The Howe Enterprise (Howe, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 46, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 23, 1968 Page: 2 of 6
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THE HOWE ENTERPRISE, THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1968
THE HOWE ENTERPRISE
BOB WALKER, Editor
Published each Thursday at 108 Haning Street by
GRAYSON PUBLISHED GCOMPANY
Howe, Texas 75059 — Mailing Address, Box 488
Second Class Postage Paid at Howe, Texas 75059
Grayson County—$2.00 Per Year Other Areas—$3.50
POLITICS AND THE VIET NAM WAR
As the presidential campaign wears on, there is likelihood
that partisan political debate will add to the confusion in the
public mind concerning the military status of the U.S. in the
Vietnamese war. Most authorities now seem to take it for
granted that Hanoi will prolong the war and the talking in the
hope that a dovish candidate will become our next president.
Meanwhile, ever since the so-called Tet offensive in which
the North Vietnamese were said to have demonstrated an ability
to overrun any part of South Viet Nam they so desired including
“secure” cities, questions have been raised about the quality of
our military leaders and their overall strategy. Almost certainly,
criticism of conduct of the war was a factor in President John-
son’s decision to abstain from running for another term.
Is such sweeping criticism of our political and military
leadership justified? There are plenty of competent people who
think not. And some of the underlying reasons for their belief
have been well expressed by columnist Joseph Alsop, who be-
rates the “....quite irrational defeatism....” prevailing in this
country. Rather than a victory for Hanoi, Mr. Alsop views the
Tet offensive as just the opposite. He calls it a play from weak-
ness rather than from strength that was forced on the North
Vietnamese because General William C. Westmoreland was
winning the “war of attrition.” The price in lives and war
material that the Tet offensive cost the North Vietnamese could
conceivably turn out to be catastrophic. Mr. Alsop explains why.
He points out that Hanoi’s population base, including Viet
Cong-controlled areas in the South, is about one tenth that of the
United States. He says, “With this population base, in the seven
weeks from Jan. 28 to March 16, the enemy lost over 55,000
men, not to mention more than 20,500 weapons.
“In human terms, this is exactly equivalent to the loss of
more than half a million Americans in seven short weeks,”
Moreover, is is almost certain Hanoi’s heavy losses were suffer-
ed to a large extent by trained groups..the kind that the North
could least afford to lose. Again in Mr. Alsop’s view, the Tet
offensive revealed another aspect of the Vietnamese wat that is
of the utmost importance. Heretofore,the U.S. people have heard
much of the alleged shortcomings of South Vietnamese military
units. Instead of defecting or refusing to fight, as Hanoi expected
these units Hanoi’s drive into disaster. Another setback for the
communists unquestionably took place , at Khe Sanh Where many
felt beleaguered U.S. troops had been outmaneuvered by an
overwhelming enemy force. Instead, the siege of Khe Sanh was
broken with “hideous losses” to the North Vietnamese. Re-
portedly, top U.S. leaders are now convinced that the battle of
Khe Sanh may have been of decisive importance in persuading
Hanoi to agree to preliminary peace talks.
From facts such as these our people will have to draw their
own conclusions as to the merit of pro and con arguments in-
volving the Vietnamese war during the hectic days of political
campaigning between now and next November. As the historian
Allan Nevins recalls,"... .a multitude of Americans were ready
in 1780 to abandon the Revolutionary struggle____” And again
in 1864,”----another multitude were ready to abandon the res-
toration of the Union and the emancipation of the black man....”
SUNDAY, MAY 26th - 2:00 P.M.
Congregational Methodist Church
Van Alstyne, Texas
CHURCH OF GOD QUARTET, VAN ALSTYNE
THE SONS OF CALVARY OF DALLAS
THE HEBRON QWARTET OF BELLS
EVERYONE IS CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND
AND TAKE PART IN SINGING
4-H Horse Show
Slated May 3l
The Grayson County 4-H
Horse Show will be held Friday
night, May 31 at 7:00 P.M. in
the Tioga Riding Arena. Any
Grayson County 4-H club mem-
ber owning a horse for a mini-
mum of sixty days and carrying
it as a 4-H Project is eligible
to enter the show.
Trophies will be awarded to
the Grand Champion in the hal-
ter classes, highpoint horse,
showmanship and first place
winners in the performance-
events. Rosettes will be awarded
to the Reserve Champion, and
ribbons will be awarded through
sixth place in all events.
Trophies, rosettes, and ribbons
will be sponsored by various
business firms throughout the
A one dollar entry fee will be
charged for each class entered.
Everyone must show their
horse at halter and enter at
least two of the performance
events. Reining, western plea-
sure, pole bending, and the
barrel race will be the four
To enter, a 4-H’er must fill
out an entry blank and Project
Record Form on his horse and
turn it in to Jimmy F. Mc-
Celvey, Assistant County Agri-
cultural Agent in the County
Mr. R. C. Kuhn of Leonard
will be judging the show.
Texas Power &
James D. Eppright and Trent
C. Roots Jr. were named vice-
presidents of Texas Power &
Light Company at a meeting of
the TP&L board of directors in
Dallas last week.
Eppright, general manager of
sales, served as assistant vice-
president since 1964. Root, man-
ager of the Company’s puBlic
service department, also has
been an assistant vice-president
Eppright was employed by
TP&L in 1947 as a commercial
service advisor and has served
as assistant to managers in
Temple, Palestine and as direc-
tor of industrial development in
Dallas and as personnel manag-
er for the company.
Root joined TP&L in 1949 as
a test enginner. He served as
district manager in Bonham,
Cleburne, Mineral Wells and
Irving and as assistant to the
president in the company’s Dal-
Book Matches, etc.
The Howe Enterprise
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