The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on December 31, 1985 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, December 31, 1985
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Living Today State house: Center stage for women By The New York Times NEW YORK — At a time when women feel disheartened about their failure to gain more seats in the Congress, more governorships, more Cabinet appointments and when affirmative action has lost ground, there appear to be solid gains in state legislatures. The number of women serving in those bodies is growing and so, too, is the influence they wield, as they ascend to the chairmanships of committees and leadership roles in party structures. The gains of women in state government, and how they function there were the focus of a conference conducted recently by the Center for the American Woman and Politics, a program of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. In a 3Vfe-day gathering at the Scanticon- Princeton coherence center in Plainsboro, N.J., more than 75 women, who hold comittee chairmanships and leadership positions, met in seminars, workshops and informal get- togethers for a serious, often philosophical look at the nature of political power and what it means for women. The statistics were repeated often: Though women gained just one additional gubernatorial seat and one additional congressional seat in the last election, they gained close to 100 seats in state legislatures. The total has tripled since 1969. There are currently 1,103 women serving in state legislatures, or 14.8 percent of the total of 7,451 state lawmakers. They hold 196, or 9.7 percent, of all committee chairmanships and 10.7 percent of leadership assignments, including such appointments as majority and minority leader and Senate president. "We have been watching this generation move into public life in mid-level offices and they are articulate, energetic, idealistic and effective," said Ruth B. Mandel, director of the Center for the American Woman and Politics and a professor at the Eagleton Institute. In her view and in those of other observers, it is from this group and their peers in the legislatures that the next wave -of female national figures is likely to emerge. Several women attending the conference are already talking about seeking higher office. Rep. Julie Belaga, deputy majority leader in the Connecticut House, said she would seek the "They are articulate, energetic, idealistic and effective." — Ruth B. Mandel Republican gubernatorial nomination next year. Sen. Polly Baca, Democrat and minority caucus chairman in the Colorado Senate, said she would run for Congress if a seat that is expected to open up does so, and she said her state experience will be critical to her success. Other women lawmakers said they did not aspire to go beyond state legislative office at a time when the federal government is seeking to return fiscal responsibility and lawmaking prerogatives to the states. "There are not that many jobs that have as much power as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee," said Sen. Mary Just Skinner of Vermont of her position in the State Legislature. "And besides," she added, "what is one to do when it costs $400,000 for a congressional race? My last race cost $6,000.'' A diverse group, the women legislators were from both parties and ranged in political orientation from liberal to conservative. Many were in their 30s, 40s and 50s. Rep. Helena E. McDermott, 74 years old, D- R.I. and Rep. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., 29, represented opposite ends of the generational spectrum. McDermott is a great-grandmother of three, who ran for the House after having retired from her job of 40 years doing inventory control for a machinery manufacturer. Landrieu, the daughter of Moon Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans and secretary of housing in the Carter administration, was elected at the age of 23. However, party affiliation was generally ignored in favor of examining the role of state lawmaker, how these women fit or didn't fit into the existing system, and how they might change ,it. They dealt with both the philosophical — for example, how does leadership differ from power, and the pragmatic — how and when they should make political trade-offs with other legislators. Generally, participants agreed there are basic differences between male and female legislators. As Assemblywoman Gwen Moore, D-Calif., chairman of the Utilities and Commerce Committee, said: "Women chairmen deal on the merits of legislation and men on the politics. Women often know the content of bills better than the experts appearing before them in hearings." Rep. Juanita Watkins, chairman of the Labor Committee in the Michigan House and Democratic majority floor whip, aroused debate with her down-to-earth views. "Gender goes out the door once you're elected," she said, "and when you become chairman, you can move and bring in your own agenda. You must understand if you help someone, they owe you, and you must learn to collect. At that point you become a leader." The Salina Journal Tuesday, December 31,1985 Page 6 Big heart wins over bad speech Empty cardboard tubes stop cord confusion Dear Ann Landers: I'd like to say a word to that