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I couldn't help but feel a twinge of deja vu
when Leon Jaworski announced the formation of "Democrats for Reagan." I
seem to remember another Texas politician who claimed to be a "Democrat for
Nixon" before the 1972 election only to
discover later that he wasn't really a
Democrat after all . . . after the election,
Mr. Jaworski seems to need a lesson in
rudimentary loyalty and the decorum
such a concept entails. If he wishes to call
himself a Democrat, he should support
the candidates and programs of the Democratic party. If Mr. Jaworski cannot support the programs and candidates of the
Democratic party, he should not use the
party's name. What kind of man would
disguise himself as a party member in order to defeat the programs and candidates
of the very same party. The word "turncoat" does not seem too strong for a man
who has behaved as Mr. Jaworski. In my
eyes he has compromised both his credibility and his honor in this deception.
Now that we have seen the methods
that Mr. Jaworski will employ to achieve
a political end, we are left to wonder
whether he was a "Democrat for Nixon"
while serving as special Watergate prosecutor.
GEORGE W.PULLIAM III
With the presidential elections and
nuclear war on the horizon, I have some
questions I'd like to ask my neighbors.
How has it come to be that we have
taken something as awesomely beautiful
as nature and allowed it to become feared
and polluted? How have we allowed something as meaningless as money to dominate
our lives, the motives for living? How has
fear for our safety become something we
accept and openess/integrity become subject to suspicion and extensive scrutiny?
How come satisfaction is so hard to come
by when everyone is so eager? How has it
come to be that government speaks of
tax breaks while taxes break our spirits?
How has it come to be that so many of
the laws of a free society at best pander
and at worse deny our need to live with a
sense of dignity and capacity? How come
war looms so large and savage when we
want peace for ourselves and our families? How come nothing is funny anymore?
I mention these things because I'm
frightened. Because there seems to be so
little hope. . .
I do plan to vote. It seems a tiny action, an insignificant drop in the bucket,
but . . .
It's election time — time for all of us who
believe in equal rights to be especially
visible and vocal. Bring your family and
join us at the ERA Rally, Sunday, Nov-
vember 2, at 2 pm at the City Hall Reflection Pool.
I enjoyed Charlotte Moser's article on
TMO in the September issue. Her explanation of TMO's history, agenda, and
method of operation clears away the enigma surrounding this laudable organization
of Houston churches.
Chairperson, Service Committee
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Please: either muzzle Morris Edelson or
persuade him that he is not H. L. Mencken, or do away with his rambling, interminable column altogether.
Parts of "Local Color" have been interesting and on target, but the item about
DeBakey as "the sometime surgeon in residence" (October 1980) is indefensible,
incorrect, unsupported and irresponsible.
That kind of writing makes a rag of the
Editors of nonestablishment publications, who often have to work and struggle too hard, sometimes feel that their
publications are theirs alone, and they
seem to permit themselves impermissible
excesses. As a matter of fact, the rules of
journalistic accuracy apply here even
more, because their readers pay a lot closer attention, and so their professional
responsibility is greater.
Please shut up Edelson or edit him.
the same line and tried to match wits with
words. But I like my humor subtle and I
get that between the lines of Gabrielle
Cosgriff's column, "Media Matters."
But Morris Edelson's column, "Local
Color" really seems out of character in
Breakthrough. It seems to me to be everything you have stood against: Taking cheap
shots. Hit and miss journalism. Sometimes (i. e. Dr. DeBakey) tasteless. That
kind of writing belongs in the underground
press. Please, Breakthrough, don't sink
P. S. For the record. I've liked the other
stories Edelson has tackled, particularly
his interviews with Sharon Itaya, the
union doctor (April 1980) and Richard
Murray, the political analyst (July/
August). Also, his story last month on
the small theater groups in Houston. So,
it's not his writing, it's the carelessness
in his column.
The Republican Party's anti-ERA platform brought Houston's ERA supporters out to protest.
I've read Breakthrough for five years now
and never once wrote how much I liked it.
Now, as I leave for New Mexico, I want to
leave some parting thoughts.
I've watched you change, grow, from a
strictly feminist to a more all-embracing
format. And I felt that was the right thing
to do (although I'll frankly admit I liked
having a newspaper "where women are
news" — my husband has Esquire, right?)
But I did like the changes and the range
and quality of reporting was constant.
You were a class act.
But the past couple of months, I feel
like you've been going through an identity
crisis. It's as though someone told you (as
they've always told feminists,) "You're
too serious. Where's your sense of
humor? . And it seems the paper heard
I enjoyed your paper. You could teach a
lot to the local "alternatives" here about
design and photography!
In "Local Color" (September 1980) a
photo caption of a building being demolished downtown next to Stelzig's Western
Shop was identified as the Hogg Building.
It was, in fact, the Baker Building. The
Hogg Building still stands across the street.
We thank our readers who called our attention to this. Eds.