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May 2016 Letters

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Letters and comments from our readers

The Keyhole’s Bounty

I was fortunate to see landscape architect Deb Tolman, featured in Keyhole Gardening [February 2012], build one of the gardens. My son built one for my granddaughter in June 2014. His design uses the same principle with the compost basket—it just lacks the missing pie piece. The whole family has enjoyed the bounty produced in this small garden!

Sharon Murdoch | Tow
Central Texas EC

My 4-year-old keyhole garden is my favorite garden. I grow broccoli, kale, onions, cilantro, parsley and dill. In the summer, it is an excellent tomato, pepper, onion and cilantro garden—my salsa garden!

I have not had to empty the middle (scrap veggie bin), into which we empty about 3 gallons of waste a week. In the summer, soldier larvae eat all the scrap veggies and turn them into compost quickly.

Donald Boriack | Lee County
Bluebonnet EC

Chalk It Up to Good Grammar

Having learned grammar at a two-teacher country school, I went on to earn a master’s degree in English because we learned through diagramming sentences on the blackboard [Red Pencils Rule, Currents, March 2016].

I know that we don’t try and … just as we don’t attempt and. The two verbs are each followed by an infinitive, so we try to. Neither is anything for free. Free is an adjective, for is a preposition, and a preposition is followed by a noun. We have a free order, but we don’t order it for free. Nor do we ask the reason why. Reason means why, and we use why only to introduce a subordinate clause.

Loretta Bedford | San Augustine
Deep East Texas EC

Daylight Saving Time

My wife and I absolutely love daylight saving time [Springing Forward, Letters, March 2016). When the time is advanced one hour in the spring, it has no effect on our sleep cycles at all. I will contact Rep. Dan Flynn of Van and ask him to please give up his quest to eliminate daylight saving time.

Robert Webb | Lubbock
South Plains EC

Border Broadcasts

Border Radio [March 2016] sure rang a bell with me! I recall all those pitches—“Send your money to so-and-so, Clint, Texas.” Sure brought back memories!

D.A. Crossley Jr. | Athens, Georgia

Not until I read Border Radio did I even wonder why we received XERF [from] Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, so strongly at our rural Childress County home during the 1950s. Most nights we heard J. Harold Smith preach at 8 o’clock. Listening to XERF is one of my fondest childhood memories.

Lila Holman Hoobler | Childress
South Plains EC

Clothesline Fashion

I love, love, LOVE Celina Easterling’s photo of the gorgeous dresses hanging on the clothesline flanked by “the girls” [Focus on Texas: Patterns, January 2016].

Lottie Holland | Murchison
Trinity Valley EC