no jurisdiction, anyway. Until those issues are resolved, the Dallas residents can’t get a hearing on the civil liberties at stake, can’t subpoena videotapes of applicant interviews that purportedly show the illegal religious questions being posed, and can’t demonstrate that a religious test for holding office violates constitutional rights. Even if he could have raised constitutional questions with TEA, Albach says, the agency would probably have declined to rule on them, as it has done in the past. Nevertheless, Albach, backed by the Dallas chapter of the Texas Civil Liberties Union, went ahead with the appeal of the TEA ruling to the state board, completing the series of administrative steps he must take before the case has its day in court. A key point in the appeal brief is that Texas courts have repeatedly ruled that persons challenging school district policy need not be school personnel or students; Albach’s clients have become involved only as interested taxpayers. Why didn’t any superintendent candidates join in the suit? “You don’t become superintendent by bringing action against school boards,” observes Henry Albach. He suspects that TEA has denied his legal standing and its own jurisdiction because it doesn’t want to “open the floodgates” to other, similar cases against school districts. But, says the elder Albach, their case is “about to make a big wave”a wave that may just overwhelm those floodgates. Pat Pomarici and Bob Sindermann Jr. The bottom line Utilities are not universally loved anyway, but the executives of Met ropolitan Edison Company seem to be going out of their way to make the public despise them. This is the firm that owns the infamous Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, and these are the executives who did everything they could to keep from owning up to the fact that there were some pretty serious boo-boos at the Pennsylvania facility last March. After the crisis was under control and the plant shut down, these same executives said that stockholders should not have to pay for the wreck, and that instead their utility customers’ rates should be increased by at least a third in order to keep the company solvent. In April, however, the Met-Ed management revealed an even uglier company attitude. During the earlier unpleasantness at the nuke, pregnant employees were advised to vacate the premises. Now, the executives say that these women will not be paid for the time they consequently lost from work. THE PRICE VIVO LOON TO C1~101111 TWAT TO MOP OVISPITMOOT GATING Texas Farmers E Union Travel Store ciNotz’s 477-4171 Closed Sundays 1607 San Jacinto A Summer Program of West African Culture and French Language Study at the SUMMER UNIVERSITY OF DAKAR July and August 1979 $965.00 plus air Courses included: Ci t A Texas Tradition Since 1866 No games, no gimmicks, no loud music. Just good conversation with the most interesting people in Austin. And the best of downhome cooking. 600 LAKE MR DR. WACO. TEXAS 76710 617 772-7220 the legendary RAW DEAL Steaks, Chops, Chicken open lunch and evenings 605 Sabine, Austin No Reservations “that nice little Italian restaurant” ANTIPASTO BAR NEW MENU LUNCH/DINNER Happy Hour 4:30-7:00 Reservations call 476-7202 Conveniently located at 1601 Guadalupe THE TEXAS OBSERVER 13 Duvet is an extraordinary Belgian ale, a ‘strong ale” twice fermented, naturally brewed with only Czechoslovakian hops and Danish barley malt, blonde and incomparably smooth. It is the product of one of Europe’s last small family-run breweries, the Brouwerij Moortgat, and it is available outside of Europe in only one place, Texas. Try it! Distributed by Shiner Beer Distributing Co. 204 E. 4th, Austin, Texas 78701
You May Also Like
The documentary in Falfurrias is sinister and spiritual.