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Chat it Chew With Jim Hightower Purchase or renew a subscription to the Texas Observer and you could win lunch with Jim Hightower, legendary wit, raconteur, progressive philosopher, and the first radio talk show host fired by Mickey Mouse! The winner gets round-trip airfare to Austin and lunch at Threadgill’s World Headquarters with Jim Hightower, receives a signed copy of his most recent book, There Nothing in the Middle of the Road But Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos, and gets to watch the live broadcast of Hightower’s nationally syndicated radio show So subscribe today! You’ll also save 56% off the cover price. I want to subscribe to the Texas Observer. Name Address City/State/Zip 1 year: $24 2 years: $48 ri 3 years $72 n New Subscription Renewal To be eligible, subscriptions must be received and paid in full by August 15, 1998. The Observer will provide round-trip airfare for one person from any Texas airport served by Southwest Airlines; hotel accommodations will not be provided. Valid only for full-priced subscriptions \(student-rate subscriptions three-year subscription; in the case of gift subscriptions, the recipient will be entered in the drawing unless the payor, in writing, requests otherwise. Please address all questions to the Texas Observer, . mandatory workers comp. This radical socialist interference with the God-given right to increase net-before-tax \(and not incidentally, managenesses from enjoying perhaps the most robust regional economy in America, the lowest unemployment rate, the highest rate of high school graduation, and one of the lowest crime rates in the country. Wonder why there are so many Fortune 500 companies headquartered in a city of fewer than a half million people? As the C.E.O. of a company that employs hundreds, it would never occur to me to do anything but promote the health and welfare of Wake up, Texas. You’re shooting yourselves in the foot with your concealed weapon the Texas Legislature. Bravo Observer. Bravo Karen Olsson! John A. Haynes Minneapolis formerly of Canyon, Texas CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Re “Schmaltz Across Texas,” by Don Graham Don Graham can relax. Those of us who love visiting Texas are not about to alter our views of the state on the basis of a trio of lousy movies. However, the professor, whose articles and reviews I enjoy reading, ought to examine his prejudices, even when reviewing movies. He appears to be offended by the notion of boys in the provinces \(West Texas, in this impression that the “sheer vapidity” of L.A./Hollywood dreaming is in contrast with the days of old when boy dreamers would pine for Paris and New York, presumably for a literary experience. Doesn’t he know that quite a few boys from the hinterlands from Will Rogers to Tennessee Williams, as well as Faulkner and Steinbeck thought enough of L.A. to live there briefly? Even sturdy Irish stock like John Huston, who in his youth crossed the border into Mexico \(as Graham apparently thinks lywood, where he eventually directed a few memorable films including The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The African Queen. Let’s not forget the original boy from the Texas provinces, Gene Autry. He moved to California, retained his rural coloring, became a popular. Hollywood star, and then had the gall to build a museum for the culturally deprived L.A. masses \(the Gene Autry Western Heritage only a short and pleasant horseback ride through the canyons near my home \(no driving titled “Culture y Cultura: How the U.S.-Mexican War Shaped the West.” I invite Graham to check it out next time he visits our fair city. Frank J. Garza Los Angeles BY THEIR WORKS… I just finished reading Molly Ivins’ article about you in her new book, You Got to Dance With Them What Brung You. So I had to see for myself. Our daughter and family live in Austin and I have a sister in Pasadena, although we live in Hawaii and I spend much time in Indonesia and China hoping to help good things to happen. I read a few of the articles [on the Down Home Page: http//] and we are pleased that you, along with Molly and too few others, are serving to be the “leaven in the loaf’ of Texas to make it better and protect it from all those “evil” doers. Religious faith should be judged by how you live your life in serving others, and not by things you say, trying to make God in your image. Thank you and keep up the good work. D. Richard and Diane M. Neill Aiea, Hawaii Write Dialogue The Texas Observer 307 W. 7th St. Austin, TX 78701 [email protected] AUGUST 14, 1998 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 3