Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 110, No. 34, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 22, 1996 Page: 4 of 32
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Convention watching is one of my favorite TV pastimes. I
watch those for both parties, and when the Perot party is on the
tube, I watch that one too-whenever I can spare the time, that is.
It was my good fortune to be a Texas delegate to the 1968
Democratic convention in Chicago. My wife went along, and we
stayed in the big downtown Hilton hotel, and rode the bus to the
stockyards convention hall every time the doors opened. She had
a seat in the balcony^ and I was on the floor, right up close to the
podium and in the center of the action.
Our son Ed was also there. He had been working as a corre-
spondence helper in Governor Connally's office as a part timer
while going to the University of Texas, and was given a leave to
help with the convention staff for presidential candidate Hubert
Humphrey. He served for at least two weeks in Chicago ahead of
the actual convention, and more than full time during the conven-
tion days and nights.
Jerry and I rode to Chicago from Temple on a special Santa Fe
train-for the delegates-a nice way to go. Upon arrival in Chi-
cago, and housing in the Hilton, we found ourselves in the middle
of a battle. It was the height of the Vietnam war protesting, and
thousands of protestors came to Chicago in an effort to start a
fight at the convention. It seemed as if every hippie pot-smoking
dropout in the universe was camped out in the downtown
Chicago parks. Some of Senator Gene McCarthy’s crowd were
in one of the higher floors, the 12th, as I recall, and they actually
managed to throw a hotel sofa out of a window, letting it crash
to the street below'. I don’t remember that they hit anybody, but
another stunt they pulled-or someone who hated the official
delegates-was to break stink bombs on the carpet in the lobby,
leaving a skunk-like smell all over the main areas of this huge
hotel for days. It soon got to where the Chicago police force had
to station men at every entrance to the hotel, and no one entered
without official credentials.
When it came time to board the bus for convention sessions,
Chicago's police formed a human wall, shoulder to shoulder,
from the hotel doors all the way to the bus. As we walked through
their protective lines, I can recall seeing what appeared to be a
college age girl with obscenities written on her forehead,"—
LBJ." Some of them tried to throw excrement at the delegates,
and they had to be kept away from the doors at the convention
hall, as well.
You may have* read about "police brutality" and criticism of
Mayor Daley’s police if you were reading the papers or watching
TV in 1968, but let me tell you right here and now—the police
showed remarkable restraint, and in my opinion would have been
justified in using a whole lot more force. There were plenty of
people trying to start a fight, and some of those same people are
now running this country.
Willie Brown, now mayor of San Francisco, and even then a big
California politician, was much in evidence.
One night I noticed a huge stack of handbills piled near the
California delegation, but they were all upside down. Being cu-
rious, I took one, and found that it was a call for an uprising which
might have easily escalated into a riot. I saw to it that a copy
reached the Chicago police, and the circulars were soon confis-
cated. The proposed confrontation never happened, but there was
more than enough trouble in other places.
The marchers and protestors claimed to be Democrats who were
excluded from the convention process, and they said they just
wanted a different Democratic candidate. In my mind, they were
successful in causing the election of Richard Nixon, who nar-
rowly defeated Humphrey. Their conduct and appearance drove
millions of conservative Democrats away from the party, espe-
cially across the south.
Attending that national convention was a great experience, but
I've had no desire to be involved in another one.
By the way, Governor John Connally was chairman of the 1968
Texas delegation. I've always thought that if he had remained in
the Democratic party, he might have been elected president, and
would have been a great one, but I can also understand why he
switched parties a few years later. It may have been that Chicago
convention. His disastrous run for the presidency as a Republican
proved that no matter what happens, most voters won't approve
anyone who changes parties. Both parties want folks to change,
but those who do get no respect if they try to participate.
State U Capital
HONDO ANVIL HERALD
Fifty years ago
to take over HMOs
AUSTIN — Insurance Commis-
sioner Elton Bomcr said last week
the Texas Department of Insurance
would take full regulatory control
over health maintenance organiza-
tions this fall.
The agency presently shares
regulatory control of HMOs with
the Texas Department of Health.
Bomer said the Legislature will
have to approve a plan to make the
switch permanent, and meetings to
discuss the issue were scheduled
Jeff Wurzel, executive director
of the Texas Health Maintenance
Organization Association said the
regulatory change could nuke
dealing with state regulations easier
for the 44 HMO programs that
cover 2.2 million Texans.
By Lyndell Wllllims 4 Ed Starling
TEXAS PRESS ASSOCIATION
“I think the change will be posi-
tive. We hope that at dne igoncy,
the process will be# improved,"
Wurzel saiu. J
Lisa McGiffcrt, a policy analyst
for Consumers Union Southwest
Regional Office, said the change
could be good, but she said ending
the health department’s regulatory
role will take away a check-and-
balance system. And she said
necessary to redraw 13 districts
to correct constitutional violations
in only three districts, and that
with less than three months until
the general election, minority voter
turnout would be lessened.
A federal court panel of three
judges earlier this month redrew 13
of Texas’ 30 congressional district
beuQdaries that were declared
unconstitutional because they were
Attorney General Dan Morales
is considering whether to file an
appeal to stay the panel’s order for
Tobacco Trial to Stay Put
Texas’ $4 billion lawsuit against
the tobacco industry will stay in
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the health department knows more Texarkana where Attorney General
about health-care needs than die Morales fiIed it a judge
insurance department. ruled last week
But she said she hopes Bomer u.s. District Judge-David Fot-
will .hire staff who would keep a
College Testing Scores Improve
The Texas Education Agency
announced last week that students
who took the American College
Testing exam this year had a higher
composite score than those who
took it last year.
