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January 2010 Letters

TCP Talk

Letters and comments from our readers

He Likes Us
What a DY-NO-MITE publication. I eagerly await the arrival of each new one—more so than my paid subscriptions.

Dan Branson, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative

Solar Water Heating the Old Way
Re: “Solar Water Heating the Easy Way” in the October 2009 issue. I lived in Honolulu in the early 1950s. Most of the houses had a link on the roof—galvanized pipe in a zigzaggy pattern with a glass cover. This was the hot water system. That was 50 years ago.

Ruth Davis, Central Texas Electric Cooperative

West Texas Tough
Elmer Kelton and I were in Crane Elementary together. Elmer rode a horse to school; I rode the school bus.

Our population in Crane County consisted of rattlesnakes, scorpions, centipedes, tarantulas, coyotes and huge jackrabbits. We survived two dust bowls, the Great Depression, the great oil boom and World War II. Our vegetation consisted of mesquite trees, prickly pears and tumbleweeds.

It is said, “If you aren’t tough when you go to West Texas, you are tough when you leave.”

Thanks, Elmer, for the legacy that you left for all who read your books about our West Texas heritage.

Harriette Gorman, Bandera Electric Cooperative