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August 12, 2003

The last of the clean comedians


To the editor:

With the passing of Bob Hope, we have lost a legend. He was a family man whose devoted and talented wife, Delores, accompanied him to most of his performances worldwide.

He knew the value of our military and the need for humor in its ranks. His jokes and quips were clean, current and timely. He never stooped so low as to promote immorality, depravity, foul language or crudeness as exhibited by many of today's comedians.

He could be funny without being distasteful. He'll be long remembered, but today's debased comedians and the small-minded audiences that support them will be long forgotten when those of higher stature and integrity are honored. I'm glad he was part of my generation and that I got to see him twice in person and innumerable times on TV and in the movies.

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Some of the glimmer has gone out of our lives with his passing. Hopefully, we'll someday return to his brand of humor, but don't hold your breath.

Jack Byers
Hagerstown




Paper doesn't ruffle these feathers


To the editor:

A few years ago I wrote the Daily Mail about a Jenny Wren that had built a nest in my paper box. The girl who delivers my paper was very careful not to hurt the bird when she put my paper in the box. Well, the bird is back. I went down the other day to get my paper and I always roll my window all the way down so I can get the paper.

Well, on this day when I pulled up and went to get my paper the Jenny Wren flew into my car. I almost died. I pulled up and got out of my car and opened all four doors before that little Jenny Wren finally flew out.

If anyone saw me they probably thought I was nuts standing there with all my doors open. I don't know if this bird is in love with the box or with the newspaper. I just had to let you know you have a fan in the bird world.

Jacqueline Timmons
Sharpsburg




Awaiting game


To the editor:

Some time ago there was an article in the paper regarding the legality of West Virginians being able to eat road kill. I didn't know, however, that they could also export road kill to other states, including ours, but it must be true. I recently found "road kill" listed on a local restaurant's menu, and being "game," I ordered it. I waited and waited, and finally the waitress came and apologized for the time it was taking.

I told her I understood it would take a long while, figuring they had to go to West Virginia to pick it up. Upon her second appearance, she stated my meal would soon be ready, (I guessed by now they were on the return trip). On the upside, when I was finally served, the food was fresh, hot, delicious and well worth waiting for, wherever it came from.

Paul C. Leatherman
Smithsburg

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