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.V;;;.:7v Looking into the Texas House of Representatives The Dallas lawmaker still has $44,373 leftover from the sound, two-to-one drubbing he gave his Democratic opponent last fall. And when he’s added the 1976 surplus to some $15,000 lying around from his 1972 campaign, he’ll be really well fixed. Harris says he’ll be putting it all into 5.5 percent certificates of deposit which should bring in $3,245 a year in outside incomelegal as long as he pays taxes on it. The unspent money came in large part from special-interest lobbieshospitals, distillers, real estate developers, private employment agencies, and truckers, to name a few. Harris, meanwhile, is regarded as the senator most likely to champion Rep. Charles Evans’ malodorous bill to block Texas consumers from winning antitrust Rep. Craig Washington \(D tion to Gov. Dolph Briscoe’s crime package, which includes wiretapping measures, eased restrictions on search warrants, and denial of bail for repeat offenders. Washington termed Briscoe’s package costly and unworkable, amounting to “a Band-Aid on the cancer.” Just as the Texas House is acting to restrict the attorney general’s power to fight price fixing, there is renewed evidence of the need for greater government activity to protect consumers and small businesses from such abuses by corporate powers. Five companies and their trade association, including the Quality Service Metals Co. of Houston, were fined a total of $225,000 in federal court for conspiring to fix the price of aluminum roll jacketing. Up in Pennsylvania, six companies that produce hard coal \(used mainly for home heating and the generation of eleccent to no contest on federal charges of conspiring to fix hard-coal prices be tween 1961 and 1974. Even further upall the ‘way to Juneau, Alaskathe state attorney general has filed suit against Zale Corporation for price fixing, alleging that the Dallas-based jewelry chain conspired with manufacturers to fix retail prices of watches. South toward home It’s time for Willie Morris, former Observer editor, to head South toward home, at least for a refresher course. In a special “Sun Belt” issue of Family Circle, the magazine sold in supermarkets, Willie writes of the glories of the South, concluding with this paean: “As for me, intrigued as I am by [the South’s] future, I love the old things: Antietam in a misty rain, the campuses of the Old Dominion, San Antonio by the Trinity River. . . .” Southwestern Bell has begun con struction of a new accounting center in Houston, costing about $16 million and including a two-story computer you get angry about having to pay that extra dime in the phone booth, at least you will be able to drive by the corner of Westheimer and Fondren in Houston and see where it went. Correction In a Jan. 14, 1977 article, the Observer erroneously reported that U.S. Rep. Charles Wilson \(Dover from his 1976 re-election campaign. In fact, he has a debt of approximately that size. The Observer’s error was due to a misreading of the official campaign contribution reports, in which loans are listed as revenues rather than liabilities. The Observer apologizes for any inconvenience or embarrassment the error caused Rep. Wilson. T illIf “Home of Texas Traditional Music” Down-Home Food 217 So. Lamar Austin, Texas aCIOKS, 503 5 WEST t7 TH 476.en6 Munn, Texas Met YOU’RE US If you feel American Society is shot through witp injustice; If you are hopeful that free people can control modern technology to create a humane world; If you are angry when democracy is polluted in the United States, assassinated iri Chile, and suffocated in the Soviet Union. DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST ORGANIZING COMMITTEE For more information, contact: Austin DSOC Dallas DSOC Houston DSOC P.O. Box 7785 817 Twilight P.O. Box 7296 Austin 78712 Cedar Hill 75104 Houston 77008 478-2095 299-5408 777-4470 Bob and Sara Roebuck Anchor National Financial Services 1524 E. Anderson Lane, Austin bonds stocks insurance mutual funds optional retirement program Union printing with competitive prices. Support the movement, help us build the ideal. Come to I.D.A. for your printing needs. 901 W. 24th St., Austin 477-3641 February 11, 1977 17