A Vote for Tower Waggoner Carr’s hand may be the hand of Esaw, but the voice is the voice of Jacob. I am voting for a checks and balances system upon which this country has grown to the greatest in the world. I am voting for John Tower. Charles Tesar, Jr., 3822 N. Terry, Fort Worth, Texas. Tactical Error by Carr I would like to applaud your very fine backing-away endorsement ‘of John Tower [Obs., Sept. 16]. The public good and clearly the liberal cause will certainly “be less damaged by Tower.” It would seem to me that Carr’s very recent decision to tell the voters he is a moderate and that Tower is a Goldwaterite is a tactical error. The large negative vote reaped by Goldwater in Texas was partly for a native son and partly because of Goldwater’s pronounced desire to unleash nuclear war. That native, home-grown \(or in the race this year; and ‘aside from the fact that Johnson has long since outdone Goldwater in Vietnam, those voters who voted against Goldwater are on the whole more alert than Carr realizes. Moreover, the “moderate” label on Carr is likely to fool more conservatives than liberals and consequently may erode his conservative base. For the sake of a responsible, two-party 20 The Texas Observer political system in Texas, Waggoner Carr probably could not ‘have chosen a better time to unilaterally decide that he is a moderate. Don W. Allford, 1505 Cloverleaf, Austin, Texas. Tower Didn’t Study Economics The Observer of Sept. 16 incorrectly stated that Sen. Tower studied economics in college. Sen. Tower studied political science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. A look at Sen. Tower’s voting record makes it evident that he did not study economics. Donald Smith, 1216 W. 22nd St., Austin, Texas. Write-in, or Scratch Robert N. Hoffman, in the issue of June 10, suggests a write-in campaign for governor. I say let’s elect a Republican governor \(in spite of the Republicans who aren’t to the two-party system which our state needs so desperately. I feel pretty sure that the G.O.P. candidate is as good as we have. Personally, I plan to read and compare some platforms; if the G.O.P. isn’t offering something better than we haveI’ll scratch ’em all.Varina W. Luckenbach, Box 237, Odom, Tex. In Defense of the Marines In regard to Alfred Schild’s “Reflections on Texas and the Marines” [Obs. Aug. 19], I can surely sympathize with him in the loss of his friend, Robert Boyer, at the hands of a maniacal killer, Charles Whitman. A distraught person will lash out. Therefore I accept Mr. Schild’s proposal to unilaterally abolish the United States Marine Corps as wild flailing in the darkness of his grief. Mr. Schild’s implication that the Marine Corps trains young heroes “to be brave and thoughtless and cruel” goes full circle on the ring of extremism and meets face to face with the equally unacceptable views of Klansmen, Birchers and the like. It should be significant that Oswald was dishonorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps and Whitman was court-martialed and demoted for, among other things, having an illegal pistol. If these two had excelled while serving in the Marine Corps, then he might have a point. I wonder what makes Mr. Schild such an authority on the Marine Corps. Mrs. A. H. Allen, 1105 N. 4th Street, Temple, Texas 76501. A Human Cause I was watching as large clusters of people gathered in the heat of the South Texas sun and waited patiently for the farm worker marchers to reach the city limits. As they slowly advanced I could see young and old faces, faces that because of too much work and too little pay never had a chance to flirt with youth. Beads of sweat ran down these weathered faces faces that said: “We are the owners of the earth and the caretakers of the farmlands of the world.” The heat of the scorching sun jerked me back from my idealism to reality and the disgusting fact that these simple human beings had to go to such a great degree of discomfort to demonstrate their need for a minimum wage of $1.25. These people are human beings not animals and they should have some leisure time for themselves and, more important, an adequate education for their children. A minimum wage, right now, would help them begin to attain these things. I ask this question of the farm owners: Where does materialism end and where does humanism begin? The answer is obvious: Materialism should end before it begins to infringe on personal human rights. Farm owners, you who have violated these basic human rights of your workers for so many years, examine your conscience and yield to your hearts. But I also ask a question of South Texas politicians: Is it ethical to prostitute this human cause for higher wages by trying to make it into a racial question? I am not saying that there isn’t any racial discrimination in South Texas, but this march has to be looked upon as a broader human question, rather than exclusively involving one ethnic group. In spite of these problems, I have no doubt that these marchers will achieve their goal simply because basic human questions are always answered. George Truan, 303 E. Alice, Kingsville, Tex. Teach Them in English Concerning the article by Carlos R. Guerra [Obs. Sept. 2], I urge the Spanish-speaking parents to abandon ‘the attitude that it amounts to unfair discrimination when school’s insist that ‘the children speak English in the school room and on the school grounds…. This is not a question of which language shall ‘have “top-dog” status. It is a question of whether the child shall be able to learn fast enough to keep up on age and grade level with his contemporaries…. Classroom time prohibits the teaching of guages. .. . All text’s are in English. . . . An educated person must have ‘command of at least one language; in schools our medium ‘of communication is English. . . . I am beginning my fifth year teaching in a mixed language classroom. Apparently the mind of a child can memorize and ‘absorb only so much in a given time. If the major pant of this ‘ability is invested in developing an away-from-home vocabufollow ‘that the child’s new learning into interpretation, deduction, and analysis seems to be hindered. Mrs. Rozelle Dohoney, 1607 E. 16th St., Big Spring, Texas 79720.
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