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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 New Br aunfels January Opinions HiraldZtltNitf Gtneral Manager James Kilpatrick Thank you Jesse Jackson for peace WASHINGTON The Jesse Jackson brought off his mission to Damascus with all the success of the Great Gretsky scoring three goals in a single night Jackson won the release of Navy Robert Goodman he left President Reagan with egg on his face and he revived a Democratic presidential race that was about to expire from terminal This was a Under the rules of the Jackson is entitled to wring every possible ounce of publicity and political advantage from his His private audacity succeeded where the governments formal diplomacy had and as Everett Dirksen used to hehhehheh as But before the waves of adulation this must be said for the record Jacksons success in this particular instance ought not to detract from a longterm public It is simply unwise it is also unlawful for private citizens to negotiate with foreign This has been the rule for nearly 200 and the rule is The wisdom of the rule is not diminished by the success stories we The first of these involving a pacifist and conscientious objector by the name of George is strikingly similar to the story of Jesse Just as the United States and Syria today are embroiled in an undeclared war in so the United States and Jack Anderson FDA dispute Zomax danger WASHINGTON It takes a cor poration the size and strength of Johnson Johnson to survive the evaporation of Thats the estimated loss in profits and damages from the publicity over the poisoned Tylenol Now just as the pharmaceutical company is climbing back from the another product has attracted unwelcome Its the painkiller which has been associated with 10 deaths and mildtocritical allergic reactions among At least thats what the Food and Drung Administration alleges in the files it has kept on the popular painkiller during the twoandahalf years it ias been on the The harried company withdrew Zomax from the market last but it is eager to get the medication back on drugstore Zomax is produced by a Johnson Johnson McNeil which has circulated a briefing paper in the cloakrooms of Congress and back rooms of the Food and Drug Regret I have to challenge this propaganda document just as the Tylenol embarrassment is beginning to dissipate and become blurred in the mists of the illremembered My associate Tony Capaccio has compared the briefing paper with sworn testimony and internal documents before the Food and Drug Heres what McNeil claimed in the briefing paper Zomax was ap proved because the FDA and McNeil concluded that rat tumor findings did not indicate that Zornax would be carcinogenic in But heres what FDAs internal documents show Male fed small doses of Zomax over a twoyear developed tumors that were statistically Though Zomax was OKd for marketing because the lab findings were not considered sufficiently it was required to have a strick warning Robert FDAs director of new drug acknowledged We accepted the idea that the findings could represent some degree of carcinogenic risk in Even an internal McNeil memo notes that the company had established a clearly significant cancer risk in The briefing paper also claims A careful evaluation makes clear that the rat tumors do not give reason to believe that Zomax is carcinogenic in animals or man and do not give reason to bar longterm user of But this is disputed by the which declares A significant in crease in tumors observed at such a low dose in rats is an observation that must be assessed as clearly relevant to human Temple also wrote me in October that rein troducing Zomax for chronic use would be unacceptable because of animal McNeil persists The absence of evidence of malignity to the conclusion that the tumors were not related to carcinogenic activity of but to the known unique proclivity of aged male rats to develop this one kind of Comments the FDA The only agency pathologist to review the rat tumor slides diagnosed them as Footnote McNeil accused me of quoting FDA material out of context and said that these complex scientific matters are difficult to discuss and understand outside the scientific But FDA experts agree with my Scandal of the week A blistering report of foreign aid by the inspector general of the Agency for International Development charges that an American contractor will make more than million in windfall profits because AID of ficials approved outrageously generous contract The IGs audit the waste The Louis Berger In a New Jersey was hired for projects in Somalia and AID paid more than it should because of poor contract negotiations and questionable contract the IG For the report states that The company received more than million in unnecessary which cost the taxpayers about in Though State Department em ployees lost thier costofliving allowances when Somalia devalued its the constractors technicians continued to draw a month in costofliving The auditors estimator this windfall would cost AID over the life of the In addition ic employees got exorbitant payments for storage and other One American technician in for was paying