woman who was embarrassed by her husband because he murdered the English language. Dear Lady: May I tell you about my Jim? When we were first engaged, some of my friends asked, ' 'How can you marry a man who is so poorly educated? The contrast between your manner of speaking and Jim's is like night and day. Aren't you embarrassed by it? " I told them many things are more important to me than how a person speaks. Jim loves me and he lets me know it 24 hours a day. He can fix motors, tear things apart and rebuild them. The man is a genius! He has grease under his fingernails, a walk that shakes the house and enough goodness in his heart to circle the world.'He is strong as an ox and gentle as a kitten, has no prejudices, bears no grudges, never passes a motorist in trouble and he is the kindest person I have ever met. Uneducated? Maybe according to certain standards. But my Jim has something more important that the world could use alot more of. Love for his fellow man. I am immensely proud of him.—In North Carolina Dear Proud: How heartwarming to hear from a woman who truly appreciates her man. I hope your spirit is contagious. The world could use a lot more of what you have, too, dear. Dear Ann Landers: You did some of us a great favor with your suggestion a caller let the phone ring several times before hanging up. Dear Heloise: What to do with all your frying pan cords, skillet cords, extension cords, etc? They all get tangled together whether in a drawer or hanging. Simple! Fold each cord in two, then again and again — depending on how long it is. Then stick each in a cardboard paper towel or bathroom tissue tube. You can mark on the cardboard roll which cord it contains, then just put in a drawer. — Peggy Carter This hint sure helps stop the cord confusion. — Heloise Dear Heloise: If everyone who brought a gift or money to a wedding reception would write their full name Heloise's hints KING FEATURES and address on the back of the card, it would be a great timesaver for all brides when writing out thank yous. —Nancy Ponzio Dear Heloise: Don't throw away all the old TV dinner trays. Save the tray part to stir or mix paint on. It does not leak through onto the counter and cleans easily. But don't clean it and, in time, you might have a masterpiece!—Roy Lee Dear Heloise: In response to the reader having difficulty removing glued-on labels... My Mom taught me a neat trick that works for both bottle labels and box labels that may still have contents you want to keep fresh. Press strips of clear tape over the portion of the label or box label to be removed. With a single-edge razor blade cut carefully around the edges of the taped area. Beginning in a corner peel up the tape. With it will come the top layer or paper containing the printed matter you need (UPC code, proof of purchase). Carpal tunnel syndrome affects cook's wrist Dear Dr. Donohue: I am a 31-year- old female who's been cooking professionally for 10 years. As you can imagine, my job consists of stirring, chopping, slicing, dicing, as well as handling large kitchen utensils. For about a year, I have been having on and off tingling and numbness in my right hand and fingers. Even combing my hair can make the hand go numb. Does this sound like carpal tunnel syndrome? — Mrs. L.S. It certainly does; at least that would be an excellent avenue to explore with your doctor. It involves a tiny hollow in the wrist, through which pass a large nerve and many tendons to serve the Doctor Donohue NEWS AMERICA fingers. Under the best of circumstances it is a tight squeeze to get all these structures through. Any encroachment, like a swelling, can produce the peculiar sensations you report. If this feeling is confined to the ring finger and those toward the thumb, then carpal tunnel syndrome is even more likely. The little finger ALL LADIES' WINTER SHOES & BOOTS 14 PRICE No Layaways— Refunds or Exchanges Please! ESPRIT and CRAZY HORSE Young Jrs.' Girls' Sweaters & Cor da CARTERS ROSE BUD KIDDUDS Infant & Girls' Sportswear and Sleepwear Hours: Mon. 10-5 Tues. 104, Thurs.-Sat. 10-5 is spared, since it is served by a different nerve than the one that passes through the carpal tunnel.. Constant trauma can cause it and for this reason it is found frequently among people like yourself, who use their hands in their work. You probably are right-handed and tend to exert that one more than the left. It's been known to happen to secretaries and to operators of vibrating equipment, like jackhammers. If resting the hand, perhaps with special splinting, doesn't help, then surgery can relieve the tunnel pressure. Steroid injections may also help. Incidentally, another clue to carpal tunnel is appearance of pain at night, worse pain then. It can occur to women during pregnancy. Dear Dr. Donohue: What triggers a herpes genital infection?