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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, May 8, 1982-Page 11
Plan to contribute computers stalls
WASHINGTON (AP)- A computer company's Senate Finance subcommittees. "We question whether this is the sort of detached
plan to put an Apple in virtually every classroom in "This bill (allowing the deduction) will have long- and disinterested generosity that the charitable con-
America turned sour yesterday when the Treasury range importance both in terms of America's tribution deduction is intended to reward," Chapoton
Department bit into the offer and found a new tax technological strength and the ability of our people to said.
loophole. find and competently hold jobs in the society which is Jobs, the Apple chairman said his firm "will incur
Apple Computer, Inc., of Cupertino, Calif., an in- now emerging," Jobs said.iJos th dplear aniis firiblin
dustry leader, will give tens of thousands of com- John Chapoton, assistant secretary of the treasury millions of dollars of administrative, distribution,
puters to elementary schools and high schools if didn't deny the potential benefits. But he said the bill warranty and other costs" in providing the com-
Congress will sharply increase the tax deduction would create an awful tax policy. puters.
allowed for such a contribution. But the cost to the government (which has not been
THE COMMUNICATIONS and data processing in- "BY INCREASING the maximum allowable estimated by Treasury) is "more than compensated
dustries already pump more dollars into the U.S. deduction ... the bill would permit a favored cor- by the fact that the value of the equipment received
economy than manufacturing and farming com- poration to obtain three times the benefit from its by the schools will far exceed the revenue loss to
bined, Steven Jobs, chairman of Apple, told two contribution of computers. government," he said.
School prayer unlikely
despite Reagan's push

WASHINGTON (AP)- In backing a
constitutional amendment to return
prayer to , the schools, President
Reagan is traveling a path littered with
old slogans, abandoned legislation, and'
public misunderstanding. His push isn't
likely to clear the decks on the issue.
Democratic opposition in the House,
the likelihood of a liberal filibuster in
the Senate, and the press of other
business would seem to virtually
preclude. any action by the 97th
Congress to reverse the course charted
by the Supreme Court 20 years ago.
SOME DEMOCRATS say Reagan is
trying to use social issues such as
school prayer to divert voters' minds
from a faltering economy.
"He is appealing to the public to
forget about economic problems and
give their attention to things like
prayer, abortion and the elimination of
busing," said Rep. Don Edwards (D-
Calif.), the chairman Qf the House
Judiciary Committee. He predicted the
prayer amendment won't make it past
that panel.
The court, meanwhile, continues to
affirm its 1962 ban of group prayer in
public schools.
IN THE latest in an unbroken string
of cases, the court last January struck
down a Louisiana law allowing volun-
tary, 'teacher-organized prayer
The only way to get around those
rulings is a constitutional amendment,
which requires congressional approval
and ratification by 38 states.
Reagan, a longtime and outspoken
backer of prayer in public schools, said

in a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday
he soon will submit such an amendment
to Congress to "restore a freedom our
Constitution was always meant to
BUT CONGRESS has rejected such
amendments on at least three oc-
casions-despite the outcry in Congress
that followed the high court's initial
"The Supreme Court has made God
unconstitutional," then Sen. Sam Ervin
(D-N.C.) said in a typical comment at
the time.
Rep. Frank Becker (R-N.Y.) in-
troduced an amendment to restore
prayer and Bible readings soon after
the high court ruled that both violated
the constitutionally required separation
of church and state.
After several rounds of political
jockeying, the House Judiciary Com-
mittee held hearings on the Becker
amendment in 1964 but took no action.
Then, in November 1971, the House
failed by 28 votes to approve a similar
constitutional amendment proposed by
Rep. Chalmers Wiley (R-Ohio).

May showers"
April showers generally cause flowers to bloom in May, but with a little help
from this week's rains, the flowers at Liberty Plaza have burst into glory a
little late.

Lucky trio beats gambling odds
EATONTOWN, N.J. (AP) - 117 other gamblers to take the tour- "WE AGREED to split the winnings
Lady Luck has been more than nament craps championship Wed- four ways when we started this,"
generous to three roommates who nesday night. Not bad for somebody Warling, groggy from celebrating, said
walked away from Atlantic City gaming who was shooting craps for only the in the wee hours yesterday. He said
tables with $186,000 in five weeks. second time in his life. they do not use computers to enhance
The three computer engineers for GATENBY PICKED up $31,998 their odds. But the same skills used in
Bell Laboratories in Holmdel have won Thursday night winning the baccarat working with computers helped at the
three separate gambling tournaments division of the Sands tournament. He table, he said. All four also have exten-
and are shooting for a fourth. How do and Meyer have a change of winning sive backgrounds in mathematics,
they think they beat the long-shot oddes the $25,000 grand prize in the finals by probabilities and have what Warling
of winning three jackpots? having the largest table winnings at called an "analytical mind."
"WE SORT OF have a system," said baccarat, craps, roulete and blackjack. "He is the mastermind who has
David Warling, 29. "It's done great so Win or lose, the trio and their fourth taught us all the strategies," Gatenby
far. But you have to get lucky." roommate will divvy up the money, said. "Dave sets the guidelines."
His roommates, Michael Meyer and said Warling, who also won $75,000 last
David Gatenby, both 24, faced each other month when he came out on top of a However, he refused to discuss them
in the finals of the Sands World Cham- craps tournament sponsored by Resor- on grounds that Warling "might be con-
pionship of Casino Games $170,000 is International Hotel Casino. sidering a publication."
Challenge yesterday night in Atlantic The fourth roommate, John Lertola, Bill Weidner, president of the Sands,
City. 24, has also entered tournament but has said he does not object to whatever
Meyer won close to $80,000 and beat yet to win a pot. m system the trieh have beenistsng,

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