The Clifton Record (Clifton, Tex.), Vol. 74, No. 11, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 4, 1968 Page: 2 of 12
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• EDITORIAL PAGE •
Clifton, Texas Thursday, April 4, 1968
Clifton Voters Have a Choice in Both Local
Elections Saturday; Will You Vote? Or Let
Your Neighbor Do Your Deciding For You?
As we see it, the American system of
free elections is perhaps one of the great-
est innovations of democratic societies,
but there is one baisc fault that spans the
system, whether it be on the 50-state
national level, or the most basic of grass
roots election in small cities or district.
This fault is that people cannot be
forced to vote, and often it is the nega-
tive element — the “agin’ers”— who
cast a larger percentage of votes than
do the positive or constructive voters.
How often have you heard the com-
ment: “Well, I don’t like anybody who’s
running ... I like so-in-so less than I
dislike thing-a-ma-gig, so I guess I’ll take
the lesser of two evils and vote for so-in-
so ... ”
Cliftonians are no different from
folks in other parts of the country when
it comes to falling prey to “human na-
ture”. That is, we are all often quick to
shout our dislike of a candidate or an in-
sue, hut we usually do and say little or
nothing complimentary when men and
issues are doing a good job.
It is perhaps more important to cast
your vote of confidence or vote of ap-
proval for a candidate who has been do-
ing a good job, than it is to scratch the
name of the candidate you dislike.
It is dangerous to fall prey to the
behavior pattern of not voting when
times and candidates are good, because
it will likely be that election in which
the “agin’ers” muster a majority, and
negatively win the election.
The beauty of our American style
of elections is that we usually have a
REAL CHOICE — something few other
provinces or nations have.
The dangerous thing is that it is of-
ten not the good judgement or the bad
judgement of the majority of QUALIFIED
VOTERS that makes the decision, but the
fickle judgement of the largest percent-
age of voters who turn out at the polls.
Clifton city residents and voters
who reside in the Clifton Independent
School District this year have a choice
in both elections to be held Saturday.
The Record has a basic policy to
neither endorse nor denounce local and
county officials, while we often do en-
dorse or speak out against officials above
the county level. This policy at times is
altered, when we have information which
we believe will contribute to the know-
ledge or welfare of the readers of The
Record. This policy is not based on timid-
ity about coming out for or against a
local candidate, but because we simply
feel that most Record readers who live
here know as much and maybe more
about local politics and candidates as we
do. On the other hand, it is part of our
job to study issues on the district, state
and national levels, and by virtue of
this study and other sources of informa-
tion, we may frequently gain informa-
tion to which the average citizen does
not have access; information which he
may have missed in his own study.
In the two coming elections Satur-
day, The Record chooses neither to en-
dorse nor to decry the candidates involv-
ed in the aldermen and school trustee
We do, however, remind voters that
by virtue of more candidates running
than there are posts to be filled, some
candidates will be elected and others de-
feated. Which does which is up to you,
IF you take the little trouble to GO
VOTE. If you do not vote, then your
neighbors may elect the wrong man .
There are four candidates running
There are three men seeking two trustee
jobs in the Clifton Independent School
Some of the candidates are incum-
bents who are seeking re-election. Others
are for the first time (at least in these
races) asking to shoulder the big res-
ponsibilities of administrating your tax
dollars to help build a better school sys-
tem and a better city.
Apparently, all think they can do
the job. Which can do the best job, how-
ever, will be decided not by any com-
puter’s analysis of their abilities, but by
which marks you make on the ballot.
If however you do not take the trouble
to make your marks — where they
count, on the ballot — then you are no
better a citizen than the most ignorant
individual in the county.
The best of our knowledge, these
are all good men. If so, then we hope
the ones who lose in this election will
get a chance to serve their community
at some later time.
Sometimes it is good to have an ob-
viously unpopular candidate running, be-
cause voters will turn out .in strength to
see that he is not elected. On the other
hand, if all candidates are generally well
liked, then many voters will simply not
take the trouble to go to the polls.
The Record hopes voters will turn
out in droves for the elections Saturday.
A large vote means two things, (1) a vote
of confidence in the candidates elected,
and (2) it lets the elected official know
that many, many people are interested
in what he does. In short, it keeps him
on his toes, working at the job you elect-
ed him to do.
A large turnout of the electorate
makes everyone feel more secure in the
knowledge that someone was not elected
by some fluke, but by the will of a size-
— Sam Logan.
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The Hamilton Herald-News
Members of the Hamilton
Chamber of Commerce elected
Tom Venable, James Hampton
and Walter Anglin to their board
of directors in a mail poll com-
pleted Friday, March 22.
