St. H FIRS REPERToRY CM94NY 110 Chichester Pl. San Antonio 78209 off N. Business 81 at Broadway Jan. 6-29 8:15 p.m. Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? thurs: $2.50 reg / $1.25 stu-mil El-E5 fri & sat: $4 reg / $2 stu-mil El-E5 Box Office: 1-512-824-7438 1:30-5:30 p.m., till 8:30 thurs-sat OPENING FEB. 3: Chekhov’s THE THREE SISTERS Senators for Butz Clayton in conflict?, Feb. 26, 1971, p. 13. The billion dollar boon doggie, \(bk. WELCH, LOUIE A chuckle a day with Louie and Freddie, Dec. 3, 1971, p. 7+. WENDLER, ED Texas behind the pinball, Dec. 3, 1971, p. 5+. WILLIAMS, DANA They call the issue busing, Nov. 5, 1971, P. 3+. WILLIAMS, R. B. Texas behind the pinball, Dec.:,, 1971, p. 5+. WILSON, WILL Wilson says he’s not involved, Feb. 12, 1971, p. 10. WOMEN Sarah Hughes on role of women, June 4 1971, p. 3. Sex discrimination at UT, July 30, 1971 p. 11+. WORLD TRADE CLUB `An honest-to:God smoke-filled room’ Aug. 13, 1971, p. 5+. WRIGHT, SUSAN By They still die, Oct. 22, 1971, p. 15+. Lonely? Try dancing, Dec. 3, 1971, p 1+. WRITERS TEXAS Fallow fields, Nov. 5, 1971, p. 21+. WYCLIFF, DON By In loco paralysis at Prairie View A&M AP. 9, 1971, p. 8+. YARBOROUGH, RALPH W. R. Y., Feb., 26, 1971, p. 20. YEMMA, ANDY Texan may go to court, June 4, 1971, p. 9. YOUNG AMERICANS FOR FREEDOM The Observer goes to a YAF convention, Sept. 24, 1971, p. .1+. YOUTH The young vote, Sept. 10, 1971, p. 21 YSLETA, TEXAS The Wiede at Hueco Tanks, July 16, 1971, p. 3+. ZACHARY, H. B. Dead end for SA expressway?, Dec. 17, 1971, p. 5+. From H. B. Zachary, the man who brought you the Palacio del Rio, May 21, 1971, p. 3+. 22 The Texas Observer Washington, D.C. Texas’ senators showed where their hearts are in the showdown vote on the nomination of Dr. Earl Blitz for secretary of agriculture. Tower’s was with the Republican administration; Bentsen’s with the agribusiness corporations, which are consolidating control of rural America and the food supply. Butz was portrayed by opponents as a representative of the agribusiness takeover of, food production. He served as an assistant secretary of agriculture under Ezra Taft Benson, a highly conservative, highly unpopular Eisenhower appointee. Butz served as dean of a land-grant college, one in a system of schools that funnels public money into research that does little to benefit family farmers or farm workers, either by helping them stay on the farm or making their transition to the cities easier. He also served on the board of four agribusiness corporations, Ralston Purina, Stokely-Van Camp, J. L Case \(a farm machinery manufacturer, now a Tenneco _Chemical Corporation \(a producer of Butz’s statements showed him to be anti-farm program, pro-agribusiness, anti-organic fobd production and anti-food distribution. Statements before his confirmation hearing statements made as recently as last year suggested these positions. Before the Senate Agriculture Committee, he was obliging in his views, generally agreeing with his critics or hedging. Senators Harris, Hughes, Humphrey and McGovern were active and early opponents. Only one major farm group, worked against Butz. The National Farmers Union opposed him, but didn’t lobby actively; the Grange endorsed him; and the conservative American Farm Bureau Federation approved, then backed off, then endorsed, but didn’t lobby. NFO has strength in Texas only in the Panhandle area and couldn’t bear down as hard as it wanted to on Bentsen. I We are interested in publishing I I books-on Texas, etc. If you have I 1 a manuscript, please write a short 1 we will advise you at once if we I I are interested in looking at the I manuscript. FUTURA PRESS INC I Phone 512/442-7836 1714 SOUTH CONGRESS I .P.O. BOX 3485 ALIFIN, JgX/1,S, IplemmmommuummemeasommowswisdI Southern senators split on the issue. Talmadge, Fulbright, Ervin, Gambrell, Hollings, Jordan, McClellan, Sparkman, Cook and Cooper voted against Butz.. Allen, Bentsen, both Byrds, the citrus industry populist, Lawton Chiles, Ellender, Long, Randolph, Spong, Stennis, Baker, Brock, Gurney, Eastland, Thurmond and Tower voted yes. Tower’s defense of Butz revolved around an attack on his opponents and some labor baiting. “I wonder where the Ralph Nader Public Interest Research Group, National Sharecropper Fund, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Americans for Democratic Action, Washington Research Group Action Council, the AFL-CIO and the United Auto Workers were when the Congress was struggling to formulate a new farm program?” he asked on the floor. In fact, many of these groups were willing to assist the Congress in drawing up the food distribution programs included in the farm act and were primarily opposed to Butz for his callousness about hungry people. He called it a strange coalition, but stopped short of attacking the farm groups that opposed Butz. “I think he will be an outstanding spokesman for agriculture, placing the blame for low prices squarely where it lies perhaps on a dock strike which prevents shipment of exports, perhaps on a strike against producers at a time when crops must be harvested or rot in the fields.” The NFO was more interested in placing the blame for low farm prices on the overwhelming economic strength of the agribusiness interests that Dr. Butz represented until recently. Bentsen voted for Butz “with reservations,” but voted for him anyway. He believes in the right of the President to appoint his own Cabinet without Senate interference, he said, unless there are serious ethical objections. He rejected Butz’s “seeming” disregard for the family farmer as part of the “agriculture industry,” but didn’t question the ethical correctness of appointing a fox as chicken coop secretary. Bentsen, with his ties to banking, insurance and real estate interests and his estimated wealth of $20 million, may have had problems understanding the seriousness of family farmers’ fears. After all, the Bentsen family has always done well raising citrus in Hidalgo County, with federal assistance of more than $100,000 in 1966 and 1967. Bentsen’s record on farm workers suggests that he is probably not offended by land-grant college’s failure to look out for that segment of rural America. Martha McNeil Hamilton
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