Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 11, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Williston-Elko Sweeps RS-M
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Nancy Thurmond Lobbying For Post
From Staff And Wire Reports
COLUMBIA — Nancy Thurmond, wife of Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., is lobbying “like crazy” to be the nation’s new undersecretary for travel and tourism, a newspaper today quoted unidentified sources as saying.
But Mrs. Thurmond denied to The State newspaper that she is “vigorously” pursuing the sub-Cabinet-lev-el job in the Commerce Department. She did say, however, “I’m definitely interested.”
She said she has discussed the position with Commerce Secretary-designate Robert Mosbacher Sr. and Lee Atwater, who served as president-elect George Bush’s campaign manager.
“I don’t know if I have a chance,” she said in an interview.
Mrs. Thurmond, who grew up in Aiken and now lives in Foxchase with her husband and children, is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Moore of Aiken. She is a former Miss South Carolina.
SRP Geologists Find Old Fault
Savannah River Plant geologists have discovered a previously unmapped underground fault that runs the entire width of the nuclear weapons plant, officials said.
Faults, which are cracks in the earth’s crust, can cause earthquakes if they shift. They are a general safety concern for SRP’s nuclear reactors, which have received extensive “seismic resistance” improvements in recent months.
But the newly mapped fault, 35 to 40 million years old, has not been active, said Department of Energy spokesman William Whiting.
Tonight will be cloudy, cool and rainy with a low near 40. Rain will continue Thursday, with a high near 50 and a low in the upper 30s.
Please see details on Page UA.
Minnie Mae Carpenter, Graniteville Leo H. Herlong, Johnston Mildred G. Hewitt, Graniteville Marcella Maddox, North Augusta John H. Neal, Aiken Julian B. Parkman, Augusta Carrie M. Penuel, Thomson, Ga. Anna S. Price, Bath Fannie B. Scarborough, Augusta Please see details on Page 11 A.
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Wednesday, January ll, 1989
Reagan To Bid Nation Farewell
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. IO
Lawmakers Get To Work
Press Seating Debated In Senate
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FAREWELL SPEECH: President Ronald Reagan will make his farewell address to the nation tonight at 9 p.m. The speech will be carried live nationally by the major television networks. For details, please see Page 15A.
By JAMES PATRICK And GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writers
The 108th General Assembly got underway Tuesday with little fanfare in the House of Representatives and almost immediate controversy in the Senate.
The controversy revolves around banishing the press to the gallery above the Senate floor.
Debate started on the matter shortly after members of the Senate carried out their annual ritual of claiming prize seats, which are selected according to seniority.
Sen. Ryan C. Shealy, R-Lexing-ton, was one of the first to attempt to lighten the formal mood.
Proceeding to the speaker’s podium, Sen. Shealy looked up at the balcony, then said, “I want to see which one of these seats can be seen from the balcony.”
The claiming of seats got so confusing that all the Senators were asked to vacate their seats and move to the one they wanted when their name was called.
Shealy’s levity was aimed at the possibility of print reporters and photographers’ being banished to the balcony.
The issue, which has gotten widespread publicity proved to be a major deliberation at the start of the session.
He had said earlier in lobby he thought the press ought to get some fishing poles and cups and lower the lines down to the Senate floor to give and receive messages.
Sen. Shealy later said of a proposed rule that the press could be present behind the railing on the senate floor, but could not speak to each other or a senator, “I have no problem with the press being in...” “In my opinion, it is not the press that causes the problem. I think each individual senator has the sense to limit conversations (with the media).”
A compromise was proposed which would make the press stay behind the railing of the Senate chamber and have no contact with Senators on the floor. This brought on a great deal of discussion about what constituted a “salutation” and what constituted a conversation. The immediate decision was to delay debate on the matter until today.
Sen. Thomas L. Moore, D-Aiken (See LAWMAKERS GET, Page 15A)
Lawmakers To Oppose Pay Raise
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
South Carolina congressmen say they are opposed to the 50 percent congressional pay hike endorsed and one said he has introduced legislation to halt the increase.
The pay increase, linked to ban on honoraria for members of Congress, has been endorsed by President Reagan.
