Bartlett Appears Exclusively in the Texas Observer `GIT RIGHT, SON Pr Texas Mhstrurr …… kTISElf ritiC-= -413 Let those flatter who fear, it is not an American art.JEFFERSON `No More Arguments’ g anty-R000ter Sloan FCC-regulated // interstate toll rates have not been increased in about 25 years, said the Texas Legislative Report on state long-distance telephone rates. “On the other hand, state commissions have been faced with the necessity of increasing intrastate rates in the last several years to insure adequate state revenues for telephone companies. … Examination of over-all revenue requirements without detailed sepand intrastate toll may result in intrastate rates carrying more than their share of the burden.” The report says that a state utility commissioners’ committee reported that telephone company income from intrastate operations is lower than on interstate service, casting “grave doubt” on the position that more vigorous federal regulation has resulted in lower interstate rates. The statistics came from the state officials against whom the criticism was being alleged, of course. Instructed to consider whether the state needs a regulatory agency over telephone profitsIowa is the only other state that does not, the other 46 states have utility regulating agenciesthe council said that in accordance with the principle of non-interference in business only if necessary for the public good, “it could be concluded” Texas ought to have supervision of the telephone industry. Then the report continued : “On the other hand, it could be determined that telephone regulation by the state is necessary. This position may be justified upon several possible bases, including : that intrastate toll rates in Texas are yielding more than a fair return ; that although the telephone industry has done an admirable job of serving the public by providing economical and efficient service, it is an unhealthy governmental circumstance to have managers of a public utilitya busness affecting the public interestresponsible for setting state toll rates to protect the public or consumer interest and to serve investors’ interests by assuring returns as adequate as permissible ; that Texas should participate in the nationwide cooperative effort in telephone regulation …” Between the two approaches, the research council did not choose. Neither has the legislature. A few bills have been introduced now and again to regulate phone rates. but neither any recent governornone since Jimmy Allred backed Dr. Bob Montgomery’s bill and the Texas utilities killed it in the thirtiesnor Published by Texas Observer Co.. Ltd. MAY 2, 1958 Ronnie Dugger Editor and General Manager Lyman Jones, Associate Editor Sarah Payne, Office Manager Dean Johnston, Circulation-Advertising EDITORIAL and BUSINESS OFFICE: 504 West 24th St., Austin, Texas. Phone GReenwood 7-0746. HOUSTON OFFICE: 1012 Dennis, Mrs. R. D. Randolph, Dean Johnston. Entered as second-class matter, April 26, 1937, at the Post Office at Austin, Texas, under the Act of March 3, 1879. any liberal political group has backed supervision with enthusiasm. One difficulty is fear that a state utility commission might become a creature of utilities, as FCC has become, to some extent, a cats’-paw of the special interests meant to be regulated, or as the Texas Railroad Commission is the creature of the oil industry. But there is the course already adopted by Pennsylvania and Delaware : simply require that in-state rates be comparable to interstate rates. It is precisely in the failure of state government to protect consumers from monopoly pricing in such a matter as intrastate longdistance telephone rates that the conservatives in control of the statehouse the last two decades have taken advantage of public apathy toward state politics to line the nests of those who dispense wealth and power. We like the banty-rooster courage of Citizen Sloan, and we think it high time his kind of fighting be resumed by the gathering, growing, gaining reform elements in state politics. 5k ra l A Senate anti-monopoly subcommittee reports that since 1955 Texas electric companies have benefited by $97 million from fast tax writeoffs which the subcommittee maintains were almost completely unnecessary to the defense effort. Benefiiciaries included Houston Lighting and Power Co., $21.6 million ; Texas Electric Service, Fort Worth, $15.5 million ; El Paso Electric, $6.2 million …. These are the same big private utilities who call REA coops “socialistic” and bleat piteously every time anybody mentions federal aid, *say, to school children. But federal aid to free enterprise \(profits name it Are the majority of the state Democratic executive committee Republicans, or are they Democrats? Well, they are neither ; they