“A LITTLE HOTAIR FOR THE CAMPAIGN” DEAR SIR Observer Notebook -7ime The time for a showdown on Padre Island has arrived. In 1958 it was Sen. Ralph Yarborough, the Observer, and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times plugging away for national development. Today it is the vast majority of Texas’ newspapers and all of our more enlightened politicians fighting George Sandlin’s land developers and Sen. Tower, who has forthrightly entered the fray for the private interests and against the future generations, presumably as part of his new and daring covenant f o r Republican conservatism. What, indeed, is conservatism if it fails to embrace conservation ? The conservative Houston Chronicle this week endorsed Yarborough’s 88.5mile area. Its sentiments on Padre Island have been the Observer’s for years: “There comes a time when fruit is ripe. It has to be picked. Later is too late. “We’ve come to that ripe time as a nation with our crop of land that must be preserved for public use and enjoyment. Particularly with Padre Island. “Padre Islanda wild and wonderful strip of seashore that curls along ,the Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi 117 miles south to Port Isabelmust be made part of the national park system . . . “Yarborough has a bill in the Senate authorizing purchase of 57,000 acres of Padre Island. Estimated cost : 5W0 Houston and San Antonio lie 200 miles apart geographically. How far apart their respective brands of liberalism are remains to be seen. In 1958 Harris County elated Texas liberals by an election sweep that sent to the legislature some of the most vigorous voices of liberalism heard in many years in the statehouse. In 1960, they were roundly defeated by a Johnsonconservative coalition. But 1960 saw reformers in San Antonio, benefiting from a Johnson-liberal coalition, engineer a sweep. The same forces have Harry Golden in his Carolina Israelite: “In the emergency room of the Alachua General Hospital at Gainesville, Fla., there are three thermometers:” they stand in a row on a small shelf with nothing else. The first is ..WaJ Come $4 million. The National Park Service would survey, then develop this 88.5mile sector as a national seashore. Its credentials are excellent. “They include Cape Hatteras National Seashore off the North Carolina coast. Hatteras has something for everybody : Clean beaches, wildlife refuges, prime fishing grounds, camping facilities, and trained park rangers who run the whole thing .. . “But there is more to the Padre Island situation than meets the eye. Another billintroduced by Rep. John Young of Corpus Christi and Rep. Joe Kilgore of McAllen, calls for a much smaller park, about 65 miles long .. . “A smaller park leaves more land in private hands at either end. The Young-Kilgore bill would leave about 52 miles ; the Yarborough bill about 28. Naturally, value of this adjacent land skyrockets. “The park service wants some land left for private development. It has no ambition to put up hotels, motels, grocery stores, malr e ias, and other facilities. But 28 miles, s, it points out, means an area larger than Miami Beachsurely ample .. . “Padre Island is a national treasure. No point in sterilizing America into one monster roadside development. “We must keep some of the remote and rugged lands that are like the continent once was. And will never be again.” worked together in several off-year elections, and liberal-moderates continue to dominate the Bexar scene. With 12 House seats up for grabs, plus control. of the party machinery, liberals are putting on a renewed effort today in Harris County. They are running a Negro attorney, Barbara Jordan, for one of those House seats. Regardless of their differences in operation, should liberals in both counties pull off a victory this year, it could mean a new era for Texas’ lower house. in an open container labeled : ‘White ORAL,’ the third is an identical container labeled, ‘ColoredORAL’ ; and the middle one which protrudes through a cork, in its otherwise sameness is labeled, ‘RECTAL.’ “This is what I call gradual integration.” AROUND TEXAS LA PRENSA, the Spanish-English weekly published in San Antonio, ran an eight-column, two-line banner across page one of its latest issue: “Governor Tricking Latin-Americans . . Daniel Tries to Sway Votes by Belatedly Offering Jobs,” with a onecolumn deck “Promises Termed As ‘False’.” The story, topped with a 96-word lead sentence, was by Dr. R. T. Brinsmade: “At the recent PASO meeting held in San Antonio, this organization being known as the Political Association of Spanish-speaking Organizations, Price Daniel, governor of Texas and up for re-election, suddenly real-. ized the importance of the LatinAmerican vote in Texas, which he has blandly disregarded for the past three terms and almost in violation of Texas constitutional law, offered jobs to Latin-American leaders during his present term in return for their HERDING the unsuspected LatinAmerican voter in Texas in favor of the governor of this state. “We ask the governor what has he done to better the lot of the Americans of Mexican origin in Texas during the long period he has held the reins of the state government as a would-be dictator? “Has this citizen been given an equal opportunity when state jobs are dispensed? Has his lot