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The lede 12 The Texas Observer Since 1866 The Place in Austin GOOD FOOD GOOD BEER 1607 San Jacinto 477-4171 MARTIN ELFANT Sun Life of Canada 1001 Century Building Houston, Texas CA 4-0686 DRIVE-IN FREE PARKING HEATED POOL YEAR ROUND AIR CONDITION T-V & RADIO TEL-MESSAGE IN-ROOM EXTRA LONG BEDS DINING ROOM COCKTAIL LOUNGE CONFERENCE ROOMS JO” COURTESY COMFORT SERVICE asked, “Would a return to imperialism restore the world to economic sanity and stability?” The conclusion was, “One must recognize that imperialism did provide a system for world economic stability.” Ned Fritz of the Texas Committee of Natural Resources puts out a top drawer, informative newsletter entitled “Conservation Progress,” which the Observer recommends to fellow ecosymps. Subscriptions for $5 a year may be ordered from Fritz, 4144 Cochran Chapel Road, Dallas, Tex. 75209. Eight state prisoners from the Ramsey unit near Arlington filed a federal suit charging they were beaten by building tenders. The inmates are asking $450,000 in damages and a permanent injunction forbidding the Department of Corrections from using the tenders \(fellow other supervisory capacity over other inmates. A bill passed by the Legislature last year prohibits such use of prisoners. State Reps. Ben Reyes, D-Houston; Mickey Leland, D-Houston; Chris Miller, D-Fort Worth; Joe Hernandez, D-San Antonio, and Matt Garcia, D-San Antonio issued a press release stating they “supported and aided” in preparation of the complaint. Who says boycotts don’t work? Farah Manufacturing Co., which showed a profit of $6 billion in 1971, lost $8.4 million in 1972. Company spokesmen blamed the loss on a general malaise in the clothing industry rather than the strike and boycott backed by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America \(Obs., Dec. the boycott forced the closing of four plants two in San Antonio, one in Victoria and one in Las Cruces, N.M. Farah’s stock, which has gone as high as $30 a share, fell to between $6 and $7 a share in October and to $3.63 a share in late December. The State of Oregon has banished non-returnable bottles within its borders and now Oregon Sens. Mark Hatfield and Robert Packwood have introduced a bill to ban non-returnable beverage containers throughout the United States. The legislation would conserve considerable energy. America produced 60 billion throwaway beer and soft drink containers in 1972. According to Dr. Bruce Hannon of the University of Illinois, each of the one-way containers consumed the energy equivalent of 4.3 ounces more of gasoline than does a returnable container when it is re-used 10 times. That amounts to a consumption of the energy equivalent of 515 million more gallons of gasoline each day than would be the case with an all-reusable container system. Dr. Hannon maintains that recycling is not a viable alternative because each 16 oz. glass bottle that is recycled adds 10 percent to its equivalent energy budget. One small step Ever notice how the more expensive items in department stores like refrigerators and couches are usually sold by men? The men usually get paid better than the “salesladies” over in lingere, but the Department of Labor is casting a jaundiced eye on the practice. Bill Buhl, a labor official in Dallas, says that the excuse is usually that handling “hardline” goods takes greater skill than handling “softline” stuff. “But it was really just one more form of sex discrimination,” Buhl told the Dallas Morning News. “More often than not women were paid less for equal work and didn’t have the opportunity to go into appliance or furniture departments.” The Fifth Circuit Court in New Orleans recently has upheld two sex discrimination suits concerning women sales personnel. In one case the court ruled that stores must pay clothing saleswomen and seamstresses the same wage rates as clothing salesmen and tailors. At least 2,700 El Pasoans absorbed undue amounts of lead into their systems because of discharges from the American Smelting and Refining Co.’s smelter there, according to the National Center for Disease Control. The El Paso city-county health department says that between 1969 and 1971 the smelter released 1,116 tons of lead, 560 tons of zinc, 12 tons of cadmium and 1.2 tons of arsenic into the atmosphere through its stacks. ALAN POGUE Photographer of political events & pseudo events, of people in their natural surroundings Rag office 478-0452 Austin