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A JOURNAL OF FREE VOICES We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We-are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of human-kind as the foundation of democracy: we will take orders from none but our own conscience, and never will we overlook or misrepresent the truth to serve the interests of the powerful or cater to the ar e in the human spirit. Writers are responsible for their own work, but not for anything they have not themselves written, and in pkblishing them we do not necessarily imply that we agree with them because this is a journal of free voices. SINCE 1954 Publisher: Ronnie Dugger Editor: David Armstrong Managing Editor: Brett Campbell Associate Editor: Scott Henson Copy Editor: Roxanne Bogucka Capitol Correspondent: Jennifer Wong Mexico City Correspondent: Barbara Belejack Contributing Writers: Bill Adler, Betty Brink, Warren Burnett, Jo Clifton, Terry FitzPatrick, Gregg Franzwa, James Harrington, Bill Helmer, Ellen Hosmer, Steven Kellman, Michael:King, Mary Lenz, Tom McClellan, Bryce Milligan, Greg Moses, Debbie Nathan, Gary Pomerantz, Lawrence Walsh. Editorial Advisory Board: Frances Barton, Austin; Elroy Bode, Kerrville; Chandler Davidson, Houston; Dave Denison, Cambridge, Mass; Bob Eckhardt, Washington, D.C.; Sissy Farenthold, Houston; Ruperto Garcia, Austin; John Kenneth Galbraith, Cambridge, Mass.; Lawrence Goodwyn, Durham, N.C.; George Hendrick, Urbana, Ill.; Molly Lying, Austin; Larry L. 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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. THE TEXAS OBSERVER \(ISSN 0040-4519/USPS 5413001.0 1991. is published biweekly except for a three-week interval between issues in Second class postage paid at Austin, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to THE TEXAS OBSERVER, 307 West 7th Street, Austin, Texas 78701. Bigger is Better I’m 87 years old and legally blind The Observer has been a very special part of my life, but trying to read with a hand magnifying glass was too tiring. A good friend recently gave me a wonderful electri fied magnifying glass on a stand so please start my sub scription at once. Martha W. Allen Terrel Pax Corpus Christi The peace and justice movement is alive and thriving in Corpus Christi. Unfortunately, your February 22 article, “The Peace Movement in Texas,” omitted coverage of events and actions in our area. For many years a core group of activists in Corpus Christi have worked individually and through organizations like Pax Christi South Texas \(which Paz, Local Friends, SANE/FREEZE, and the Laughing Gull Coalition to counter U.S. policy in Central America, to end the arms race, and to address pressing human rights, domestic, and environmental issues. In the past year we have among other things held demonstrations against U.S. intervention in Central America, protested military waste at Homeport Ingleside, worked to establish Corpus Christi as a nuclear-free zone, and collected over 1,400 signatures in support of a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Last November, the South Texas Coalition for Peace in the Middle East evolved in response to the Persian Gulf Crisis. The Cm’ lition has sponsored teach-ins, public forums, a half-page anti-war advertisement in the Caller-Times, and a January 16 Bayfront Peace Rally with guest speakers Sissy Farenthold and Jack Elder. Over 500 people attended this event. Since the outbreak of the war, two campus peace groups have formed and we have begun to make use of public access television. Monday evening peace vigils have been held on the steps of City Hall, along with Friday night organizational meetings. For further information about the peace and justice movement in Corpus Christi contact Jeff Timmons Leslie Jarmon Ann Bright Corpus Christi Editor’s note: Because of space constraints and the chaos surrounding the changing of the Observer’s editorial guard, this letter did not run immediately upon submission. It was dated the fourth of March. We sincerely regret the delay, as well as the original omission of Corpus Christi from our resource list. TCLU Morass There must come a time when we all put the TCLU morass behind us and get on with the business of defending civil rights in Texas. But this cannot happen if the Observer doesn’t show the journalistic courtesy of allowing one to respond to bald and erroneous accusations of fact. A case in point is the accusation in Nancy Baker Jones’ letter \(“Taking Liberties,” TO Al King watched me “instruct one of these new members how to complete his ballot” during the Central Texas Civil Liberties Union election. She used this to support her contention that I interfered with an election in which I didn’t even vote. I remember the event well, but what Al watched was me tell my high-school son, Elias, how to spell Toni Luckett’s name as a write-in. Elias knew Toni because of her activism as UT student-body president and wanted to vote for her. Nor was he a new member. He joined in 1988 as a result of the Bush-Dukakis debate, a decision in which I took great fatherly pride. Elias personally knew the board candidates. What’s the crime in that? There are other equally baseless assertions of fact in Nancy’s letter: However, misconstruing our father-son endeavor is truly egregious. James C. Harrington Austin Editor’s note: Mr. Harrington, like any Observer reader, certainly has the right to respond to allegations made against him in the magazine. That’s why we have this Dialogue section, and that’s why we printed his letter. Knee-Jerk Jerk Scott Henson’s prototypically knee-jerk, liberal analysis of the recent Persian Gulf war \(“Peace Dividend,” TO H.L. Mencken’s dictum: “For every complicated problem, there is a simple solution and it is almost always wrong.” The assertion that George Bush conceived and carried out this war to help his business cronies is no more believable than the notion that Saddam Hussein’s army invaded Kuwait to help the plight of the Palestinians. As for the rout and See Dialogue page 31 DIALOGUE 2 APRIL 5, 1991. v. ,A41.0.0\(…-W.11.