New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
Farm background a must, Texas organizations feel
WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas farm organizations are hopeful President-elect Ronald Reagan will appoint an agriculture secretary with first-hand experience of farm and ranch problems.
“We would hate to see the individual come just out of the processing or trade industry or service industry other than farming itself,” Bill Nelson of the Texas Wheat Producers Association said in a typical response to an Associated Press survey.
Nelson, however, said the Amarillo-based group had decided not to endorse any specific candidate in order to avoid potential embarrassment.
He said the wheat producers would respond if the incoming Republican administration sought their opinion but did not plan to volunteer any evaluations of possible Cabinet members.
Jay Naman, president of the Texas Farmers Union in Waco, had an eye on the farm policies of the Carter administration when he said farm experience might not be the cutting edge for an agriculture secretary.
Outgoing Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland has a family farm in Minnesota.
“He was not, in my opinion, a good secretary of agriculture,” Naman said. “He was a farmer. Maybe in the inner sanctums he stood up for the farmer, but he didn’t
prevail. I don’t find that is a particularly necessary background.”
Naman added that the next agriculture secretary should have “a general ideological commitment” to the family farm, but other than that he had no preference.
Some cattleman say the time has come for the agriculture secretary to come from their ranks.
Brenda Higley at the Texas Cattle Feeders Association in Amarillo said the group had contacted Reagan about the possibility of appointing Richard A. Mc-Dougal to the agriculture post.
McDougal was formerly president of the National Cattlemen’s Association.
“He was a dynamic, forceful president of NCA a couple of years ago,” Ms. Higley said. “This is a behind-the-scenes effort, mostly. I would say he’s the No. I choice of the cattle people in Texas.”
She said the group would have to consider the individual merits of the appointment if Reagan settles on a Cabinet member from the corporate sector of agriculture.
Among them were John Block, Illinois agriculture director and a family farmer; Seely Lodwig, a former aide to Sen. Roger Jepsen, R-Iowa, and an agricultural adviser to Reagan during the campaign; Rep. Tom Hagedorn, R-Minn.; and Dick Bell, from an agricultural cooperative in Stuttgart, Ark.
When people carrying packages (like this woman on Casten Avenue) becomes a common sight, it can only mean that Christmas is just around the corner.
WASHINGTON (AP) - By 1990, three out of four American youths and adults should be able to identify and distinguish among contraceptive methods as part of a broad national health promotion campaign, the surgeon general said Monday.
Increasing public awareness of specific contraceptive options was one of dozens of objectives outlined for the next decade in a 200-page report, “Promoting Health, Preventing Disease: Objectives for the Nation.”
It sets forth "specific and measurable objectives for 15 priority areas that are key to achieving our national health aspirations,” said Surgeon General Julius B. Richmond in a foreword.
As part of the family planning section, for instance, the objectives call for virtually eliminating unwanted pregnancies for girls aged 14 and younger by the end of the decade. There were 10,800 such births in 1978.
A surgeon general’s report earlier this year set out the specific, but broad, goals. The latest report suggests ways of achieving those goals.
The report also said reducing smoking can lower rates of coronary heart disease, chronic lung disease, prematurity in newborns and cancer rates.
By 1985, the report said, tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide yields shold be prominently displayed on cigarette packages and in promotional material and the present health warning on packages should be strengthened.
Firestone sweating out discrimination suit verdict
BEAUMONT (AP) — Faced auth the possible loss of at .east $12 million in government contracts, Firestone Co. socials must now wait for a federal judge to decide whether the company violated federal guidelines for minority hiring practices.
U.S. District Judge Joe Fisher took the case under advisement Monday after hearing arguments from the Labor Department, Firestone and Koppers Co., a Pennsylvania company also embroiled in an affirmative action fight.
During the 50-minute hearing, attorney Gerald George, representing the Labor Department and the Justice Department, asked the court to uphold a controversial July 13 ruling
against Firestone by Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall.
Marshall overruled an administrative judge’s decision that the tire magnate had not violated regulations at its Orange, Texas, plant.
The original complaint was filed by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program against the company.
Marshall also ordered that no further government contracts be awarded to Firestone.
The complaint, filed in February, alleged that Firestone violated a 1965 presidential order that requires companies doing business with the government to hire minorities and women in “reasonable” proportion to
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