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Thursday, November 12, 1981The Daily Tar Heel3
By GELAREH ASAYESII
1)TH Staff Writer , T .
The Reagan administration is deciding what to do next in El
Salvador, and military action is high on the agenda, Central
American specialist William LeoGrande said Tuesday.
LeoGrande, professor of political science at American Uni
versity in Washington, D.C., has appeared on national news
programs and has testified before Congress about U.S. policy
toward Central America. .
In his speech, LeoGrande said Secretary of State Alexander
Haig had been pressing the Pentagon to consider a series of op
tions for possible military action against El Salvador and against
Cuba and Nicaragua. He said the most frequently mentioned
option was a naval blockade of Cuba or Nicaragua.
"They (the administration) are going to have to do something
because the current policy in El Salvador is not working, and if
they don't change their policy over the course of the next year,
the guerillas are going to win. This administration has said that
whatever it takes, the guerillas are not going to be allowed to
win." ' '
Without several hundred thousand extra troops and additional
firepower and aircraft, the government in El Salvador will not
last, LeGrande said.
"The decision (of the United States) of the next two weeks is
crucial," he said. "If we decide to increase military aid to El
Salvador, we've taken one more step into the quagmire. If, on
the other hand, the people of the United States say they will not
tolerate a military solution, (the administration) will favor a ne
LeoGrande suggested that the American opposition to U.S.
policy could change the outcome in El Salvador.
4ilf the opposition is broad enough, Reagan has to be respon
sive to that," he said. "(The administration) has big domestic
programs.... They remember what happened to the Great
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Carrboro Mayor Robert Drakeford
and other town mayors met with Vice
President George Bush in Washington,
D.C., last week to discuss revenue shar
ing cuts and other problems affecting
' We began opening a dialogue with
the White House on what the problems
are in the hinterland," Drakeford said
The 12 percent cuts in revenue shar
ing will mean a loss of $20,000 for
Carrboro, he said. He also predicted a
ripple effect of unemployment for the
nation if the cuts do go into effect.
Bush said all sectors of the economy
would have to take cuts, but "just
hedged about it," Drakeford said.
The Reagan administration is willing
to help cities with their economic pro
blems, he said.
But some of these economic recov
ery programs, which should take ef
fect in a year and a half, may come
too late,-he added.- ". .v
'It's great to have the program, but
we have people' starving who TnaynoT
live that long," Drakeford said.
"(Bush) stressed that we should for
get about difficulties in the past and
worry about things in the future," he
Drakeford said he would return to
Washington in the next several weeks
to talk with President Ronald Reagan.
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William LeoGrande discusses El Salvador
... said U.S. military action possible
Vietnam. If they see that happening they back off, like they did
in March (when American response) to policy toward El Salva
dor was negative."
LeoGrande said the administration's choice now would affect
its success in dealing with growing problems in El Salvador's
neighbor country, Guatemala.
"The war in Guatemala, which is coming in maybe two (or)
three years, is going to make the war in El Salvador look like a
Sunday picnic," he said.
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By JONATHAN TALCOTT
DTH Staff Writer
N.C. Rep. Maggie Keesee, R-Guilford,
said the political mood of the country had
turned conservative and that greater
tolerance within the state Republican
Party would be needed to take full advan
tage of it in a speech to the UNC Col
lege Republicans Tuesday night.
Speaking to an audience of 35, Keesee
said: "The mood of the country has been
for change; the change that people have
chosen is to move to the Republican Par-
"There seems to be a pendulum effect
occurring, and the pendulum has swung
back to the right," she said. "Many peo
ple perceive Republicans as conservative
and Democrats as liberals, so the Repub
licans have benefited," Keesee said.
Keesee said her stands on the Equal
Rights Amendment and abortion were
examples of dissenting views within the
;T,state Republican. Party that must be, toler
ated if the party is to ,grow. "In 19721
' wasJweldmed into the Republican Party
as a supporter of ERA and pro-choice,"
she said. "In 1980, 1 was challenged by a
fellow Republican for my seat simply
because of my stands on those issues.
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"I could not understand why a fellow
Republican would rather unseat a
member of his own party than challenge a
"I do not believe we should all be the
same. (In politics) 'you need your Ted
Kennedys and Jesse Helmses to represent
the extremes. So does the Republican
Party," she said.
After speaking for about 10 minutes,
Keesee fielded questions from the audi
ence. She talked about ERA, abortion,
Jesse Helms and Republican influence in
the state legislature.
- When asked why a Republican should
vote for her if he agreed with the. state
Republican Party platform, which is anti
ERA and pro-life, Keesee said the Repub
lican philosophy of governing was clearly
different from the Democratic position,
regardless of the parties' stands, on speci
fic issues. ;
Keesee said she did not feel forced to
follow Helms because he is a powerful
force in state Republican politics, but
because she thinks he is a. good candidate.
i When asked about the potential impo
J tence of the Republican minority in the
state legislature, Keesee said: "Most
Republicans view themselves as watch
dogs. We aren't beholden to the Demo
crats, so we are more autonomous. We
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Editor's note: This column, sponsored by
the health educators at Student Health
Services, answers students' questions
about any aspect of health and preventive
medicine: Questions can be submitted to
. The Daily Tar Heel office or the Health
Education Suite of SHS or be telephoned
in to 966-2281, ext. 275.
Q. If I'm taking a vitamin supplement, is
there any chance of taking too much?
