Seven years as executive director of the...


November 27, 1997

DURING HER seven years as executive director of the Governor's Council on Adolescent Pregnancy, Bronwyn Mayden was never afraid to experiment.

It was under her leadership that signs on buses offered such tantalizing messages as: "Virgin: Teach your kids it's not a dirty word." Or a picture of a smiling young couple with the caption, "Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder."

It is impossible to document exactly how such public awareness campaigns affect behavior, but during her tenure, teen pregnancy rates began to drop. Four years ago, Ms. Mayden left to continue her work on a national level at the Child Welfare League of America.

She hasn't found any magic answers to adolescent pregnancy, but it's good to know that people like Bronwyn Mayden are still plugging away at the problem. This week, the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families honored Ms. Mayden for her efforts to prevent girls from giving birth before they are prepared for the responsibilities of parenthood. We join in the salute to this important work.

HURRAY FOR the airlines' effort to limit carry-on luggage. It's long overdue.

Even if space weren't an issue, there's the problem of the time it takes to stow the many suitcases, parcels and bags that are so common these days.

But most compelling of all are the safety concerns being cited by the airline industry. It's known that more than 4,000 passengers each year are injured by objects that have fallen from overhead bins.

Some aviation safety experts are also troubled by an unknown: How much does all that stuff weigh -- an important consideration in gauging a plane's total weight and balance, factors of some importance during takeoffs and landings.

Who wouldn't give up a little convenience in the fact of concerns like those?

NOT ONLY has the three-martini lunch gone the way of the

dinosaur, but lunch itself -- that pleasant, relaxing break in the middle of the workday -- has become an endangered species.

Several recent studies suggest 15 minutes or even less has become the duration of the typical lunch break. That's barely time to contemplate a menu or get to the nearest fast-food outlet.

What does this say about the modern workplace? Or the state of American's digestion? Who knows -- perhaps the researchers are out to lunch.

Bon appetit!

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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