The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 23, 1986 · Page 15
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 15

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Wednesday, April 23, 1986
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THB BAYTOm'iN SUN April M, 1 LIVESTOCK JUDGING FIRST-PLACE WINNERS in the Future Farmers of America Southwest Texas State University Invitational Livestock Judging Contest are students from Robert E. Lee High School. They are, from left, Steven Pitrucha, Matthew Pitrucha and Jake Stewart. Les Gray also a team member is not pictured. (Sun staff photo by Carrie Pryor) Company action responsible Strikes no longer popular By JOHN CUNNIFF AP Business Analyst NEW YORK (AP) - There was a time during the 1970s, you might remember, when the automotive and some other industries acquiesced to wage demands, believing they could recapture the extra costs by raising prices. It worked, for a while, and the consensus of economic thinking is that it contributed in some degree to the tremendous inflation that raged during that decade and eventually brought American producers to their knees. From their new position of weakness, the producers were able to persuade unions that further wage increases would be mutually destructive, since the economy was in trouble and Japanese imports were cutting deep into sales. The attitude spread to other industries, too. and soon it was common to see labor and rnanagement agreeing to work toward a common goal, that of lowering costs and raising productivity, and thereby making America more competitive. Now a dramatic legacy can be witnessed, one that might best £RIC PATTRIDGE, Robert E. Lee High School Future Farmers of America student, shows off the first-place team trophy the FFA won at the Stephen F. Austin State University Invitational Judging contest. The trophy was awarded for land judging. Other team members not pictured are, John Wilson and John Smilie. Computers expandable ROCHESTER, N.Y. iAP> — Millions of personal computer users in companies across the country can now expand their machine's capabilities — and at a surprisingly low cost. Bczalel Gavish of the University of Rochester's Graduate School of Management says new technology has now turned once- limited personal computers into powerful work stations with the capacity for printing, facsimile transfer, high-resolution graphics, direct-access storage, voice synthesizing and optical scanning. , "AH this can result when users Bf personal computers within an organization agree to share their limited resources in a local area network," Gavish says. be expressed in the question: What ever became of those big old-fashioned strikes? "Major strikes — lliose involving a thousand or more workers — have fallen off drastically in the past live years," said Merrill Lynch economist Donald Slraszheim as he displayed u jagged Labor Department chart. From 1950 to 1980. the chart showed, such strikes fell to fewer than 200 only in the early 19GOs. a period of relatively low inflation and rising economic expectations. Twice in the 1950s Ihe line on the chart rose beyond 450. And twice between l%5 and 1975 it stabbed 400 or more. Since then the line has collapsed like a string. Last year there were only about 50 strikes involving more than workers. In 1979. 20 million worker days were lost to strikes: last year, the figure was down to 7 million. There seems no question at all that attempts by labor and management to understand each other, to end mutually destructive practices and to work toward common goals, deserves some recognition (or the improvement. Improved economic times must be credited, too. When inflation rages, as u had. workers felt compelled to catch up. But during the past few years, inflation has abated and workers can see real gains in their disposable income Moreover, millions of new jobs have been created each year for the past three years, a tact often disguised by a jobless rate that has remained naggingly high at about 7 percent because of an increase in the labor force. While much of the increase represents primary breadwinners, many of the new entrants are secondary earners — family members attracted to the labor force by the opportunity for additional income. They are less likely to strike S t r a s /. h o i m adds these reasons: — Corporations have continued to operate more often during strikes. Increased automation has helped, and strikebreakers are frequently hired. —Sharp employment losses in unionized industries have reduced workers' expectations, making wage demands more modest — Union membership has declined: thus the potential for strikes involving or more workers has been reduced. New canned lemon available in spray SORGUES, France (API Next time you ask for a Jemon twist, the waiter might spray lemon juice from a pressurized can into your drink. The new product, already in use in