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$30 FOR TWO PER NIGHT $79 PER: WEEK I except Friday & Saturday P.O. Box 8 Port Aransa, TX 78373 G V E The Texas Observer to your friends CENTER QU: I ‘H ICI’ li the Texas \(:entct. For Rural Studies REPORT Austin, Tcmts 78768 devilish twinkle in his eye. He would make obscene gestures with his hands if you got him in the back of the store and no one was looking. The Fourth of July when Martin and I and others launched a large rocket which rose about 10 feet, then quickly turned and headed to the southwest at treetop level, landing in a neighbor’s open garage and exploding with a loud boom and a wonderful reverberation. An angry mother stuck her head out the kitchen door and threatened to call the police because we had wakened her baby. Shamed, we retreated to Martin’s house and blamed each other for the misfire. The Methodist minister, a Mexican, born and raised in Mexico, who used Subscribe to the Observer East Dallas Printing Company Full Service Union Printing 211 S. Peak Dallas, Tx 75226 to build electronic gizmos from kits televisions, car burglar alarms, windshield wiper delays and such. He taught Sunday school to us in English and, moments later, delivered his sermons to the congregation in Spanish. \(I had never stopped to think about that until school class long ago when he and I were the only ones in attendance. We discussed whether Jesus was a man, whether he had a girlfriend, and whether he had sexual desires. We decided that he was a man and had sexual desires, but we didn’t know enough to ascertain whether he had a girlfriend. THE FRAGMENTS are important to me, parts forming the whole, which is the Valley I carry with me. I cannot go beyond these simple facts without becoming lost. Perhaps the Valley is a part of Mexamerica, a Third Country and a poverty pocket. But these are not my conclusions and I feel cheated by them. While the statistics and the examinations of cultures blending and shaping each other all have merit, they seem to miss the truth I sense is there. I come from the inside, and the view from there is never as simple. Still, I am willing to allow others their code-words, as long as they let me indulge in the fading subtleties of memory. It seems to me a fair trade in an age where fashion masquerades as reality. El LEGISLATIVE INTENT RESEARCH When the specific meaning of statutory language is a pivotal issue in winning a case, the legislative intent may be crucial. We assist attorneys in establishing that intent through LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH. Located 5 minutes from the Capitol, State Archives and Legislative Library, our firm provides timely, accurate and complete LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: original bill files floor debates bill analyses amendments committee testimony interim committee reports Fee: $150 Retainer, $50/hr. after first three hours. LEGISLATIVE INTENT RESEARCH Directors: 600 W. 28th, Suite 102 Austin, Tx. 78705 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 23