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The Observer represents a rare thing in Texas independent journalism.” The Independent “. . . that outpost of reason in the Southwest.” The New York Review of Books A journal of “considerable influence in Texas public life.” The New York Times it . . with influence felt far beyond the state borders.” Time “Reports regularly on political shenanigans which are seldom mentioned in the metropolitan press.” “An intelligent, old-fashioned, in-the-grain political journal ” Harper’s Magazine “One of the best sources of state political news available.” Texas Young Republican newspaper if . the state’s bell-wether liberal publication.” Austin American-Statesman zip j This is a gift subscription; send card I signed as follows: I from I f j check enclosed [ I bill me I city state THE GOVERNOR is known to be incensed by the short shrift he got from federal officials, who first rejected his request that the application for funds for Mustang be returned and then failed to inform him that the application had been approved until several days after the fact. In effect, he was ignored. The legal aspects of the matter are just as confusing as the political. Representative Farenthold said flatly, “The law is in shambles.” She believes that whether the park is a good or bad idea, Johnson simply had no right to thwart to the majority vote of the commission. She further contends that he has no right to act as both commission chairman and as state-federal liaison officer; thay the double office constitutes conflict of interest. The anti-Mustang argument is that the federal bureaucracy broke its own rules in granting the fund application for Mustang, both in view of both the lack of Johnson’s signature on the application and the fact that Mustang is not a high priority in the state’s comprehensive plan. In the double-reverse, lollapaloosa, triple-fake cutaway spin finish to the last round of legal flouishing, the pro-Mustang people came out ahead. You will recall that District Judge Jack Roberts of Austin granted a 10-day restraining order against the purchase on Dec. 29, apparently killing the deal, which had a midnight, Dec. 31 deadline. That restraining order was granted under extraordinary conditions, with most of the court personnel involved being notified only an hour before the hearing started. U.S. Atty. Segal Wheatley was told at 10:30 a.m. that morning that he would have to defend the proposed purchase at noon. Under almost equally extraordinary conditions, Roberts’ restraining order was set aside on Dec. 31 by Judge Joe Ingraham of the . Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Houston. A jet chartered by the Wilson estate brought the check from the B.O.R. to Austin and the check was deposited at P & W and the deed filed with a Corpus Christi title company only hours before the midnight deadline. On Jan. 21 the case will go back before Judge Roberts for a full hearing on its merits. Johnson people seemed confident that the purchase would be rescinded by that court. M.I. 111111111111111MIIMINIIIIIIIII OP MO I Enter 1-year subscriptions, name maismsvosannaminammissamimanammirsmionimmaiii I street street city state zip [ j This is a gift subscription; send card signed as follows: enclosed [ j bill me THE TEXAS OBSERVER 504 WEST 24 ST. AUSTIN, TEXAS 78705 tar 111111M111111111111111111=41111111111111MMIIIIMIIIIIIIBINIIMIINIM=11111111111 An item from the Jan. 8 National Farmers Union Washington Newsletter: “The Defense Department may be strikebreaking again. This time it’s lettuce. The United Farm Workers Organizing Committee is suing Defense Secretary Melvin Laird and Bud Antle, Inc., the big corporate lettuce grower, charging that the Defense Department bought three times as much lettuce as normal and paid up to $2.50 more per case than to other producers in order to offset the union’s boycott. A similar buying program helped weaken the union’s grape boycott before settlement of that dispute.” from [ j check I I I