Parisian Charm. Omelette & Champagne Breakfast. Beautiful Crepes. Afternoon Cocktails. Gallant Waiters. Delicious Quiche. Evening Romance. Continental Steaks. Mysterious Women. Famous Pastries. Cognac & Midnight Rendezvous. In short, it’s about everything a great European style restaurant is all about. k c e gen St Cafe 310 East 6th St. Austin, Texas DIALOGUE 0. On “Living and Dying” Thank you so much for the Terry Pringle piece, “Living and Dying in Abilene.” I was completely mesmerized by the white light of this man’s writing: he took material that could have easily been mawkish and maudlin and cleanly and efficiently took me with him into those halls of Hell. He is a find indeed. I sincerely hope that you will consider nominating him for the Texas Institute of Letters’ Stanley Walker Journalism Award. I am not certain that this piece can be classified as pure journalism but it is certainly damned fine writing and I feel that it deserves recognition. Thank you again. I wonder if anyone at the Observer knows the eagerness with which I anticipate each issue. And I am always pleased with what I find. Ramona Peebles, Box 542, Center Point, Tx.. 78010 To Terry Pringle: I read “Living and Dying in Abilene” in the Texas Observer. What is there one can say except: As a. reader, I congratulate you for writing simply, directly, masterfullywhat you wrote about your son’s long dying and death. As a parent I share, imaginatively, the horror of your ordeal. : My son was asleep in . an :adjoining room as I read your piece. I -looked at, him periodically as I read. I don’t know if I felt or thought anything specific after I finished reading. All I knew was that some other feeling, thinking, perceiving, loving human had been devastated by an event; I had escaped this time. Some other human had been forced to endure what humans should not endure. A lesser writer could not have communicated so exactly the nightmare of your and your son’s experience. You have made Eric’s death a personal loss for all Observer readers. That is small comfort to you and your family. But if there is any meaning to anything humans do, then be assured that through your words you have given your son a life that will last beyond his six brief years. Elroy Bode, Canutillo, Tx. I have just had an opportunity to read Terry Pringle’s article “Living and Dying in Abilene” which appeared in the November 20, 1981, issue of the Texas Observer. I am not in the habit of writing letters to the editor and, as a matter of fact, this is the first such letter I have ever written. The article stirred me to the point that I felt this letter was necessary. “Living and Dying in Abilene” was the most outstanding piece of journalism I have ever had the good fortune to read. Please thank Mr. Pringle for allowing me to share in some small degree his experience. Don B. Mauro, P.O. Box 4192, Bryan, Tx. 77805; N-Power No. Bugaboo I’ve been a progressive as long as I can remember, and I appreciate your efforts. But I’M not 100 percent on your side because I believe nuclear power is not the big bugaboo that it is made out to be by the radical left. If we decide to give it up entirely, as some wish, I think we will be playing into the unseen hands that guide us’ to oil dependence on OPEC and the Texas oil interests. Nuclear power can help us tolower the balance of payinents deficits that we suffer each year partly because of OPEC oil. Many of the building problems in the nuclear pUnts can be traced to the private enterprise system. I doubt the Navy has had as many problems in building its, floating reactors. In the meantime, the Soviet Union apparently is going full-out in building nuclear fission power plants. I think we are being suckered. Travis Beard, 685 21st St., Beaumont, Tx.. 77706 Murphy’s Law In your .9/25 issue, Gerry Doyle of “The Miracle of the KILLER BEES” by Robert Heard. Honey Hill Publishing Co., 1022 Bonham Terrace, Austin, Texas 78704, $7.95 plus $1.03 tax and shipping. Good books in every field JENKINS PUBLISHING CO. The Pemberton Press John H. Jenkins, Publisher Box 2085 #14 Austin 78768 Beaumont quotes the Defense Monitor, publication of the Department of Defense: “As the number of nuclear weapons increase in the 1980s the risk of nuclear accidents will increase.” That gives a real insight into what Murphy’s Law is all about. Chloe Samuelson, 2909 Village Drive, Austin, Tx. 78731. Nuke Opponents Naive Re:.Nina Butts’ article on nuclear warfare, 12/4/81. Those who suggest we can unilaterally forego our nuclear arms policies are living in a dream the kind spawned by the search for utopia. These people undoubtedly believe that all peoples of the world will have the requisite “change of consciousness,” and then the world will be a better place. No one will need nuclear weapons. We can all drink CocaCola and be buddies. Unfortunately, the world today is dystopian, if anything. Worse than, that, an individual nation lost its power to be isolationist in 1945, when the United: States dropped A-bombs on Hiroshima ! and Nagasaki. In a matter of three days,. the world changed forever. And in a world now politically ruled by nuclear armament no country can be; isolationist, and no country can realistically and sensibly disarm unilaterally. To do so is suicide. THE TEXAS OBSERVER 23
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