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Cute cover - CAPPER'S has to be complimented for the photo on the front of the October issue, of Braden Slatter, all dressed up as a scarecrow for Halloween and waiting for a treat! I loved that pose so much, I framed it.

Nettie L. Frost
Apple Valley, Minn.



Lyrics online - I would like to respond to 'Searching the Web is a quick way to find song lyrics' (October). When I read it, it made me think of the many times an article, newscast or TV program says, 'Log on to www. …' Not having a computer, that's the end of knowing any more about the subject. Yes, you could go to the library, or ask family or a friend - I've asked too often.

I think a lot of your readers live on Social Security, and a computer is not in their budget. Even if it was, there are still the monthly fees and the cost of classes to be able to operate it. So, I think maybe this is why your readers need your help.

Joan Stoffel
St. Paul, Minn.

Try the library - I read with interest your article about searching the Web to find song lyrics. My local library has lots of books of old songs with words and sheet music, and I'm sure lots of other libraries do, too.

If you are not into computers, as I am not, try your library. I found all the old songs I was looking for.

Lula Leverenz
Windom, Minn.

Editor's note - Many readers find Reader to Reader helpful when they search for lyrics, and we hope they continue to turn to us for the help we provide. Our intention in writing about online lyrics was simply to make readers aware of those resources, and the same intention motivates us to occasionally include Web site addresses with articles. We realize not all readers are able to or interested in using this information, but we include it for those who do find it helpful.

Your letters remind us to take care to include only the most helpful online resources - and you also point out a resource we overlooked in writing about lyrics: the bookshelves of libraries. Thank you both for writing.

Avid reader - I read with amazement that there are some people who didn't read a single book in 2006 ('Readers aren't hitting the books,' October). Since 1965, I've kept a reading log. On Oct. 20, I recorded book number 993, a book of poetry by Billy Collins.
For me, reading is a form of recreation. It's also an excellent way of learning almost anything.

Faye Cool
Merna, Neb.

Known as Stubby - The Heart of the Home stories about the nicknames 'Stub' and 'Stubby' ('Dad and uncle give child a lifelong nickname,' and 'Family jokesters continue to use nicknames,' October) brought back memories, as my late husband was called both. This started when he was young, stocky and had wide shoulders. The name followed him through school and into the service in 1948. When he passed away, he was still Stubby, although his name was Gerald.

Eva Rae Walters
Paola, Kan.

Smart cats - I read 'Another cat seems to comfort the dying' (October). Cats can sense our emotions. Mine can. When I am ill or feeling sad, she is right there for me. Sometimes I tell her my troubles. She listens attentively, then gently touches me, purrs or rubs me. At one time in my life, I was going through a stressful time. I would often sit on the edge of the bed and cry. The cat I had at the time would come and lick away my tears. Then, she would leave the room. If she returned later and I was still sad, she would jump from behind and slap the back of my head with her paws as if to say, 'I fixed that. Now stop!' She did this more than once.

My mother lived alone on our farm, and strangers would sometimes trespass. Once, a man came through the door quietly, and Mom's cat knew. It slipped from the room where Mom was. It flew from the top of the refrigerator, claws bared, onto the man's head. He didn't stop running until he reached his car.

The day my late husband died, I came home alone late at night, and my two cats met me at the door. They escorted me, side by side, in a very definite march with tails straight up, through the house. They knew! It was such a comfort. They were always part of every activity, but later, when I removed my husband's things, they lay down and stayed out of the way until I finished.

Yes, cats are almost more human to us than other humans often are.

Lila B. Schaefer
Des Moines, Iowa

Look closer for missing motto - I just received an e-mail that said the new presidential dollar coins have been made without the words 'In God We Trust.' If so, our government has goofed again.
Our Constitution is based on our belief in God - and everybody should refuse to use these coins.

Lilia Haussler
Arapahoe, Neb.

Editor's note - The coins do contain the words, just not where one would expect to find them. They appear on the edge of the coin, along with 'E Pluribus Unum' - the Latin phrase that means 'Out of many, one' - and the year the coin was issued.

Handkerchief Haul - I received more than 100 ladies' hankies from my ad in 'Reader to Reader,' as well as 16 letters telling me where I can buy handkerchiefs. Thank you for including my request. Aren't our CAPPER'S readers grand. What I can't use, I'm donating to a church class to use in their project. I have crocheted more than 40 and gave them away with a cute little verse to family and friends.

Lorene Hawkins
Neodesha, Kan.






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We welcome letters from readers. If you have an opinion or comment on an article you saw in CAPPER'S that you'd like to share, send it to Open Session, CAPPER'S, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609-1265.