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CONSUMERS PAY 50% MORE FOR FOOD TODAY THAN IN 1972 BUT FAMILY FARMERS SEE A LOSS UNEQUALED SINCE 1933 Inflation keeps up . Farm prices keep going down. THE COS PRICE WE’D LIKE TO CHANGE THAT TO KEEP EVERYBODY EATING Texas Farmers L AM Union MaLM IF YOU ARE an occasional reader and would like to receive the Texas Observer regularlyor if you are a subscriber and would like to have a free sample copy or a one year gift subscription sent to a friendhere’s the order form: SEND THE OBSERVER TO name street city state zip this subscription is for myself gift subscription; send card in my name sample copy only; you may use my name $12 enclosed for a one year sub bill me for $12 MY NAME & ADDRESS \(if not shown THE TEXAS OBSERVER 600 W. 7th, Austin, Texas 78701 LDialogue Courage in Paris In reading the concluding paragraph of your article “No blacks on school boards” \(OBS., sion that you fault Leighton Cornett for the “procedural missteps” more than you commend him for his willingness to assume an effort to bring social justice to his part of East Texas. Civil rights litigation is indeed complicated and most of us who have an occasional opportunity to kick the ball along in this area could hardly develop an expertise in it from an economic standpoint. When Laura Richardson, your author, has had the opportunity to practice law as long as Mr. Cornett and myself, I am sure she will be able to recount a few “procedural missteps” of her own. I personally commend Mr. Cornett for his courage and initiative, not only in his success in the city council suit, but also in pursuing these efforts at the school district level. Sometimes one’s courage and commitment to right far outweigh the skills and expertise one may have in its pursuit. Don Gladden, 702 Burk Burnett Bldg., Fort Worth. Blacks and Castillo In Wade Roberts’ article, “Mr. Castillo goes to Washington” \(Obs., April rallying figure for Texas’ blacks, browns and white liberals [who] hopes to translate public exposure into a return ticket to Austinand the governor’s mansion.” I should preface my remaeks by saying that I personally admire Mr. Castillo. Further, I think him to be gubernatorial timber. I only question your research techniques insofar as they validate the conclusion that blacks rally around Castillo. Blacks and browns are in competition in Texas now. Castillo’s position on illegal aliens lines him up foresquare against unskilled blacks, labor and much of the black leadership. I would suspect any black leader to be hard pressed to support the Castillo position. Moreover, whites make the assumption that there is harmony in what they erroneously label the “minority community.” There is a black community and a brown community. They have different cultures and languages and, in most cases, different needs, leaders and goals. The myth of community between blacks and browns was created by whites, who think they have appeased the “minority community” by appointing a black or brown to get credit in both separate communities. In truth, something like hostility exists between these “allies.” You should speak to each community before speaking for the community. Negritude is alive, well and alert in Texas Nolan F. Ward, 300 Banker’s Mortgage Bldg., Houston. Correction In “The Trinity River: water and politics” \(Obs., pression was left, through an editing error, that federal funds for the Trinity River project have been deauthorized. The project is under critical review by the Carter administration, but funding has not been deauthorized. -Eds. ;;: 7 =-; _ %Inn usimutinewmflumegisaiiiiiMMSlog. Observer Volunteers Readers who would like to get a closer feel for how the Observer operates are invited to drop in for our regular, biweekly Volunteer Night at 7:30 p.m., Wed., May 25, 600 West 7th, Austin. The evening’s entertainments will include clipping, filing, typing, beer and skittles. Postmaster: If undeliverable, send Form 3579 to The Texas Observer, 600 W. 7th, Austin, Tex. 78701