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TheTexas Observer THIS HOLIDAY SEASON Give them the gift that keeps on giving ’em hell. Holiday gift special: 1st gift $27 2nd gift $15 for a one year subscription regular price $32 Give your friends and loved ones sharp reporting, analysis, commentary, and culture from one of the finest independent publications in the nation. They’ll get 24 issues one every two weeks. CALL: 1-800-939-6620 SUBSCRIBE ONLINE: or fill out this form and mail to: The Texas Observer 307 W. 7th St. Austin, TX 78701 Address: City ST/ZIP Phone. Check enclosed 0 MC 0 VISA 0 AmEx # Exp Their name Address City ST/ZIP VISIT OUR NEW ONLINE STORE \( FOR THESE OTHER FABULOUS OBSERVER GIFT IDEAS: Teal w/ cream press White w/ brown press Brown w/ cream press, women’s cut Sizes: OS 0L XL Natural canvas with printing press graphic WE MUST RECEIVE YOUR ORDER BY DECEMBER 15 TO ENSURE DECEMBER 25 DELIVERY. Offer good through Jan. 15, 2007. For more than one item, please attach a note. i 4 01 i s. i II4′ Yi \(r i l l 41\( –,.-\(07″ Austin’s Largest Selection of International Folk Art, Silver Jewelry and Textiles –Ir E s ci IR. CO 5 T DI G COMPANY. ,,,,., 1 ot i FOLK ART & OTHER TREASURES FROM AROUND THE WORLD t. 209 CONGRESS AVE. AUSTIN 512/479-8377 ‘ t ‘ . .. t A 21.1 \\ 1 0 P E fJ DAILY TO-6 A, z ik LETTERS TO THE EDITORS 307. W 7th Street Austin, TX 78701 [email protected] tumbler, flash drive andthat HMO essentialsunscreen. Where the First Family of the Texas House was concerned, Blue Cross’s chief lobbyist did not stop at Speaker Tom Craddick. He also gave gifts to Craddick’s wife, Nadine; daughter and campaign apparatchik, Christi; son Tommy; and even daughter-in-law, Laura. Among the gifts were “framed photos” bestowed on Tom, Nadine, and Laura Craddick. The ever-diligent Stuart would not have missed passage this past April of House Resolution 259, which congratulated Tommy and Laura on the birth of their son: Thomas Russell “Tripp” Craddick III. So it would not surprise us if the “framed photos” that this wise man came bearing five months later featured the cherubic baby Tripp. We will have to wait until next year to discover who will be this holiday season’s Prince of Piece. Andrew “Kringle” Wheat unwraps oversized gifts from the Texas Ethics Commission as a shipping & receiving clerk for Texans for Public Justice. DECEMBER 15, 2006 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 7