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Letter: Worldly ills gives me chills

Just as the sanity-challenging phenomenon of cabin fever has entered my home, the bugs of the viral world have decided to turn my home into a house of “ill-repuke.” Better known by the intelligentsia as Gastroenteritis.

To add insult to injury, the kind editors of The Recorder choose to daily stoke the fires of my aggravations with the idea that ObamaCare causing the workforce to be reduced by 2.5 million is a wonderful thing. Or that the death penalty for cold blooded killers is a bad thing. Or that man-made climate change is a proven truth.

As a child growing up in rural Vermont in the ’50s and ’60s, I lived in what would be called abject poverty today. Whether sick or injured, I witnessed the hard work of both parents provide for five children and rise above poverty to what is now called Middle Class.

I was taught that all work from cleaning toilets to high-paying executive positions was honorable. I was taught to pay my taxes and do my part. So how do I justify 2.5 million who were giving and doing their part, becoming 2.5 million who are taking and simply stated doing harm to our country. I remember, John F. Kennedy imploring all of us “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You, But What You Can Do For Your Country.” WOW! He was a Democrat. He’d be called a Conservative Republican today.

With too much time on my hands, I pondered what you call humane punishment, 23 hours a day in a 6-foot-by-10-foot cell for life. That is what I would call cruel and unusual punishment, less than a farm animal’s existence, I would prefer death! But if it makes you liberals feel better you could just call it postnatal abortion.

As for climate change, I have lived here almost 61 years and guess what? I haven’t seen one day go by without it. If the Great Spirit, as my Native American friends call him, created wood, coal and oil to be burned, then I bet he was smart enough to create an environment that could take care of what the burning produces.

Well I think I’ll just go eat an apple now, oh no! What do I do? I just heard that the ingredients of an apple are chemicals. Damned cabin fever!

HERMAN DROST

Colrain

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