Richards, Hightower, and Mauro on 1982 campaign trail. Pho to by Sc o t t Va n Os do l got a big promotion,” he says. “I am kind of like a superchief. It has surprised me how they have taken me into the fold in terms of across the board decisions. And I didn’t even know Mattox before he became attorney general.” In the treasury, agriculture department, land office, and attorney general’s office, women still do most of the clerical work. Personnel offices report that women make up 63 % of the office and clerical force at the treasury, 73 % at the land office, and 88% at the agriculture department. State EEO fig ures show that 83% of the office and clerical workers in the attorney general’s office are women. Although there are women in the highest level jobs, there are no blacks or Hispanics. The highest assistant to Ann Richards is a white woman, and the next two positions are filled by white men; two of the highest three positions under Hightower and highest three under Mattox and Mauro are filled by white men. Tony Bonilla, Corpus Christi lawyer and former president of League of United Latin American Citizens, notes, “We are grossly underemployed in different branches of state government in terms of being number one or number two in particular offices. When do we get to the point of being a first assistant?” Change, however, is marked in midlevel and next-to-highest jobs. Ann Richards’ predecessor, Warren G. Harding, employed the same eleven white men as his administrators for his entire term. In the administrations the top dozen or so positions of Richards, Hightower, Mattox, and Mauro, white women and black and Hispanic men are represented. In what the office of equal employment opportunity calls professional jobs, Hightower’s office employs 24% women; Mauro’s, 43 % women; Richards’, 59% women; and Mattox’s, 32% women. How does the reform look to someone who’s been around one of these agencies a long time? Martha Edwards, a fourteen-year veteran of the agriculture department and the manager of the Lubbock seed laboratory, said in a telephone interview: “I definitely think there’s a definite improvement. Especially as far as women in higher positions goes. . .. As far as minorities, when a position comes available they are filling them with minorities. . . . I think Jim Hightower’s just doing a fantastic job as far as trying to hire the women and the minorities. I don’t know whether that’s good or bad, but as far as I’m concerned I think it’s wonderful.” H. B. Gonzalez Co-sponsors Resolution Terms of Impeachment By Ronnie Dugger San Antonio The one Texan who is co-sponsoring a U.S. House resolution to impeach President Reagan, Cong. Henry B. Gonzalez of San Antonio, told the Observer in San Antonio: “The President has made an irrevocable decision to knock out the government of Nicaragua.” Originally seven Democratic members of the House co-sponsored the resolution: Gonzalez and Mickey Leland of Houston, Ted Weiss of New York, John Conyers, Jr., of Michigan, Julian C. Dixon and Mervyn M. Dymally of California, and Parren J. Mitchell of Maryland. Gonzalez said it was noteworthy that these seven were “five blacks, one Mexican, and a Jew” the San Antonian reasoned that members of minorities feel more than most the actual effects of Reagan’s domestic and foreign policies. Leland reconsidered and withdrew from the group of sponsors, leaving six. The impeachment resolution which was reported on page 13 of the New York Times and further back in the. Washington Post was based on the contention that Reagan violated the U.S. Constitution when he ordered the invasion of Grenada. Initiated by Weiss, the resolution reads: “Resolved, that Ronald Reagan, President of the United States, is impeached of the high crime or misdemeanor of ordering the invasion on October 25, 1983, of Grenada, a foreign state at peace with the United States, in violation of that portion of Section 8 of Article I of the Constitution of the United States which confers war powers on the Congress, and in THE TEXAS OBSERVER 5
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