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"The Newspaper ot Montrose" September 20, 1985 Issue 256 Published Every Friday (713) 529-8490
Welch Pitches 'Moral Values' as
Polls Show Whitmire Taking the Lead
News One News Service
An alleged decline in moral values is part
of the reason for the economic woes of
Houston, according to mayoral candidate
Louie Welch. And, Welch says the problem
will continue until the city returns to the
moral base it has had in the past.
Welch told the West Houston Chamber
of Commerce that while president of the
Houston Chamber of Commerce he was
continually told by representatives of the
major corporations that Houston was no
longer a good place to raise a family.
"The one point of resistance we got
(when trying to recruit corporations to relocate here) was that 'Houston is not a good
place in which to live and raise children.'"
He says that the city's reputation as a
place where vice has flourished is what is
tarnishing the city's image with corporate
executives, and he adds that when a city's
moral appeal is lost that city will eventually lose its economic vitality.
"There has never been a community
that has given up totally its standard of
morality that has not declined," he says,
"... not Bince history began."
Welch says San Francisco has lost
70,000 people from 1960 to 1980 and are
continuing to lose population "because it's
a city without a moral code, a city without
a moral standard."
be Donated to
A major portion of the proceeds from the
Spring Westheimer Colony Art Festival
will be donated to the Lower Westheimer
Police Community Center, announced
John Daniel, member-at-large of the Westheimer Colony Assoc: r.ticn and Project
Coordinator for the police center from all
"A long time dream of mine will come
true with the completion and October
opening of this Community Police Center," said Daniel, who is the security director for Liberty Bank. The police project
has had 90% of the materials and labor
donated from area business establishments and community organizations.
"The merchants are elated over the
opening of the center, as they and residents were in 1980 when the Westheimer
Association provided thousands of dollars
for the first off-duty policeman who
walked the lower Westheimer area ..."
"Now with current community uprising
over the 'crusin' youth into the wee hours
of the weekend nights, maybe a closer
community effort can be focused through
the police center," continued Daniel.
With the visible presence of the police
.center, it is hoped there will be more of a
constant contact with the "street people"
and the undesirable element by the center's police staff, said a press release produced by the group.
"Working as project coordinator, I have
had an opportunity to attend many of the
local clubs and organizations meetings.
We plan to not only suport the center with
funds, but form a bond between community groups who will have volunteers working within the center and with the police
personnel there. This working bond will
hopefully, provide a true community
atmosphere needed to make the WeBthei-
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Welch says that the lack of morality in
the city was the motivating factor in his
desire to seek another term as mayor.
"What really set me off was a drive up
Taft Street from Allen Parkway to Lovett
at high noon," he says. "When I passed
Westheimer at Taft and saw young boys
with their eyeshadow and their lipstick
being paraded on sidewalks of Houston
without anyone doing anything, the question came to me, 'If I don't do anything
about it who is.'" 0
Welch says as mayoi 6e will insure that
when children go dow ihe street they will
not see "commercii 'ice glorified and
that they themselvr >. not subject to the
seduction of a so with zero stand
ards." *\ A
Tickets on Sale for Oct. 5
Tickets are still available for the October
benefit performance of Execution of Justice. The entire house for the Alley Theater
Large Stage production has been bought
out by the Gay Political Caucus, the
KS/AIDS Foundation, the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard and Hazelwitch Productions.
Tickets are $20 for the front half and
$13.50 for the back half of the theater.
Seating is not reserved for the two sections.
Emily Mann's acclaimed play focueses
on the trial of Dan White, recently paroled
murderer of gay San Francisco City
Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor
Tickets are available at GPC meetings,
though board members or by calling the
office, 521-1000. By calling the GPC office,
tickets may be charged on MasterCard or
Visa and will be mailed to the purchaser.
Ticekts are also available at Wilde 'n Stein
Books, 1103 California; Diva Hair, 3603
Montrose; and the Houston Area Women's
Center, 4 Chelsea Place.
Annual Montrose Folleyball Contest
Over the past few years, the Montrose Folleyball event, staged this year in a
vacant lot on Mason Street, has grown in size. Hundreds "camped" it up—
including many from the Miss Camp America organization—as dollars were
raised for Montrose community organizations. Photos by Roger Lackey.