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OPINION
Friday, July 25, 1986

Page 6

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Michigan Daily

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Vol. XC
96 Years of E
Unsigned editorials represent the ma
Cartoons and signed editorials do no
Research.
A VIRTUAL BAN on classified
A research is the best recommen-
dation the committee reviewing the
University's classified research
guidelines could have made.
The committee was appointed last
November after the Board of Regents
ordered a review of the current
guidelines, adopted in 1972. The
committee's recommendations call
for the rejection of any classified
research projects except those that
use classified materials only as sour-
ces the "access only"
classification.
The recommendation is laudable. It
conforms to the guidelines followed at
other research Universities, preser-
ving the open inquiry environment of
the University, and clearing up the
ambiguities of the current guidelines.
Current guidelines forbid research
not publishable within a year, or
which is potentially harmful to
human life.
The guidelines are enforced
through a complicated committee
procedure, but the decision
ultimately rest with the Vice

Murphy and Blanchard
itgan MatlP RIMARY ELECTIONS will Twelve successful years as Oakland
soon confront Michigan voters., County Executive, however, indicate
VI, No. 10-S The most significant August 5 that Dan Murphy would make the
ditorial Freedom primaries are for the Republican and best Republican candidate for gover-
Democratic nominaton for governor. nor.
jority views of the Daily's Editorial Board In these two races Democratic Gover- Murphy is an excellent ad-
4 necessarily reflect the Daily's opinion, nor James Blanchard and Republican ministrator who has cut taxes while
Oakland County Executive Dan Mur- increasing services for his county.
phy are the best candidates. Oakland ranks now as the third most
In the Democratic field the choice prosperous county in the U.S. Unlike
guidelines is easy. Governor Blanchard easily the tax plans of his Republican op-
outclasses his opponent Henry Hank ponents, Murphy's proposed property
Wilson, a LaRouchite. Wilson suppor- tax cut responsibly provides for lost
President for Research. This and the ts a plan to eliminate the state income revenue to be made up by the state.
ambiguous wording of the guidelines tax and to quarantine "suspected" Murphy's three Republican op-
led to inconsistent application of the AIDS victims. ponents, Richard Chrysler, Colleen
rules. The effect was that only two out The bizarre character of Blan- Engler and William Lucas lack Mur-
of 44 classified research projects chard's opposition demonstrates only py's qualifications.
have been rejected in 14 years, none the necessity of backing him. Blan- Chrysler's attempt to buy the elec-
because of the "human life" clause. chard, however, has earned the tion is disheartening. Michigan voters
Activists often interpreted the state's support because of the job he should take into account the
guidelines differently and said has done as governor. When Blan- disasterous impact Chrysler's plan to
projects slipped by that should have chard came into office Michigan had cut both property taxes and the state
been rejected. a $1.7 billion deficit. The deficit is now income tax would have on state ser-
The committee report claims the gone and the tax needed to eliminate vices and funding for the University.
human life clause cannot be written it has been rolled back. Chrysler lacks experience at any
clearly enough to make it an effective Blanchard has increased state fun- level of government and is only a
part of the guidelines. Omission of ding of education significantly from viable candidate because he has
this clause leaves a void in the the low levels during the recession spent $2.9 million on his campaign.
University's research policies. Par- During Blanchard's term unem- As County Executive, Lucas has
ticularly since it makes it more dif- ployment has dropped almost 10 p- been successful in returning Wayne
ficult to extend the clause to un- oints from a high of 17.3 percent. The County to financial health. However,
classified research. successful tax amnesty program has his extreme right-to-life stance bodes
While the University should not given Michiganders a three month ill for personal freedom. The fact that
reject a research project because it early tax break. Lucas' human services cuts unfairly
has "applications" harmful to human Blanchard's term has not been targeted the poor is also disturbing.
life, it also should not participate in marked only by success, however. State Rep. Colleen Engler seems to
weapons research. A guideline Unemployment remains unaccep- be running more to position herself
specifically prohibiting weapons tably high. Also, Blanchard's demand for the Lieutenant Governor
research both classified and un- that the University hold in-state nomination than to win. In her
classified is appropriate at the tuition to the inflation rate is a clear position in the State House she has
University. violation of University autonomy. developed an expertise -in state
Overall though, Blanchard's government, but not the ad-
achievements clearly outweigh his ministrative ability of Murphy.
failures. Murphy and Blanchard provide
A rN *On the Republican side the choice is Michigan voters with two strong
* * between four strong candidates. choices for the fall.
TdIS JUST CAME IN- \T RILLED ND VIOLENCE A&AINGT
The ANC, led by the imprisoned \NITH SCENES OF RAPE, To prTE CILDREN
Nelson Mandela, is the acknowledged
representative of black South TRTS DIGSTING.
Africans. In his speech Reagan stated
that he favors freeing Mandela; if
this truly reflects Reagan's positon he
should discontinue sharing intelligen-
ce._
Sanctions would be a forceful way
for Reagan to show that the U.S. GEND IT OVER To MEEE AND THE SIR, ITS A PEORT ON
demands change in South Africa. PORN COMMlION IMMEDIATELY ACTIVTES o TE CONTRAS
Reagan says he fears sanctions would
harm blacks. Black South Africans
like Bishop Tutu, who support san-
ctions, believe they know better than
Reagan what's best for them.
Actions, not rhetoric, set policy.
The U.S. should demand change and -
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U.S. vs,

A CTIONS SPEAK louder than
words. In his speech Tuesday,
President Reagan's claims that he is
working against Apartheid were con-
tradicted by reports that the U.S. has
supplied South Africa with in-
telligence to aid in its war against the
African National Congress.
The New York Times reported
Tuesday that the U.S. has provided
the South African government with
communications intelligence
gathered from spy sattelites. This has
given the South Africans prior
knowledge of ANC actions and may
have been used in planning raids
against neighboring countries wnichi
house the ANC. The revelations make
the U.S. an ally of South Africa in its

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