Dialogue Kudos and Cancellations I could not agree more with your views expressed so well in the [Nov. 11 editorial. . . . Sometimes I think that the liberals, who so proudly exhibit their own lack of prejudice and decry the prejudices of others, are, in their own way, the most prejudiced of all people. Take the small example of the threats of cancelled subscriptions to the Observer because you dared imply that dear old Hubert might not be the great reformer and humanitarian we had believed him to be.. . . Then, there is the liberal prejudice for the Democratic party, resting on the token programs of unenforced laws and ineffective welfare programs on the domestic front, which obviously have failed to solve the basic problems. . . . and keep firing regardless of the flak you receive, for there is no more vitally important job than truly educating as many people as possible to the urgent necessity for political action to put the reins of power back into the hands of the people. In order to do this, it will be necessary to abandon some of our favorite prejudices and examine the hard, cold facts. Mrs. Lee Dresh, 2200 Midway, Mesquite, Tex. Do Not Cancel Looking at your recent editions, I am sure that there will be some subscribers who will write in and say, “My favorite news magazine has been taken over by a bunch of freaks and sadists. Cancel my subscription!” Well, don’t cancel my subscription. True, I am going to refile my future cop 16 The Texas Observer ies along with my Bill Buckley gems under “Irrelevant Humor, Dirty Stories and Licorice Sticks.” But cancel? Heck no. Why, those editorials, semi-editorials, demi-editorials, and cuss words are the best thing since Don Rickles. And an “R. D.” on an article still means first-class, foot leather, professional reporting. J. D. Frazee, 5409 Dorlington, Austin, Tex. Harm to Liberalism . . . In the last year or so you have done more harm to the liberal cause in Texas than you can make up for in many years to come. I can no longer trust your judgment. So please count me out as one of your long-time subscribers and supporters. Leon Green, 207 Yaupon Valley Rd., Austin, Tex. 78746. No Reason for Existence Please cancel my subscription at once. With the Nov. 1 editorial your reason for existence has ended. Mrs. Carlton E. Bushe, 3012 West Ave., Austin, Tex. Intellectual Leadership Congratulations to the Observer! By thoughtfully and logically calling for the defeat of Hubert Humphrey you were articulating the “new politics” at its best. Your editorial moves the Observer into a class with the best and most-prominent liberal journals in this country today by daring to really confront the political problems which face us. . . . Texas liberals previously accepted [the Rebuilding Committee argument, to vote for Republicans who oppose conservative Democrats]. . . . Were we so enraptured with our idea of national party loyalty that we . . . put that ahead of our loyalty to America? In suggesting such higher loyalty you are offering intellectual leadership to the liberal movement in Texasnot merely stating old, worn-out views because “we’ve got to support the national ticket.” The political campaign this year was irrelevant to the issues facing this country; if the revolution we seem to be entering is to be peaceful we must get out of the rut of the “old” politics. Ralph and Sue Estes, 1600 S. Jones, Apt. 115, Arlington, Tex. 76010. Disappointment . . . I was. very disappointed in the editorial urging the write-in of Eugene McCarthy for president. . . . If Ralph Yarborough and John Connally could bring themselves together to campaign for the Democratic ticket . . . then I think that the Observer could at least have done as well. Your [Nov. 1] editorial says this would be a vote for Nixon and so be it. I do not see how any liberally oriented newspaper could possibly advocate such. I am afraid you have left me. Please cancel my subscription. Sterling W. Steves, 200 Fort Worth Club Bldg., Fort Worth, Tex. 76102. A Cancellation Please cancel my subscription to The Texas Observer as of January 1, 1969. Reason: your editorial in the Nov. 1 issue. J. Meijer Drees, 6214 Stichter Ave., Dallas, Tex. 75230. Congratulations Congratulations on your editorial on HHH. Bob Bonazzi, 1409 Maryland, apt. 4, Houston, Tex. 77006. Against Dirty Words Your editorial urging Vice President Humphrey’s defeat at the polls in the November 1 issue of the Observer, and Mr. Halliburton’s Dialogue letter in the same issue, seem to stem from the same feeling about the Democratic party. I congratulate your use of quality language in the editorial, but I deplore your flippancy in publishing Mr. Halliburton’s cleverly written but repulsive letter, when measured by most generally accepted moral standards. Why not refer writers who write such “creative” thoughts to the editor of the Rag, Avant Garde or Ramparts where this message will be appreciated? For a long time the Observer has carried the news about important issues that I haven’t found in other Texas newspapers. I’ll look harder elsewhere for such news if this editorial laxness continues. Here’s to quality journalism. Calvin C. Boykin, 1505 Laura Lane, College Station, Tex. 77840. Another Cancellation I do not wish to receive any further copies of your paper. Please . . . cancel my subscription. John S. Patterson, 12910 Hermitage, Houston, Tex. 77024. Trick or Treat Everyone considered it a text-book example of questionable timing when LBJ announced his non-candidacy on the eve of April Fool’s Day. But to announce the bombing halt when every kid from coast to coast was screaming, “Trick or Treat!” Dorothy Nies, 10 Montague Terrace, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201.
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