were the best workers you ever saw. They worked for us for years. When Paul’s brother wanted to get married he had complications because his bride-to-be was in Mexico,, so my husband helped get her out in time for the wedding.” The faculty planned the P-TA program for the year. They would show an educational film at each meeting and have someone from the Health Department speak on nutrition, care of the teeth, and so on. “I have a bad time when I go home at night,” said Miss N….. “I sit down to a good meal and. I remember that my children will not have one until tomorrow noon.” “I am impressed by the dedication of this faculty,” remarked a new teacher. “They’re all here by choice,” said Mrs. B….. “It’s a constant challenge to me. Every day I think, ‘Now I have the key to that blank wall’and I never do.” Our Congressmen Look for Sen. Martin Dies, Jr., Lufkin, to be the next man to take on Republican-voting Cong. John Dowdy, D.Athens, in 1966. State Rep. Charles Wilson, Trinity, is reported already making preparations to campaign for Dies’ seat in the Texas Senate. V Cong. Henry B. Gonzalez, San Antonio, was one of 18 U.S. congressmen who sent an open letter to President Johnson asking for massive federal assistance to end further violence in connection with civil rights activities in Mississippi. The 18 recommended more FBI agents and offices in the state, federal hearings in Mississippi, and a full FBI report. . . . It is asserted, in a campaign advertisement for Gonzalez’ re-election in the San Antonio Express, that he has provided newsletters and radio and TV reports to his constituents “by investing 40% of his salary to this important part of his public trust.” V Cong. Joe Kilgore, McAllen, retiring from Congress, will .join the Austin law firm of Powell, Rauhut, McGinnis, and Lochridge. Kilgore, talked out of running against Sen. Yarborough last spring by the White House, is being publicized as a future statewide candidate or a heavyweight in tory state Democratic politics. V Cong. Jim Wright, Fort Worth, a near certain candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1966, has taken the stump for the Johnson-Humphrey ticket, speaking recently, for instance, at county Democratic headquarters openings in Tyler and Corpus Christi. gor Ned Curran, a Washington reporter who writes for Texas papers, ran an 8 The Texas Observer “They’re humanitarian,” continued the teacher. “And not patronizing,” said the principal, “which is the right way.” The teacher who took the children in search of beauty at recess read the children’s stories of their search. Emilio wrote: “One thing that was beautiful was the shining grass.” “The grass looked like diamonds,” Gloria said. “The big blue sky was above.” In Alfred’s opinion, “A tree with pink flowers was the most beautiful.” “One tree interested me,” observed Eddie. “One tree is bare.” “The water was sprinkling and the train was making a lot of noise,” noted Angie. “I heard water splashing on the wall,” Rose Ann remembered. “The water and the wind were gentle,” wrote Jimmy. “I heard a train,” said Annie. “I heard a bird, too.” interesting litmus-test on the extent to which members of the Texas delegation have supported President Johnson’s programs so far. From among House-side issues Curran selected civil rights, the international development assn., food stamps, the wheatcotton bill, a foreign aid test vote, federal pay raise, mass transit, the foreign aid appropriation, anti-poverty, and state legislative reapportionment. Here is the “support of Johnson” tally of Texas representatives -on this basis, with pro-Johnson votes first, non-support totals second: Gonzalez and Brooks, 10-0 \(all for John8-2; Wright, Thompson, and Beckworth, 7-3; Roberts, 5-5; Poage, 4-6; Pool, 3-7; Casey, Kilgore, Rogers, 2-8; and Alger, Foreman, Burleson, Dowdy, and Fisher, Senate-side, Curran’s issues were oil depletion, the tax cut, wheat-cotton, deletion of the fair employment section of the civil rights bill, civil rights cloture, civil rights, mass transit, anti-poverty, beef imports, foreign aid loans, and medicare. Yarborough was with Johnson, 9-2 \(differing with him by supporting beef import quotas and tighter requirements for foreign aid loans to commercial enterout of eleven and supported him once if one counts a vote for the oil depletion allowance as support. Yarborough opposed Strom Thurmond’s amendment to deny the entire federal judiciary any power over reapportionment, as well as voting for the mild “sense of Congress” resolution on this subject \(against which resolution Tower was V The Belden Poll gives Cong.-at-large Joe Pool a 65-22% edge over his GOP opponent, Bill Hayes. State Rep. Kika de la Garza, Democrat, Mission, is expected to win the Valley seat Kilgore is vacating over his Republican opponent. Des Barry, truck company executive, is giving Democrat Bob Casey a run for the money in HoustonBarry identifying himself with Goldwater in Houston’s silk-stocking dis-_ tricts. Observers do not venture predictions with confidence, either, on the outcome of Democrat Richard White’s challenge to Cong. Ed Foreman, Odessa. Goldwater enthusiastically endorsed Foreman in Midland-Odessa. Cabe!! vs. Alger w f Surely the most acrimonious congres sional contest this fall in Texas continues in Dallas. Charges and countercharges: The Dallas Times-Herald, having endorsed Democrat Earl Cabell, published a series of studies in news columns on Alger’s voting record which presented Alger as a rejected loner, way out against the UN and military expenditures, and without a single piece of passed public legislation to his credit. A spokesman for Alger called this series a prostitution of *news columns: the Times-Herald replied that it was just looking at Alger’s record, as he had invited citizens to do. Alger’s campaign manager said Cabell has a “Hubert Humphrey type political philosophy.” Alger, warmly endorsed by John Tower, said businessmen and others plan to vote for Johnson out of fear they’ll lose a contract or “suffer other reprisals” if they don’t. “President Johnson’s tactics . . . are based on political. bribery, coercion, and intimidation,” Alger said. “Well, I’m not afraid. . . I put the nation first, the state second, and my district third. If the nation solves its problems, Dallas can take care of its own.” If Johnson-Humphrey win, he said, the ADA will be “one heartbeat away” from national rule. Cabell, whose campaign opening was attended by Gov. Connally, said Alger relegates “the people who elected him in the first place to a poor third in his consideration2t. Cabell upholds federal interest in assistance to the aged and the poor and argues that certain functions, such as interstate highways, construction of navigable waterways, and federal housing, should be handled by the federal government. Cabell put in an appearance at a fund-raising dinner in Dallas for Sen.. Yarborough. There has been one Alger-Cabell debate on TV in Dallas. Alger said Cabell can’t divorce himself from Johnson, Humphrey, and Yarborough. Cabell said Dallas is part of the U.S. and can’t change this. At the end of the debate, Alger waved a letter he said was a “mystery letter.” He couldn’t release it, he said, but Cabell could do what he wanted to about it. Cabell said this was a cheap trick. Gradually the story came out. Cabell has accused Alger of voting against federal appropriations to study development of the Trinity River project. In a private letter. to Bob Cullum, Dallas chamber of Political Intelligence
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