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ask. It shocked many of our readers, and it shocked me. In fact, I was horrified inside to be asking it. [ Senator Robert] “Kennedy said the United States is ‘responsible for tens and tens of thousands of innocent civilian casualties’ and asked whether the nation should be killing women and children on another continent solely in the name of its own security’.”AP, Nov. 26, 1967. “Allied commanders had to decide either to blow the friendly hamlet of Hoa Da to bits, or find some other way of destroying the Communist battalion that had infiltrated it. They did not hesitate: Hoa Da was blown to bits.”AP, Nov. 30, 1967. Such as Not That … The advocacy of “for instance, an increase in the sales tax,” which was the subject of an item fo r this column Nov. 10, was proposed for adoption by the Texas State Teachers’ Assn. by its educational finance committee, but T.S.T.A.’s House of Delegates did not adopt this forinstance, as I had thought incorrectly that they did. Traxel Stevens, managing editor of Texas Outlook, points out to me that the committee did recommend that costs of extra school services “be met by some form of tax other than tax on property. For instance, an increase in sales tax the TSTA to back such a tax.” On motion of Grady Waldrop of Corpus, however, the House of Delegates recommended instead “some form of tax other than tax on propertythe TSTA to back such a tax.” Now I have got it straight. Instead of “for instance, an increase in the sales tax,” the T.S.T.A. is for “such a tax,” that is, “some form of tax other than tax on property.” Have you got it, now? Once again, then: the T.S.T.A. is for such a tax . as some 14 The Texas Observer form of tax other than tax on property. My item of Nov. 10, 1967, concluded: “They are supposed to be the educators. Why don’t they educate our citizens in the equity of a personal income tax . . . .” I stand corrected. The tax the teachers Wichita Falls The personal papers and files of the late James V. Allred, who worked his way from being a shoeshine boy in Bowie to governor of Texas, will be housed in a special collection in the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library at the University of Houston. A ceremony is planned in the near future .at which members of Allred’s family, including his wife, Mrs. Joe Betsy Allred, Wichita Falls, will formally present the collection to the University. The papers include files, personal letters, photographs, and news clippings the family has saved. Allred’s son, State Rep. Dave Allred, Wichita Falls, is helping the library in seeking other materials for the collection. Anyone wishing to donate letters, photographs, or news clippings, or copies of them, to the collection is asked to contact Rep. Allred at 1608 Hayes Street, Wichita Falls, 76309. James V. Allred, who died in 1959, served as district attorney at Wichita Falls, attorney general, governor of Texas, and was twice appointed a US district judge. Born in Bowie in 1899, Allred volunteered for the Navy in World War I. After the war, he studied law and was admitted to the State Bar in 1921. As state attorney general from 1931 to 1935, Allred ‘fought monopolies and tax law evasions and established the Texas School Fund’s title. to oil royalties worth more than $20 million. advocate, far from being such a tax as either the sales tax or the personal income tax, is such a tax as some form of tax other than tax on property. I appreciate Traxel clearing this up. R.D. In 1935, he was named the “Outstanding Young Man in America” by the National Junior Chamber of Commerce, and also began his first term as governor. He was re-elected by a landslide vote in 1936. Allred is considered the state’s last liberal governor to date. During his administration, social se cur it y amendments were added to the state’s constitution, and he signed Texas’ first old age assistance bill. He also led the movement for aid to dependent children, aid to the needy blind, and a teacher retirement fund. Under his leadership, a Board of Pardons and Paroles was established, prison reforms were brought about, an unemployment insurance system was started, and the Texas Rangers and the Highway Patrol were combined in the Texas Department of Public Safety. On the federal bench, Allred earned a reputation as a fair and compassionate jurist. He took a deep interest in the people who appeared before his court, and in many cases helped a first offender find a job and “go straight.” “Mr. Allred had a distinguished career of public service that included leadership in many of the landmarks of Texas government and history,” says Dr. Philip G. Hoffman, UH president. “His friends included street sweepers and presidents, and his career showed a deep concern for the people of Texas. It is a pleasure to have this collection established at the University of Houston.” Governor Allred’s Papers Will Go to UH An Open Letter to President Johnson and the Texas Democratic Party We voted for you because you gave us hope of peace when in your election campaign you said: “We are not about to send American boys nine or ten thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing President. We can no longer commit the crime of silence. Mr. President, we advise you and those on every level of government that, from this day on, our campaign funds, our energies and our votes go to those and only those political figures who work for an end to the war in Vietnamand for a renewed commitment to the poor and oppressed in America. \(Signatures will be presented to state and national Democratic DISSENTING DEMOCRATS OF TEXAS 1505 Cloverleaf Austin, Texas I agree with the statement made in this advertisement and would like to join other Dissenting Democrats in expressing my opposition to our present policy in Vietnam. Address City State Signature County & Precinct No. Enclosed is a contribution to expand the work of Dissenting Democrats throughout Texas.