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July 20, 1983
A short but busy day that started with the tragic news that our friend Frank Reynolds died at 12:40 A.M. He was a very decent man and as a journalist a man of great fairness & integrity. I signed a waiver permitting his burial in Arlington. Back to the Exec. bldg. for a short speech & Q&A with the Central American Outreach group. Had a Q. about the Sandinista treatment of the Miskito Indians in Nicaragua. I gave a full account of their torture, confinement, persecution etc. Then someone said there was a Miskito in the audience. He stood up so I asked him if my account was accurate. He replied in Spanish. Two people interpreted. He had said I was completely accurate. Met with Ec. Advisors for about 11⁄2 hours. As usual there were divergent views. They did seem to agree on an idea of contingency tax to go into effect in ’86 if certain conditions prevailed at that time. A Rose Garden ceremony to present $800,000 to Mayor Barry for summer youth employment. This is on top of $8 mil. we’ve already supplied. It was 95° out there. A Nat. Security Planning Group meeting on the Lebanon situation. It is really a can of worms. How to get Syria out is the problem. Incidentally the other Pentacostal family—15 people has been allowed to leave the Soviet U. Quiet diplomacy is working.