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Biz-Prof-League-Dems Your coverage of the Texas Women’s Political Caucus \(Obs., Dec. 3, “Political dedicated old troopers, the “Biz-Prof-League-Dem” ladies cured me of my youthful idealism muy pronto. Setting an excellent example for us younger likely-to-be-violent-watch-themclosely-radical-feminists, some of them answered Liz Carpenter’s call for “people who’ll fight like hell” by squabbling over microphones like children. Robert’s Rules of Order were accepted, finally, but they were of little assistance in the farcical general assembly, especially in the insane ruckus over letting men, whose registration had been paid, vote . . . all five or six of them. So much time was wasted in the workshop I attended. These paragons of virtue gabbled on and on about the “immorality” of abortion, contraception and prostitution. \(“These are some things you just don’t do before marriage” and “Give children the proper moral training in school and they will be chaste” and women indulging in this type of behavior were not genuinely interested in bettering the lot of Texas females. They merely used the occasion to exhibit personal ego trips and to perpetuate the bureaucracy they supposedly came to combat. A feminist from Dallas put it most 24 The Texas Observer Dialogue succinctly: “I didn’t come all the way down here for this bullshit.” Rev. Susan Touchstone, D.D., Box 5736, North Texas State University Station, Denton, Tex. 76203. Politics of sisterhood Sarah Weddington was universally admired at the Texas Women’s Political Caucus; so was Frances Farenthold. The chicanas use of caricature in their skits was well received. But the young lawyers were officially in charge of a workshop which they disrupted temporarily. One Republican denounced as a betrayal of nonpartisanship any departure from Buckley conservatism. \(She also thinks the secretary of state can’t be both impartial contributed to the generous supply of openness and patience which provided support for the excellent chairman. Liz Carpenter was a working member of the conference, long on nudging the less articulate into effective participation. Diversity of background and outlook found expression, and something was started. Is it surprising that women with political experience function well in a political caucus? Must the young who are tired patronize, the old who are active? Why didn’t you come to the meeting? Margaret Carter, 2816 Sixth Ave., Fort Worth, Texas. Co-editor Molly Ivins attended almost all of Saturday’s session, giving out only shortly before 11 p.m. Ed. pertinent information and material. But for the past couple of years, since you took over, I guess, it’s become philosophical, theoretical, full of rather inane wanderings, and generally an unpleasant publication to read each two weeks. Miss Northcott, when and if the TO returns to its primary purpose of presenting solid, liberal, political news then I’ll rush to subscribe. But until then, why, count me out. As it is now, it’s no good. Frankly, it saddens me greatly to come to this realization. It’s really a damn shame! David Robinson, 7923 Barberton, Houston, Tex. 77036. Churches should pay For many years I have been irked by the tax-exempt status of churches. It so happens that I do not belong to any church, so I do not wish to subsidize churches by making up, in my tax bill, for taxes they have been exempted from paying. I don’t want churches taxed out of existence, and I recognize that the state should not have powers to control the church. All I want is that church property be placed on the same tax basis as mine. Tax exemption of church property is a state subsidy for religion, contrary to the concept that the state should take no part in the establishment of religion. I am a free-thinking agnostic. That is, in a sense, a religion just like being a Baptist, a Catholic or what-have-you. If I put a bed of thorns in my study, doffs that make my home a tax-exempt church? Or, maybe I could use a picture of Mephistopholes. I cocktail suggest that my devotees help pay off that nagging mortgage, and give generously to support me in the style to which I have become accustomed. Regretful cancellation It is with much regret that I will end my current association with The Texas Obsekver. I’ve been a subscriber for the past several years but since you have been editor I have seen the TO slip in quality rather drastically. It was, under Mr. Dugger and Mr. Olds, a’ good, solid, progressive, liberal, rock sock ’em politically oriented publication. One that gave good information on Texas politics. Since I teach Government at a college here in Houston, with Texas Government being my specialty, more or less, I used to quote the TO quite liberally \(pardon the Keep your churches, but pay your way. George I. Sanchez, 2201 Scenic Drive, Austin, Texas. In this year of our Lord, 1972, the Aquarian Age, the official letterhead of the district clerk of Hunt County, Texas is quaint to behold. HUNT COUNTY, it says in bold letters, and there by its side is a small picture of the county courthouse with GREENVILLE, TEXAS written under it. And beneath this graphic masterwork runs the slogan, “The Blackest Land and the Whitest People.”