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December 1, 1962


JAMA. 1962;182(9):19-21. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050480083031

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Celebrezze's Views.—  HEW Secretary Anthony J. Celebrezze said he believes state and local governments are primarily responsible for providing public services."The Federal government's responsibility should be limited to those matters which are of primary national interest and cannot be effectively carried on through individual or local community effort," the former Cleveland, Ohio, mayor said in an address to the National Press Club.During a question period which followed his talk, he said he would apply that philosophy to at least one area of education. Asked if he would support Federal aid to supplement salaries of school teachers, Celebrezze said he was prepared to push for many phases of Federal aid to education but teachers' salaries are "a local responsibility."It is best to leave it at the local level," he said.His policy as welfare director, Celebreeze went on, will be to "help people help themselves." As a result,