a month for rent and utilities but was given a housing allowance of The IG characterized this as un Some employees collected for vehicle expenses even though they had no They drew a month for storage and paid a The allowance for guard service was even more generous for one Somali shillings worth of guard Spy Spy Dont get the idea that Syrian President Hafez Assad is but he has at least eight count eight internal spooksecurity agencies trying to protect him from real or imagined according to State Department all the security organizations are the most dreaded is the one headed by Assads Its called Saraya Brigades of Defense of the France in 1798 were locked into an undeclared war at Just as Syria had captured Lieutenant so the French had captured a number of American Even the political situation offers Logan was an ardent a liberal Democrat by contemporary labeling the president was Federalist John a progenitor of todays Logan went to Paris on his He talked with Foreign Minister Charles He wined and dined with PhilippeAntoine head of the and exchanged toasts toward peace with Logan won the sailors release and brought back messages from Jefferson later acknowledged that Logans efforts did much toward preventing declared war with Adams saw matters He denounced the temerity and im pertinence of individuals affecting to interfere in public affairs between France and the United The Senate passed a resolution asserting that messages carried by private individuals rather than by accredited representatives should be Such interference would produce confusion and and would separate the people from their In as a direct consequence of Logans Congress adopted what has become known as the Logan forbidding such negotiations by private Logan undertook another mission in this tune with England and this time he Since then dozens of private citizens have played a hand at diplomatic Cyrus Eaton appointed himself tas ambassador at large to the Soviet At the time of the Cuban missile John who was then an ABC correspondent at the State Depart served as a conduit between the White House and the Soviet No one ever has been prosecuted successfully for violation of the Logan and it is a leadpipe certainty that no charges will be brought against Jesse Nothing succeeds like goes the and Jacksons success will vault him at least temporarily into third place among the Democratic But there is another proverb worth It is to this that success ought never to be confused with Let us be grateful that the for whatever reasons of their decided the time was ripe either to pursue peace or to play a game of political putdown with Jacksons mission provided a handy opportunity for Syria to make a diplomatic move without embracing a diplomatic The gen tlemans charismatic we may fairly had little to do with the resulting Even let us hear a round of cheerful ap Welcome And thank HONESTLY MORE Washington Today Reagans problems dont they just fade away By JAMES GERSTENZANG Associated Press WASHINGTON A recent incident on the White House South Lawn neatly illustrates a hunch by President Reagans advisers that the less ut tered publicly about a the greater the chance it will just fade away without political damage to the Leaving the White House for a helicopter waiting to carry him to Camp Reagan strolled over to a group of reporters and made some remarks about the just announced drop in the unemployment rate in The green and white Marine Corps helicopter its rotors still and its engine Then the questions turned to the sticky subject of Charles the old Reagan friend and director of the Information Agency who has acknowledged taping office telephone conversations without telling some of those on the other end of the the choppers rotors began whirling and the engines deafening whine forced an annoyed Reagan to speak louder and as he praised Wick for a splendid job and said he would remain on the As the reporters pressed their a military aide moved quickly to Reagans side and Deaver says its time to The impromptu news conference quickly Michael deputy White House chief of frequently is the man in such situations who tells Reagan it is time to cut off the Disclosures of Wicks taping recordings have come at a time when two other Reagan appointees hastily quit over allegations of questionable financial dealings before they took Paul Thayer resigned as deputy secretary of defense after telling the president that the Securities and Exchange Commission was looking into his role in insider stock trading before he joined the administration one year The next the SEC charged that Thayer had illegally helped eight people make million in stocktrading One White House speaking on condition that he not be said Wicks recent public apology goes a long way toward defusing the political impact of the taping The official said Wick would never have been The president just doesnt operate that particularly with longtime WHAT I LIKE THE FOXY CMlCkS HANG AFTER THE GIG AMD INVITE U5 TO WILD WEVE HAD TO DEAL WITH SOME CRAZY PEOPLE MY ROCK BAND PLAYED SOM PRETTY WILD JOINTS SAME WITH MY POLKA 8AND YEAH j so HA POLKA SAND   

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