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Wheat-free meals: I was surprised to see CAPPER’S suggesting we create “wheat-free meals” (“To save money, create some wheat-free meals,” July). Food nutritionists urge us to eat whole grains. Travel down a Kansas road a ways, and you will see signs that declare Kansas the “Wheat State.” With Kansas producing wheat, what better way can we find to eat whole grain than to eat bread?


Estella Nuss
Wilson, Kan.

Editor’s note: Thank you for your letter, Estella, and for reminding us all of the importance of eating whole grains – not just for our diet, but also to support the breadbasket of America.

We have heard from numerous readers seeking wheat-free recipes because they are unable to include it in their diet for health reasons, and that’s why we decided to include the article in our issue. We like wheat, and we especially love supporting our local farmers, but we’re sure you’ll agree that people who are allergic to wheat deserve great recipes, too.

Musical family – All the good family stories in CAPPER’S bring back memories of when I was a little girl. We had a family band and played in Minneapolis – in churches, veterans homes and pizza parlors, as well as at bluegrass gatherings and radio stations. We also played big auditoriums in St. Paul, Minn.

We were all musicians and played accordions, guitars, violins, mandolins, mouth organs and other instruments. My brothers built a broadcasting station out of an old radio, and we entertained the counties around us – until the authorities made us shut down because we had no license.

We were a happy bunch of Norwegians. My sister and I yodeled all the time in harmony, and we even had a Norwegian song we performed that was sent to the Archives and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

I’m 86 years old now, and my siblings have passed away, but I still sing and yodel.

Olga Hanson
Columbus, N.D.

Editor’s note: A reader noted that the cowboy on the cover of our August issue couldn’t have been competing in a bareback riding competition, as was stated. It’s clear his horse was outfitted with a saddle. We apologize for the error.

Great-grandpa made a perfect pillow Recently, my 6-year-old great-granddaughter, Angelina, paid me a visit while I was napping. She got beside me, took my arm and put it around herself, and then she promptly fell right to sleep, as you can see in this photo.

Joseph L. Theurer
Harrisburg, Pa.

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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.