The HSU Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 69, No. 13, Ed. 1, Friday, December 12, 1980 Page: 2 of 8
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DECEMBER 12 1980
By Phil Hamilton .
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There was a time In America when these words expressed the
feelings-Americans had for their commander-in-chief yet even now
when we as a nation are preparing for the Inauguration of a new chief
executive the respect for the office of the president of the United
States is at an all-time low. Not since the early days of Franklin D
Roosevelt have the office and the manoccupylng that office been held
in high esteem.
What has caused this lack of respect and what can be done to bring
respect back to the office? The cause is rooted behind presidents that
have not performed well In office and the vast increase In world-
problems facing the presidents over the past few decades. Before
Roosevelt there was not an atomic bomb and many of the economic
problems were Just beginning with the depression. Sometimes
presidents have not made correct decisions for situations and the
public considers them to be incompetent .
Also never have there been so many scandals in government like
there have been in the last decade. These scandals have left
Americans to wonder who they can really trust. Watergate damaged
America more than some wars .
Not since the days of F.D.R. has there been a president supported
by the true majority of Americans citizens. President Kennedy who
appeared to be well liked was elected by only a narrow margin and
many people differed with him on numerous occasions. We must all
remember that someone without respect for the office ended his life.
Although i did not campaign forJImmy Carter I still respect him as
the leader of this country and I feel I am under his command. Few-
people take this attitude and the progress of America is reflecting the
change In our attitude.
Perhaps we are like Ted Kennedy who refused to rise for President
Nixon in Congress during the Watergate trial. We would rather sit
down and do nothing than lend our support to our nation.
The solution Is simple. Support the president and the respect will
come naturally. Support President Carter now while he tries to get the
hostages free and support President-elect Reagan when he takes over
the oval office. Support America and supporting the president will
come naturally. National unity is national pride and pride in America
will build a stronger country.
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Collection focuses on West
One of the most outstanding art
museums in the Big Country area
is located In the West Texas com-
munity of Snyder some 80 miles
west of Abilene.
Here in the ghostly shadows of
the derricks which made this
worthy enterprise a reality Is
possibly one of the finest private
art collections in the Southwest.
The Diamond M Museum which
opened in 1964 is a tribute to the
generosity anc foresight of Mr. and
Mrs. C.T. McLaughlin. McLaughlin
a Pennsylvania native was an oil-
man and rancher who made Texas
his home shortly after World War I.
McLaughlin and his wife assem-
bled a permanent art collection
over a period of many years mak-
ing excellence the criterion for
each acquisition. The museum
operated by the Diamond M Foun-
dation was opened as an exten-
sion of the building which houses
A tour of the museum will pro-
ject the visitor into an artistic
world created by the likes of
Charles Russell Frederic Reming-
ton and Dalhart Windberg. Room
after room is filled with every form
of artistic endeavor.
Surrounded by collections of
delicate Dresden china Intricate
carvings in Jade agate and ivory
visitors might find it hard to realize
they are not in one of the capitols
of Europe or the Orient.
The museum collection focuses
on the American West but also in-
cludes outstanding works by other
renowned artists of the United
States and Europe. In addition the
museum serves on special occa-
sions as a center for timely ex-
hibits and as a display area for the
work of newer artists.
One room of the museum is the
domain of the large and very
valuable collection of 12 original
works of N.C. Wyeth which had
been conceived as illustrations for
famous books by such authors as
Jules Verne Mark Twain and
James Fenimore Cooper. "Uncas"
from The Last of the Mohicans is
here as well as "Orlando and the
Giant Ferragus" and "The Carpet-
baggers." Also in this collection
are "The Courier of the Air" and
Other rooms contain paintings
by celebrated American artists
such as Gerald Cassidy
(1874-1934) Frederick Coffay Yohn
(1875-1933) and Philip R. Goodwin
(1882-1935). Frank B. Hoffman
Harvey Dunn and W.H.D. Koerner
acclaimed for high achievements
in representational painting are in-
cluded in the permanent display of
One of the museum's rooms
contains delicate Dresden china
pieces. Another room features the
jade collection which had been the
property of Helena Rubensteln and
was purchased by the Diamond M
Foundation after her death. Near-
by are finely detailed carvings in
ivory the Intricate workmanship of
the Orient. Smaller displays in-
clude lifelike birds carved in wood
by Southwestern artists and
smooth figures in soapstone by
Eskimos. A large collection of
original Currier and Ives prints are
also on permanent display at the
The Diamond M Museum may be
seen without charge Monday
through Friday and on special occasions.
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