The increases would raise congressional salaries to $89,500 a year to $135,000. The pay hike will also apply to some other federal officials and judges.
All of South Carolina’s legislators
gressmen said they support a ban or restrictions on outside honoraria because the privilege has been abused.
The president’s endorsements to raise the congressional salaries and ban honoraria will become law if both houses of Congress fail to block it within 30 days.
All six of the representatives and the two senators from South Carolina said “Dear Fellow Congressman” letters and proposed legislation against the pay hike are floating around Capitol Hill.
In order for the pay raise proposal to be stopped, congressmen must either petition for a vote on the House floor or introduce legislation against the raise that will be voted on by Congress.
Rep. Arthur Ravenel Jr., R-S.C., said
getting legislation against the pay raise through the committee process is going to be tough because so many congressmen want the raise.
“I am opposed to the pay raises, but I think it (the pay raise proposal) will make it through no matter what,” Rep. Ravenel said. “I already have introduced legislation (to stop the pay raise), and we’U just have to see where it goes from there.”
The only way to get the legislation out of the committees would be to present a petition from congressmen to discharge it.
Rep. Ravenel said he would sign for the discharge if it came to that.
None of the other South Carolina congressmen said they were submitting their own legislation, but they either said they were investigating proposals by oth
er members they would support, or they would only vote against the pay raise if legislation came up for a vote.
“I’m opposed to the pay raise, and I’m hoping I will get a chance to vote against it,” said Rep. John M. Spratt Jr., D-S.C.
Rep. Spratt said he is currently looking at the many pieces of legislation that have been proposed against the pay raise. Within the next couple of weeks, he said he would be supporting one of those pieces of legislation.
Rep. Floyd D. Spence, R-S.C., said he is hoping that Congress can get enough members to force a vote on the floor against the pay raise.
Rep. Spence said he will support a resolution being circulated that is against the pay raise and will definitely vote
(Please See LAWMAKERS, Page 15A)
Government Plans Anti-Smoking Push
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Antismoking campaigns have been most successful in getting white men to put out their cigarettes, and a new government report calls for more efforts aimed at women, children, minorities and high school dropouts who are not quitting as quickly.
The annual report, issued by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop on the 25th anniversary of the government’s first such report, says the proportion of American smokers has declined from 40 percent of the population in 1965 to 29 percent in 1987.
“These changes represent nothing less than a revolution in behavior,” Koop said in the report. “Thanks to the remarkable progress of the past 25 years, we can dare to envision a smoke-free society.”
However, he said, “smokers are disproportionately found in groups that are harder to reach, and this disparity may increase over time.
(Please See WOMEN, Page 15A)
Good Health Demands Attention And Effort
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
When clothes wear out, you can go to the store to buy more. When your car breaks down, you can visit the nearest car lot and buy a new one. But when your body begins to break down, there’s nowhere to get another one.
If many people spent as much time taking care of their health as they spend taking care of their cars or their clothes, they could live longer and healthier lives.
In the day of fast foods, long hours of television and fast-paced lives, people, while becoming more aware of the need for good health, are unable to identify their own bad health or even how to prevent it.
Good health generally includes a variety of characteristics: good weight for the individual’s size, reasonable activity level, normal sleep, and normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The frequency of a person becoming ill can also be a factor in how healthy they are. While good health can be expanded into a hundred different details, most of these things are obvious items people can be aware of and control.
For those items less obvious, such as blood pressure, choles-
• For a closer look at some of the keys to maintaining good health, please see Pages 12A and 13A.
terol and anything involving blood work, it is necessary to have regular checkups by a physician. Men and women of all ages need testing and checkups at different intervals during their lives. But according to most physicians, it is healthy to have, at the very least, one checkup a year.
Women should make appointments at least once a year to be examined for breast and pelvic cancer. Older people should be examined for colon cancer and blood abnormalities more often than younger people.
Besides seeing a doctor on a regular basis in order to prevent serious medical problems or to catch them at early stages, people can eat right and exercise, according to Patty Wylie, the chief clinical dietician at HCA Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
(Please See GOOD, Page I5A)