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lished a photograph of him on a duck hunt with Shivers late last year, told the North Dallas chamber of commerce annual meeting June 12, “Basically, we had the most productive jlegislativel session that anyone can remember,” and pointed out in evidence that the week before Shivers had called him and said it was the “most productive he had known of.” . . . Meanwhile, Jack Cox addressed Young Republican’s in San Antonio. . V Rep. Charles Whitfield announced he will run for mayor of Houston. . . Ex-Rep. B. H. Dewey, Bryan, will run against Rep. David Haines, Bryan, who heat him last time. V Life Line, the H. L. Hunt-backed right-wing broadcast programs,. netted $446,784 in fiscal 1962 \($250,000 from radio and TV, $150,000 from scripts, plus press release. Poucher, Life Line’s perfervid orator, sued Life Line in Washington, D.C., alleging that Hunt summarily fired him over financial terms. Poucher says he was getting $1,600 a month and had been promised $100 for each TV appearance, but that Life Line was using his material without payment. He’ asks $64,500 in the suit. V Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy asked the subversive activities control board in Washington to require John William Stanford, Jr., 38, of San Antonio, to register as a member of the communist party The justice department said Stanford was elected secretary of the communist party of Texas in 1960 and attended meetings of the state party in 1961 and 1962. In a story from Washington, the Houston Post’s Felton West reported statements in files of the House un-American activities committee alleging that a John Stanford has engaged in communist activities in Texas since 1947. If, after a hearing, the subversive activities control board found that Stanford is a communist, he could appeal to the courts; if they upheld the board and he failed to register, he would become subject to indictment. V Edwin Walker of Texas has placed his Birch membership on record. The AP reported from San Francisco that Walker said in a speech, “I am honored to be a member of the John Birch society. I joined in 1959 and handed them $1,000 which I could not afford. I was looking for a cause.” 16 The Texas Observer V During his Dallas visit this month, Jimmy Hoffa of the teamsters told a reporter, “We got to get rid of Kennedy both of themor you’ll have absolute dictatorship if you don’t.” V Correction. The Observer and other papers have alluded to Martin Garcia, San Antonio, a figure in P.A.S.O. politics, as a law student at St. Mary’s. He has taken pre-law courses at St. Mary’s, but is not in law school. V The Travis County grand jury cleared William Murray of legal wrongdoing in his oil investments, but obliquely criticized Gov. Connally for releasing Atty. Gen. Carr’s report on Murray’s income tax returns since 1947. Carr had concluded that the facts raised “a serious question of a conflict of interest between the official duties of Mr. Murray and his private interests,” since his taxable income from oil, gas, and allied operations exceeded $1.7 million during his tenure on the railroad commission. V Carr settled, for. $100,000 paid out of court without any confession of ‘guilt, ex-Atty. Gen. Will Wilson’s 1961 anti-trust suit against 16 persons and companies on charges of rigging bids and sales of $23,000,000 worth of school buses to the state in 5,100 transactions beginning in 1955. The defendants agreed to an injunction prohibiting them rigging prices. V Gov. Connally has signed the 25-cent voter registration bill, the drivers’ insurance liability bill, and most other legislation sent to him; but he vetoed $12.4 million out of the appropriation bill, as well as the Belden Poll bill, Jake Johnson’s bill in effect to prohibit an expressway from going through Brackenridge park in San Antonio, and a minor welfare measure. V Rep. Dick Morgan, Dallas Republican, says the legislature passed 15 of the Democrats’ 72 “specific campaign pledges.” V Lt. Gov. Preston Smith said in Kings ville that a lack of communications created the appropriations bill problem between Connally and the legislature. Dialogue Russians Unworthy of Trust Concerning Chandler Davidson’s “The Davidson has, of course, by now received scores of irate and profane letters from loyal Dallas News readers for his “communistic” article. I wish to criticize it myself, but not to place myself in the same category with these people. The truth in many of Mr. Davidson’s statements is undeniable, in others very probable; there is only one specific area in which I want to question his attitude, i.e., that American and Russian practices in recent international diplomacy have differed little, if at all. I think that a case can be made for a difference not of degree but of kind in the two governments’ reactions to the realities of power. For a decade after World War II, the United States was in the greatest potential blackmailer’s position in the history of the worldthe one great nation not shattered by the war, her military manpower at an all-time peak, the only country with the nuclear bomb and the capacity to deliver it. And what did this nation do with such an unprecedented ability to extort? Nothing whatever. She rushed into demobilization, for her people and government wanted not conquests, but peace; her military services were decimated with astonishing and undue speed. It finally became evident that Russia had no intention of playing by her rules, but the U.S. did not use this as an excuse for launching a “preventive war”; she inaugurated the perhaps naive, perhaps impossible, but certainly peace-seeking policy of containment. The Berlin blockade, occurring at a time when only the U.S. could deliver nuclear destruction, was broken not by an onslaught upon Russia, but by the peaceful and very complex and expensivemethod of airlifting supplies into the imprisoned city. Nobody ever really believed that the U.S. would actually use massive retaliation; the Russians certainly didn’t, as their advances incontestably showed. Consider what would have happened during that critical period if the two nations’ positions had been reversed. Can it be seriously doubted that the nation that blockaded Berlin, that crushed the Hungarian revolt, that -aided China in absorbing much of Southeast Asia, that recently built the Berlin wall \(to keep people from escaping in which the immense advantage of a nuclear monopoly, and some with the disadvantage of being opposed by onewould not have used its potential for blackmail? Certainly, there are unscrupulous elements in American politics, men and “legal ploit underdeveloped countries, etc. But the record of recent history has clearly shown that the Americans, who have had the chance to literally rule the entire world, have spurned that opportunity from simple unwillingness to be world tyrants. And any politician who advocated the policy of “attack Russia before Russia attacks us” would have absolutely no chance for election. . . . I say that if we should unilaterally disarm, we would place ourselves at the mercy of a power that has never historically let a similar opportunity be wasteda thing we unquestionably have done. Even a mutual junking of nuclear arms would be no safeguard, for if the government of the U.S.S.R. still clings to the dogma that there can be no meaningful “peace” until “capitailsm” has been utterly destroyed, then the struggle would just become one between conventional forces. … There is nothing “liberal” in trusting those who have never acted in a manner that would deserve trust, and there is nothing “reactionary” or “jingoistic” in being prepared. . . . Continued [‘nuclear] testing is senseless for either side. . . . Jack Cargill, Jr., 201 W. Meredith, Marshall.