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"Mr. President, You Can’t Say Dallas Doesn’t Love You"*

*Nellie Connally’s words to JFK just before he was shot.


Illustration by Tony Millionaire  

Reader Letters to the Dallas Morning News, 1963

President Viewed As Sorry Failure

Permit me to express my appreciation for the good wheat farmers who kicked President Kennedy and his stooge, [Agriculture Secretary Orville] Freeman, in the teeth with the referendum turndown of controls. It is time that the populace shows such a great sense of responsibility toward economic reasonableness.

Who is Kennedy to set himself up as an agricultural and economic specialist after he has failed miserably in almost every other undertaking?

He failed in his school-aid legislation; he failed in his old-age-assistance legislation; he failed in his midterm swing around the nation to bolster Democratic campaigns and headed back to Washington from Chicago, whence derived the abortive quarantine of Cuba and his subsequent failure to accomplish permanent objectives there.

He is a complete failure in his handling of the social crisis arising over mismanaged efforts to force integration of the races, trying to straddle the fence. Barnett of Mississippi defied him. Wallace of Alabama is making a monkey of him. And similar problems in his own back yard apparently overwhelm him.

J. T. Martin, 4420 Edmondson, Dallas, June 7

“One-Term John”

“One-Term John” Kennedy is now so unpopular in Central Texas that in the past three weeks I have had only one customer threaten to cease doing business with me because of remarks made concerning the dynasty and its accomplishments.

In fact, I now expect business to pick up as the full impact of the truth finally makes its impression upon the party faithful who heretofore could neither see, hear, nor speak of the evils in a socialistic dictatorship until the confrontation by Gov. Wallace of naked federal power and encroachment upon state and individual rights at Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Laurel N. Dunn, 2811 Robinson Rd., Waco, Tex., July 7

Nuclear-Test Ban Viewed as Danger

I am a sophomore in college, 18, not old enough to vote. However, I am old enough to realize that a future which I count precious is being endangered on all sides by the giant steps the administration is taking to relieve me of my rights and my property. I take great pride in being American, but I am appalled at the innocence with which we approach the test-ban treaty. It is difficult to comprehend exactly why we proposed such a cowardly device with such a ruthless nation.

Americans need not be so blind when dealing with their own future, because one cannot deny that President Kennedy is trying to set some kind of precedent by his silences, shallowness, and utter power.

Something has to be done. It seems a shame that we must wait until ’64 for Goldwater.

Kristin Moller, 2611 Chase Dr., Wichita Falls, Tex., August 24

On Road to Socialism

The Kennedy regime tends to lead toward socialism, as shown in its soft policies regarding the Cuban situation and its constant concessions to the Soviet Union in nuclear-test-ban-treaty negotiations. The many failures of the administration are clearly shown to the public. The inefficiency of its policies has lost America prestige and has weakened our bonds with the major European countries.

Any person who supports John Kennedy in 1964 not only is illiterate of the means of democracy but is supporting a truly socialistic regime.

Douglas Herring, 1831 Northcrest, Waco, Tex., Sept. 2

Road to Dictatorship

What does a dictator do to gain control of a nation? First, he must control the army. Next, national police control. We have President John F. Kennedy as commander in chief. Bob Kennedy is head of the national police force.

President Kennedy is always seeking more power. If he gets enough power, free enterprise is finished. States’ rights have vanished. We now have taxation without representation.

John D. Heard, 5233 Farguhar Ln., Dallas, Sept. 13

The President in Texas

We Dallas County folks are eager for the visit from President Kennedy. We’re glad the trip here will be political, because we want to get our money’s worth. We are paying for these trips, not Mr. Kennedy.

Charles W. Ferguson, 6151 E. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas. Oct. 8

Lasky View of Kennedy

Presumably your ego is flattered by the hate-everything squawkers who will slobber in adulation over you for publishing the vicious tissue of distortions, half-truths and innuendo which characterize Victor Lasky articles. From what garbage heap did you excavate him?

Decent readers, however, will regret another evidence of the slide and dip of a once-great newspaper to the limbo of a “U.S. Confidential” type of publication.

John Rutherford, 418 Hall St., Lancaster, Tex., Oct. 26


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