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allow El Paso to operate on New Mexico time. Culturally and politically, most Texans, especially the kind you get in your Legislature, certainly don’t want to have anything to do with El Paso and all those strange brown people. We’re sure you’ll see the logic of this and help out. Mark Acuff, Editor in Chief, Independent Newspapers, P.O. Box 429, Albuquerque, N.M. 87103. We see the logic, but we’ll make you a better offer. We keep El Paso and Hudspeth, but give you the Texas Legislature. You keep Little Texas, but give us a couple of Coors distributorships and a player to be named later. Ed. One request Enclosed herewith is a check to renew my subscription to one of the finest political tabloids in the world . . . It is reassuring to know that folks like Larry McMurtry, Dave Hickey, and Larry L. King have traveled east to educate our countrypersons about the “hub of the universe” Austin. I heartily concur with Hickey’s analysis of the New York City “country slicker.” The more caca one has on their boots, the more the Yorkers like it. Upon closing, I must make one small request. Please send Doug Sahm to D.C. with a Texas Care package which includes Pearl beer, enchiladas, and some beautiful Texas sunshine. Charles Cervantes, Esq., 530 Tenth St., S. E., Washington, D. C. 2003. Two suggestions . . . Y’all really do have something on the ball, even if you’re sometimes smug and some of your stuff smells a little like cant. I say sometimes, and a little like cant, and even those venial sins are forgiveable on account of being a liberal in Texas is too hard to do without keeping a small supply of peacock \(discount for the feathers to wave around for the better health of the psyche. But enough rambling; I have two points to make: 1. Your subscription renewal sales pitch appears to appeal to the conscience, the subtlest hard-sell I ever saw. . . . The Observer is a voice in a wilderness where the silence sometimes is deafening; in this state, we need all the racket we can get. In other words, your effort deserves support. \(With this in mind, maybe you should buy an hour a week on XEG and find 2. You folks is really a little too urban. If the rednecks boil over in Austin, Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio, or if the textile workers strike in El Paso, you’re sure to get it, or at least hear of it and consider it. Now notice San Angelo, the point of origin of this, letter, is in the fabled 21st Congressional District, often referred to by you as a sprawling, weird, desolate area that wouldn’t elect anything but a neo-Nazi to any office. By and large, that’s true, but there is ferment going on, especially in the large population centers. A story you had one time described a liberal effort in a small town as a matter of “getting on the phone to call the other liberal in your county and . .” etc. But in some of these places, depending on the social atmosphere and size, there may be dozens or hundreds of such people hard for them to get anything going, to be sure, and most of them are very young but now and then something happens. And through most of West Texas, anglos and chicanos, and some of the more outgoing blacks, are in fairly close ideological and social rapport, so a purely ethnic approach would be a false perspective. What I mean is, when I have a headache, I’m prone to call the Observer “The Austin Observer.” You need stringers. Don Bolding, 2528 W. Twohig, San Angelo, Tex. 76901. Even in Pa. . . . The TO has got to be one of the best little magazines around and you all really outdid yourselves on the 20th Anniversary issue! Congratulations on page after page of delicious and savory reading .. . The TO is a ray of hope in what seems to be an ever-darkening world. I’ve passed it around here, too, and even some native Pennsylvanians like it, which just goes to show that there are good people everywhere. Lowell A. Anderson, 704 S. Brandywine St., West Chester, Pa. 19380. In Colchester, too It takes a long time for the Observer to reach me in England, and longer for me to find the time to read it, but when I do I am always impressed and interested anew. As a professional Americanist on this side of the water who doesn’t get to your side nearly as often as he would like, I find the Observer indispensable for keeping me in Dallas street corner newsracks in need of a little loving care and attention The Observer needs a friend in Dallas who would be willing to attend to the newsrack route for a commission based on sales. The job involves making the rounds of the 9 racks every two weeks to stock the new issue and collect the money, plus occasional mechanical adjustments to the racks and, whenever appropriate, relocating some of the racks to more profitable corners. If you think you might be willing to help out, please call Ginger Whitmarsh in Dallas 827-0972 for additional information. touch with what’s going on in the real America \(i.e., the America that gets filtered only wish there were more journals like it say, one for every state. I have just been going through the October and December issues, and they have pleased me so much that I felt I owed you a bouquet. Here it is . . . Hugh Brogan, Dept. of History, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, England. What did he do? The letter from Mr. Robert Floyd of TMTA in your Jan. 31 issue caused me to go back and read Bill Helmer’s original story in the Jan. 17 issue. For that I am grateful to Mr. Floyd. Otherwise I would have missed a great story which was hilarious while at the same time being tragic in its implications. I’m sure you will be inundated by letters from millions of readers sharing similar experiences. so I’ll forego that pleasure. Back to Mr. Floyd: I’m really not too interested in the “image” of the truck industry my real concern is what did he do about the two truckers in Helmer’s original story? I’m assuming he got a copy of the letter complete with license numbers, ICC registration, etc. If not, I hope that Mr. Helmer will send him one at once, and then I’d still like to know what happens, if anything. Bob Cooper, Box 203, SMU, Dallas, Tex. 75275. Postmaster: If undeliverable, send Form 3579 to The Texas Observer, 600 West 7, Austin, Texas 78701.