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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 ignoble in the human spirit. Writers are responsible for their own work, but not for anything they have not themselves written, and in publishing them we do not necessarily imply that we agree with them, because this is a journal of free voices. SINCE 1954 Founding Editor: Ronnie Dugger Editor: Louis Dubose Associate Editor: James Cullen Production: Peter Szymczak Copy Editor: Roxanne Bogucka Editorial Interns: Todd Basch, Angela Hardin. Contributing Writers: Bill Adler, Barbara Belejack, Betty Brink, Warren Burnett, Brett Campbell, Peter Cassidy, Jo Clifton, Carol Countryman, Terry FitzPatrick, James Harrington, Bill Helmer, Jim Hightower, Ellen Hosmer, Molly Ivins, Steven Keilman, Michael King, Deborah Lutterbeck, Tom McClellan, Bryce Milligan, Debbie Nathan, James McCarty Yeager. Editorial Advisory Board: David Anderson, Austin; Frances Barton, Austin; Elroy Bode, El Paso; Chandler Davidson, Houston; Dave Denison, Cambridge, Mass; Bob Eckhardt, Austin; Sissy Farenthold, Houston; bridge, Mass.; Lawrence Goodwyn, Durham, N.C.; George Hendrick, Urbana, Ill.; Molly Ivins, Austin; Larry L. King, Washington, D.C.; Maury Maverick, Jr., San Antonio; Willie Morris, Jackson, Miss.; Kaye Northcott, Fort Worth; James Presley, Texarkana; Schwartz, Galveston; Fred Schmidt, Fredericksburg. Poetry Consultant: Thomas B. Whitbread Contributing Photographers: Bill Albrecht, Vic Hinterlang, Alan Pogue. Contributing Artists: Michael Alexander, Eric Avery, Torn Ballenger, Richard Bartholomew, Jeff Danziger, Beth Epstein, Valerie Fowler, Dan Hubig, Pat Johnson, Kevin Kreneck, Michael Krone, Carlos Lowry, Gary Oliver, Ben Sargent, Dan Thibodeau, Gail Woods, Matt Wuerker. Business Manager: Cliff Olofson Subscription Manager: Stefan Wanstrom Development Consultant: Frances Barton SUBSCRIPTIONS: One year $32, two years $59, three years $84. Full-time students $18 per year. Back issues $3 prepaid. Airmail, foreign, group, and bulk rates on request. Microfilm editions available from University Microfilms Intl., 300 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Ml 48106. 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. INDEXES: The Texas Observer is indexed in Access: The Supplementary Index to Periodicals: Texas Index and, for the years 1954 through 1981,The Texas Observer Index. copyrighted, 0 1994. is published biweekly except for a three-week interval 477-0746. E-mail: [email protected] . Second-class postage paid at Austin, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to THE TEXAS OBSERVER, 307 West 7th Street, Austin, Texas 78701. Write Dialogue The Texas Observer, 307 West 7th St., Austin, TX 78701; Electronic mail: [email protected] DIALOGUE EMILY KAPLAN 2 SEPTEMBER 16, 1994 Lost Yer Compass, Boy? Louis Dubose seems to have lost his sense of direction. The Villa de Garcia he writes about in his article “The People Watched” \(TO More accurately it is Northwest, off the road to Saltillo. It’s been 30 years or more since I’ve been there but I remember where it is. Joe Hopkins, Fort Worth Support the President In this era of Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robertson, and Jerry Falwell, it is critical for progressives to unite behind President Clinton. He is our best hope for continuing what Adlai Stevenson called “America’s unfinished agenda.” My respect for Jim Hightower’s political acumen has suffered enormously. I once saw him Whited on network TV as the counter weight to Limbaugh, but if his pieces in the Observer are any indication, he has chosen a more narcissistic path. Instead of indulging in idealistic purity, he could help the cause of social justice much more if he recognized the urgency of cohesion with the only electable progressive we are likely to have in a generation. Steve Salinger, Kansas City Tired of Republicrats Regarding your misguided and very silly castigation of us who are tired of being taken for granted by the Republicrats \(“One Strike and You’re Out,” TO political observerdeal with it. By the way, I intend to vote straight Republican in the upcoming election. Is Mark White, oops, I mean Ann Richards; et al., listening? Richard Wright, Austin