It has been 40 years since I made my first trip to Washington, D.C. — June 1961.
You caught the train in Niland in those days — changed trains and stations in Chicago. It was a pleasurable cross-country ride.
It is hard to believe a liberal, Judge Saund, represented El Centro in those days. Ray Barnes, former managing editor of the I.V. Press, was his administrative assistant.
Congressmen and senators made the same salary — $22,500 annually, with one paid trip per year back to the district for the congressman, three paid trips back to the state for the senator.