France, contains the juice of 15 lemons, has no preservatives, no sugar, no chem- icals and very few calories Soon to be introduced in Ihe United States, the juice can be used in cooking, cocktails and water, and the makers say the aerosol can keeps the juice fresh for five months or longer without preservatives. Children prepared for surgery Program reduces fear of hospitals in young PARK RIDGE, 111 iAP) When today's parents had to have their tonsils removed a lit tie more than 20 years ago. (he hospital seemed like a cold and scary place to them But when their children report for surgery nowadays, they will have a clear understanding about what awaiis them. and the hospital won't be such an unfamiliar, frightening place, says the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Orienting children to surgery has, in recent years, become .1 high priority for health care pro fesstonais as more and more hospitals emphasi/e pro-operative meetings and tours r|e signed to ease the anxieties of both parents and their little ones, reports the A ANA. uhi<)j has headquarters in Park itidge "The first thing we do when ue prepare a child for surgery is it) try to get a feeiing about uhai he's been told at home concern ing his visit to the hospital." says Christine Xambncki (Vilified Registered \ u i >e Anesthetist and director of nurse ancsthesiology at Mount <".irmH Mercy Hospital in Detroit "If the parents' advice has boon good, ue try to reintoice ti during pro-operative interviews If not. we try to dear up an-, misunderstandings According to /arnbncki. a common mistake made b\ patents is telling a child thai he '.'.ill be "put to sleep" during the procedure. "Children often equate Mrep with death." she <a\s • Thc> may have heard this term ap plied bi'foiV !;; elder!'. re!;i lives who have passed on. ur pet:who have had to be aivrn leihal injections." she says In addition, parents u bo use tile idea of surgen, or the hos pita) as a Ihn-al do (heir children a great disservice. Zainhncki points out Zambricki. a member <ii ihe AAXA. urges parents to be open about the surgery. Die po.s.sibi)/t\ of pain and ihe anesthesia pro cess. "It is better to remtorce the role of the medical personnel, especially the surueon and the anesthetist, by referring to the surgeon as 'someone w ho u ill n\ what is bothering >ou' and the anesthetist as 'someone uho uiJI make sure it doesn't hurt 'Ahilr the doctor fixes what's w rong " What should parents iinng to the hospital tor the child on UK- day of surgery'' "A lot depends on whether it is ambulatory rone day surgerx or an extended stay procedure Regardless, it is usuall> a good AUCTION Absolute Close-Out K-R SURPLUS LUMBER 90ION. Garth Saturday, April 26, 1986 10:00 AM 421-2268 "In his 28 years of judicial service, Judge Jimmie Duncan has set the standard for uncompromising dedication to principles of law and the fair and impartial administration of justice." RE-ELECT JUDGE JIMMIE I He has earned your support idea to bring something from home to make t he child feel comfortable a favorite toy or stuff ed animal," Zambricki advises. 'The most important thing n parent should bring, however, is as much information about the child's and fa.iuly's health as possible." Xamnricki says. Following is .1 checklist of the typo of information the nurse anesthetist and other hospital staff may need to know wen? th<> circumstances of the child's delivery' 1 Has the chi <| ever had surgery before' 1 Does the child have any allergies' 1 What dru^s has the child taken ' What curren medications is Ihechdd laki/ig" Has the child over bad a blond transfusion ' Does Ihe child ha\e ,n)> loose tooth"' Does the chil d pias ., lot ' .\ little" -Does the child tire easily? -Does the child catch colds easily? Many hospitals have instituted a comprehensive pre-surgery program for young people. At Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, it's called "The Child Life Program " According to Myrtha Perez, director of the program, it is based on the idea of "environmental preparation." "Children experience things sensorially, so we stress exploration and learning through the senses." Pore/ says "They are encouraged to touch, see. hear, smell and even 'taste' what the hospital is all about " Children are allowed to walk around the operating rooms and recovery rooms bo/ore (heir surgery "Wo lot thorn touch the *> I o o d pressure cuffs stethoscopes and other equip merit while ue explain how these interesting things are used," she •>a\ s New to our Sunday Shopper... RATES: (It's easy!) • If YOUR AO RUNS IX 'OUR REGULAR CLASSIFIEDS AHEAST 31IMES. tt- ^ nn rOUPArOHir ... $| 00 !«• 3 UkMHIM ONE TIME SHOPPER OHIY $050 0 Iw } Now Your Sun Classified Can Do More...For Less Available only la jrtvale individuals who have something (a sill [No commercial ar.counls plusi) Available lo Articles Far Salt. 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