been bettered at all during the governor’s lengthy tenure? “We of La Prensa say No, with a capital ‘N,’ and refuse to accept the governor’s stand that by simple promises, now that his re-election is in jeopardy, he can gain the vote of these citizens who have so blandly been disregarded when he could have done something positive , and constructive during the many years when he has held the governor’s chair. “La Prensa shall fight for the truth and bring to its reading public and expose any of those Latin-American leaders in Texas who think they can herd the American voter of Mexican origin in this state in favor of a candidate who, like Daniel, makes false promises just to satisfy their personal and selfish interests.” These are sentiments all of us disgruntled over the decision can largely endorse. We hope La Prensa, which we like but which apparently has become a kind of forum for John Connally of late, will still keep in mind the final vote of the Latin delegates: Daniel 51, Don Yarborough 41 1/2, Connally 0. AT THE SPORTSMAN’S CLUB of Fort Worth’s annual wild game dinner a few days ago, master of ceremonies Harry Tennyson, a vice-president of the local Coca-Cola bottling company, was selling $1 tickets for the club’s raffle. Profits go into a fund for taking underprivileged children on hunting and fishing trips. The Sportsman’s Club is the scene of last year’s brief tussle in which hefty Ernest Fender Jr. gave state Senator Doyle Willis a split forehead, a bashed nose, and a black eye in a dispute over the Carling beer issue. Well, on this occasion Willis was back. On hand also was Rep. Don Kennard, who is opposing Willis for Published by Texas Ob3erver Co., Ltd. Entered as second-class matter, April 26, 1937, at the Post Office at Austin, Texas, under the Act of March 3, 1879. MARCH 9, 1962 Willie Morris Editor and General Manager Bob Sherrill, Associate Editor Sarah Payne, Office Manager Ronnie Bugger, Contributing Editor the Senate seat. MC Tennyson announced that surely each of the two politicians would like to buy 100 tickets. It was a pretty steep price to pay for some political good-will, especially for Kennard, who is not a wealthy man to say the least. But there were about 300 people watching. “Okay,” Kennard responded. “I’ll take 100 tickets, provided they be given to Sen. Willis, and provided he promises to go to Africa if he wins first prize.” \(Top prize in the raffle The crowd laughed, but not Willis. And when Kennard plunked the stack of tickets in front of Willis and started to walk away, wham ! Willis hit him in the back with the tickets, which flew everywhere. At this, various people in the crowd teased Willis by shouting, “Hey, Doyle, you can have my tickets too.” And Ammon Carter Jr. stood up and announced, “I’ll buy 100 tickets for Sen. Willis, too, if he’ll not only promise to go to Africa but take Ernest Fender flit. company.” The crowd roared. Then came the drawing, and Kennard won a rifle. “I’ll need it,” he said with a naughty grin, “knowing the kind of campaign Sen. Willis runs.” He got a big laugh out of that and feltespecially since the rifle was worth $150that his money had been well invested. But he got a bonus. Bill Compton, who won top prize, the safari trip, announced : “I just want Sen. Willis to know there is a standing invitation for him to accompany me to darkest Africa.” Compton is Schlitz distributor for Tarrant County. Still enjoying it days later, Kennard said, “I guess everyone there could just see Compton bringing Willis’ head back, stuffed and mounted, to hang over his fireplace.” Deer Sirs: I did knot like the ton of your remarks last weak about Genaral Walker’s priss conference at the Austin Munnisiple Air Port. You tryed to make the point that Genaral and his supporters were the ones pushing around the phottographer who was takking pictures against the willl of Genaral. This was a missprint. Genaral has offten made the point that the newspapers in this country are pretty much controlled by the Communists, and it was farely plane to everyone there that this phottographer was ussing Communistik taktiks in not leaving when Genaral told him too. It was later learned that the said phottographer was sent their by the Austin Ammerican Statesman! I am knot impling that said paper is controlled by the Communists, I am merely possing the question. Genaral was also later kriticized for the priss conference by the Houston Post and the Fort Worth Star-Tellegram. and Samm Woods. The way the priss of this state have disstorted Genaral’s campaign so far proves that the Cornmunists do KNOT want him as governor of Texas. Genaral wood be certainly justified in future in limiting his priss conferences to people OTHER THAN the priss. not member Win With Walker Committee but FUTURA PRESS w4c Published once a week from Austin, Texas. Delivered postage prepaid $5.10 per annum. Advertising rates available on request. Extra copies 15c each. Quantity prices available on order. EDITORIAL and BUSINESS OFFICE: 504 West 24th St., Austin, Texas. Phone GReenwood 7-0746. HOUSTON OFFICE: Mrs. R. D,. Randolph, 2131 Welch, Houston 19, Texas. g radual THE TEXAS OBSERVER
You May Also Like
The Texas Rangers are tasked with investigating corruption and crimes by public officials. Those officials are rarely held accountable.