Page 7


E were Eisenhower and Nixon partisans not so long ago. There must be a better way to go about establishing an LBJ State Park. The trustees of the fund for the park are also the State Park and Wildlife commissioners, an arrangement that is, at best, inappropriate. If the fund is truly a private matter, as it is represented to be, then let private citizens, not public officials, handle it. And, anyway, why should the project rely on private donations? It would be far more fitting for such a park to be set aside by Texas public funds, to honor a noted native son. How corrosive of the dignity of the President are all these whispers about potential improprieties; questions, for instance, about such things as the motives of those donors whose names have been so carefully kept from public knowledge. The park need not be the expensive No, Waggoner Having listened to the arguments of the candidates, I am now even more convinced than I was a month ago that Waggoner Carr should not be sent to the Senate from Texas. Carr is part and parcel of the Connally, Shivers, conservative Democrat, one-party machine that runs Texas. His campaigners are using the power of Speaker Ben Barnes and Connally in the legislature to get support from lobbyists and public officials. In Washington Carr would echo President Johnson in the abyss of Johnson foreign policy while playing a moderate-conservative game on domestic policy and meanwhile undercutting Sen. Ralph Yarborough. Not only, in his cam, paign, has Carr failed to appeal to liberal, humane values; he has kicked thoughtful liberals in the teeth and then invited them to bend over. No; this is the year for the two-party system. A Melancholy Time The melancholy, for liberals, that this political fall has been will end, after all, November 8th. If Amendment 7 is defeated there may be a fighting chance that a permanent voter registration system can be enacted within a few years. The experience of the spring, which taught that free registration, without the poll tax, does not necessarily mean increased voting can begin to be applied in earnest in 1968. As soon as this scene is over, as soon as it’s November the 9th, then there ought to be some realistic thinking among those who care about the future of democracy in Texas. What exactly needs to be done, in the post-election situation, to bring the new masses of free voters to bear on the constipated politics of this state? Taking project it evidently will turn out to be. Why not lop off the requisite acreage from the LBJ Ranch, rather than put the arm on neighboring property owners, through condemnation procedures, or the threat of such? The problem of commercial exploitation in the ranch neighborhood \( an auxiliary not be solved by establishing a park on some of the land by the President’s ranch. A better solution to this particular matter would be a statute permitting countywide zoning \(Texas law now permits zonstate becomes more urbanized, land in unincorporated portions of metropolitan areas must be reserved for its best useage. Credit is due State Sen. Jim Bates of Edinburg for stating well the objections to handling of the LBJ Park matter. G. 0. coolly into account both the strengths and the weaknesses of the liberal and labor forces in Texas, what can they realistically do really to change the situation? The Observer, for its part, can produce more research papers on fundamental state problems. Senator Yarborough, for his, can go on doing just what he’s been do SOURCES FOR INTEGRATION SURVEY Christi Caller, 4-7-65; Robstown Record, 4-14U.S. Commissioner of Education Harold Howe II, quoted by New York Times News Service in Dallas News, 6-19-66. Reporting Service estimated 7,000 in 1962-63. 1964 estimates: 20,000 by AP in the San Antonio Express, 9-13-64; 24,800 by the U.S. Office of Education; 27,080 by S.A.R.S. 1965-66 estimates. Texas Education Agency reported 15,000 in September, 1965; 60,000, by the S.E.R.S.; 75,340, by the Southern Regional Council; and 81,700, by the U.S. Office of Education. Texas, 1964-65: $37 million, Dallas Times Herald, 9-12-65; $50 million, Houston Post, 4-9-65. Estimates for 1966-67: $104,754,679, State CornnAsioner of Education J. W. Edgar; $139 million, Houston Chronicle, 9-15-66; $160 million, 7-14, and 8-3, 1966; Houston Chronicle, 6-2, 6-7, 6-8. 6-9. 6-15, 6-25, 6-28, 1966. ton Past and Dallas Times Herald, 9-11-66; 2-17, 1966. Chronicle, 6-5-66. ing. The liberals and liberal-moderates in the legislature, for theirs, can communicate together, informally to be sure, better than liberals have in the legislature for these last ten years. Nothing is final; every solution is itself a problem; but some events are more conclusive than others, and the time is coming due when Texas needs another conclusive event something like Yarborough’s victory in 1957 if it is to remain even within hailing distance of political balance; of democratic health. . . . And Babe Schwartz As a personal matter, I was sorry to see that Yarborough dropped Babe Schwartz in favor of another nominee for U.S. district attorney in Houston. Senator Schwartz is a straight shooter, a good man, and a maverick liberal. But as a public matter I am glad that Senator Yarborough is more and more firmly felt as a political force in his own right. People know because of his insistence on his prerogatives, public and political, in such matters as HemisFair and the patronage appointments as well as in the bread-and-butter, welfare-and-public power fights in Washington that Yarborough is not going to deliver his vote or his influence for anybody, from the President on down. Generally we are all now getting the idea that Yarborough’s idiosyncracies just happen to be the idiosyncracies of a senator who is his own damn man and never will be any other’s. R. D. October 28, 1966 19 65. Austin American 3-15-66, and Austin American Daily Texan, 6-16-64. an, 9-23-65. 64. Chronicle, 12-23-64; Dallas Times Herald, 1-8-6 Express, 3-18-64; Fort Worth Star-Telegram 1-18-65. server, 8-5-66; Roberstown Record, 7-28-66. News, 10-24-65. 2-27-66. Houston Post, 10-2-65. Dallas Times-Herald, 7-2-65; Houston Chronicle, 6-11-66; and Dallas News, 6-16-66. Observations