Lima death and another jury giving her five years on the same facts. 0 Observer readers may want to know that I’ve done a piece in the Progressive Shall Cheer.” I also have a chapter called “Confessions of a White Liberal” in a new book, Black, White, and Gray, that Sheed Thank You, Governor Connally John Connally, an educated man himself, has made great advancements in the field of education. Although some people have asserted that there is no proof of accomplishments by the Connally administration in higher education, I can testify myself to such an accomplishment. Why? Because during the Connally administration, I will have received my own higher education. I will always be indebted to Gov. Connally, and, for myself, this is a major achievement during his tenure in office.Jim Clark, 109 S. Sycamore, Carthage, Tex. Texas Moving to the Right The primary indicated that Texas is is moving Rightaway from a two-pary reality, away from a party attuned to the national Democratic Party, and a little farther away from getting the state government to begin’ acknowledging the existence of mere people. Consider the gubernatorial contest, wherein an incumbent who had failed almost completely to deliver on his original 16 The Texas Observer and Ward brought out this month. In adapted forms, the piece was in Commentary, the Jewish magazine, in April, and will be in The Sign, a national Catholic monthly, in June. I have thus pulled off the first interreligious confession in the history of heresy. R.D. program received nearly 70% of the vote. Significantly, the challenger, who billed himself and conducted his campaign as a “people’s candidate,” got only 28%, whereas two years ago, the same man got 49%. Why? Why such an overwhelming margin this time? Was it the wound? Probably not, because the wound was six months ago, and Connally has recovered. Consider the U.S. Congressional races. Dowdy beat Musslewhitedecisively, this time. Sullivan didn’t even get into the runoff against Pool, and Pool outdrew the runner-up by better than two-to-one, getting 47% of the total. Burleson beat Carriker by better than two-to-one. McGregor made it into a run-off against White, but White drew a six-to-five win and has attracted very substantial backing by Money. \(White has spent more than Bona fide Democrats in Tekas have suffered a series of defeats so stunning that we can barely give thanks for not losing Ralph. That a man like McLendon could get as much as 43% of the vote when running against a man like Ralph is just downright scary. The only explanation I can think of for all these election results is that the electorate is now decidedly more conservative than it was two years ago. I wonder why. A friend suggested tension due to the civil rights crisis, or even a mute reaction to it. With the loss of Carriker and McGregor, the state legislature doubtless will be even more “harmonious” than 1963’s. An amendment to permit a city sales tax, perhaps? . . . According to press reports, the tories have this year’s state conventions sewed up in spite of liberal gains at the county level \(gains caused by conservatives having voted Republican in Novemward-looking, un-Democratic state platform for at least four more years. Furthermore, to the extent that the conservative element in the state Democratic Party has been strenthened, the prospects of a growing, healthy Republican embryo are diminished. The rate of tory transfer to the Republican Party will be slowed by satisfaction with a tory-controlled Texas Democratic Party, by indulgence of a Texan as President, and by what appears to be a gentle disillusionment with Barry. A two-pafty system for Texas seems to have receded below the horizon. We liberals and National Democrats in Texas are really quixotic, aren’t we? Lee Matt Smith, Jr., Box 238, Alpine, Texas. To Ponder The Question Dr. Frantz’ article, “The Texan Myth to the point of the statement J. Frank Dobie made many years ago, “Texas doesn’t need as much praise as appraisal.” Dr. Frantz’ critical appraisal will serve us well, and L hope that his comments will be heard loud and clear. His article has provoked me to ponder the question: Have we talked about being Texans for so long that we have forgotten what it means to act in the true integrity of Texas tradition? This article is a fine positive reminder of our true heritage. Mrs. John L. Wood, Clark Air Force Base, Philippines. A Compliment I have been receiving the Observer since last February, and I should like to compliment your publication on its consistent excellence. Seldom have I been disappointed with one of the articles and never with an entire issue.William H. Fuller, Route 2, Paris, Texas. On Don Yarborough’s Debt Sitting here looking at our poll tax lists, precinct returns, and numerous pins sticking out of our precinct map for Corpus Christi and Nueces County makes me feel that we, the liberals of Texas, should begin now. The defeat that we suffered on May 2nd was not the place to stop working and fighting, but rather the time to begin anew, with fresh vigor and renewed determination. . . . The question, what can we do, is a simple one to answer. Let’s look at Don Yarborough. Don is without a doubt the most intelligent, articulate, and attractive candidate who has been in Texas politics for many a moon. Don Yarborough is a winner, I would like to repeat that, regardless of May 2nd, Don Yarborough is a winner, a natural winner; even his enemies have a deep respect for his fire, his drive, and his ability to challenge any odds or fight any fight for the people and state that he loves so dearly. In short the only thing that we must all do now is put our money where our ideals areput up or shut up, liberals. We, the friends of Don Yarborough, should stand by him now. There are thousands of us, and we can and we will, if we practice what we preach, help the man who assumed staggering debts because he believes in us. . . . We can each of us sit down and prove that we really believe in ourselves by eating beans for a week or whatever it takes to send ten or fifteen dollars to the man who will someday bring that “New Day” to Texas that each of us believes in. Tom Bones, Nueces County chairman, Democratic Coalition; 4301 Harry St., Corpus Christi, Tex.
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