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Any current subscriber who finds the price a burden should say so at renewal time; no one need forgo reading the Observer simply because of the cost. 1989, is published biweekly except for a three-week interval Texas Observer Publishing Co., 307 West 7th Street, Austin, paid at Austin, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to THE TEXAS OBSERVER, P.O. Box 49019, Austin, Texas 78765 THE TEXAS 13 server Washington Admired I wish to express my admiration for Senator Craig Washington, who refused to capitulate to the flag-waving hysteria promoted by George Bush, Lee Atwater, Republican and Democratic politicians and assorted other hypocrites \(TO, stand on the flag-burning issue, tall and alone among shrill lilliputians, reminds me of the refusal of Sam Houston to sign an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy. Both men in a time of mob frenzy refused to compromise their honor and their loyalty to American principles as stated in the Constitution. Henry B. Rule The Woodlands Close Call This was a close call. The budget is flat . here. The appeal from Ronnie was filed right under the NOW and NARAL appeals for immediate action in case aunt Etta remembered me in the will. The Observer arrived today. As is my habit, I turned to the back to crawfish through to “Editorial and Dialogue.” I read AFTERWORD first. Well. Ole Dave did it again. I am in love with the Observer. You anoint my senses. You sharpen my wit. You raise me up out of despair for the whole of the political condition. I can spell excelsior again. I should have remembered that you were there “en garde” and documenting. That you record the failure and foibles of our elected goons. Congratulations Dave! Bon Voyage Happy Landing Cool Communication Go for it, I can tell you won’t forget Austin. Don’t give up on the rest of Texas. Come back, yahear? Incidentally, the rest of Observer awaits whilst I pick out this little epistle to the banks wish there were zeros after, but it. I went to good-ole Adamson High with Jim Wright, so my feelings were hurt too, but there must have been something to your observations, at any rate I held a wait and see position. Now I see. I am truly sorry, and my feelings are REALLY in crashmode. But I am not so low on memory as to have forgotten Nixon’s crowd and their money-making schemes. But the memory of all that does not protect my own heroes from criticism . . . Would that all of them would clean up their act! Jake Pickle has never been anybody’s hero, even in the American Legion in his “climb-to-the-top” years. Boo. Edna J. Hart Dallas P.S. Check out the Silver-Haired Legislature. An all volunteer lege composed of 116 Texans over 60; elected from 28 Texas Areas on Aging. \(Texas is one of They advocated for preservation of Homestead Act; for programs to help prevent early teenage pregnancy and for nursing homes, among others. Foundation at Texas Department on Aging, enabling legislation sponsored by Sen. Parmer, DFt. Worth. Denison Praised I think Dave Denison had done one hell of a job at the Observer. In my opinion, with him at the helm the Observer has reached that high quality status that puts his years up there with the best. Jim Presley Texarkana A Model For the Left Michael Harrington was one of the best and brightest Americans on the political scene during my lifetime. I had the honor and pleasure to meet and spend time with him in 1961 when he came to Austin to speak at UT. His progressive ideals were untarnished by expediency; his commitment to social justice was not compromised by opportunism at election time. This man was great. Few liberals seem to be cut in this mold. Louis Dubose’s obituary of Harrington recalled the healthy interplay of Harrington Port Huron in 1962. And, that sparked a flush of deja vu of those days when a real left existed and flourished. As Harrington reiterated right up to his death, it will happen again. And, when the left in America rouses from its stupor, whether it be designated old, new, neo or whatever, we will always owe a profound debt to Michael Harrington, a pioneer socialist activist in a predominantly reactionary era. Jim Simons Austin Write to: Observer “Dialogue” 307 West 7th St. Austin, TX 78701 DIALOGUE 2 SEPTEMBER 15, 1989