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U.S. Postal Service STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP MANAGEMENT AND CIRCULATION \(Act of August 12, 1970; Section 3685, 1.Title of Publication: The Texas Observer 2.Date of Filing: Sep. 30, 1973 3.Frequency of Issue: Fortnightly 4.Not 5.600 W. 7, Austin, Travis County, Texas 78701 6.Names and Addresses of Publisher, Editor, and Managing Editor: Publisher \(Name and 7.Owner \(If owned by a corporation its name and address must be stated and also immediately thereunder the names and addresses of stockholders owning or holding 1 percent or more of total amount of stock. If not owned by a corporation, the names and addresses of the individual owners must be given. If owned by a partnership or other unincorporated firm, W. 31, Austin, Texas 78705. 8.Known Bondholders, Mortgagees, and Other Security Holders Owning or Holding 1 Percent or More of Total Amount of Bonds, Mortgages or Other Securities \(If there are none, so 9.For Optional Completion by Publishers Mailing at the Regular Rates \(Section 132.121. been entitled to mail matter under former section 4359 of this title shall mail such matter at the rates provided under this subsection unless he files annually with the Postal Service a written request for permission to mail matter at such rates.” In accordance with the provision of this statute, I hereby request permission to mail the publication named in Item 1 at the reduced postage rate presently authorized by 39 U.S.C. 3626. \(Signature and title of editor, 10.For Completion of Nonprofit Organizations Authorized to Mail at Special Rates 11.Extent and Nature of Circulation: Average Number Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months Actual Number of Copies of Single Issue Published Nearest to Filing Date 15,105 15,000 B. Paid Circulation 1.Sales through dealers and carriers, street vendors and counter sales 1,122 1,222 2.Mail Subscriptions 11,625 11,372 C. Total paid circulation 12,747 12,594 D. Free distribution by mail carrier or other means 1.Samples, complimentary, and other free copies 558 263 2.Copies distributed to news agents, but not sold 1,305 1,103 14,610 13,960 F. Office use, left-over, unaccounted, spoiled after printing 495 1,040 G. Total \(Sum of E & Fshould equal 15,105 15,000 I certify that the statements made by me above are correct and complete. PS Form 3526 July 1971 Signed: C. R. Olofson 1/4 The Garden Hotel* Authentic Colonial Mexican in design and decor, featuring services to the discriminating few, in MEXICO CITY In the city’s preferred location, one block from the Reforma near U.S. Embassy. Private parking. Delightful dining. Purified water. Bar/ Entertainment. Private garden exclusively for guests. Open year ’round. Reasonable rates. Inquiries invited. Reservations suggested. Tele: 46-9880 CRISTINA ct Lerma 31, Mexico 5, D.F. 4, The Pittsburgh-Corning Corp., a fabricator of asbestos insulation for hot pipes, formerly operated at Tyler, Tex., is a classic example of the results of worker ignorance, corporate greed and community hazard. Asbestos is a recognized cause of lung cancer and other irreversible ailments. A survey made in 1970 by the National Institute of Safety and Health showed the plant to have asbestos dust grossly in excess of allowable standards. \(The smaller a fiber of asbestos the easier it can find its way into a secluded nook of your lung and there is no way to get it out; the resulting Ventilation in the Tyler plant was poor. Housekeeping was such that walls, ceilings and floors were covered with asbestos dust. Protective clothing was not used. Neither engineering nor technology was employed to restrain the flow of dust and fibers into the ambient air. Instead,_ respirators, with poor maintenance and standardization, were relied on a dangerous and inadequate method of protection at best. Moreover, waste from the plant was dumped in an open field, not buried, and bags that had contained asbestos were sold to Tyler nurseries, which used them to wrap plants for shipment. When NIOSH made the survey in which it reported “an extremely serious and critical occupational health situation,” it found that many of the workers were unaware of the hazards of their jobs. As a result of union efforts \(Local 4-202, Oil, Pittsburgh-Corning is now providing annual medical check-ups and will do so for the next 20 years for as many of the 1 500 former employees as can be traced. \(The Those that develop lung cancer will qualify for workmen’s compensation. That is the best the union could do for the workers, but it’s not all they did for the rest of us. The plant has been shut down. Many others now shy away from asbestos and have turned to fiberglass and other less lethal material. Contrast the experience of Local 4-202 with asbestos workers in Harris County still sweating in asbestos dust. They have relied on OSHA, but OSHA, as late as the fall of 1973, is still lacking enough compliance officers to make any practical difference in even such hazardous work as this. Clearly, union militance, not reliance on a regulatory agency, has been the achiever. The United Farm Workers \(barely has demonstrated the value of common-cause action with the public. Chavez recognized early on that pesticides were killing the workers and were their worst enemy. He documented with reports from independent testing agencies that sometimes bear several times the generous allowance of poison tolerated by the Food and Drug Administration. Successful boycotting has thus been developed as a means of common defense. Wallick’s little paperback is no Silent Spring, no gem of purest ray. But it is so good it should be read and then saved for reference by all activists. And it is really a gift: you send them the $1.20 and they use 59 cents worth of postage to mail it to you. November 2, 1973 25