Loyal Texans all Your elitist Texas University prejudice is Texas Aggies, Kilgore Junior College and Tyler Junior College as elements that “have made the State of Texas what it is today,” but you did not mention the Cowboys of TU, the frats and sorority sisters and the U of Texas Law School that provides the Texas Legislature with the majority of its membership that gives the State of Texas such fine and noble legislation. We should not neglect the U.T. Business School graduates either: our Congress Ave., Drag or suburban businessmen aid the state with their profits and lobby along with their colleagues about the state, loyal Texans all. Having attended Texas U. and Texas A&M, I have not found a nickel’s worth of difference in their chauvinism and provincialism that exudes from both campuses. Let’s give all Texans their due, which includes The Texas Observer. Louis E. Buck, 3116 Wheeler, Austin, Tex. 78705. The Observer was merely listing some of the institutions that have rated one or more feature stories in the Texas STAR. Far be it from us to downplay UT’s outstanding contributions to the Texian state of consciousness. Ed. More on elitism David Watts’ response to your elitist attitude towards U.T. echoes my sentiments exactly! Your lengthy and feeble retort in no way disputes his major thesis. While it is true that not all your editors and writers 16 The Texas Observer IDialogue are Longhorns, with one exception, none are products of any other Texas educational institution of higher learning. Elitism can be bred at Smith, Columbia, Stanford, Yale and Oxford . . . UT has no monopoly. Excuse this hand-written note. But unlike U.T. we on the faculty of Texas Southern School of Law have one 15-hour-per-week secretary for our entire faculty. But then according to the Observer, we’re a Nowhere State College … and she does type fast. Eugene M. Harrington, Box 225, Texas Southern University, Houston, Tex. 77004. HMO’s Congratulations for a clear explication of an important innovation in delivery of health care: the Health Maintenance Organization. The concept indeed offers means of controlling medical inflation and of extending modern health services to great numbers of people currently not receiving them. As the article also points out, there are HMO’s, and there are HMO’s. I hope you will give us a sequel about how some of the better ones function. The one in Seattle, for instance. Frederick A. Fleming Jr., Health Planning Director, Houston-Galveston Area Council, P.O. Box 22777, Houston, Tex. 77027. Lacks inspiration Some marginal notes from one \(count I will, as George Washington suggested I do in the April 13 issue, diligently “Guard against the postures of pretended patriotism.” \(Are you sure Agnew didn’t And thank you for republishing those immortal words of Thomas Jefferson and gentle Ben Franklin. Lately, I just haven’t had time to rush to my Bartlett’s and recharge my batteries with inspiration. May I suggest that you print in your next issue something Biblical? One of my favorite passages in the Old Testament is the last sentence in Exodus 16:31, which reads: “Now an omer is the tenth part of an ephah.” For balance, you might want to add this from Luke 7:36: “There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.” Clean Aggie jokes make nice fillers, too. I used to prefer reading the poems and quasi-poems mashed occasionally into the Observer’s small empty spaces. Now I find myself wishing Steve Barthleme had had enough room to add the temperature range in Liberal, Kan., to his stunning list. You better believe it gets cold in Liberal, Kan. Hot, too. Oh well. Remember the Maine, in six-point type! Si Dunn, 115 W. Third #202, Arlington, Tex. 76010 Sox s The conduct of this administration definitely proves the American people give more thought to selecting their soxs than their presidents. Brooks Walling, 424 Lookout St., Lake Elsinore, Ca. 92330. Bode kudo This letter is to express my absolute agreement with Mr. Mike Wegner’s letter appearing in Dialogue of your April 13 issue. Mr. Elroy Bode is an accomplished writer and I found his account of Amado Muro fascinating reading could not put it down at least until the mystery was revealed. Frances T. F. Cruz, 5135 Val Verde Lane, Houston, Tex. 77027. Cold days I was running through the Congressional Quarterly and came across a quote from confirmation of Eliott Richardson. It is a random thought on cold days to come when things get started. With a volunteer army organization and a McNamara-type of Secretary of Defense administrator, Eliott Richardson could “harden things up and move toward the idea of a real, well-trained, muscled up, hard-nosed military that responds to military orders as a matter of habit and can therefore constitute [ironic word] an effective military machinery.” \(John Stennis, Committee Hearings, Weekly Jack M. Magann, 740A 7th Ave., Honolulu, HaWaii 96816. Real patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interest. George Washington’s farewell speech, 1796
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