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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 10, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas "THE FOREMAN AND -TWO OF THE SHOP HELPERS-ARE ABSENT . TODAV G.^4 IIT"    ^ / CSlGH'O    A CLARENCE, WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE WORK ETHIC T What happened TO OUR EMPLOYEES WHO HAD THE OLD - FASHIONED AMERICAN VALUES OF HARD WORK .AND RESfDNSlBlUTV ? I (Jill% y lr? Mailbag policy The Hera/d-Zeitung welcomes the opinions of its readers, and we’re happy to publish letters to the editor. While readers’ opinions on local issues generally are of more interest to other readers, we welcome letters on any topic — local, state, national or international — that the writer chooses to address. All letters to the editor should be signed and authorship must be verifiable by telephone. Anonymous letters will not be published. Send your letter to: Mailbag, New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 361, New Braunfels Texas, 78131. Letters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper offices at 186 S. Caste!!. The law embodies the story of a nation's development through many centuries, and it cannot be dealt with as if it contained only the axioms and corollaries of a book of mathematics. Oliver Wendell HolmesTom Loeffler thinks that comparable worth is not worth it, see below Hvrald-Zfitung ■mons Dave Kramer, Editor mid General Mintage Susan Haire, Managing Editor Tom LoefflerThe idea of comparable worth is bad business Kvv argue with tin straight- equal work.    comparable worth’’ is an ill-    would create a regulatory nightmare orwan turnip    iquu pus or    But the concept    of equal pay for conceived, unworkable idea that    while undermining the job advancesPID WO REAP THIS,RA0PH?.« ANOTHER A/6AR-/HIS5 OVER WASH IMOTO NAT/OMAO,, . Washington TodaySometimes even old stories make news women have made in recent years. Congress is scheduled to vote this week on whether to put comparable worth into practice in the federal government, a concept I oppose. “Comparable worth’’ is the notion that different jobs should pay equal salaries if their value to an organization or society is judged “comparable.’’ Liberals in Texas are advancing this idea as a remedy for the wage gap between men and women, contending that professions dominated largely by women are undervalued and should received higher wages. Under the comparable worth system, a teacher, secretary, construction worker or executive might be required to receive the same wages, regardless of prevailing pay levels in the labor market. Comparable worth supporters want to put the government into the business of deciding what every job in America is “worth”, imposing rigid pay structures on all workers. That’s a bad idea, both in theory and practice. No one — at least of all the federal government — is qualified or should even be entrusted with the power to review the jobs of more than IOO million working Americans and decide who gets how much for which jobs. Not only would it be a regulatory nightmare to administer, it would turn our nation’s system of free market economics on its head. What is more, many recent studies of comparable worth conclude that this scheme would do more to resurrect traditional job stereotypes than to break down the barriers to advacement for women in the workplace. Women could opt to remain secretaries or nurses while demanding wages equal to those of skilled craft workers based on the supposed “comparable worth” of their jobs. Thus, comparable worth would acually encourage women to stay in female-dominated professions — the very situation which prompted civil rights laws prohibiting job discrimination in the first place. Women are already making huge strides in the job market without comparable worth. For example, the percentage of female bank officials and financial managers jumped from 12.2 percent in 1960 to 33.6 percent by 1980. In retail sales, women in the managerial ranks rose from 28.2 percent to 40.5percent in the same period. Despite these advances, comparable worth advocates want to abandon the free market system of wages and equal opportunity and replace it with an artificial wage system mandated by more laws and regulations. The free market system sets wages and prices based on supply and demand, not on some arbitrary judgment of the inherent or “comparable’’ value of the job or item on the market. When we shop for produce, we pay more because of an early frost or less because of a bumper crop — not because of some comparable worth commission’s judgment about apples and oranges. So it should be in the labor market. When pay raise time comes, the increase ought to be based