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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Sunday, May 8, 1988
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A2 ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL Sunday, May 8, 1988 Deceptive Mailings Act Would Aid Consumer Consumer protection agencies and the Postal Inspection Service have been warning Americans about deceptive mail practices for years, including those that involve mail order businesses implying connection with the federal government. Most of these groups do business out of Washington, D.C., sending out official-looking letters to attract attention. A bill designed to curb these misleading tactics has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. What exactly would this legislation prohibit? The Deceptive Mailings Prevention Act of 1988, based largely on the legislation introduced by Rep. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, was approved April 27 by voice vote by the Post Office and Civil Service Subcommittee on Postal Personnel and Modernization. The legislation, according to Congressional Quarterly, Inc., would protect consumers from misleading tactics used by these direct-mail firms and others like it, all of which have attracted businesses around their implied connection with the U.S. government. The bill would require "conspicuous" disclaimers on letters or envelopes that use authoritative language and look-alike government seals or logos to entice consumers to buy something they may not need or could get themselves from the federal government for less or for free, such as a Social Security card. Without these disclaimers, the solicitations could be deemed "non-mailable" by the U.S. Postal Service and Bern Gantner Lou Armijo 1 thrown out. The sender could then be charged with a misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $25,000. "The mailings are deliberately confusing and deal in half-truths," Snowe said at a hearing last fall, according to Congressional Quarterly. Backers of the measure said questionable mailings typically come from organizations with return addresses in Washington, D.C. Companies with such names as "National Records Advisory" and "Environmental Testing Agency" were mentioned. The bill approved by the subcommittee was a substitute offered by Rep. Gary L. Ackerman, D-N.Y., that included several amendments to Snowe's bill. One amendment requires disclaimers for mailing that are designed to look like bills or invoices but are actually solicitations for donations. The letter would be nonmailable unless it included a statement telling the recipient that he or she is "under no obligation to make any payment in response to this mailing." NOTE: During the past month, Action Line has reported about some of these official-looking mailings from Washington, D.C. One letter involved a plan whereby the recipient could obtain a Social Security earnings record for a fee. Such information can be obtained free from any Social Security office. Another group has been sending letters to New Mexicans promoting a cancer research contest (for a donation) that qualifies the recipient for a prize. This group has no affiliation with any federal agency. Does the Social Security office require proof of my citizenship if I wish to change my name on my Social Security card even though I have had a card for more than 30 years? I was born in another country. What about a person born in the United States who loses his card and wants a duplicate issued? J.L., Albuquerque. If you were born in another country and wish to change your name on your Social Security card, you will require proof of citizenship, said Jim Sacoman, staff assistant for the Albuquerque district office of the Social Security Administration. If a person born in the United States loses a Social Security card, he Or she can apply for a duplicate, but it will be necessary to show proof of identity either a birth certificate, driver's license, an employer's certification or some other document of proof. If You Have A Problem . . . v Contact Journal Action Line. Call 823-3888 any time or write Action Line, Drawer J, Albuquerque 87l63. Only the initials of each caller or writer are published but Action Line requires a full name, address and phone number. If You Need To Call Us . . Here are the people to contact and the telephony numbers of the major Journal news departments: For news information, and to reach staff members; Newsroom Receptionist 823-3800. ArtsEntertainment David Steinberg 823-3920 City Desk 823-3840 Church BriefsDaily Record JeanGarvey 823-3834 Columnist Jim Arnholz 823-3930 Community Briefs Jennifer West 823-3840 . Editorial Page Bill Hume 823-3861 Financial News A.C. Etheridge 823-3830 ' HappeningsArt Calendar Karen Keller . . 823-3920 Impact Magazine Toby Smith 823-3881 ' Las Cruces Bureau BillDiven (505) 526-4461- New Mexico Bruce Daniels 823-3912 Photography Ray Cary 823-3991, Santa Fe Bureau Larry Calloway . . (505) 988-8881 Sports Dennis Latta 823-39,00. Trends Steve Hallock 823-3936- Washington Bureau Paul Wieck .... (202) 338-22ld Weddings Liz Otero 823-3922 If Your Paper Is Late .... Your home-delivered Journal should arrive by 7 a.m. If it isn't there by that time, call before 10 a.m. to: Circulation Customer Service 823-4400 Policeman Found Shot Dead in Mountainair By Steve Shoup JOURNAL STAFF WRITER MOUNTAINAIR - A village police officer was shot to death while on duty Saturday as he sat in an office at the department, authorities said. The officer was identified as Steve Sandlin, said Dan Taylor, public information officer for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Sandlin, 22, was found lying face down with a gunshot wound to the head at about 7:30 p.m., Taylor said. A fellow officer found Sandlin's service weapon on the floor nearby, Taylor said. Investigators did not immediately determine whether the death was a homicide or suicide, he said. Sandlin was one of four officers in the small mountain community of about 400 people about 35 miles southwest of Albuquerque, said O.T. Watts, a former Mountainair municipal trustee. The Torrance County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene along with the ambulance company in Mountainair. Kenneth Hewett, of Mountainair's Long Branch Saloon, said a talent show and a dance scheduled for Saturday night were canceled. He said a crowd gathered outside the police station after reports of the shooting, but the street was blocked off for "about 300 feet in both directions" from the police station. Polish Strikers Claim Pay Raise, Amnesty CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 at the shipyard's main office building, sources said. Walesa did not participate in the talks. Piotr Konopka, an aide to Walesa, said the meeting was important because it meant the authorities had recognized that the strike committee represented shipyard workers. Saturday's meeting was the first of its kind since the shipyard strike began Monday in two weeks of labor upheaval that has been the worst in Poland since the 1981 military crackdown. Riot police surrounded the yard Thursday, prompting fears that they would storm the shipyard like they did the Nowa Huta steel mill in Krakow on Thursday. Those fears diminished on Saturday, according to a strikers' communique issued from the shipyard. Bishop Tadeusz Goclowski of Gdansk, who was instrumental in arranging the talks, said he was "convinced that a solution without use of force is possible." 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