Message of Governor O. B. Colquitt to the thirty-second legislature of Texas. Page: 20 of 24
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be given them, should be afforded without delay. The institutions
for the deaf and dumb and for the blind should he ,niarged
and sufficient appropriations made to accomodate every deaf and
dumb and blind child in Texas who seeks the education and improvement
which these institutions can give.
The public health is always a matter of the first importance.
At times it requires great vigilence on the part of health officers to
keep pestilential diseases out of Texas and prevent their spread
after they develop here. Adequate provision, with proper safeguards
for expenditure of moneys, should be made for such emergencies.
The Legislature should provide for the building and maintenance
of a sanitarium for the care of indigent consumptives. A
leprosy colony should be established, where those afflicted with that
terrible disease could be properly cared for and separated from the
general public. The sweetest charity dispensed by the hand of man,
of by his government, is the assistance given to those who are physically
weak and financially impoverished, or dethroned of their
reason, and unable to help themselves on this account.
PURE FOOD LAWS.
The food and milling laws providing for inspection and the pure
food laws providing for the office of Dairy and Pure Food Commissioner,
should be amended and consoliated in one statute and the two
departments combined into one with offices in the Capitol. It is believed
that much more effective service could be secured and double
work and expense avoided by this course. Considerable saving, proably
as much as fifteen thousand dollars per annum, it is estimated,
could be effected in this way. Besides, after a manufacturer's goods
are examined and stamped by state authority it is worth something to
the manufacturer and a small fee should be charged for this work.
With these laws revised and the two departments consolidated much
more effective results can be obtained and a great deal more revenue
would be derived from this source.
In conclusion, let me again express the opinion that, after many
years of strenuous legislative program, we can well afford to take
a rest from additional new and untried laws and legislative theories
of governmental interference with the detailed activities of the citizen
in his business affairs. We need time in which to familiarize
ourselves with the laws we already have. Although many of them
need amending, there is no general demand on the part of the Texas
people for any harassing new ones. Needless legislation and unnecessary
political strife retards the progress of the citizen himself and
keeps back the development of the state. Let us devote the time and
energy we have to an effort to develop the minds and hearts of our
people to a higher standard and to a better understanding of the
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Colquitt, O. B. Message of Governor O. B. Colquitt to the thirty-second legislature of Texas., book, 1911; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5834/m1/20/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .