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Houston Breakthrough, January 1980 - Page 7. January 1980. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/2148/show/2123.

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Title Houston Breakthrough, January 1980
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Date January 1980
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Transcript incumbent on the city council. He was the only incumbent to be defeated, but he was also the most blatant in his bigotry toward certain groups in the community—namely women and gays. The public ridicule of women's needs such as maternity benefits and homosexuality finally caught up to him. This is not to suggest that there were no other issues such as ethics which brought about Mann's defeat, only that his positions on the issues were contributory. Although the other incumbents remained in office, the ideological profile of the newly-elected representatives from the single-member districts suggest that the people of Houston wished to have representatives who had a solid track record of caring about people. Eleanor Tinsley, Lance Lalor, Ben Reyes and Anthony Hall certainly have such a record. It is almost a certainty that the 1980's will be ushering in a new era in Houston city politics. The change in the structure of representation, from an at-large to a mixed system with single member districts undoubtedly increased the pace of the change. Politicians being what they are, the surviving incumbents will pick up on the temper of the times as reflected in the new faces on the city council. The good old days of the "old boys club" are gone. It started to crumble with the 1977 election of Kathryn Whitmire as City Controller. Her opponent tried to make an issue of her feminist involvements. It didn't take. Either the public was uninterested, supported her stance, or felt that her ability to do the job should be the de ciding factor. An effort by Christin Hartung's male opponent to make her marital status a relevant campaign issue also failed to capture the public's interest. On the other hand, the women running for office treated the matter of their gender as a non- issue, as it should be. It seems that the public is, in many ways, more progressive in their thinking than the people who represent them. In other words, there is some question as to just who are the leaders and who are the followers. There is a logical explanation for this condition. Apparently the "thrill of victory" is such a positively indelible experience that the victors put a freeze on their election tactics and issue positions. The power of incumbency, bringing repeated victories, confirms in their minds that they and their constituents hold similar values and ideas. In reality the tremendous benefit of incumbency comes from the ability to utilize the media in establishing name identity The advantage that it generates is so great that it allows the gap between is more compatible with the public on issues. Theoretically, at least according to government textbooks, elected officials are supposed to be opinion leaders. This does not, in fact, seem to be the case. It is the public who leads the officials and the attitudes of the public and elected officials to widen considerably before any given official is replaced by someone who occasionally, when they prove too inflexible to be led, they are defeated at the polls. Students credited with $22,000 gift to shelter !F Special Savings Offer! We have selected eight fabulous suit fabrics from which you may purchase three as a package for a limited time. In order for you to begin or add to your business wardrobe, we are offering three 2-piece suits at a total cost of $900 plus tax. This is a total savings of $165 off the regular cost of these suits. After checking prices for good ready-made suits and finding them to be a minimum of $300 a suit, we are offering this same price tag in a fine, custom garment. We know that you will enjoy the custom tailoring experience. 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Each would receive $1,000 from Hill Petroleum Company. To carry out their assignment, the class divided into groups and each selected one charity to investigate. One of the groups selected the Houston Area Women's Center. A young woman, Gina Fribley, visited the Women's Center's headquarters and gathered information about the center and its shelter for abused women. Another member of Gina's group, Sandra Hill (no connection with Hill Petroleum), gave an oral presentation to the classes about the Houston Area Women's Center. The students' work must have been very impressive, because the classes voted to give the entire $2,000 to the Women's Center's Shelter for Abused Women. Furthermore, the representative from Hill also became very interested in the Women's Center's program. Her additional investigation resulted in a $20,000 contribution from Hill to the Houston Area Women's Center. "The shelter had just moved to their new facility and that money could not have come at a better time,", says executive director Nikki Van Hightower. "We hope it's an omen for the 80's." uitar allery of Houstonjnc. For the Finest in Classic Guitars, Guitar Instruction, and Music and Accessories for the Classic Guitarist. 1401 Richmond Avenue 528-5666 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH DECEMBER/JANUARY 1980