The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 30, 1986 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, January 30, 1986
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Nation/World The Salina Journal Thursday, January 30,1986 Page 5 Lyng nominated to head Agriculture WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan nominated veteran agribusiness figure Richard Lyng to be secretary of agriculture, a choice welcomed Wednesday by members of Congress, but questioned by a group which lobbies for government consumer and nutrition programs. Introducing Lyng to reporters and photographers in the Oval Office, Reagan said: "I have every confidence the farmers are going to have a sound and solid friend in Secretary of Agriculture Dick Lyng." Acknowledging "we have a farm problem," the president said Lyng, in implementing the farm bill adopted last month, "will help get farming more into the market economy and rectify some of the things that have been wrong'' with federal farm programs. Lyng, who will replace resigning secretary John Block, declined interview requests until after he is confirmed by the Senate — an action that is expected to be routine. In a statement, he said "I am honored and pleased to be given the privilege of serving on the president's cabinet. I look forward to the challenges of being secretary of agriculture during these difficult times.'' Agriculture is in the trough of an economic depression that is its worst in decades, with farm exports crumbling, commodity prices down and land values falling. A substantial number of fanners are laboring under heavy debt loads, and economists say 10 percent of them or more will not survive in the business. Faced with those realities, and with the widespread belief that the Republicans will be particularly vulnerable on farm issues in this elec- tion year, Reagan turned to a proven performer for the agriculture hot seat. Lyng was the president's state agriculture director when Reagan was governor of California, and handled farm matters during the 1980 presidential campaign. Members of Congress and farm groups generally praised Lyng's credentials to run the department under the current tough conditions, saying his access to Reagan could be an asset to farmers who feel they often have been given short shrift in White House decisions and priorities. "My hope is that because of his past associations with the president, he will be able to be more effective politically than (Block) was'," said Rep. Edward Madigan, R-I11., senior GOP member of the House Agriculture Committee. Americans paying the price for longer lives WASHINGTON (AP) — Ameri- live 74.6 years, a new high, the study reached $1,580 in 1984, three times the health cost spiral." cans are healthier anri livinp Inncrpr aniri The inntrpst life mmepfanpv is the amount soent 10 vears earlier. _ Nation's productivity slips in fourth quarter WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are healthier and living longer, but also paying steeply for it, the government said Wednesday in its annual report on the nation's health. Life expectancy is at a record high and infant mortality at a new low, the report said. Although infant mortality fell to an estimated 10.6 deaths for each 1,000 births in 1984, health experts said they continue to worry about the slowing pace of the decline, and a persistent gap between the rate at which white and black infants die. A child born in 1983 could expect to live 74.6 years, a new high, the study said. The longest life expectancy is enjoyed by white females, 78.7 years; the shortest by black males, 65.4 years. On average, a man who turned 45 in 1983 could expect to live the age of 74.7, more than three years longer than his 1950 counterpart. A woman celebrating her 45th birthday in 1983 could expect to live to 80.4, more than 4% years longer than the 45-year-old woman of 1950. Gains in the nation's health have not come cheaply, however. Per capita spending on health Official: Non-smokers not just 'busybodies' WASHINGTON (AP) - It's time to stop dismissing non-smokers as "finicky busybcdies" when they complain about inhaling other people's smoke, a government health- safety official said Wednesday. John C. Topping Jr., staff director of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Air and Radiation, said evidence linking "passive smoke" to disease, though fragmentary, "seems sufficient to warrant strong steps to cut down involuntary exposure to cigarette smoke." He said his own agency was not proposing cigarette-smoke regulations. But he spoke approvingly of scattered cities such as San Francisco that have passed laws on the subject. And he said public health warnings, including some on cigarette packs, would be a good idea. Topping, speaking at a National Academy of Sciences public hearing, said: • Last year's projection, by government and other researchers, of 5,000 annual lung-cancer deaths from non-smokers' exposure to passive smoke has "gained acceptance