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Letters to the Editor

May, 2021
By Bradley Hodge

Thanks for your news and Front Page comments. I moved last year and still have my books wrapped and in boxes in climate-controlled storage. I am 69 years of age, now, and living with my cat. During the Covid epidemic he has been a stalwart friend and companion, as is Book Source Magazine. However, I do miss receiving BSM in the mail, and joining in "the hunt" in local stores. Although book internet auctions are helping, I feel that many of the bargain finds may be destroyed during the Pandemic, or lost, to make way for the 'modern world' and its ever changing demands, which relegate the future of the book to collectors, museums, and "libraries".

I enjoyed your 'Reflection on the 2020 Election'. The Democrats in power still have the same mind set from the 60s & 70s, which reflects poorly on their position of power. Maybe they'll eventually find some revelation and wisdom in FDRs ability to realign the country, but with a new perspective for our times.

Today, I'm usually embarrassed for our country and its politics, as well as, the world's perception of us.

Many years ago some of my family was presented to the recently deceased King of the Zulus. It was quite an event and spectacle. I visited Natal and stayed with friends in Zululand for 3 months during the Republic Of South Africa's aparthied regime. I believe much of the American movement against aparthied was political and instigated by the Press against the gradual evolution of the South African Society. Ironically, and beyond the radical changes which took place in South African government houses, many tribes in South Africa, including the largest tribe of the Zulus, remained friends with the USA that they knew and understood - not what America had become.

A radical liberal friend of mine, who writes a newspaper in Wisconsin, has a perspective of the political situation which has cost him friendships and does not really reflect well upon him as a person. However, that is what's "popular" with those in power. Is he writing to favour friendship and kinder relations with the Press, or is he genuinely clouded/deluded by the present form of media commentary and political rhetoric and/or hoping for recognition? He's not creating news commentary for monetary gain.

The housing crisis in Texas is not being reported or is the shortage of timber. Texas produces a great deal of timber for construction. The local east Texas property owners are not being offered timber concessions and are facing difficulties. The large stands of forest are controlled by huge companies. The lumber yards (i.e. Home Depot) have quadrupled the cost of cured board. Where is the bottleneck and why? Texas is being flooded by Californians fleeing taxes, as well as people from other states and countries. Housing is selling at ridiculous prices and acreage is selling in some areas for 30 times its value.

What is the press reporting? Does anyone advocate moving the capital from Washington DC to Kansas and thereby cleaning the Augean Stables?

Kind regards from a concerned citizen and friend of BSM.

Bradley Hodge
Conroe, TX