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Open Session: What Readers Think

'Ask not …' - In the October issue, Question 10 in the 'How Many Can You Answer' quiz refers to a quotation from a source not identified!

Kahlil Gibran in 'Mirrors of the Soul' wrote 'The New Frontier' or 'New Deal' in which he wrote, 'Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country?'

In John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, he didn't give attribution to Gibran.

This work of Gibran was written in the late 19th century, and I suspect it was translated in the early 1900s. There is a small garden shrine and monument dedicated to Gibran in the nation's capital. Few people are aware of that monument and of his remarkable writings.


Young poet - I can't tell you how impressed I was with 10-year-old Samantha Levra's poem 'Let Me Write' (Space Place, September). The words were so clever. I'm no expert, but it seems to me that this young lady shows potential as a writer.

Congrats, Samantha! I really enjoyed your poem.



Driving a boat? - In an article about the thriving silver carp population in the Mississippi River in Missouri ('Flying fish from Asia pose risk to river - and unwary boaters,' September), the cutline to one of the photographs says a biologist is shown in 'the boat she was driving.'

You steer a water vessel, because it has a rudder used for maneuvering. You drive a vehicle because it has a drive shaft from the engine to the wheels. This drive shaft helps turn the wheels. There is no rudder on a car.



An old friend - First of all, allow me to say I like the new look of CAPPER'S. When the first monthly edition came, I thought, 'Whoa, something is different!' But it didn't take long to realize everything was still there, just rearranged a bit. It looks great.

I've decided as a lover of CAPPER'S, I'm in a long-term relationship. At first we looked forward to CAPPER'S WEEKLY. As the years went by, we had to be content to hold it in our hands and enjoy it every two weeks. Now, our encounters will be every month, but just as eagerly anticipated. How could I reject an old friend just because I can't enjoy it as often as I once did in years gone by?



No covered wagon? - As the new state quarters are issued, I purchase two rolls from our local bank and save them in their original wrap for our children and grandchildren. I was disappointed when I purchased the new Kansas quarters and discovered that they did not feature a covered wagon.

The buffalo and the sunflower certainly are representative of Kansas, but with its history so dominated by its famous trails, it is regrettable that this portion of Kansas history was ignored.

Hopefully, the Nebraska quarter, to be issued in 2006, will depict a covered wagon honoring the state's famous trail heritage.



Taught well - I was thrilled to see my article about my mother, Alexandrine Peterson, 102, and our friend Marie Barringer, 92, printed in the September Open Session.

Mother was a country schoolteacher in the 1920s - when students studied spelling. She read my published letter and promptly called to tell me, 'You spelled Marmarth, N.D., wrong. Don't you know how to spell?'

I told her that I would never misspell the town's name. But she still said it had to be my mistake!

There is no other city or town of such a name that I know of. The name was given to the settlement by the owner of the Milwaukee Railroad when the railroad came through - to honor his two girls, Mary and Martha. Among the attractions in the town today are a theater, a museum of old cars and Western settlers' memorabilia, and a steakhouse.


Editor's note - Your mother has sharp eyes. The misspelling was our mistake.


Part of the family - My 80-some-year-old grandpa and grandma, Kenneth and Georgia Rathgeer, moved to Wichita, Kan., this year. Being five minutes away from them has been wonderful.

My grandmother began to give me her CAPPER'S when she finished them, and I've enjoyed them.

My grandmother was born and raised in and around Kiowa, Kan. One of her earliest memories is her mother trading the CAPPER'S delivery man eggs and produce for the newspaper.

Early in August, my grandfather passed away. My grandmother decided to stay in Wichita, and CAPPER'S brings a bit of home to her here.

Recently, my daughter, AbbyLane, was sitting at the table after breakfast, and she pulled CAPPER'S over. She looked at every page. I could not help but smile - and grab the camera. I hope that you enjoy the photograph and know that you are now a part of our family, too.



Patches for everyone - Shirley Gooden, my niece who lives in Topeka, Kan., had brain surgery and lost sight in one eye. So, she wears a patch. She bought her 10 grandchildren patches so that they would look like their grandma. I think it's beautiful.