Page 4


; mics were gentle? The list is endless; these few suggestions are designed only to break through the harsh exterior and allow gentle creativity to flood the campus. If we are successful, there might even be enough gentleness left to get our toes wet Friday. Inasmuch as daisies were out of season on the first Gentle Thursday, celebrants contented themselves with scrawling gentle slogans, such as these on a jet fighter displayed in front of the ROTC building: “Fly in Peace, Gentle Plane,” “Gentleness, Gentlemen,” and “Love Thine Enemy.” A and M Imagery Publication of letters to the editor has been resumed in the Battalion, Texas’ A-&M campus “newspaper.” Well, most letters. An editorial announcing the resumption advised that “letters damaging to the image” of .A&M will not be published. Meanwhile, student reaction to the Battalion’s sad state continues. Recently a number of bundles of that publication were stacked, unopened, in front of the Battalion office, sent back from the military dormitories. The paper responded with an editorial entitled, “Miss Your Paper?” in which the new staff pleaded for patience with its efforts. At last report just one of the six staffers who began the fall semester remains; three were fired by the school administration, two others quit. Tommy DeFrank, the deposed editor, last week was nominated the recipient of a Rhodes scholarship. G. Q. 16 The Texas Observer Draft RFK in 1968 Every responsible Texan should join the ranks of the national movement to draft Robert Kennedy as the Democratic nominee for president in 1968. . . . The Johnson administration’s hardhanded foreign policy is a direct reversal of the Kennedy approach. There is no ques tion but that with the Johnson adminis tration’s war policies, our image and prestige abroad at the present time are at an an all time low. . . . But the reversal of Kennedy foreign policies was not all. President Johnson then reversed a long Democratic party domestic policy for lowering interest rates. . . . All of the President’s actions on this most important domestic issue adopt the historic Republican position of favoring the money lenders. It is well past time that Texans begin to speak up and take the lead in nominating a Democrat at the next presidential convention. It was in Texas, on that monstrous day in November, where the torch of the New Frontier was hideously struck down. What could be more appropriate than Texans picking up the torch, rekindling and placing it in the capable hands of one who will carry it high and with pride. . . . David G. Copeland, 530 New Road, Waco, Texas 76710. A News-Starved Town Thanks particularly for your Hemisfair cent issues have been like “manna” to us in this news-starved town. You should have a booming subscription list in San Antonio. We need your “let’s-look-at-allthe-facts” kind of reporting. Mrs. V. V. Matthews, 202 Quentin Dr., San Antonio, Tex., 78201. Liberals Often Too Critical We are reluctantly re-subscribing because of your, though qualified, support for John Tower. We don’t believe that the fies the means. Also, we are worried that you are, in general, going off the negative end. We liberals easily get so busy criticizing that we overlook that which is positive. There are still some good things happening in the world! Otto and Margret Hofmann, 610 Cardinal Lane, Austin, Tex., 78704. Note from an Aggie Ex I found the article on the A&M controprehensive report in all the news media. The Rev. Allan H. Hohlt, 2002 Forest Oaks, Houston, Tex., 77017. Censorship Stupid I enjoyed the article on the Battalion, the Texas A&M newspaper \(Obs., Oct. It seems stupid for an institution whose purpose is the seeking of knowledge and truthOto be the location of the most overt censorship. This is true at most colleges, including my own, East Texas State. . . . If a student’s teachers seek to stamp out ideas, how can a student respect the teachers and administrators? E. Herold, Box 4026, Commerce, Texas. No Dams in Grand Canyon Some readers may be unaware of a bill before Congress, HR-4671, which provides for two dams on the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. The irreplaceable grandeur of the Grand Canyon, a priceless natural heritage, was set aside by law to be preserved unimpaired for the enjoyment of ALL future generations. This alone should be sufficient reason for saving it. Unfortunately, the entire Grand Canyon is only partially protected by national park and national monument boundaries, and these boundaries stand to be violated if the Bureau of Reclamation has its way. . . . The perpetually water-starved Southwest can be aided without these wasteful dams. The Grand Canyon should be protected in its entirety, from Lee’s Ferry to Grand Wash Cliffs. . . Please write at once to your congressmen and senators, letting them know you are opposed to ANY dams in the Grand Canyon area. Dr. and Mrs. Dean Ewing, 1907 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque, N.M. Correction: Last issue’s letter, “Liberals’ Sense of Form,” should have referred to the President as “hard-nosed” a n d have been