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more recently, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, a Nobel prize winner. Does this indicate a change of attitude in Alabama? Consider an editorial that appears in the Birmingham News, reprinted in the Montgomery Advertiser. It concerns Bracie Watson, 16, a Negro, who has won science prizes with his experiments on the skin of chickens, the kidneys of dogs, and the embryos of rats. As a student at Birmingham’s Parker High School, young Watson’s interest and skill in such projects won him a place in the formerly segregated regional science fair. He eventually took second place in the International Science Fair last April. And he became the object of what apparently is a strong recruiting tug-of-war by both the University of Alabama and the University of California. Watson will graduate at the end of this school year and apparently will go to one of these schools … But if people in Alabama could have a say in the matter, they might hope he would not become a part of the outflowing “brain drain.” Alabamians might impress on Bracie Watson that there’s a place for him in the Medical School’s bright future. And it’s not in the back of the room. That is not even half the picture, of course. I told the racial anecdotes to the Glenwood postmaster. “I can equal those any day,” he said. “One colored woman comes every month and wants to send a money order to ‘Deacon Darby in Dothan.’ Cephus Darby is president of the Sons and Daughters of Levi, a burial insurance company. Every month he writes and asks that the money order be sent to the company. Every month she sends it to him; he used to be in the local church. “Ignorance is the problem; race has little to do with it,” the postmaster said. “I have white people come in who cannot address a letter or wrap a package properly. I spend half my time doing things a postmaster should not have to do.” Schools in the state are not often like those in Birmingham or the Medical College. I am left with the remembrance of the college neWspaper editor who left Troy State because of censorship or of that cartoon of “Ma” Alabama waving at one of the thousands of state cars while pushing the grammar school child backwards. MISSISSIPPI BORDERU.S. 80 leaves Alabama in the direction of Texas in a beautiful wooded area. Two signs appear in the lights of an oncoming car. In the daytime one reads “Welcome to Historic Alabama, Lurleen C. Wallace, Governor,” while another reads “See Alabama’s Famous Prehistoric Indian Mounds, Moundville, Alabama.” As I leave Alabama in heavy fog and mist, only the large red-letter words stand out: “Alabama . . Wallace . . . Prehistoric.” Establishment Liberals Austin Jon Coffee’s letter in the March 15 Observer in which he attempts to make a case for voting for John Connally’s 1964 Harris County campaign manager [John Hill] and his 1965-’66 secretary of state [also Hill] carries all of the usual markings by which establishment liberals are easily indentified. It also contains many misstatements of fact. In attempting to defend State Sens. Don Kennard and Charles Wilson, both of whom are backing Hill,* Mr. Coffee stated that their voting record “is in the same column with Don Gladden.” Anyone who cares to look at the latest AFL-CIO ratings on liberal and labor issues which were voted on by the 60th legislature will * Senator Kennard told the Observer he is supporting Dolph Briscoe for governor. 14 The Texas Observer MEETINGS THE THURSDAY CLUB of Dallas meets each Thursday noon for lunch \(cafeteria the Downtown YMCA, 605 No. Ervay St., Dallas. Good discussion. You’re welcome. Informal, no dues. The TRAVIS COUNTY LIBERAL DEMO-CRATS meet at the Spanish Village, 802 Red River, at 8 p.m. on the first Thursday. You’re Invited. CENTRAL TEXAS ACLU luncheon meeting. 2nd Friday of every month. Scholz’. From noon. All AUSTIN WOMEN FOR PEACE/WOMEN STRIKE FOR PEACE meet twice monthly. Call GR 6-3755 or 477-1282 for more information. ITEMS for this feature cost, for the first entry, 7c a word, and for each subsequent entry, Sc a word. We must receive them one week before the date of the issue in which they are to be published. find that Gladden had 15 “good” votes and only one “bad” vote. Don Kennard had eight “good,” six “bad” votes, and two absences. Sen. Wilson had nine “good” votes, six “bad,” and one absence. Mr. Coffee also says of Kennard and Wilson, “These gentlemen have advanced more progressive legislation in a day’s service in either the house or senate than Don Yarborough has in his lifetime.” What progressive legislation, pray tell, have either of these establishment liberal senators ever advanced? Sen. Wilson was co-sponsor of Gov. John Connally’s bill which created that monstrosity known as the Coordinating Board for Texas Colleges and Universities, and Wilson was roundly denounced in an Observer editorial at the time for pushing that measure. His name is also on the books as sponsor of the state sales tax, and last session he successfully sponsored two of the biggest corporate giveaway measures of this century. One was the proposed constitutional amendment \(which will be on the ballot this NovemMARTIN ELFANT Sun Life of Canada 001 Century Building Houston, Texas CA 4-06110 from state, city, and school district ad valorem taxes all pollution control equip ment which corporations install in their plants. If approved by the voters this scheme will allow corporations to escape millions of dollars in taxes, which of course will have to be made up by consumers and home owners. And judging from experience in other states it won’t contribute one iota to eliminating industrial pollution. The other Wilson sponsored constitutional amendment will allow corporations to finance new plants and plant expansion programs under the industrial bond scheme originated in deep-South states to attract anti-union industries. That corporate give-away is opposed by the US Treasury Dept., Sen. Ralph Yarborough, organized labor, and everyone who doesn’t think industry should escape taxation. Wilson, known convivially around the Capitol as a Temple Lumber Co. liberal, also voted against Sen. Barbara Jordan’s motion to bring up Rep. Rex Braun’s two bills to permit criminal prosecution of corporate polluters, and in both the 59th and 60th legislatures he and Kennard both were among the most consistent supporters of Connally’s pet scheme to stay on the throne, four-year terms for governors. Three of the state representatives from Wilson’s senatorial district have far bet ter liberal voting records than Wilson John Hannah, of Wilson’s home town of Lufkin, J. E. Miller, and Bill Bass. Two of ,, the state representatives from Kennard’s district, Gladden and Skeet Richardson,, have far better liberal voting records than Kennard. And the differences between Kennard and Gladden’s voting records. gib