—Mrs. C.A. The initial (primary) herpes infection is caused by direct contact with the virus being shed by an infected partner. We cannot say, though, exactly what triggers recurrences. But the same mystery surrounds the examples of recurring viral infections — for example, the shingles virus which is in reality a reappearance of the old chicken-pox organism. However, for herpes, many theories have been put forth to explain recurrence. One is trauma. Or it may be from tight underclothing or irritation from intercourse itself. Searching for such triggering events usually is fruitless, but it is worth noting such events that may Ann Landers NEWS AMERICA Since I moved into my apartment I've been trying to convince my friends three or four rings is not enough time to allow me to answer the phone. They, too, are of the opinion: "But you're in such a small place now!" True, if it's important they will call back. But a few more rings would save me from being disappointed or frustrated. And when they do call back, I may be taking something hot from the oven, or washing dishes. The list could go on and on. Some time ago our phone company suggested at least seven rings before hanging up. I've asked my friends to. use that as a guide and it has helped immensely. Please print my letter. Many people will be grateful. — A Reader in Calif. Dear Cal.: Dozens of folks wrote to express your point of view. And it's a, valid one. Thanks for saying it so well. It's terribly frustrating to hurry out of the bathtub or run up from the basement to answer the phone and be greeted with a dial tone. (Write to Ann Landers in care of News America Syndicate, 1703 Kaiser Avenue, Irvine, Calif. 92714.) Thank the Lord for Moms! — M.R. Dear Heloise: If a bee or any winged insect ever gets in your house and you don't have an insect spray, use hair spray. Hair spray will stiffen insect wings and immobilize a bee immediately. —A Reader Dear Heloise: To give homemade pancakes different flavor, add slivers of fresh apple and a dash of cinnamon to the batter. Delicious! — Madeline Earle (Write to Heloise in care of Hints from Heloise, King Features Syndicate, 235 E. 45th Street, New York, N.Y. 10017.) Club calendar have preceded past recurrences. Dear Dr. Donohue: My big toes freeze up whenever the weather gets below freezing. Does this indicate poor circulation or what? A more serious problem, perhaps?—J.A.E. Poor circulation is a likely cause, but it is not the only suspect. Some people have a certain protein in their blood (cryoglobulins) that coagulates when exposed to cold. That leads to diminished circulation, particularly in the distant points of the body, like the feet. Raynaud's disease is another possibility. In that, there is a constriction of small blood vessels followed by an expansion. It leaves the affected area red and painful. Diabetes is another possibility. If protecting your feet (and quitting cigarettes if you are a smoker) doesn't help, then you should be examined for one of the problems I've mentioned. Some connective-tissue diseases are also associated with cold feet. Dear Dr. Donohue: Does a brain scan show Alzheimer's disease? — W.R. No. It may show certain changes, but they are the same seen in non- Alzheimer's patients. It can be useful in checking for those non-Alzheimer ailments. Right now there is no definite diagnostic test for Alzheimer's. (Write to Dr. Paul Donohue in care of News America Syndicate, 1703 Kaiser Avenue, Irvine, Calif. 92714.) Wednesday Jolly Mixers Club, 8:30 p.m. New Year's dance to music by " Star- lighters," Friendship Center, 746 Commanche. Members and guests welcome. Parents Without Partners Inc., 3 p.m. sledding at Indian Rock Park; hot chocolate to follow at 333 S. Eighth. TOPS, Kan., 645: 9 a.m. meeting, VFW Building. New members are welcome. Caring and Sharing Al-Anon Group, 8 p.m. meeting, the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Max and Norton. For more information, call 827-4433. Parents' Support Group, using the TOUGHLOVE philosophy, 7:30 p.m. meeting, white house behind Trade Winds Motel, 1700 N. Ninth. Salina Flight Civil Air Patrol, 7:30 p.m. meeting, 2719 Hein Road. New members and guests welcome. Civil Air Patrol, Kansas Wing Staff (XR), 7 p.m. meeting, Christ- Episcopal Cathedral, 138 S. Eighth. (Basement of Sunday School building.) New Beginnings Group of Al- coholics Anonymous, 12:05 p.m. meeting, 205 E. South. New Beginnings Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m. meeting, 205 E. South. Acceptance Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m. meeting, 202% E. Iron. Serenity Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m. meeting, Max and Norton. A family serving families for three generations. RYAN'S Member by Invitation National Selected Morticians 137 North Eighth NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER SPECIALS STOCKADE SPECIAL CUT SIRLOIN 8 oz. Steak, Potato & Toast $O99 Back By Popular Demand! STEAK & SHRIMP Salad & Hot Food Bar Included $R99 OPEN AN EXTRA HOUR TUESDAY — UNTIL 10 PM! SALINA 1200 EAST CRAWFORD Closed Tuesday and Wednesday We will be closed for inventory and the New Year's Holiday Tuesday, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st. We will re-open at our regular hours Thursday, January 2nd. 1829S. Ohio—825-8238 Mon.-Sat. 9:30-5:30, Thurs. 'til 8 107 N. Santa Fe—827-9651 Mon.-Frl. 9:30-5:30, Sat. 'til 5 INSULATED BAKEWARE Baking Sheet No More Burnt Cookies Perfect for cookies, biscuits, dinner rolls and croissants, turnovers, ete. $1195 12x14 11 11 14x16 95 Jelly Roll Pan $ 13 95 Ideal for cakes, jelly rolls, brownies, pan cookies and other specialty baked goods. Gebhart Hardware 110 N. Santa Fe 823-2144

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