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Letters to the editor, November 22

Thanks for the salute

As a 20-year U.S. Air Force veteran, I wanted to say thank you to Paul Bastaich and all the others that put the Denton Veterans Day Salute together at the Courthouse on the Square in Nov. 11.

I’ve lived in Denton since 1990 and this was the best program I’ve ever attended. The bagpipe player from the Denton Fire Department and the playing of taps during the wreath-laying ceremony just brought tears to my eyes, a very touching tribute in remembrance of all who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. I, for one, would like to take this opportunity to also say thank you to many of the Denton retailers who offer a discount to military veterans past and present. It’s a small thing, but it shows that as veterans, we are appreciated all year long and not on one day.

Paul Townsend,



Praying for people

Not long ago, a preacher was leading a discussion regarding praying for people and whether it does any good. I said that it does even more good if the person being prayed for knows about it.

He said no. I replied that I don’t know whether it increases their white blood corpuscles, red blood corpuscles, or what, but I believe that knowing they are prayed for, knowing that someone cares to do that, has to increase people’s hope and healing.

The preacher again said no, that studies showed that knowing they are prayed for makes no difference. I replied, tell them to conduct another study.

Jim Stodola,



Dessert with Bubba

Bubba called. Said he was at his Ford dealership getting the first scheduled maintenance on the new super duty F-350 pickup on Friday. In the waiting room, the wide-screen television had a “girly” talk show on and all the guys in the room voted to change the channel to some news (no women there). The cashier has control of the remote control and she said the dealership manager stipulated “no news channels allowed” after the near riots in that waiting room during the government shutdown.

Bless his heart, the dealership manager stuck his head in the door and said if all the guys agreed, they could get a news network on the television. Fox News was the one voted on and Bubba said he settled down to watch the latest happenings.

Wouldn’t you know, as soon as the channel was changed, all the guys except Bubba got out the cellphones, computers or both and paid little if any attention to the news. Bubba thinks we have lost the art of conversation and communicating, face to face.

Bumper sticker spotted in Enid, Okla.: “Your life is not my fault. My life is none of your business.”

Bubba said the fruitcake order from Collin Street Bakery will include a deep-dish fudge pecan pie this year. Said he’d call me when it arrives so I can be there for the first slices cut. He’ll have a fresh pot of coffee made. Sounds like “to die for.”

Alice Gore,



Gifts go a long way

In response to your article (DRC, Nov. 16) on the UNT library budget crunch, I want to encourage supporters of UNT’s libraries to show their support by way of a financial contribution, even a small one.

Gifts in support of UNTs libraries can be made online at Be sure to designate your gift to libraries.

A groundswell of gifts to the libraries, even small ones, can go a long way toward demonstrating to the UNT administration how valuable its libraries are to our community.

William Cherry,



Library integral to learning

UNT can afford a huge new sports stadium, a new student union building, dream about making a profit from an unneeded convention center, but can’t afford a library.

Please. The purpose of a university is to educate, and a library should be an integral part of the university.

Barbara Hettinger,