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To the editors:

I like to enter into the other fellow's enthusiasms but with Bill Wildt's Motorsports Advancement Crusade [Our Town, July 28] I just don't know. Is our car manufacturing establishment competitive edge that dependent on the talent fed into it by the young men whose first love is to tinker with and tune up racing cars? And is it the destiny of Man that His life should be so far shaped by the private automobile? Would Christ have done better had He been able to get from Nazareth to Jerusalem in 40 minutes?

I believe Bill has some trouble in getting first things first. He seems to realize he had that same problem back in the 60's. Now that Martin Luther King! his was a real crusade! Bill did learn that when everything seems O.K., if there's somebody around to jump up and shout attention is gained and consciousnesses raised.

Mr. Wildt may succeed in marketing his crusade to the American people. I hope he doesn't, but do hope Bill discovers God has something else in mind for him.

Once a man gets to be 80 he ought to be able to say something once in a while that would not become a man at a much earlier age, and I will when there's a point to be made that's important enough!

I don't know whether it was '55 or '65 but I do know it was back when 6'6 Jim Folsom was governor of the state of Alabama. An erstwhile white postman from up north somewhere, who was already quite taken by the civil rights issue decided to walk the state alone carrying a large sandwich board. I worried for him. Pop! I thought of something I could do! I wrote Alabama's governor suggesting that at some point he join that lone "marcher" and walk along with him for a while to show his respect for the right to disagree. I'll bet Jim would have too! But most likely by the time all the mail had been sorted thru and my letter come upon it was too late. The man, shot from ambush, was already dead.

And I hope Bill, if he could, would trade his life for this young man's whom many thought had to be crazy to take up the cause of Civil Rights in Alabama.

He got so little press coverage! Who remembers? But I say white men can stand just as tall behind him as black men do behind Martin Luther King.

Lincoln Edmands

E. 76th St.

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