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N.,,.. T.m v., u 1,. Box 509 $3.50 O per year in Henderson and adjoining counties. per year for Senior Citizens O Malakoff, Texas 75141 time to say The elections, excluding two run-off elections in our area, are over. Voters have de their representatives on various boards and councils will be for the next two years. Looking back we find that this election has left us facing the retirement of several board l hers who have served for a number of years. They have served conscientiously and with interests of others in mind. Officials who serve on our school boards and councils receive no compensation. meetings regularly, offer volunteer services when the need arises, spend countless hours related meetings and doing committee work. They listen to the complaints and rarely hear anyone compliment successful operations. They are appreciated, however, and we would like to be among the first to say Larry Don Estes, C. L. Nichols, Carl Anderson and Robert Hernandez. ANN R Though re-organization of the Public Utilities Commission hasn't taken place yet, of it has. Re-organization is at hand, however. All three of the former members have resigned. Each cited the criticism of the trio Governor Mark White as reasons for their departures. The governor jumped in immediately after his November election sa that the commission needed to be elected instead of appointed. At that time appoint one member after taking office. He had promised voters during the camps would see that the utilities were held in line. Making any significant impact on utility appointment to the three-member board was, of course, unlikely. Could he really change promised, even with three appointments? He had no idea that he would get to appoint three right from the start of his new term. He that whether he appointed one or three that the commission could not really lower utility elected one couldn't either. He had campaigned on the basis that he would do something, however, and if he left it people to elect the commission then the matter would be out of his hands. But, the solution is really not that simple. There is a two-fold problem: increasing utilitY and the need for dependable service. Most people realize that the election of a utility commission is no solution at all. It would make the problem greater. Simply because a person can campaign doesn't mean that they do a good job on the commission. The appointed commission is the rule throughout the nation. Today eleven states elect commissioners.. There were twenty states doing this fifty years ago. And there were fewer J with commissions then. Governor White's appointees will now constitute the entire board. The legislative that has been studying the public utilities commission did not agree with the governor on for an elected commission. Now the legislature as a whole will get to decide that question. Governor White still says he favors an elected commission, he is not pushing for it nearly he was when he was campaigning for election. The appointment of the PUC commission is far better. It will keep the pro-utility folks from making the election such a partisan one. Instead, appointed what is best for customers and the utilities that serve them. And, that's how it should be. t ~ ann eounSavJ "~aving lived in the san~e area my en- just take a deep breath and try to keep ' paid elected officials. Here tire life I have continuall~ found myself up." volunteers who give of their answering the queries of 'city folk' who It's true, you know. working hours to try to U I I f I I I I I ! I I I I I I I I quid I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I ds wonder what we do here 'in the country' In the city their firemen are paid to leadership needed to run to occupy ourselves, do the job. Ours do their jobs and then schools. To answer truthfully one would come work in being firemen when needed. In What do we do to keep across sounding terribly self- the city they have organizations with the country'? It's simple, important. I have learned to smile and paid leaders to provide summer sports love our neighbors, we care explain that we manage to keep busy. activities for the children. We provide people, we work to make Martha Hedman, a long-time friend for our own after doing a day's work at munities better and we let who attended school in Trinidad in her the office. In the city the large churches people know how very specl. younger years, has recently moved are operated with paid personnel to do It's a great place to live, back. She returned to the old home town the work. Here we have volunteertry'. If you haven't tried it from Houston where she had taught treasurers, volunteer choir leaders, deep breath and see if you school for a number of years, volunteer organists and pianists, volun- It gives She dropped by the house for a visit teers who see that literature is ordered during Easter when a lot of our family and that everything is ready for the was in town. During the conversation fellowship dinners. she said that her friends from the city In the cities there are organizations P.O. had been asking her waht she did to that arrive when people have troubls: keep busy now that she has moved back floods, fires disasters. Here, we do what Malakoff, Texas to 'the country', we can for our neighbors when they To the Editor: "I always tell them." she said, "that I need our heir. In the cities they have As Drama teacher and U.: I III Published Continuously Since 191Z TEXAS PRESS ASSOC,AT,O. The Malakoff News Publisher ..................................................... Dan Dwelle Business Manager ............................................. Tom Finley Editor .................................................... Ann Rounsavall Assistant to the Editor ....................................... Lori Callaway Sports Editor ............................................... Benny Rogers Advertising Representative ................................... Dawn Lundy The Malakoff News (326700 is published weekly by Comrntmity Information C, ontef, Inc., st MaI~, "Ix., post c~flce address being P. O. Box 509, Malakoff, Tx. 75148. Subecription rats: 84.00 per year in Henderson County (83.50 for senior citizens); N.50 per year in Texas; 87.50 per year eJJewhore in con. tinental United States. Second-class postage paid at Malakoff, Tx. 75148. POSTMASTER: Send ddrees chang,- to The Mahtkoff News, P. O. Box 500, Malakcff, Tx. 75148 mmim|mnmgumu|msUm~mumimmsmmmms~ Yes, I want to subscribe! ()Please send me a one year subscription closed is my check for $__. 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Box 509, Mainkoff, Texas 7~14S i i i i mm Mi ~ Mm MM mR U is n ~ m IM ~m is MM is mms mm mm U im~m ~ mm ~ I I I I I in take this opportunity to deep gratitude to those who to our props, costumes support for our one-act play. Thanks to Sally's astro turf, McCool's Dept. costume part, Mrs. the park benches and to who contributed time and costumes and getting Sandy Holyfleld, Sonntag and Patsy Ashton. were with us through all together of our last minute I love all of you for spend so many hours away and at practice. We had a and I appreciate all the port that all of you gave. great group of young we have almost become a will always have a special heart. Our play, dinary Things," was Saturday, March 26, at was our district home with 4 individual Ashlock was named to Cast Conn/e Sonntag, Kelly Harold Holyfield were tion. The rest of the cast Tarkington, Diana Meyer, and Norman Ashton. Our bets were Chris Turner and Teresa Webb. We are already making year and expect as much from the cast and all of us. APRIL