Ford Motor is for it. As for reasons, Ford smells like a rose. Ford wants it to sell cars. I’d like for once to see just one ABA man say he’s against no-fault because it hurts lawyers’ incomes. Isn’t “profit maximization” what runs this corporate state? John Lamonte, 723 Deer Pass, Channelview, Tex. 77530. Yes, Mr. Shapiro is a lawyer. Ed. In defense of Abilene I’m no apologist for Abilene, and I hesitate to criticize your article on the Abilene Three because parts of it are so right and all of it is a stylistic triumph, but God knows we’re innocent of some of the charges made in the article. With the exception of the four years I have been away at college, I have lived in Abilene all my life. I have never heard anybody described as “so Dallas,” although 1 know many Abilene women who make Donna Mutscher look quaint. Flouridation was an issue about 12 years ago, but I don’t recall its having been at issue much less “a big issue” since that time. These are minor points. My real that your reporter missed seeing the real Abilene because she failed to see the disparate groups which make up the town. The National Merit scholars produced by the public schools, the businessmen, the members of professions, the blacks and 32 The Texas Observer chicanos who are beginning to make themselves heard, the Dyess AFB personnel, the professors at the three colleges, the organizers of TexPIRG at Abilene Christian College these people are also quintessentially Abilenean. A student in Austin, I was not present at the trial and do not know the composition of the jury. Still, I find it difficult to believe that none of these groups was represented on the jury. If none was, then the description of the jury is probably accurate. But to draw from knowledge of such an unrepresentative group such conclusions as “Somehow legal scholarship, admirable as it is, doesn’t seem very impressive in Abilene” seems to me fallacious. Jane Hall, 2021 Guadalupe, Austin. Tex. About that clock “The Dr Pepper clock on the wall of the Taylor County Courthouse” Thus begins M. I’s front-page reportage, March 31. That is a clock that advertises some soft drink, isn’t it? I’ll gladly believe that Dr Pepper is a healthy and tasty beverage and that its makers are all noble citizens. But is it very un-American, un-Texan, of me to feel that such advertising is out of its place in a law court? That it is infra dig of law and justice that should not even seem faintly to suggest that it is sponsored by or sponsors anything or anyone? H. D. Vos, Douglas Library, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. At the Pile More than two decades ago I heard a couple of ranchers from the west of the Balcones Faultscarp, or maybe they were retired planters from down river, or perhaps one of each, accurately describe activities in the Great Granite Pile that is Austin’s raison d’etre. allocation of appropriated funds for legal service programs in Texas. We solicited and obtained support from the Dallas Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and community leaders for expanded funding. As you are well aware, a heavily disproportionate amount of available funds are distributed to California and the East Coast. We appealed in vain to Senator Tower and President Nixon to reallocate funds so that needed assistance could be given to the poor. I am personally supporting Barefoot Sanders for United States senator. As legislative counsel to President Lyndon Johnson, Barefoot was instrumental in persuading Congress to enact all the Great Society legislation. We can count on him to continue to work for the interests of the poor, and we can count on him to be certain that Texas projects have sufficient resources. At 47 years of age, we can also expect many years of effective representation from Barefoot. This election is too important to vote on the basis of nostalgia. We must have a senator who will be able to serve for many years not a one-term senator who will be replaced by Heaven knows whom. Jay M. Vogelson, 2200 Fidelity Union Tower, Dallas, Tex. 75201. Goofed again I enjoy reading the reports you bring me of Texas, but the Observer could stand a little more proofreading. Twice in the March 31 issue, you misspelled the Latin phrase ad nauseam. Nausea is first declension and in the accusative the vowel is a before the m. Barbara Goodman. They were sunning themselves in leisured idleness on a bench along the broad walk leading down from the Pile to Congress Avenue. Said one to the other, nodding toward the Pile, “Them fellers up there’ll get right `between you an’ yo’ shirt an’ then ‘cuse yo of bein’ nakid!” M. Jourdan Atkinson, 3210 Parkwood Drive, Houston, Tex. 77021. A vote for Sanders As President of the Dallas Legal Services Foundation, it has become forcefully apparent to me that those in Texas who are concerned for the poor black, chicano and white must work to change the leadership in Washington. During the past few months, we have waged a front page fight with the Nixon Administration for a more proportionate Lobotomies ‘boring’ In the Observer that just arrived I am confronted by a piece on lobotomies. What the hell’s going on? I have also in the last few days received in the mail excerpted xerox stuff from right-wing organizations about the danger of quack doctors and lobotomies. And in today’s mail I received a xerox of a speech by Congressman Gallagher in the House of Representatives on Feb. 24, 1972, in which he also refers to this guy Breggin you are writing about. Gallagher’s stuff runs on for nine legal-size pages. All about psychosurgery. Are the left and the right wings joining to bore us to death about problems that nobody [cares] about? How many people do you think are threatened by lobotomies? Don’t you think the space of your small newspaper might be better reserved for issues that afflict the greatest number? Jack Morris, Washington, D.C.
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