This year, 55,442 Texas seniors
took the ACT, scoring a composite
of 20.2. Last year, the 59,857
students who took the exam had
a composite score of 20.1. The
national average composite score
this year was 20.9.
“These results clearly demon-
strate that taking challenging courses
in high school is a prerequisite for
success in college,” said state Edu-
cation Commissioner Mike Moses.
"For students who are planning
to attend college after high school,
taking challenging courses is not a
luxury but a necessity. There is no
substitute for good solid academic
More students take the Scholastic
Aptitude Tbst than the ACT, but all
colleges and universities in Tbxas
accept ACT results for admission
Drought Hurts Cotton Crop
Ibtal production of cotton, corn,
peanuts and hay is lower than
last year because of the drought,
Agriculture Commissioner Rkk
Perry said last week.
Tbxas, die nation's leading cotton-
producing state, is estimated to
produce 3.65 million bales, dowg
18 percent from last year. It in
the second time since 1990 than
Tbxas cotton crop has dropped1
l/wu A milli/VM LmIm
close watch on the growing HMO
NAACP Appeals Court Order
Attorneys for the NAACP ap-
pealed to the U.S. Supreme Court
som rejected arguments from to-
bacco industry lawyers who sought
to move the lawsuit to Austin,
which would have been more con-
Morales filed suit in March
last week to overturn a federal court against the tobacco industry, accus-
order requiring special elections in 'n8 °f committing fraud and vi
13 congressional districts in Tbxas. olating federal antitrust and rack
The attorneys raised many ob-
jections to the court order, argu-
ing that special elections would be
highly disruptive, that it is "not
eteering laws. The suit seeks re-
imbursement to the state of the
costs of treating tobacco-related ill-
nesses. . -
23rd District, Texas
• House Off<r 9 Bu r * lA/OS';'-.yon . .
Fighting the drought
The broken record keeps playing, ideas such as watering in the early
We've all read the reports and talked morning and evening, or using low-
with our neighbors about the ongoing flow shower heads. Schools, busi-
drought and thirst for rain in Texas, nesses and government are doing their
Despite the bleak forecasts. Texans jobs using less water. Everyone has
are banding together to fight this dis- had to put their thinking caps on to
aster in a way that only Texans can. come up with innovative solutions to
We all know that summer in south get through this problem.
Texas means days that are hotter than Congress has been creative in craft-
blue blazes and nights that aren't that ing disaster relief provisions to bene-
much better. But what none of us fit those hardest hit by the drought.
Grateful to MCH
Hondo was offered a sewer system built for the air field for a
total price of $29,788.
Mrs. Inez Short opened a new beauty parlor.
Hondo schools were to open on September 9.
The U.S. Postoffice announced a cut in the price of air mail
stamps, from 60 down to 50 for anywhere in the U.S. Regular
stamps were still 30, for ordinary first class mail, and the post
cards remained a penny.
Grady Mahaffey was advertising 4% ranch loans.
Jack Speece was discharged from the Army, after spending four
years as a Japanese prisoner. He served with the 131st Field
Artillery, known as the "Lost Battalion," captured during the
battle of Java.
Tony Mendoza was one of the new Anvil Herald employee^.
could have been prepared for is that
this year's sizzling summer would be
an encore to a record dry year. Texan
have once again been asked to hang
tough, but even tough Texans can
only take so much.
The facts and figures on the levels
of the rivers and springs are astonish-
ing. Too often discussions talk about
salamanders or other species being
For example, the Livestock Feed
Program and the Disaster Reserve
Assistance Program have been ex-
tended to help mitigate drought losses
to agricultural producers. Currently,
counties are being evaluated to deter-
mine whether conditions merit further
extension of these two programs.
In the wake of some communities'
issuance of voluntary conservation
On Aug. 1,1996, we had two won-
derful experiences. The first was the
birth of our second daughter, Madi-
son DeLayne, at Medina Community
Hospital. The second was the fantas-
tic service and treatment we received
during and after her birth from the
hospital staff, and in particular the
Labor and Delivery Department.
We would like to extend our special
thanks to Dr. Jose Salinas, Robin,
Paula, Mona and all of the other
nurses and staff who were so genu-
inely caring, helpful and kind to us
during our stay. Regardless of the size
of our hospital, we feel that we re-
ceived the very best treatment pos-
sible and are grateful for the super
Medina Community Hospital em-
Bobby, Misty, Kendall
& Madison Ainsley
(he victims of the drought. It is people plans, many local citizens arc coming
who are the true victims and heroes in up with practical steps that could
this story. Everyone is being hit hard, conserve water. For example, people
Farmers and ranchers are losing crops/""are being urged to fix water leaks and
and livestock. Consumers are paying water their lawn in the early morning
more at the store. Tourists and new or evening. Other more innovative
businesses are turning away. Families solutions include landscaping tips
are losing lawns. I know this is not such as mulching flowerbeds,
news to you, but'-the news is how It is not easy, but through creative
communities arc banding together. solutions and cooperation We’ll mak£
Everyone is doing their part. Com- it through. Keep up the fight, do what
munitites arc sharing conservation you can and pray for rain. ‘
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