A. Taking too much (overdose) of vita
mins can be done, especially with the fat
soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.1 Because
they are fat-soluble, they , tend to pass
through the blood and be stored in fat
tissues. Thus, tissue accumulation of the
vitamins can occur with repeated doses.
On the other hand, water-soluble vita-
mins like B, , B2, B6 and C are not stored.
They are filtered out of the blood by the
, kidneys and are excreted in the urine. The
effects of high doses of vitamins vary and
are dependent upon dosages over a
period of time.
According to Toxicity of the Vitamins
by two doctors at the Harvard School of
Public Health, chronic vitamin A toxicity
can take months or even years to develop,
provided 100,000 IU of the vitamins are
ingested daily. Signs of toxicity-include :
appetite loss, headache, blurred vision,
hair loss and general drying and flaking
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are free spirits. We can also serve (in coa
litions) as a bloc.
"We must continue to try to find good,
well-rounded candidates, who have a
broad voter appeal, who are sensitive to
the issues and who would not be embar
rassed to speak out. .
Ten picked for
The Carrboro Board of Aldermen ap
pointed 10 citizens to town boards and
committees in a 4-1 vote Tuesday night.
Alderman John Boone voted against
the appointments, asking that the board
honor a request from Aldermen-elect
Joyce Garrett and Jim White not to make
any appointments until their terms begin
in late November.
The board appointed William F. Lari
mer, L. Carol Shaw and Judith Welch
Wegner to the Board of Adjustments.
Bob Brodgen and Donna P. Gandhi
were appointed to the Appearance Com
mission. Jerry Koontz was selected for the
Parks and Recreation Commission.
The board reappointed Kay Cheek to
the Transportation Advisory Board, and
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of the skin. But these effects are tempo
rary and are reversed by complete with
drawal from vitamin A ingestion. Like
vitamin A, vitamin D shows toxic effects
over a period of months from intakes of
300,000 to 800,000 IU per day.
Among the water-soluble vitamins, on
ly vitamin C and niacin have been studied
to great extent. According to the Harvard
report "Toxicity due to ascorbic acid (vit
amin. Q has not been reported, but the
current fad endorsing its consumption of
10-15 (grams per day) to prevent the com
mon cold is not without danger."
Because large doses of vitamin C acidi
fy the urine and can cause higher excre
tion of calcium and oxalate in the urine,
vitamin C "may enhance formation of
oxalate or urate crystals to produce kid
ney or bladder stones." .
. The toxic effects of niacin depend
upon the form that is ingested. Nicotinic
acid taken in doses of 100 to 300 mg can
produce flushing, nausea and headaches.
But nicotinamide does not produce any
of these side-effects.
. Many nutritionists believe that an ade
quate diet of the basic four food groups
should provide all the RDAs of vdtamins.
This has recently been challenged because
of the vitamm, loss through processing,
storage and cooking. There does not
seem to be enough evidence yet for a con
In most cases a simple multiple-vitamin
tablet would not hurt, and it may help.
Be sure to take it with food. Vitamins are
catalysts that work with other nutrients.
They are valueless alone. At worst, you
wasted your money.
, also appointed Mark Lewis and Katherine
Cole to the board.
John Poteat was chosen for the Water
Resources Task Force.
The board also discussed Carrboro's
Land and Water Conservation Grant.
The grant, which will be used for the new
community park, had been recommended
by the state and submitted to the National
Park Service for approval.
But, the project's funding may be re
duced by $80,000. The state had recom
mended a federal funding level of
,$38Qj,000, as compared. the original re
quest of $420,916. Because the grant is a
matching grant, the $40,000 cut would
reduce total funding by $80,000.
By LYNNE THOMSON
DTH Staff Writer
Former U.S. Rep. L. Richardson
Preyer criticized President Ronald
Reagan's handling of foreign policy
and the economy in a speech to the
UNC Young Democrats Tuesday
"Reagan talks in his 'gee whiz, aw
shucks' way about limited nuclear war
... we're going to fight it over in Europe
anyway, he said.
Preyer said the administration
seemed to believe there was no such
thing as a deserving family on food
stamps or an undeserving oil company.
Further, the nation's continuing
economic troubles are coming from
the Reagan taxcuts, not past economic
problems, he said.
"(Vice President) George Bush was
right; it is voodoo economics or the
hot fudge sundae diet," he said, re
ferring to Reagan's economic propo
sals. Preyer added that the president
was telling children to tighten their
belts, to reduce their milk rations.
"We can't have these children rip
ping off the government like this," he
Preyer, a former federal judge and
six-term congressman from Greens
boro, was defeated for re-election in
1980 by political newcomer Gene
Johnston. Preyer has joined the politi
cal science department at UNC.
"It's getting easier and easier to tell
Democrats from Republicans," he
said. "We . need some new ideas,
rehaul the nominating process ... but
our old ideas are pretty good.
"Government is not evil. We need
to balance with the private sector, find
the golden mean," he said.
"What Reagan's programs repre
sent is a massive transfer of wealth
and power to corporations, rich peo
ple and special interests," he said, ad
ding that if the programs did not bring
economic recovery, the countryVould
not stand for an unfair distribution of
"The Reagan programs are allow
ing a few to buy yachts, and the others
of struggling to keep afloat," he said.
Preyer criticized the opulence of the
Reagan adrninistration, saying that
some of Reagan's friends had donated
more than $800,000 "to fight tacki
ness in the White House," a reference
to recent expenses made by the Rea
gans to redecorate the mansion.
"Let them do up the South Bronx
or the riot corridor in Washington,"
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