DIALOGUE 0. Presidential Paranoia An Open Letter to President Reagan: Your speech to the UN was so divisive that the few positive overtures you made were rendered worthless, especially when you did not meet the challenge of Mr. Brezhnev to deny first use of nuclear bombs. . . . Russia’s takeover of Czechoslovakia is deplorable. . . . We would say we devastated Vietnam in order to save it. Has either a clean record to crow about? .. . You castigated Russia for manufacturing chemical death, as well you might if they are doing it, except: we are making nerve gas in Arkansas this moment, a thing terrifying to me because I watched my brother die by inches from having been mustard-gassed in World War I by our now-friends, the Germans. You refer to broken treaties. That deserves some research. However, the U.S. has broken treaties with the American Indians time and again. I am trying to show you that neither the U.S. nor Russia has a history that would make of it a model. . . . So I beg of you, take a battery of psychological measures and psychological counseling. I think you are paranoid. I think the Russian heirarchy is paranoid \(with some justification, since bombs have the world’s citizens to accept the insanity of confrontation. The way to handle an enemy is to make of him a friend! Cordye Hall, 5835 Ellsworth, Dallas 75206. Temple-Eastex Replies I must take exception to Edward C. Fritz’ cavalier editorial treatment of Arthur Temple and Temple-Eastex Incorporated in the June 18, 1982 article “Goodbye to a Lady’s Slipper.” By Jean Froneberger The article “Hopkins County Stew” \(TO, Jean Froneberger. We regret the misspelling. The sale of certain Temple Industries fee timberlands to the Department of Agat very distressed values, included mineral leases to the company expiring in 1985. The term minerals were subsequently leased to TDC Exploration, Inc. In reply to a letter to Mr. Temple from Ned Fritz on April 15, 1981, Fritz was has very carefully complied with all of the requirements including impact studies and archeological surveys. Since als and does not control the surface been leased to Tom Coffman, I do not jurisdiction over the location of these “wellsites.” For Mr. Fritz to imply that Mr. Temple “washed his hands of the matter” is a blatant distortion of the facts, and a slur on the historical commitment of Temple-Eastex to encourage, and by performance participate in the conservation of those dedicated unique biological areas in East Texas. Mr. Fritz seems to have forgotten that Mr. Temple and Temple-Eastex have been consistent and vocal supporters of the Big Thicket National Preserve, and those “wilderness areas” administratively defined by the U.S. Forest Service. Alan Miller, Director of Public Affairs, Temple-Eastex, Inc., Diboll, Tx. UT Primer? You wouldn’t be altogether inaccurate if you deleted Jr. from the title in your issue for June 4: “A Texas Jr. College Primer.” Between what Mesrs. Gibson and Bailey and Grant say about the junior colleges and what I know about UT Austin, there’s an unsurprising similarity. Grant’s remarks on the part-timers at Austin Community College, for example, reminded me of the “wage section” or “resource pool” which has now become popular in universities nation-wide: a group of miscellaneous exploitees who for one reason or another will carry heavy burdens of elementary teaching, on short-term appointments at low salaries, without the usual fringe benefits or hope of tenure. The latest information I have is that during the past spring there were some 65 people in the English De partment’s “resource pool at UT. Apparently the administration, with no effective resistance from the faculty, intends to perpetuate this system of house-niggers and field-hands a policy which might very well eventuate in a division of the English faculty into a large number of helpless slaveys and a small number of privileged but docile luminaries. Crafty and determined administrators can easily make a bad joke of old-fashioned notions of academic freedom and faculty governance. Another example is the demise of UT’s General Faculty, which can no longer get a quorum for its pointless meetings. Instead of the General Faculty, the University Council is now the supposed decision-maker; but nearly one-third of the Council’s membership consists of vice-presidents, deans, and other administrative members ex officio. Only a fool would expect timid academics to stand firm against that array. Only a bigger fool would believe, when students and faculty have no real power, that “ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Why don’t you honor the centennial year of the people’s university by doing a Texas University Primer? James Sledd, P.O. Box 5311, Austin, Tx. 78763 Amnesty International To the Editor: One of the best things that I did last year was to subscribe to the Observer. I have enjoyed your publication immensely. I was especially pleased to find Donald Niewyk’s article “The Victims are Invisible” in your last issue, outlining Amnesty International’s work on behalf of those who have “disappeared.” Many people do not realize that the problem of the “disappeared” is one that occurs all over the world with increasing frequen , PY. I would like to take this opportunity to update your information on the Houston Amnesty International Adoption group for the Social Cause Calender. Group 23 meets on the first Wednesday of each month, 7:30, at the Rice University Media Center. We can be reached at 529-1892. Linny Goldstein, Group Leader, 3900 Dunlavy #12, Houston, TX 77006. THE TEXAS OBSERVER 23
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