solely on merit — not on what some government bureaucrat thinks about the comparable worth of a sales clerk and a plumber. Comparable worth is bad government, and when Congress takes up this issue, I intend to oppose it. What's Your Beef? WASHINGTON (AF) Sometimes even an old story makes news. Recently unearthed records of the Federal Election Commission show that Donald T Regan, now President Reagan’s White House chief of staff, gave $1,000 to then-President Jimmy Carter’s re-election campaign in September 1979. That was, one may recall, two months before the seizure of American hostages by Iran and nearly three months before Carter formally announced he would seek a second term as the candidate of the Democratic Party. Regan at the time was head of the giant Wall Street investment firm of Merrill, Lynch & Co. Four months later, the records show, he gave a Uke amount to the presidential primary campaign of former California Gov. Ronald Reagan, the man who beat Carter and nominated Regan to be his treasury secretary. After Reagan's landslide re-election last year, the president brought Regan into the White House in a job swap with then-chief of staff James A Raker III. Rut the election commission records, which simply provide a list of individuals’ political campaign contributions, don’t say for whom Regan really was rooting in those days. One doubts it was the third presidential candidate on his contributions list: John B. (Tarnally of Texas Connally received (ally $225 from Regan, and it arrived three months after Connally liad surrendered the Republican nomination to Reagan. Regan took some flak from con servatives five years ago when they learned Hie Merrill, Lynch political action coiiunittee had given money to Democrats. But Die conservatives trying to head off Regan’s confirmation as treasury secretary apparently missed Regan’s personal campaign contributions. A spokesman for him then insisted the WaU Street executive was “a lifelong Republican (who) lias never endorsed any Democrat that I know of.” And a White House aide fanuliar with Regan’s affairs but asking not to be quoted by name said the chief of staff didn’t remember giving to Carter. But tile aide recalled that Regan gave two fund-raisers for Reagan during the 1980 campaign. Perhaps more interesting than Regan’s gift to Carter — and a number of other Democrats, including Sens. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York and Russell B. lung of Louisiana — is that someone who doesn’t particularly like hun is passing tile information around. The source close to the chief of staff suspected the same rightists who floated die PAC information several years ago were at it again. But it was brought to the surface this time by a different source, who also asked to remain anonymous, but who suspects Regan (rf trying to exercise too much of the president’s power To raise doubts about his loyalty, the source surmised, might cause Reagan to keep a closer eye on his top aide. Got a complaint or a comment about something in Comal or Guadalupe counties? Write it down or call the Herald Zeitung with it and it nught wind up as a part of Bob Baker’s ‘‘What’s Your Beef?” cartoons. Our mailing address is P.O. Drawer 361, New Braunfels 78131. The phone number is 625-9144, and we’re open from 8 a.m. to Monday through Friday. 5 p.m. All kinds of local ideas are welcome, but the Herald Zeitung reserves the right to select the ideas to be used in the paper. If you idea appears in “What’s Your Beef?”, we’ll give you credit in the cartoon. U 3 X a V C 8 Rep. Tom Loeffler U.S. House of Representatives 1212 Long worth House Office Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515 Rep. Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769 Sen. Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg Washington, D.C. 20510 Gov. Mark White Governor's Office Room 200 State Capitol Austin, Texas 78701 Rep Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C., 20515 Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington D.C., 20510 Sen. John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Austin, Texas 78711 OKAY, MIKI, THAT UHLS HOK TO YOUR RIGHT 15 CALLET TUT "WOP MOUSE • BY CLICKING IT, YOU j sued piefereht programs : TO MATCH THG PROKOS OF THE ^ OPERATOR OKAY, FIRE HER UP' ajN6,:    OKAY,    THIS    ONE'S HI .THERE1 CAUM? "USER WHO ARE    FRIENDLY. ENTER YOU? I YOUR NAME ANO J SWITCH TO THE NEXT PROGRAM YES, BUT WHO ARE YOU REALLY? ■\ WE CALL THIS PRIXjRAM'USER FAMILIAR" IPS FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS. THERAPISTS, [JC TRY ANOTHER Fill UP    "USER EXTRA - MY SCREEN FRIENPLY." BibBOY    FORTHESOFT- J CORE MARKET. ;

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