big deal
to me. I'm not put out at all."
He said he will trade cars with
his wife, who drives a 1990 Eagle
Premiere.
James Makokha, the city's gov-
ernmental policy director, sold his
Pontiac last month and has been

'Foreign-made vehicles will not be permitted in
the City Hall parking garage. See me if you
have special circumstances that will not permit
your compliance.'
- Woodrow Stanley

Union of Michigan, said Stanley's
order was unclear.
"Our Flint branch will have to try
to get in touch with him and have
him define what he's calling a for-
eign-made car," Simon said Tuesday
from the organization's New York
office.
"It scapegoats the consumer for
the deficiencies in this country's in-
dustrial policies," he said. "From
what I see, it looks like this really
came off the top of his head."
Some employees didn't see a

driving a 1983 Mercedes while he
waits for a GM car he has ordered.
"Hopefully, it'll be here by then,"
Makokha said, referring to Monday
deadline. If it isn't, he'll park else-
where, he said.
Makokha's Mercedes was the
only foreign-made car parked in the
garage Monday afternoon.
"This is a matter that the mayor
takes seriously," said Makokha,
whose wife works for GM. "He be-
lieves we should buy from the peo-
ple who feed us."

Suicide machine inventor Jack Kevorkian waits for the Committee on Death
and Dying's public hearing to begin yesterday afternoon at the state capitol
in Lansing. Attorney Michael Schwartz spoke to the committee on
Kevorkian's behalf but Kevorkian did not speak because of a pending legal
case.

Opposition wins Kuwaiti parliamentary election

KUWAIT (AP) - Government
critics woke up to something of a
shock yesterday - a landslide vic-
tory in Kuwait's first parliamentary
elections in seven years.
Seven loosely allied opposition
groups and independent candidates
captured 35 of the 50 Parliament
seats. Most of the 15 solid seats for
the government came from the ruling
al-Sabah family's traditional
supporters in tribal areas.
Ward politicians who tried to
trade on their influence with the bu-
reaucracy lost nearly everywhere in
Monday's vote.
"I think the Iraqi invasion was a
shock to the Kuwaitis. They did not
want to give any chance to someone
interested in dilly-dallying. They
want strong representatives," said

'I think the Iraqi invasion was a shock to the
Kuwaitis. They did not want to give any
chance to someone interested in dilly-dallying.
They want strong representatives.'
- Abdul Rahman al-Najjar
newspaper columnist

Abdul Rahman al-Najjar, a colum-
nist for the government-backed
newspaper Sawt Al-Kuwait.
But it was unclear how much
power the opposition will be allowed
to wield. The ruling family ignored
previous parliaments in choosing a
Cabinet to run government agencies
and dissolved the previous
Parliament in 1986.
Throughout the 18 months since
Iraqi occupiers were driven from

Kuwait in the Gulf War, opposition
speeches calling for a strong
Parliament to supervise the govern-
ment seemed to draw only small
knots of committed followers in this
emirate of 650,000 people.
But the election indicated that the
country - or at least the male elite
allowed to vote - agreed. Only
about 81,500 "first-class citizens"
who can trace Kuwaiti ancestry to
1921 could vote.

"It's definitely much much better
than expected. We thought pro-
government candidates would win,"
said Mubarak al-Adwani, a
spokesperson for one opposition
group.
There was no immediate reaction
from the government or the al-Sabah
princes, who were barred from
voting.
"I am sure none of them slept
yesterday when they learned the re-
sults. But they will have to accept it
because the whole world is watching
whether Kuwait is democratic," said
Imad al-Seif, a lawyer who ran the
successful campaign of opposition
leader Ahmed al-Khatib.
"The people in Kuwait need a
strong Parliament to stop the gov-
ernment and the royal family from

their continuing mistakes," he said.
Among the leading issues for
Parliament are finding ways to beef
up Kuwait's defense, reviewing its
overseas investments and streamlin-
ing complex citizenship laws.
The emir, Sheik Jaber al-Ahmed
al-Sabah, dissolved the last
Parliament in 1986 when it became
too critical of government ministers.
The 17 former members of
Parliament who were elected again
said they had learned that highly
public political battles were not
effective.
"The last Parliament was too
rough. It was a mistake to use a con-
frontational style," said Dr. Ahmed
al-Shatti, a winner from the funda-
mentalist Muslim Brotherhood.

U-M students encouraged to travel
overseas and teach English abroad

by Christine Burmeister
People sat in the hall and stood in
the doorways of the International
Center Monday night to hear experi-
ences about traveling overseas and
the challenges of teaching English to
non-native speakers.
Moderator Jeannine Lorenger,
one of the directors for overseas op-
portunities at the U-M, asked six
speakers questions about the details
of their travel and teaching. The
speakers shared information about
subjects such as the cost of living
and the joy of running into one of
their students on the street.
"You bump into one of your little
students who has been taking your
class for a year and he says to you,
'Hello, Mr. Teacher, this is my
brother, he is very tall, we are having
lunch,' in English, and you think to
yourself, 'Man!... I taught him
0 that,"' said Guy Taylor, who has
been teaching in Taiwan for the past
five years.

'For anyone with
curiosity about other
countries...this is the
most interesting and
rewarding thing you
can possibly do.'
-Guy Taylor
No teaching certification is nec-
essary for most of these teaching
positions; a bachelor's of arts in any
subject is the only degree necessary.
However, students wishing to teach
in the Peace Corps need a bachelor's
degree, teaching certificate, and a
special trade or talent.
John Transue and Kirsten Gaines
both planned their overseas experi-
ences through the university's
International Center, and had been
teaching in Bratislava,
Czechoslovakia, for the past year.
They said they made an average
Czechoslovakian teacher's salary
while working in the country.

But Transue said, "We did quite
well (financially) because we didn't
pay any rent, and there was no
incentive to save, because the kron is
so weak compared to the dollar."
Rebecca Riseman, who taught for
the Peace Corps, earned $150 a
month while teaching in Africa. The
organization put an additional $200
per month in a U.S. savings account
for her readjustment after
completion of the program.
All of the speakers suggested pre-
planning a trip before hopping on the
plane, as certain countries are expe-
riencing a deluge of people looking
to teach English.
They also encouraged interested
students to have overseas employers
set up work visas for the duration of
their stay.
"For anyone with curiosity about
other countries, and even the slight-
est sense of adventure, this is the
most interesting and rewarding thing
you can possibly do," said Taylor.

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