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The Clarendon Press, October 21, Page 6 BLESSED are the young...for they shall inherit the national debt. You don't have to wait until Thursday to read about the No. 1 Clarendon Broncs ON NOVEMBER 6, voters of Texas will go to the polls to vote on nine proposed constitutional amendments. There are several sides to every amendment, and we'd like to comment on these amendments in this column and others between now and the election date. By the way, absentee ballots can be taken now. If you don't plan to be in town on Nov. 6, you can vote by going to the County Clerk's office any time before then. Voter turnout will probably be very, very light, since not too many peoply get over-enthused about voting on amendments. But don't forget, it's your obligation to take part in your government. Probably the most publicized part of the amendments to be voted on is Number I on the ballot. This amendment provides for regular annual sessions fo the Legislature, and for payment of legislators to be $15,000 a year. if you subscribe to The Clarendon Press The Press brings complete coverage We strongly endorse the passage of this amendment. Texas legislators presently meet once every two years (not counting special sessions) to run a multi-billion dollar business. State government is the largest business in the state, one of the largest in the world, and it makes sense to meet more than once every two years to run it. When the once-every-two-year provision was made, years ago, state government was a small business. But this major industry now requires more attention, and legislators should be on top of government at all times, not just once every two years. But the pathetic thing about the present system is the $4,800 a year given legislators. The new proposal would boost them to a more realistic salary of $15,000 a year. We feel this would help in several ways. First, it's totally ridiculous to think that a legislator can live on $4,800 a year. That's $400 a month, and you have to consider that a legislator has to have two households, one in his home district and one in Austin. I have a good friend who is a representative from Wichita County. He is as honest as the day is long. And he doesn't have an abundance of money. He had to set up living quarters in his capital office because he couldn't afford to rent an apartment. It's ridiculous to expect a good representative to live on $4,800 a year. By giving $15,000 a year, Texans will have a better chance to get a good man to represent each district. Today, a man must be rich or crooked to get by on the meager $4,800 a year. As it has turned out, many of them have been crooked, as revealed in the Sharpstown caper. Many legislators have depended on payoffs and lobby money to live on, and this obviously doesn't make for good government. If Texans want good government, they're going to have to pay for it. And we hope' Texans vote for better government on Nov. 6. Let's run Texas government like we'd run our own business, and pay these representatives a livable wage. WHEN THE GOVERNOR IS elected in 1974, he will have the first 4-year term in the state's history for a governor. And all the polls are pointing to the re-election of Gov. Dolph Briscoe. The latest figures I saw gave Briscoe a 70% popularity, and listed little chance of a defeat of the governor. In reading other newspapers which come across this desk, I've seen article after article praising Gov. Briscoe for his outstanding tenure as governor of Texas. I guess so. I really haven't seen much that the governor has done. Of course, that may be good in itself. A local politician jokingly tells me often that you can't get in trouble if you don't do anything. And I guess that's the case with Dolph Briscoe. He's probably the most color-less governor Texas has ever had. A fellow once told me that the best thing Briscoe had done was make Preston Smith look like an exciting politician. Brlscoe very often forgets to attend various events which he is scheduled to attend. And when he does make an appearance, he has trouble reading speeches which he obviously has never seen before stepping to the podium. But maybe Dolph Briscoe is the kind of governor we need. One who keeps his mouth shut and doesn't do anything, good or bad. I think this is the reason he ranks so high in opinion polls. He hasn't done anything to step on. any toes. And he hasn't, to anybody's knowledge, bought any National Bankers Life stock. Anyway, looks like we'll have Guy. and Mr. Briscoe around for quite awhile, but it's a sure thing that Texans could do a lot worse than Dolph Briscoe for governor. MISERY is finding out that your teen-age son is the Avon representative. THE BIGGEST trouble with political Promises is that they go in one year and out the other. CLOSING THOUGHT: As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way. Fryer chicken prices back to bargain levels Fryer chicken prices dropped steadily the last couple weeks--back to bargain levels in most markets. "Whole birds offer the best values," Mrs. Gwendolyne Clyatt, consumer marketing information specialist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Sevice, Texas A&M University System, noted. "Beef and pork prices, on the other hand, remain basically unchanged. "In general, look for best beef values on chuck roasts and steaks, round steaks and roasts, beef and calf liver, ground beef, and arm and blade roasts and steaks. "Pork buys include hams, picnics, shoulder roasts and steaks, and end-cut loin roasts and chops." For an appetizing main dish that makes a little meat go a long way, the specialist suggested browned pork chops baked on top of a casserole of creamed potatoes, Spanish rice, baked beans or other vegetables, macaroni, noodles or onions. Egg supplies remain adequate--and when compared to other high.protein foods, they're a bargain, the specialist pointed out. "Cheddar cheese is featured at dairy counters along with milk, sour cream and Other cheese," Mrs. Clyatt continued. "Tokay grapes carry attractive price tags as supplies increase. Abundant apple supplies also mean decreasing prices. "Other fruits worthy of consideration include prunes, bananas, oranges, cantaloupes and pears." Consumers can choose from several varieties of hard and soft shell squash. In addition, larger head-lettuce supplies bring more attractive prices, she added. "'Dry yellow onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery, green peppers, rutabagas, mustard, collards, turnips and greens, and cucumbers are among the economical vegetable choices." of Broncho football Sunday morning The Press is on the newsstand at 3:30 p.m. each Saturday, if you want to sneak a preview. Newsstands at: --Post Office -.Tunnell Pharmacy --Ruby's Grocery --Syd Blue's 1. Editor Dean Singleton writes the game story late Friday night, giving a picture of the game to those who didn't attend and bringing back the highlights to those who did. 2. Photographer Richard Allen develops the film which he has taken at the game, picks out the best shots, and turns them over to the news desk. 3. News editor David Everman picks out the best pictures, decides how they wm be played and captioned, and puts it all together. 4. Cindy Singleton relays all information to the new Compugraphic Computer, and type is rapidly set. Finally, it's all put together at 4 a.m. Saturday morning, prepared for the press, and printed at 12 noon Saturday. Readers can pick up The Clarendon Press at 3:30 p.m. Saturday to read all about the Broncho victory, only hours after game was played. A winninE team working for the satisfaction of you, the reader