Refreshing the Nation’s Economy What is the brewing industry worth to the American economy? Reckon it in billions. Here are some of our annual outlays, in round numbers: Packaging purchases $55Q Million Salaries and wages $2.5 Billion ON THESE FOUR ITEMS ALONEMORE THAN $4 BILLION The Breweries of America Pump COnstant Refreshment into the American Economic System. UNITED STATES BREWERS ASSOCIATION, INC. 905 International Life Bldg., Austin, Texas 78701 with U.S. Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark and his two predecessors, who, he says, have “consistently hampered and frustrated” efforts to punish lawbreakers. U.S. Sen. John Tower agrees, adding that President Johnson and the executive branch “have not chosen or been able to cope with the lawlessness.” It’s the banks’ fault, believes Cong. Wright Patman, Texarkana. “It’s a well-known fact that the banks do not provide credit to people who live in what is commonly called the ‘ghetto area’ of our cities,” he said. V City officials, meanwhile, are pro fessing hope that a Detroit or Newark won’t occur in Texas. “We in Texas don’t have any real big cities. They are big towns,” says Fort Worth Mayor DeWitt McKinley. “They are hometown type of towns, and when you have pride in your hometown, you don’t go around tearing it up,” McKinley says. Houston Mayor Louie Welch concedes “We have a problem, but with sober, intelligent leadership we can work our problems out around the conference table rather than with fire bombs and bullets.” $ The Texas Observer A At Austin there are rumors of “outsiders” agitating Negroes. San Antonio Mayor W. W. McAllister believes the riots are the work of “subversives and communists,” and has said that the police in his city will “shoot to kill” if necessary. V At Houston there was a reprise of the TSU disorders of earlier this year roes roved the streets near the university breaking windows and hurling rocks and one fire bomb. They dispersed on learning that the trial of five Negroes charged with assault to murder in connection with the TSU disorder has been set back to October. V New Jersey Sen. Harrison Williams, who was uncomplimentary of the Tex as Rangers during a Senate subcommittee hearing in the Valley this summer \(Obs., from Texans after the Newark riots sug gesting that the Rangers could help out there. Williams answered, ” . . . in view of the fact that [the IRangers] could not find their way the’few blocks between the Ringgold Hotel aact=’the Starr County courthouse in Rio Grande City to testify, I hardly think they could be trusted to traverse half the continent and locate Newark, N.J.” Miscellaneous Notes V Former liberal legislator Tony Ko rioth has become one of three members of the Industrial Accident Board which administers workmen’s compensation in Texas. 1/r The ratings of legislators, according to the Texas AFL-CIO have been released. Among senators, Oscar Mauzy, Dallas, was right 15 times, wrong once, according to labor. In the House, Ed Harris of Galveston and Rex Braun of Houston were right 16 times, wrong no times. Slipping only once were R. L. Vale of San Antonio, Bill Bass of Ben Wheeler, Joe Allen of Baytown, Lauro Cruz of Houston, Lindon Williams of Galena Park, Jim Clark of Houston, Neil Caldwell of Angleton, and Don Gladden of Fort Worth. Wrong on each key vote were Reps. Don Cavness of Austin, Ralph Scoggins of El Paso, Ace Pickens of Odessa, and Ralph Wayne of Plainview. Wayne is being boomed for a Congressional race next year against Cong. Bob Price, Amarillo, by the influential Tulia Herald. Wrong, said labor, on all but one vote were Reps. Gene Fondren of Taylor, Felix McDonald of Edinburg, David Crews’ of Conroe, Bob Slider of Naples, John E. Blaine of El Paso, Grant Jones of Abilene, Frank Calhoun of Abilene, Delwin Jones of Lubbock, and Bill Clayton of Springlake. Leading in absences on labor’s key votes was Honore Ligarde of Laredo, who missed eight \(standing two right, six wrong Richard Slack of Pecos \(one right, nine V In the Senate the Texas AFL-CIO sup ported 32 bills, of which 14 passed; 14 measures were opposed, of which two passed. In the House 14 of 45 labor-backed bill made it, while six of the 25 .bills that labor opposed passed. V San Antonio voters approved a ref. erendum for passage of a $1.25 city minimum wage ordinance. A court test is likely as is now in progress against Mathis’ $1 minimum wage ordinance. A move is on at Laredo for a $1 minimum; Rep. Ligarde is pushing for the ordinance there. V Sen. Ralph Yarborough says Johnson is “the best man for labor” in 1968. V Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mathis, publishers of the Edinburg Daily Review, have expanded with weeklies at Mission, Rio Grande City, and Brownsville. The Daily Review, the only daily in the Valley other than the super-conservative Hoiles chain papers, has been giving the farm workers’ strike major reportage spreads. With the daily and three weeklies, Mathis is now braced up and down the Valley for his challenge to the Hoiles papers, but whether he can strengthen his footing remains to be seen. The Daily Review recently became engaged in a bitter mayor’s race and reportedly has had to pay some prices for its candid editorial stands.
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