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Letter: Republican ups rates

On Oct. 23, 2012, I phone the Sunday Republican to have the paper delivered. The fee will be $117 per year. Informed me to mail the check to Kentucky. Told me it would take four weeks. No delivery on three of the previous weeks.

Phoned Dec. 23, 2012 at 12:10 p.m. Enter your ZIP code. Answer: Call back tomorrow (nobody heard).

What happened to Massachusetts. Ho! Ho! Ho! I forgot. The casino is coming to town.

PATRICK CRONIN

Turners Falls

Weapons don’t kill

Was it the weapon that Cain used to slay Abel, or was it Cain’s mental condition that slew Abel? Was it the weapon that Brutus used to slay Caesar, or was it Brutus’ mental condition that slew Caesar?

Weapons do not kill, but the person who uses the weapon does. Therefore, people should be blamed and not the guns.

In all of the discussions I have read, none has mentioned training people how should people act in any culture. This stopped when God was taken out of the school curriculum. The Bible is God’s guide how to live while we are on this Earth.

I believe that the Book of Proverbs should be studied in the early elementary school level. This book of the Bible does not refer to any religion but was written by King Solomon, who was given wisdom by God.

The writers of the Constitution lived in a new land and had experienced wars and hardships where guns were a necessity to survive, so they made it permissible to bear arms as part of the Constitution. Also, they realized that there may be people in the government who may want to change the government and if the population was armed this would deter them from going through with their plan.

We should learn a lesson from what happened in Libya and Syria that people need arms to defend themselves from all threats to our Constitution both foreign and domestic ... which all members of the military have to swear to.

People should be aware of the people around them and report any activity to the proper authorities.

JOHN H. SHIPPEE Jr.

Buckland

REAL recycling!

I received some of the best education in life from I. Kramer & Sons on Wells Street in Greenfield. I lived in the area and used to take old newspapers to their junkyard and was paid usually 1 cent/pound. Sometimes I was lucky and I got 2 cents/pound ... and, on rare occasions!, I got a whopping 3 cents per pound. Imagine getting 3 cents per pound!

I set myself a goal to collect 800 pounds of old papers on Saturdays. As a 10-year-old I had the opportunity to earn big bucks and also get a business education at the same time from the Kramers. At 3 cents per, I got $24.00/day for my labors ... more money in one day than my Dad made in a week before WWII. Mr. & Mrs. Kramer treated us kids like big business people and congratulated us for our work ethic. It became an educational path to future success. In a sense the Kramers became parents to us all ... always there ... never turning their backs to us.

It’s a shame we don’t have those institutions of learning available anymore. We’ve progressed ... so people say ... to a new level where collecting newspapers has a new name called ‘recycling’. The only difference is that children are cut out of the collection process, and adults take all the profits. No more bonding with the Kramers... no more successful stepping stones to the future. Do we really have to wonder why there is no ‘work ethic’ today?

Wherever you are, Mr. & Mrs. Kramer, God bless you for all you did for me.

JAMES P. LAPSERITIS, MSG, USAFR, retired

Greenfield

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