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Updated: January 10, 2013 6:07AM



Letter was saved to show
GOP completely wrong

Back in June, I purposely kept this letter to the Post-Tribune from Dan Blankenship of Lowell.

The reason was to show that when November arrived, Mr. Blankenship and the rest of the cocky Republicans would be completely wrong, and Chris Matthews and the rest of MSNBC could say, “Well, folks, it’s over.”

Cry in your beer, Mr. Blankenship. Barack Obama is pretty cool.

Bill DeFry

Portage

Remember to visit elderly
during this holiday season

During a music concert at a nursing home, an ambulance transport wheeled in an elderly female resident. She was crying out: “Oh, please, don’t bring me here. I want to go home; please don’t make me stay. Take me home; I’ll be good!”

The staff assured her she was going to be fine; this was her new home.

That did not calm her.

She cried out, “No, this isn’t my home!”

As they took her to her room, she cried, “Please, don’t leave me here!”

As they started to close the door, she yelled, “Don’t close that door,” as if she believed closing the door also closed her off from the world she knew and loved. And, it did. Her life never would be the same.

The holiday season again is here. Please take some time and effort to bring homemade happiness to these senior citizens in nursing homes, who so desperately crave some attention.

While working in your kitchen, make some gingerbread cookies or a sweet potato pie for someone so unhappy.

You don’t even need to know the resident. How pleasant the surprise would be — a gift and visit from a stranger.

A quote from Scripture says simply, “Be ye kind.”

Reach out and touch someone who lives in sadness.

Dave Gallagher

Hobart

A living Christmas tree
not the same as fresh-cut

I know it may sound petty, but it confuses me why “fresh-cut” trees are referred to as “live” trees. Even the manufacturers of lights refer to them as “live.”

They are not living. This is why the needles fall off and the tree becomes dry and a fire hazard — no matter how much water is kept in the holder, for how long.

Fresh-cuts trees are a great addition to the holiday, but people need to remember if they want a truly “live” tree, they need to buy one that is wrapped in burlap and is to be planted in the spring. But they, too, must be kept moist or they will die, even when put outside after the holiday.

This can be a dangerous situation. People know it, but they sometimes forget that these trees cannot stay up as long as artificial trees. Every year, we read about fires because of dried-out trees. This situation is avoidable. Enjoy the Christmas season, but enjoy it safely.

Viki Williams

Portage



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