0 ‘Tex Realty Co., Dixie Mortgage Co., and the Bentsen Development Co. The reference was economic, not spiritual.Ed. Bibles and book stores Last Saturday while browsing in a book store, I overheard the following conversation. man, who was obviously the manager, was talking to a young man, who was obviously a clerk. She was telling him: “Look, we are selling bibles again. There is one thing you must be very careful about. When a customer brings a bible up to the counter to pay for it, always open the box to be sure the bible and the box are marked with the same price. A favorite trick of bible customers is to take a low priced bible out of its box and switch it with a high priced bible. Right now we have two $3.95 bibles sitting back there in $9.95 boxes, which means that we’ve been selling bibles less than a week and we’ve been had twice already.” Howard Glazbrook III, 2727 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, Tex. 75219 Nouveau wobblies Since it is the voice of these nouveau I.W.W.’s that you seem to be listening to rather than the voice of reason and patience and constructive change, then I must, with regret, inform you that I will not be renewing my subscription. I will, however, in deference to the fine man who 24 The Texas Observer gave me this subscription, allow it to continue until its regular termination. Kenneth Nowotny, c/o Supply Office, USCG TRACEN, Cape May, N.J. 08204. For pro college teams Larry King’s essay concerning little league football, while timely and informative is also prescient at least it should be. If sufficient adult people would make their will known where it counts, then the whole folderol of “amateur” football could be exposed for the betterment of all concerned. I should think that some of these oil billionaires who are wondering how to enscribe their money for eternity in a manner which would not be banal or camp might investigate purchasing a professional it to their favorite univeristy tax deductible and with all of the management intact. The latter know how to get every last dime out of the promotion and that means big dividends for the school. . . . Every college player should be under contract covering his pro career, the same as in the farm system of baseball, thus insuring that his “bonus” comes to the institution that made it possible. It would be a pleasant experience to watch competent professional athletes perform in the name of their owners, the universities which are training and exposing them preparatory to being advanced to the big leagues, in an honest manner. Oh yes, it might as well be extended back to the high schools and grade schools, too. Larry has exposed that for what it is. J. D. Crow, P. 0. Box 216, Canadian, Tex. 79041. A pol swap shop? The myth of a Senate controlled by Democrats is perpetuated by such victoris as that of Tweedle-Bentsen over Tweedle-Bush. What Democrats? Eastland? McClellan? Long? Talmadge? Ellender? Stennis? BENTSEN??? It is significant that Spiro Agnew, in assessing Republican gains, hailed Bentsen’s win before speaking of victories by Brock, Beall, and Buckley. What this country needs is a political swap shop. We could trade our Senate winner for almost any loser in the nation and come out ahead. Garry Kelly, 2218 24th St., Lubbock, Tex. 79411. Messed-up politics Kaye Northcott’s Oct. 30th article, “Reflections,” brought out many of my own feelings after the recent election, but assuaged the ambivalent guilt I felt upon voting Republican for the first time. This was especially difficult, perhaps, because it was an absentee vote and I found myself constantly attempting an explanation to my Boston “fellow-newspaper-staffers” and friends. Even liberal and informed people here cannot begin to understand the messed-up party politics of Texas and I certainly can’t blame them. Anyway, I’m very proud of the Observer. It is one of few things which draws me back to Texas. Francie Barnard, The Phoenix, 230 Clarendon St., Boston, Mass. 02116. Reply to Garwood That fastidious watchdog of the mostly suitable and echoic Observer, the curmudegeonic but courtly W. St. John Garwood, has at last gone too far from sweet reason. It is plainly tacky to attack such an experienced and well-meaning gentleman, particularly after he has given himself away in your Dialogue, but the deal ol’ Judge also shows conspicuous signs of obscenity \(in the offensive to modesty or decency a bad case of deep, underlying, galloping cronyism. Having worked hard with the problems of getting Texas better judges, he rests his case on the abstract “unquestioned integrity, diligence, and ability” of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, cranks oddly about obscure Magic Marker scrawls on vending machines equating it with historic terror and takes it personally, while all around him civil liberties are being extended to preferred types over other preferred types who are getting pushed around in the process. Dallas, clearly mad for years, I suppose can’t be blamed for everything, but damned if it can’t share some of the blame, along with its judges, for the climate reported by the Observer. James Stanley Walker, 1000 Shelley, Austin, Tex. 78703. Doesn’t like headline I would like it recorded that the title “Rechy not fit for Drag?” which appeared over my Nov. 13 review of John Rechy’s This Day’s Death bears no resemblance to the title I wrote for the review nor was the title used ever okayed by me. Steve Barthelme, Austin, Tex. Kudos Found the Observer most helpful in making a decision on the Senate race. The Observer is ‘the kind of paper that makes a Texas liberal shout for joy. Keep up the good work. William Jenkins, 417 Witte Hall, Madison, Wis., 53706.
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