The Gatesville Messenger
Horses by the hundreds will
claim this area's spotlight when
the Gatesville Hiding Club will
stage the 13th annual Coryell
County Horse Show at the Fire-
It's a triple-barreled event that
will draw entries from all over
The registered quarter horse
show will be held Friday, April
5; the registered Appaloosa show
Saturday, April 6. Capping the
two-day run will be a non-regis-
tered horse show and play day
beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The West News
The West Hospital .Auxiliary
voted to hold a plant sale on
Saturday, April 6, from 9 to 5
at the building formerly occu-
pied by Quality Cleaners on
In addition, the Auxiliary de-
cided to hold a kolach sale at
the Heritage Society tour of
homes in Waco on April 28, and
The Meridian Tribune
Visitors to Meridian State Park
after Easter weekend will have
an opportunity to hike over the
new trails being cut through cer-
tain scenic areas.
Work was begun March 5 by
inmates of the Texas Department
of Corrections at Huntsville who
were transported here and as-
signed twenty working days. The
project includes cutting brush,
clearing about six to eight miles
of trails each being from six to
eight feet wide and cutting tim-
ber off the back side of the dam
which backs up waters ,forming
The Whitney Messenger
C. M. Holley, Whitney’s oldest
resident, observed his 97th birth-
day at his home Sunday, March
24. A host of relatives and friends
called during the afternoon mak-
ing this another happy occasion
for Mr. Holley.
Hill County New*
The Hill Junior College Rodeo
Club will sponsor a rodeo April
26-27 at the West Longhorn Club
Five events are slated for the
competition which is open to any
fulltime college or high school
student. Events will include bull
riding, bronc-riding, ribbon rop-
ing, tie-down roping and barrel
J. E. Morris of Waco is produc-
er for the show. Rodeo perfor-
mances are slated for 8 p.m.
Easter holidays will be observ-
ed by the local public schools
from Friday, April 12 until Tues-
day April 16, superintendent J. C.
Helm Jr. announced.
Tarleton classes dismissed on
Thursday afternoon, March 21 for
the spring holidays and resumed
Wednesday morning, April 3rd.
Tarleton will also observe Easter
Valley Mills 4-H
April 9 Meeting
The Valley Mills 4-H Club met
recently and had a very interest-
ing meeting. Raymond Collins of
McGregor gave a demonstration
of Electricity. He gave the 4-H
members many points by which
they can practice safety.
Mr. Collins is an employee of
McLennan County Co-op Electri-
city Company and an adult lead-
er of the McGregor 4-H Club as
well as a district representative.
David O'Brien led the meeting
and Mrs. Terrell was hostess.
She served strawberry punch
and cookies. Miss Jimmie Gibbs
wak welcomed as a new member.
The March meeting was held
on a snowy Monday night, March
11 with David O’Brien presiding.
The club discussed changing the
date of the meeting to the second
Tuesday of each month instead
of the second Monday.
[ They will have a trial meeting
ion Tuesday, April 9 and urge
WIN SERVICE AWARDS — Nine Com-
munity Public Service Company employ-
ees were honored for long service with
the power firm at a March 22 employee
dinner held at the National Guard Arm-
ory in Clifton. Cecil P. Coston, Central
Division manager for the utility compa-
ny, presented the awards. Honored em-
ployees and their years of service are,
left to right, front row: T. F. Crawford,
20; Clyde Seljos, 15; Andrew W. McFad-
den, 20; and James Tarpley, 10. Back
row: Clyde Turner, 20; Rudy Johnson,
20; W. D. Huffman, 20; Charles Rummel,
15; and Doyle Hulme, 15.
all members to be present to
help plan a bake sale before
Easter, and after the sale, a
Rev. Bill Reynolds spoke to
the club members on citizenship.
He told each club member that
j if they live by the Golden Rule
I they will be good citizens. His
I talk was very educational and
the club appreciated his sugges-
tions to help them become good
citizens. Mrs. O’Brien served
punch and green iced cup cakes
using St. Patrick's Day sham-
rocks on the table for a center-
piece, a table cloth, napkins and
cups with shamrocks.
All members are urged to at-
tend the meeting on April 9. The
parents are welcome and encour-
aged to attend with their chil-
dren because if possible a dem-
onstration will be given by an-
other 4-H club on projects. This
will help 4-H members decide
on a project.
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A Glance at Past Events
From The Files of The Clifton Record
and Mrs. Dan Orbeck will be
happy with them over the arriv-
al of little Mary Dianne at the
local hospital during the Faster
Clifton Public School News—
The sophomores selected Jo Ann
Wilcox and Kenneth Wayne
Bonds as class favorites of 1948..
Fifth and Sixth Grade News: The
interesting Friday morning spe-
cial exercise was a Quiz Pro-
gram conducted by Gene Carroll
Aars impersonating Dr. I. Q.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
APRIL 2, 1948
The Clifton College Cowboy
baseball and tennis teams won
their games with the Allen Acad-
emy Ramblers from Bryan here.
Echoes From Clifton College-
Campus News: Jean Anderson
went all the way to Oklahoma for
the Easter holidays....Alva Pow-
ell visited in Brownwood.....Joe
Eggen had charge of Chapel....
Alumni News: Friends of Mr.
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