Newspaper clipping headlined, "Governor says prison's tents not real worry," November 23, 1981
Newspaper clipping headlined, "Governor says prison's tents not real worry," Houston Chronicle, November 23, 1981
Clippings (information artifacts)
"Texas Governor Term 1, 1979-1982"
Texas A&M University
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
"Governor William P. Clements, Jr. Official State Papers, 1st Term, 1979-1983"
General Counsel | 1st term
Texas State library and archives commission
Ruiz v Estelle
Clements Texas Papers
tit-4 Texqns .in rtuitnin,g f .,19teq. appointments By JIM CRAIG P:11-(71ki POST Poo Waahingtou Bureau SE7' 2 3 1981 WASHINGTON -- Two Texans are viewed as prominent candidates for major appointments President Reagan may make this week. Dr. M.E. Bradford, a University of Dallas English professor who is a con- servative Republican, is believed to be a prime contender to become chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lyndon Olson Jr., a member of the State Board of Insurance in Texas and a farmer state representative from Waco, may be nominated to the Federal Elec- tion Commission. A White House official said Tuesday that Bradford, who had endorsed George Wallace for president in 1972, is a "major contender" for the $55.387-a-year job. If he is selected, he will repace Jo- seph D. Duffey, who was named by President Carter and had been chairman of the liberal Americans far Democratic Action. Bradford, who is alsd known for his writings criti( Abraham Lincoln, was the D; " inty chairman of the American .1 1969-70, which was founded h,, . supporters. Other top candidates for the NEH position are Robert Hollander Jr., a professor of European literature at Princeton University: William Bennett, head of the National Humanities Center, a research Institute at Chapel Hill, N.C.; and William Schaffer, vice chancellor at UCLA. Hollander, who is a Dante scholar and was vice chairman of the Council for the Humanities, is viewed by sources at the, White House and at NEH to he Brad- ford's stiffest competition for the Job. Bradford has indicated he will accept • the post if President Reagan offers it. Olson has won the important backing of Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, 1)-Texas, and House Majority Leader Jim Wright of Texas fot the FEC post. Traditionally, members in Congress of the opposing party have been allowed by the White House to recommend FEC members. Olson, 34, was introduced to key Democrats in the Senate last week by Bentsen. Sources said Tuesday there were indications following that meeting that the Democrats in Congress will sup- port Olson's nomination. If the Senate Democrats object to Health board member denies conflict of interest in landfill HOUSTON CHRONTCLE BY 130 BYERS csrp 2 3 1q91 Chief, Chronicle Ausilii Bureau AUSTIN — Dr. Robert Bernstein, state commissioner of health, denied a motion by a group of Bexar Clounty landowners for a rehearing on a municipal landfill permit granted Browning-Ferris Industries of San Antonio. Three state legislators from San Anto- nio appeared before the State Board of Health last Saturday to urge, on behalf of the landowners, that the motion for hearing be approved because of an alleged conflict of interest on the part of board member Joe N. Pyle of San Anto- nio. Pyle, a professional engineer, works for Browning-Ferns. The board took no action on the motion for rehearing — leaving that decision to Bernstein — but ordered an investigation of the conflict of interest charge. Pyle, responding to the board's request for a statement, said that he did not think there was a conflict of interest. He said to qualify for appointment to the board by Gov. William P. Clements Jr. in 1979 he had to meet two standards set by law — that he be a graduate civil engineer and have five years experience in sanitary engineering in Texas. lie said when he was appointed he went to G H Herzik Jr , dept:ty commissioner for environmental and consumer health protection, and told ilerzak that he (Pyle) wanted all employees in Herzik's division to know Browning-Ferris likely would be filing applications for landfill permits. Pyle said that he did not want employees to think they should do any favor because of Pyle's presence on the board of health. Pyle said if the board's investigation finds any impropriety or appearance of Impropriety he will do whatever the board wishes, including resign. Newt Millen, the hearing examiner who recommended the limited permit granted by Bernstein, said the protesting land- owners seemed to him to he opposed to the landfill in southeast Bexar County be- cause of Browning-Ferris' request that the landfill be allowed to reach a height of 40 feet above ground level. He said the proposed landfill met eight technical criteria involving the geology of the site and other engineering require- ments, all of which he said are based on objective standards. , The ninth criterion, lahd use, was the basis for the landowners' opposition. "This is something that is not so objec- tive because it refers to compatibility with surrounding land u,se," Millen said. Millen recom:Lenda:1 the permit limit the height of the landfill to not more than the highest point of the ground in the suz-rounding area . "That would- aiiew the landfill to go about 10 feet above the highest point of the landfill site itself," Millen said. One of the opposing landowners, Per- shing Johnson, operates a catfish farm and catfish restaurant on property adja- cent to the landfill site. The farm and restaurant are about 200 yards from the landfill boundary line, Millen said. "If I were the operator of the catfish restaurant and had a good clientele. I probably wouldn't want a landfill opera- tion there either," Millen said. He said he did not know why Bernstein stated no specific reason for denying the motion for rehearing. The denial presum- ably was based .on Bernstein's conclusion that the landowners had failed if neesent new evidence. The health commissioner left for Wash- ington Tuesday and could not be reached for comment. HOUSTON C%4RONItLE Chronicle Austin Bureau him, the White House could drop his name. He was not on the original list of names drawn up by the senators. White House sources indicate that Olson is the choice for the Democratic vacancy on the FEC. If he gets the job, he will be paid $52,750 a year. The three persons Senate Democrats had already recommended to the White House for the FEC post are Martin Jen- sen, former Sen. Harold Hughes' admin- istrative assistant; Judith Browning, a staff attorney at the FEC; and Virginia, Cannon, wife of Washington Post White. House correspondent Lou Cannon. overnor says prison's tents not real worry sFp 2 3 1981 AUSTIN — Gov. William P. Clements Jr. said he is not concerned about a report that criticized the use of tents to house inmates in the Texas Department of CoThrreecretkix)n)sr.t , by a special master who is overeeing the state's compliance with federal Judge Williarn Wayne Justice's court order mandating reforms in the state prison system, said that some of tL.:. icJits should be inspected because they leak and are potential fire haz- ards Clements said that inmates in the TDC could repair toe tents. o would be surprised at how many good tailors we have in the sewing department of the prison system," Clements said. Saying that inmates make their own clothes and shoes, Clements added, "I'm sure they can repair those tents " Clements also said that heating devices can be poten- tially dangerous in all types of tents — "many people who live in tents know this." "I'm sure our inmates will be very careful with re- gard to stoves in those tents," Clements said. Vincent Nathan, a Toledo, Ohio, attorney appointed by Justice a,; a special master in the prison case, issued his first report last week. The r(l)ort was highly critical of the housing of about 2,000 inmates in National Guard tents, which are made of _canvas and have plywood floors. The. report urged expert inspection of the leaking roofs and potential fire hazards as quickly as possible. Clements made his comments Tuesday at an im- promptu press conference after receiving a congratulatoy resolution from the Texas Police Associ- ation commending his law-and-order legislative pro- gram in the 1981 regular legislative session. The governor said he would accept the commenda- tion, but said persons connected with law enforcement and average Texans also shared in the credit for pas- sage of bills legalizing wiretaps and other anti-crime measures. "It was a massive movement, and what really hap- pened was the peoplg of Texas spoke up and they said. This is what we want, and we are sick and tired arid we hive had a bellyful of this nonsense of these criminal li.wyers and their ilk and their associates wagging our chg. There is a tail on the dog and the tail is wagging the dog instead of vice versa, and the people of Texas said they'd had all of that they wanted," Clements said. Ile said the surge of support for anti-crime legislation has "broken the momentum on the other side." "This is only the beginning," the governor told repre- sentatives of the Police Association. "I think we can forecast that in the next legislative session we will do even better." On another topic, the governor said he now supports in concept the Reagan administration's plan for dealing with illegal aliens. Clements had sharply criticized the plan before meeting last week with officials of the U.S. attorney general's office. He said Tuesday there had been a breakdown in communications, and he had not received a full explana- tion of the Reagan plan before going to Washington. "There are going to be many definitive changes in this program before it gets to a vote in the House or in the Senate. But in concept, I approve of the program," Clements said. 7