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AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Mark
White’s campaign Tuesday criticized
Republican gubernatorial candidate
Bill Clements for declining to partic
ipate in a televised debate.
But a Clements aide said the prob
lem was a scheduling conflict rather
than an unwillingness to take part.
In a statement released in Dallas,
public television station KERA said it
would proceed with plans for its Oct.
23 debate despite Clements’ decision
not to appear.
Reggie Bashur, press secretary to
Clements, said the former governor
suggested three dates to the station
— Sept. 30, Oct. 8 and 9. Those were
not acceptable to KERA, Bashur
said, adding that the station in re
turn suggested Oct. 16 and 23.
“We just couldn’t do it on those
two days,” Bashur said. “Clements
had two major events scheduled on
those days, on Oct. 16 in Dallas and
Oct. 23 in Houston.”
Bashur said Clements was really
the one calling on White to debate.
“Clements debated his Republican
opponents twice in the primary, but
White never debated his opponents
at all,” Bashur said. “I think it is pre
tty clear Clements is for debates.”
Dr. Richard J. Meyer, president
and general manager of the public
TV station, said “We sincerely hope
Gov. Clements will change his
White spokesman McKinnon ac
cused Clements of ducking ques
tions voters need to have answered.
“What’s he running from?” McK
innon asked. “Is it his lack of a plan
(to balance the state budget), or is it
his constantly shifting position on
taxes — one day for, one day
Muslims flock to North Texas mosque
DENISON (AP) — It is Monday,
and a hush has settled over the Is
lamic Mosque at Texoma. Then,
slowly, softly, a mysterious voice be
gins to chant verses.
The air is filled with a strange
melody. Words topple upon words.
Suddenly the imam leans over and
flicks a button. The tape halts. The
imam smiles. Once again, the mos
que grows quiet.
It is a scene foreign to most of
Texas, where Christian houses of
worship predominate. Most know
nothing of mosques or imams or Is
lam except what filters through the
media, books and movies.
Yet the imam, Dr. Fouad Ayad, an
anesthesiologist at the Texoma Med
ical Center, sensed the need for a
place of Muslim worship even in far
“We have a devoted Muslim, Dr.
(A. Ibrahim) Sariss from Palestine,”
Ayad said. “We used to perform the
ceremonies in his house and then we
said why don’t we build a mosque
that we perform the ceremonies
Although this Islamic “church” is
far less majestic than the famous
temples so characteristic of the Mid
dle East, Ayad said the building is an
adequate facility for the 10 families
and Muslim students who travel
from Durant, Okla., and Denton to
It is a small six-sided dome, lo
cated on Highway 1417 in Denison.
From its roof, a small tower, or min
aret, projects into the sky.
“One criterion that each mosque
is supposed to have is a minaret,”
Ayad said. “The minaret usually was
used for a special person to go and
call for prayer in — like the bell on a
Inside the mosque, a carpeted
floor is partitioned by thick silver-
taped lines. During services, the
imam kneels at the front, facing
northeast toward Mecca, with the
men behind him. Next in line are
children, and women are posili
near the back.
Despite Ayad’s adamant
that the Islamic religion
women as second-class citizens
males must enter the iw
through the back door, whi
males come in through thee
doors at front.
“That’s just the way it turned
The doctor said there are
many Muslims in the Texoma
but said the mosque suits the
of the families who would othen
be forced to make a 60-mile trip!
Richardson, where the nearest J j;
que is located.
Man makes leather tooling an art
Craftsman saddles ’em up
ROSEBUD (AP) — Whether you
are interested in having a saddle fit
for a king or just one for a reserve
champion horse, chances are that
Joe Miller can create a leather mas
terpiece that will suit your needs.
And for nearly 30 years, Miller
has combined his knowledge of
horses and leather craft to create
lasting pieces of art that are not only
beautiful but practical.
Miller, 49, of Rosebud, began
making leather wallets and belts in
He made his first saddle in 1957
as a present for his father.
What began as an interest in
leather tooling soon blossomed into
a full-time business.
Miller began making saddles for
his friends, selling them at no more
than the cost of materials in order to
gain experience, he said.
Miller quickly gained a reputation
for leather expertise and decided to
open his first saddle shop in 1962 in
The shop remained open for five
years, and Miller prided himself in
“Everything I do is self-taught,”
Miller said. “I never apprenticed,
but I learn from everyone I come in
Miller then worked for two years
for the Glennloch Farms Arabian
horse ranch in Spring. It was at the
ranch, Miller said, that he was intro
duced to the style of saddle he now
Miller credits Tom McNair, horse
trainer for the ranch, as being in
strumental in developing this style.
A superior quality saddle is a ne
cessity for training show horses,
Miller said. The horse and rider
must become as one, he said.
Most people think horses are di
rected by the rider’s hands, he said.
But for show horses, movement is
controlled by the rider’s legs, and
the closer the rider and saddle con
form to the horse, the more control
the rider has, Miller said.
Miller left Glennloch Farms to
open a landscaping business in
Houston, although he continued to
make saddles in his spare time.
After five years in the landscaping
business, Miller decided to devote
full time to saddlemaking. He
moved to Rosebud in 1974.
“I’ve continuously had saddles to
make,” Miller said. “Ever since I’ve
been here, we’ve never been out of
Considering the amount of time
that is required to produce out,
no wonder Miller stays busy.
The basic saddle requires
25 hours of work, he said. Hie®
exquisitely designed saddles®
up to 100 hours, he said.
“We put out about 25 to 31
dies a year,” Miller said. "Itde]
on how ornate they are as to
many we turn out.”
The procedure begins withaif
hide-covered pine tree base,he
The base is soaked in water,
when dried, it shrinks by a third
“This is what gives thesadd
strength,” Miller said.
After the base dries, eighth|
of hand-fitted leather are used
front of the saddle to help ltd",
seat, he said.
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