Letters to the Editor 02-15-14

SHE MADE HER DRESS
Regarding the wedding gown display at the Hancock Historical Museum that was noted in The Courier article “Decades of dresses” (Page A6, Feb. 4):
Let me tell you why fancy wedding dresses were not found from the 1940s. First, there was gasoline rationing for everyone. Available fuel was to be used for going to work, not shopping. If you were lucky enough to have gas, you had to look many places to find your desired item. Store shelves were often bare because the usual products were not made for public use due to the war needs.
Sugar was also rationed. Imagine a wedding feast without sugar products.
I made my wedding dress. I went to Lazarus in Columbus, via streetcar, and bought yardage of off-white rayon, not luxurious but a reasonable substitute.
I went to my parents’ home and made a street-length frock, with sweetheart neckline and side-draped bodice, on my mother’s treadle sewing machine.
At the end of the week, I packed my wedding dress along with other clothes, and took a bus to the Florida Navy base where my beloved was waiting at the chapel.
A dozen or so sailors were practicing for the Sunday service, so they became our guests. The organist played appropriate music, the chaplain pronounced the ceremony, and we were married.
Oh yes, we ordered pink roses for corsages for my sister, Wahneta Dutton, who accompanied me to be my bridesmaid, but they sent yellow roses as a substitute.
The groom’s outfit wasn’t a problem, strictly GI sailor’s dress blues. It was a terribly hot day and he was sweating.
Not many wedding gowns are packed and transported across the country before the ceremony.
That marriage lasted 67 years.
Jeannette Trout
Upper Sandusky

A MODERN DAY DARK AGE
In response to Lewis Walter (letter, Feb. 10): A couple of years ago, a man and son walked up to my porch, and said they would like to give me literature on the four ways to get to heaven.
I thanked them and asked if I may tell them the answer to this question: What is going to save this world from complete destruction?
The answer is the Top Cat Plan, the only idea to launch the hydrogen economy, hemp, and self-sufficient industries in 50 states and seven provinces. It would enable us to reduce fossil fuel use at least 20 percent a year for the next five, while putting a stop to fracking before it bankrupts the health care system, leads to world hunger, and keeps us living in a modern day dark age.
When 1 percent own 50 percent, and 95 percent of corporate profit goes to 1 percent, that is a dark age, and we must pull ourselves out of it. All great happenings begin in somebody’s brain cells.
Thomas Jefferson said: “I have swore upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against all forms of tyranny over the minds of man.” Having a 40-year drug war is a perfect example of tyranny in the highest degree.
In response to Charles Gerringer (letter, Feb. 11): I’m just asking everyone that has a roof to be a responsible citizen. I do rave, but I do not rant.
To rant is to speak or shout in an angry or uncontrolled way. I am very controlled. Every fact I have mentioned in 84 letters is indeed, fact. But I am very angry with the common people, including farmers, for allowing themselves to be ruled for 140 years.
Terry Cook
Findlay

A DIFFERENT INTERPRETATION
I just read Deb Berning’s letter (Feb. 12) and wonder how we both read Kurt LaRue’s letter (Feb. 11) and got such a different outcome.
First of all, her comment about LaRue not having children is strange, since his went to school with hers. Second, she must not shop at the same grocery as I do. My eggs are never sacked under other items, and my refrigerated items are together. The only time I use self-checkout is if I have minimal items and I’m in a hurry.
Since hardly anyone pumps gas anymore, that was off the wall. Overfilled tanks are not suggested by experts. That small amount of fuel she pumps after the safety switch shuts off is not beneficial.
Debbie Amstutz
rural Rawson

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