are Dixiecrats who vote for Republicans and call Democrats socialists. If you would like to have a brief of this, apply to Jake Pickle or Creekmore Fath, depending on whether you want a television movie filmed in Port Arthur at 5 a.m., or a letter from Harry Truman advising Price Daniel and Allan Shivers to join the Republican Party. As for us, we won’t niggle ; Give Us Democrats, or Give Us a Drink. Published once a week from Austin, Texas. Delivered postage prepaid $4 per annum. Advertising rates available on request. Extra copies 10c each. Quantity prices available on orders. We will serve no group or party but will hew to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of man as the foundation of democracy; we will take orders from none but our own conscience, and never will we overlook or misrepresent the truth to serve the interests of the powerful or cater to the ignoble in the human spirit SAN J ACINTO DAY PINEY WOODS, EAST TEXAS Lissen Lyman : jist want you to know that me and Mr. William Blakely don’t appreciate all them tacky things you been writin bout Mr. Blakely here : lately. Yokin him up with Allen Shivers ! Teasin him because he happens to be a little backwards ! Makin fun of how rich he is ! You better be keerful, or you’re goin to hurt Mister Blakely’s feelins and cause him to go into a pout and withdraw from the race … then where would you be? More important, where would the poor people of Texas be? tell you where we’d all be. We’d. be without a chance in the world of electin the One Man who can do more for Texas, the USA and The World in general, than any other livin soul. There you are ! And yet you go round riskin hurtin his feelins, like you didn’t care. Maby you think you can git away with writin that way because Mister Blakely ain’t likely to read it, since he don’t seem to of ever read nothin. But don’t forget, Allen Shivers can readhe even read a whole book one timeand he might read what you wrote and repeat it to Mister Blakely. THE TROUBLE with you is, you ain’t took a long view of Mister Blakely. He’s got points on his side you ain’t even thought of ! You say he’s rich. Hell, that ain’t half orit. He’s Really Rich. Not own-three-cotton-gins or own-the-Ford-Agency-inWaco rich. None of that sort of piddlin-rich stuff. He’s can-buy-and-sell any-man-in-the-USA rich. And right there is one of his strong points. If he was in the Senate and went to one of them Summit meetins, do you think Mister Blakely would squat around mouthin with them Rooshkins ? Hell no. He’d buy Asia and lease the land back to Rooshia, then throw them off his property if they didn’t behave. That’s how he does things. You say he keeps ocmpany with Allen Shivers. I’ll admit that might not show very good judgment, but on the other hand, maby Mister Blakely just does that out of pity ,cause no body else will invite him places. After all, no man ever done more than Allen done to put Texas .on the map. Why while he was governor, there was scarcely a week passed that some national Magazine or TV show didn’t mention a Veterans Scandal, or a Insurance Scandal or the like in Texas You say that Mister Blakely’s sort of backwards … don’t seem to think anythin has changed since 1836. Well, that’s just because you don’t understand his subtle ways. He’s just sly, that’s all. He aims to slip back down through 1900 into the 19th century and circle around and come up on Last Half of the 20th Century from in front … through the 21st Century. He can head off all that old Creepin Socialism and such stuff, thataway. YOU SAY that Mister Blakely is too cosy with the Reepublikills for your tastes. I’ve got you there again. That happens to be his strong point on two counts : First of all, when he gits’ up to Washington, he would be right at home with the administration . understand just what they was talkin about and thinkin about, because its the way he thinks and talks. \(You might say, ‘well, we’ve got. a Senior Senator from Texas who is pretty good at that already,’ but you can’t always depend on LBJ to be in the Inner Circle with Dulles, Ike, et Blakely fer sure. Secondly, Mister Blakely might give the Democrats somethin to whup the Republikins over the heads with in 1960. From most of the things he seems to say and believe in he could make the Eisenhour Republikins look like a bunch of Bolshevik Radicals. We could attack them in 1960 for being Red Revolutionaries. Think it over, Lyman. Pray over it, pray for help to open up your eyes. Git Right, son, before its too late ! Maby if you repent, you’ll git to sit on the Right Hand. Not very much room left there, so hurry. Lynn Landrum, J. Evetts Haley, they’ll be there way, way, way to the Right. As ever, CLAUDY
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