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REMEY MEMORIAL SERVICES Simple Funerals San Antonio 533-8141 .lust i it I it formation Center 441-7500 WATSON & COMPANY BOOKS 604 BLANCO STREET PECAN SQUARE AUSTIN words regarding the last 25 years and the next 25. However, I am terribly distressed tonight to see . . . a man with the intelligence, honesty, and integrity of Leonel Castillo come in third [in the Houston mayor’s race]. . . . The Observer through my years of reading has always reflected the voice of the people I admire and respect. At this point I want to encourage you to please continue. I haven’t given up, and people like Leonel, who just said, “We’ll be back,” have not given up either. Keep up the good work for 25 more and then some. Our day will come. DOLORES TARLTON, 3819 Olympia Drive, Houston 77019. DEAR LINDA, I am told by my contacts in the outer worldthat area outside the Panhandle of Texasthat the country is marching rapidly backward in mood and politics to join the restrictive conservatism I am learning to live with here. If that is so, then it looks bad for the home teamthe women, the blacks and browns, labor, the bleeding-heart, knee-jerk liberals \(around here you finish that phrase by least, I fear that we are all going to become so caught up in just making it, muddling through the problems of energy and economics and coming to terms with the alterations that are going to have to be made in the American Dream, that there is not going to be emotional energy left over to work on some of the other problems that I once thought we had a good start on handling. If this is so, then it becomes more important than ever that at least some spark of concern for a more gentle, more humane, more just society be kept alive until there is again commitment to take up the fight. It is in this that The Texas Observer and its readers will become even more important as nourishers of that spark. LAURIE TELFAIR, P.O. Box 779, Canyon 79015. DEAR MISS ROCAWICH, I’m sorry I didn’t get up a piece for your 25th anniversary edition. . . . I think I’m reluctant to contemplate the next 25 years. Good luck, nevertheless, with your special edition, and may the Observer be as useful and challenging in the next 25 years as in the last. Tom WICKER, Associate Editor, the New York Times, 227 West 43rd Street, New York 10036. DEAR RONNIE, As a charter subscriber to the Observer 25 years ago, I am elated to have the opportunity to prognosticate the next 25. I wouldn’t dare predict one year ahead, but 25 gives one some flexibility. \(Until the very last, one can resort to the Here goes: The four-year term will give us only three new governors instead of the usual six we would expect in a 25-year period. All will be conservative, wealthy men. With the increasing costs of campaigning, a serious candidate for governor must be able to start with a $1 million raise this amount as fast as it’s needed unless he can get it out of his own pocket. This trend is setting up in all the populous states already. So the swing to a democratic aristocracy will continue. The people will have to concentrate on the House and the Senate. The illegal alien problem will reach monumental proportions. Mexico’s wealth and productivity will greatly increase, but the birthrate will far outstrip her political leaders’ ability to accommodate the population economically. Alternate sources of energy will be developed, but will not yet be integrated, so the great world preoccupation will be the ability to feed and clothe its population. World communism will wane. As the old leaders die out more progressive leaders will emerge. The energy crunch will be worldwide, and the communist countries will be forced to resort to a more capitalistic system as the best way to increase productivity to feed the people. As Pope John Paul II said, “It’s unnatural to separate work from the worker’s realization of the product of his work.” The greatest world tension will be the difficulty of obtaining enough food, shelter, and clothing. This will, during the next 25 years, lessen the world military confrontation as all nations strive to survive. Great technological advances will be made, but politicians will continue to interfere with the ultimate solution, which will be worldwide free trade. . . . The popular sentiment will continue to drift conservative. This will hurt many good causes, but the liberals will develop a leadership who recognizes that more bureaucratic controls do not solve complex economic problems. As a result the federal budget will become balanced, but inflation will continue to be fed by the other horn of the dilemma insufficient productivity. This will be the area needing and receiving most attention. Management and labor will continue to blame each other for the shortfall. The U.S. Congress will reach a political composition akin to that of the 56th Texas Legislature. . . . And you and 1 will be old codgers. J. C. ZBRANEK, Zbranek & Hight, At torneys, 1937 Trinity Street, Liberty 77575. 70 DECEMBER 28, 1979