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quering South Vietnam, Humphrey said, “it would add to the strength of communism in both Asia and Europe. It would represent a defeat not only for America but for freedom everywhere . .. ” Tower takes all this to mean that the administration has lately come around to pointing out that it is American selfinterest that is our basic reason for being in Vietnam. “It is something I have been telling audiences all over our country for the last two years,” Tower says. “And I believe much of the current confusion in our country over Vietnam has been unnecessarily stirred up because, up until now, the administration has refused to articulate our national interest position in Asia, referring rather to the allegation that we are in Vietnam because South Vietnam asked us in. “It always has been clear to the American public that a simple request to help is not sufficient cause for the major commitment of life and resources that we have mounted. Therefore, it is not suprising that when given such a half-hearted reason for our being there, many Americans have suggested that we get out. “But, the humanitarian desire to help never has been the key reason we are in Vietnam,” Tower says. “The real reason is that it is in our own self interest to be there.” Well, there it is. Tower’s words may not warm your heart. But he speaks his mind honestly. It’s clear he will never 22 The Texas Observer STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP MANAGEMENT AND CIRCULATION Act of October 23, 1962; Section 4369, Publisher: File two copies of this form with your postmaster. 1.Date of filing: Sept. 30, 1967. 2.Title of publication: The Texas Observer. 3.Frequency of issue: Fortnightly. 4.Location of known office of publication 24th St., Austin, Travis County, Texas 78705. 5.Location of the headquarters or general busi504 West 24th St., Austin, Travis County, Texas, 78705. 6.Names and addresses of publisher, editor, and managing editor: Publisher \(name and adAustin, Travis County, Texas, 78705. Editor \(name and Travis County, Texas, 78705. Managing editor 7.Owner \(If owned by a corporation, its name and address must be stated and also immediately thereunder the names and addresses of stockholders owning or holding 1 percent. or more of total amount of stock. If not owned by a corporation, the names and addresses of the individual owners must be given. If owned by a partnership or other unincorporated firm, its name and address, as well as that of each 504 West 24th St., Austin, Travis County, Texas, 78705, Mrs. R. D. Randolph, 718 Capital National Bank Bldg., Houston, Harris County, Texas, 77002. Ronnie Dugger, 1017 West 31st St., Austin, Travis County, Texas, 78705. 8.Known bondholders, mortgagees, and other security holders owning or holding 1 percent or more of total amount of bonds, mortgages None. 9.Paragraphs 7 and 8 include, in cases where the stockholder or security holder appears upon the books of the company as trustees or in any other fiduciary relation, the name of the person or corporation for whom such trustee is acting, also the statements in the two paragraphs become President or even Vice President. He speaks too plainly. Like that other Republican in 1964; you know, whats-hisnamethe guy who would have had us Do You Favor Revision? Your articles about the Texas constitutional revision committee [Sept. 29] once again point up the futile and frustrated attitudes of the doctrinaire liberal. Maybe I’m just getting older, but the longer I participate in Texas politics, the more difficulty I have in accepting these attitudes. May I ask: Do you favor constitutional revision? If so \(and I assume that all rational Texans accept the need of revising a better plan than a committee of workable size to formulate the document, which must then be accepted by the legislature and then by the entire electorate? And do you believe the politicians who govern our state by a clear mandate of the majority should turn against their supporters and have the committee composed of Republicans and liberal Democrats? I’m not sure what you’re spiking your coffee with, but it smells like irrational bitterness against Connally and the other show the affiant’s full knowledge and belief as to the circumstances and conditions under which stockholders and security holders who do not appear upon the books of the company as trustees, hold stock and securities in a capacity other than that of a bona fide owner. Names and addresses of individuals who are stockholders of a corporation which itself is a stockholder or holder of bonds, mortgages or other securities of the publishing corporation have been included in paragraphs 7 and 8 when the interests of such individuals are equivalent to 1 percent or more of the total amount of the stock or securities of the publishing corporation. 10.Extent and nature of circulation Average Number Copies Each Single Issue Issue During Nearest Preceding To Filing 12 Months Date A. Total No. copies printed \(net press 8,092 8,600 B. Paid circulation 1.Sales through deal ers and carriers, street vendors and counter sales 331 460 2.Mail subscriptions 6,766 6,409 C. Total paid circulation 7,097 6,869 D. Free distribution by mail, carrier, or other means 293 229 E. Total distribution 7,390 7,098 F. Office use, left-over, unaccounted, spoiled after printing 702 1,502 G. Total \(sum of E & F- should equal net press 8,092 8,600 I certify that the statements made by me above are correct and complete. Signed: Greg Olds POD Form 3526 Jan. 1967 bombing the hell out of Vietnam, killing lots of civilians, and sending several hundred thousand US troops into a civil war on the Asian mainland. G.O. duly-elected officials of our state. If you don’t like what they’re doing, try convincing the public with rational alternatives, not spiteful demagoguery. As we found in Dallas in working for changes in our School Board, the public will accept progressive programs and qualified candidates, when they are presented in a forceful and fair manner. The same comments seem valid about your persistent anti-LBJ stance. May I suggest a recent article by Richard H. Rovere \(New Yorker, your readers for a clear headed appraisal by a rational liberal writer. Dr. Norman M. Kaplan, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Tex., 75235. The Observer favors revision of the Texas constitution, but, as we editorialized last Jan. 20: U… [D]own, down, down, with constitutional revision! Not to this one-party state, not to this gaggle of pettifoggers, dare we entrust the re-writing of our fundamental law! Around the corner, as they well know, is the two-party state. Then, assured, not of liberals prevailing, but of real competition and democratic debate, we can revise the constitution.” Penn Jones Replies I don’t believe I have as many errors in both my books as Benjamin Cate has in his letter to the editor of The Observer, October 13, 1967. I am always amazed at hate and spite. In this land of free speech. I thought anyone could tilt at any windmills he wanted to without being accused of doing “a disservice to his country,” the identical expression used by Cate of Time and Hugh Aynesworth of Newsweek. If Oswald was so all-fired guilty, why not simply laugh at my theory? Regarding the night meeting in Ruby’s apartment, for Cate’s information: I knew [the Dallas Times Herald’s William A.] Allen was present shooting pictures. Tom Howard WAS present. And there was another person present whom I have not named. Four persons had the opportunity to talk to either Oswald or Ruby alone after Oswald and Ruby played their parts in the conspiracy in Dallas. All four, Tom Howard, Earlene Roberts \(spelling used Whaley, and Dorothy Kilgallen are now dead. Of the thirty people who have met strange deaths, only Mrs. Roberts and Mr. Whaley Dialogue