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Observations Attention to Will Davis, Secretary of State John Hill; Redecoration of the Water Closet, Joe Kilgore \( Subcommittee on Skeletons in the Water Closet, George ator Jim Bates of Edinburg; Mineral Rights, Land Cmsr. Jerry Sadler; Outhouse Remodeling, Cmsr. Albert Pena of San Antonio; Scavenger Investigation, John Connally; Scavenger Counter-Insurgency, Martin Waldron of The New York Times; Admission Fees, Harry Ransom; Civil Defense, Mrs. Dan Moody \( Subcommittee .on Books and Pamphlets, J. Evetts Democratic National Committeeman from Texas; Side Entrance, Frank Erwin, chairman of the board of regents of the University of Texas; Back Entrance ; Frank Erwin; Basement Entrance, Senator Don Kennard, Fort Worth; No Entrance, Cong. Bob Eckhardt, Houston; Title Research, A. W. Moursund, an attorney in Johnson ly, of Paducah; Afternoon Teas and Special Events, Roy Evans; Wages and Hours, Eugene Nelson; Special EffeCts, Senator John Tower; and Special Effects on Special Effects, Fort Worth’s Julian Read. Of course all this is going to kick up a fearful row in the press. One can already see the lines that will be drawn the New Facaders vs. the Old Facaders, the New Reactionaries vs. the Old Biddies. Perhaps, although he is too busy with history and monuments of his own, President Johnson could be induced to give advice, sotto voce, on Public Opinion Manipulation and Credibility Gaps \( with the real work being done, of course, by our committee chairman in this area, Joe No right-thinking, Christian or Jewish, patriotic Texan could find it in his heart to oppose this historic undertaking. Time is short; we must answer the challenge of this historic hour, undeterred by the appalling prospect of getting all these passionate public servants and other specialists together in the same historic room. Surely, we who are dedicated to both the preservation and the conservation of our historic buildings can see to it that when the moment arrives for this historic meeting, Dave Shapiro of the United Hearts Fund will be the sergeant up in arms. R. D. MEETINGS THE THURSDAY CLUB of Dallas meets each the Downtown YMCA, 605 No. Ervay St., Dallas. Good discussion. You’re welcome. Informal, no dues. The TRAVIS COUNTY LIBERAL DEMOCRATS meet at Spanish Village at 8 p.m. on the first Thursday. You’re invited. ITEMS for this feature cost, for the first entry, 7c a word, and for each subsequent entry, 5c a word. We must receive them one week before the date of the issue in which they are to be published. The Department of Agricultural Economics and Sociology has produced a useful, accurate statistical report on “Poverty Among Spanish-Americans in Texas.” A study is only a study, however, and there is a sentence in this one that says more than it means to. Write the economic sociologists: “Because the poor are often unemployed and have little income, they have little money to spend.” 4 Frank Ferree, “El Samaritano,” the aging Anglo who gathers the leavings of the overfed Rio Grande Valley society and carts them, usually in his old bus, to the poor in the Valley and across the border, is still at his good work, helping poor mexicanos. Every now and then people stop laughing at Ferree long enough for someone like McHenry Tichenor, president of KGBT-TV in Harlingen, say, “He’s another Gandhi. He spends his life like Christ did . . . he’s for real.” 4 Daniel McGee, associate professor of religion at Baylor University in Waco, plans: to teach a course in “Christian ethics and politics” next fall, and he adds that he hopes “to develop my interest in Christian ethics and economics.” He says that when he first mentioned the Valley farm workers’ strike to his class, few students had heard about it because little notice was given to it in Texas. 4 Rabbi Levi A. Olan, of Temple EmanuEl Brotherhood in Dallas, is a regent at the University of Texas. This month in one of his Sunday broadcasts, he said: “We now ask ourselves whether our part in the Viet Nam war is a holy crusade. If it is not, it is a crime! The continuous maiming and killing of innocent peasants places a heavy moral demand upon us. The United Press reported that the Viet Cong gunned down 25 captives when the American forces approached. They were civilians, 3 of them women. The reporter for the Herald Tribune re ported that in an armed refugee camp, 87 refugees were killed, children included. Neil Sheehan of the New York Times wrote on February 15 that in three hamlets about a thousand peasant homes had been blasted apart or incinerated . . . A woman was holding a dying child whose legs had been horribly burned by napalm. One American reporter wrote: ‘A conscience is not a good ally to have in this war.’ General Ridgeway said ‘It is my firm belief that there is nothing in the present situation or in our code that requires us to bomb a small Asian nation back into the Stone Age.’ “In the face of a horror terrible enough to freeze the blood in our veins some of us [are] in agony because the holiness of our cause is not clear or certain. . . . The agony of our moral dilemma is becoming intense. . . . What can we do? .. . “There is one demand upon us which we ought not to escape to match our moral dilemma with our personal sacrifice in this hour of agony. . . . Profits are high, wages are high, and much of it caused by the busyness of making planes, bombs, and guns to kill the innocent. The holiday season is upon us and we are excited by incitement to extravagant spending. . . . We are not ashamed even of the proposal to cut our own programs aimed at helping the poverty stricken and the deprived in order to pay for the carnage, be it holy or not. How can a moral people in a holy crusade go on partying, luxuriating, and feasting while holding before itself the picture of a dying child’s two legs burned by our napalm. . . . “The war in Vietnam may or not be a holy cause. Honest men disagree. But we are all morally responsible for the terror and horror of it as it ruins the lives of innocent men, women, and children.” Economics, sociology, Christianity, Judaism up to some point these are theoretical things; then they become real. Suddenly they are serious, pointed, con December 30, 1966 11 Texas AFL-CIO recommends EDWARD P. MORGAN and the news Coast to Coast on ABC Monday thru Friday 7 P.M. Eastern Time* ‘Check your paper for local time. SPONSORED BY AFL-CIO