in the public health community." • A "mountain of evidence" links smoking parents with infants' illnesses. • Other studies have indicated exposure to passive smoke "may significantly increase risks of heart attack." However, he said, freeing nonsmokers from exposure to others' smoke "would save the lives of thousands of non-smokers annually." And it would save many more smokers' lives in the bargain, since protecting non-smokers' lives would require restricting smokers' opportunities to light up, he said. Sorell L. Schwartz, pharmacology professor at Georgetown University Medical Center, said information gathered so far "is inadequate" to show a real relationship between passive smoke exposure and the presence of chemicals in a nonsmoker's blood. He complained that one study suggesting a link between disease and passive smoke depended on interviews — of lung cancer victims, relatives or friends — for such crucial information as whether those victims smoked and what exposure they had to others' cigarette smoke. Your Best Interests Are With Us. 7-10 YEAR CD. $1,000 minimum 5-7 YEAR C.D. $1,000 minimum 3-5 YEAR C.D. $1,000 minimum 2!4 YEAR CD. $1,000 minimum 6 MONTH C.D. $10,000 minimum 9.75%* 9.50%* 9.15%* 8.90%* 8.20%** s you can see, you get top-of-the-market interest rates on certificates of deposit. 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"We continue to make new gains against the major causes of death, and at the same time we are seeing a pronounced slowing in health cost increases," Bowen said. "This report paints a clear picture of medical achievement and progress against the health cost spiral." Gains in life expectancy were attributed in large part to the decline in cigarette smoking and to improved treatment of high blood pressure. The latter has been a focus of government educational campaigns, particularly among blacks. While more than half of all adult males smoked in 1965, that figure dropped to about 35 percent in 1983. Statistics for women showed a much smaller decline in smoking, from 34.2 percent to 29.9 percent — and black women showed an increase. WASHINGTON (AP) — Productivity —the efficiency with which the nation produces goods and services — dropped at an annual rate of 1.3 percent the last quarter of 1985, the sharpest decline in four years, the government said Wednesday. Excluding farming, the productivity drop was at an even-greater rate —1.8 percent, the Labor Department said. The downturn was seen by analysts as a reflection of the slowdown in economic growth last year and as a possible forewarning of a long-term return to higher inflation rates. The last time there was a sharper quarterly drop was the fourth quarter of 1981 when productivity fell at a 5.3 percent annual pace. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the sharp decline in productivity reflected a 3.9 percent increase in the number of hours worked to achieve a 2.5 percent higher output in goods and services. Productivity in the third quarter had risen at a 1.9 percent annual rate. For the year as a whole, productivity grew a negligible 0.3 percent, compared with a 2.1 percent increase in 1984, the bureau said. Per-unit-labor-costs — about 75 percent of the cost of goods and services — increased 5.5 percent the last three months of 1985, the largest advance since the fall of 1982, the government said. Alan Sinai, chief economist for Shearson Lehman Bros, in New York City, called the figures "quite disappointing ... with regard to the inflation outlook." Sinai said his firm still predicts that inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, will remain in the 3.8 percent to 4 percent range of the past four years, chiefly because of declines in oil prices. But he said the report Wednesday raises "a caution flag on that optimism." Michael Evans, president of his Evans Economics Inc., a Washington-based economic consulting firm, said recent sharp drops in oil prices have postponed the inflationary effects of declining productivity. "If it hadn't been for this recent plunge in oil prices, we might have already felt an inflation impact," Evans said. "But you can't keep pulling rabbits out of the hat like that." Earlier this week, the goverment reported a 3.8 percent increase in the CPI, the most widely accepted measure of inflation, for 1985. That compared with a 4 percent rate of inflation of 1984. It also reported that economic growth for the year, as measured by the gross national product, fell to 2.3 percent, down from the 6.6 percent growth rate of 1984 and well below the 5.3 percent growth predicted by the Reagan administration. * Final Days * GIGANTIC CLEARANCE Some of our Dallas Winter Market merchandise is coming in sooner than expected. Additional markdowns have been made in every department of up to 60% off. Wood Dining Room TABLE & 4 CHAIRS Rectangle table, formica top & 4 fabric-covered maple chairs. 249 95 Maple WOOD ROCKER Only 2 left to sell. 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