Regular readers of this column know that I close every episode with my e-mail address, inviting readers to submit to me their thoughts. And many of you do.
So a great big “thank you” goes out to those of you who take the time to write me and offer your opinions. Internet readers are free to make their thoughts known immediately after reading, and they do. In fact, one reader responds to my columns with mean spirited thoughts under different names. (Shhh. Please don’t tell him. He thinks I don’t know that he did this.)
That said, here are a few items from the mailbag.
After I wrote a piece about Uncle Sam giving away taxpayer dollars to foreign countries, Joan Applepie e-mailed me the story under the headline “U.S. providing Syrian rebels $123M more in aid:CBS News.” I agree with her comment about Uncle Sam giving away our money while many of our friends in the United States who suffered the damages of Sandy are still waiting for government assistance. We borrow money from China and give it to citizens of other countries who hate us, while agonizing Americans are still in pain. Will Uncle Sam ever learn from his mistakes?
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Here’s another one:
Dear Stan, thanks for keeping up your fine tradition of ignorant, one-sided articles. While I am no great fan of your writing, my dog just loves to poop on them! Please keep writing, for my dog’s sake!
Dear Burt, I am a true-blue dog lover, and I am very happy to comply. I am also very happy that I am working at what I really love while so many aren’t. And I am happiest making my way to the bank. I know that you are shocked. You can’t believe that I get paid for my efforts. Me neither, but I do.
Give my best to Fido.
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Dear Mr. Gershbein, your column “Stan has a plan for bomber” is right on!
You’re a helluva writer. Wish I could express myself like you do, because my thoughts mirror your’s on this topic.
Keep up the good work!
You see, Burt. There are some folks who do like my one-sided opinions.
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Stan , I just read your last five columns. You write well. I don’t always agree, but nor do I always disagree. Your writing is excellent! I do marvel at how you can come up with a topic each week and make it interesting.
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Stan, I love when you clean out your pockets and relate to your readers some funny, some interesting, some trivia bits of information. I always wonder if your wife ends up putting your shirts in the washing machine loaded with bits of papers that have wrongly remained in your pockets. All too often I end up washing a pile of clothes and find bits of Kleenex sticking to the clothes after I remove them from the washing machine. That’s a bummer of a mess! Especially if it’s a dark wash! Can your roommate relate to that?
Stan’s roommate responds:
“I’ve been married to Stan for 53 years and somewhere along the way I learned to make sure I go through his pockets and empty them before they hit the laundry. Sometimes I find money.”
I am StanGershb