The People: Prevailing Wants

Back home, U.S. Congressmen study the prevailing winds—and trim their political sheets accordingly. Last week, after a three-month vacation, the 87th Congress was preparing to reconvene in Washington, and its members talked about their barometric readings.

In recent years it was almost axiomatic that while international events hogged the headlines, the prospects for local sewer districts were of more concern to the folks back home. But not this time. Re ports Alabama's nine-term Democratic Representative Albert Rains: "It used to be the folks down here talked about rural routes and postmasterships, social security and farm roads and veterans' benefits. This...

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