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President Reagan's Secret Dealing With Iran

November 23, 1986

Real life gave me a hand with my vocabulary lesson. My freshman English class and I were struggling with the subtleties of "irony" when one student asked, "What about making an arms deal with Iran for hostages, isn't that 'ironic?' " Before I could answer, another kid's hand shoots into the air. "No!" he yells, pointing emphatically to a word lower on the list. "Here it is! 'Despicable!' "

"Disconsolately" I had to agree.

VALERIE STEVENSON

San Diego

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