WRITER’S NOTE­BOOK

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That is what is printed on the in­side copy of an­other en­ve­lope we get in the mail seek­ing money. In fact, this one was ad­dressed to a Mrs. Ruth Fabler, so we should not have even opened it.

The let­ter had a nickel at­tached to it with the copy read­ing: “Ev­ery Nickel Mat­ters.” Well, I have to won­der just how many copies of this sort of en­ve­lope were sent out. Be­sides the postage, and the nickel, it had to cost quite a bit of money to send. This one even wanted a spe­cific amount: $20, to re­ceive a free book. How in the world can you call it a FREE book if you have to send $20 to get it?

••• PEN­NIES COST MORE! Has the U.S. gov­ern­ment ever ex­plained why it costs so much more to pro­duce your penny at the U.S. Mint?

I just read some­where that the Mint last year lost $31 mil­lion while mak­ing 6.6 bil­lion new pen­nies.

Why is that? Af­ter all these years of mak­ing those pen­nies you would think some­one would come up with a cheaper way to do it and not lose so much money in the process.

••• EASTERSEALS CAMP FAIRLEE I en­joyed the long ar­ti­cle in the Sun­day Sun Travel sec­tion about sum­mer camps when I spot­ted the ti­tle of Easterseals Camp Fairlee. Gus Downes and I were in­volved in the Camp Fairlee years ago and used to make a few trips up there. It mainly serves chil­dren and adults with dis­abil­i­ties, but is also avail­able for rent to the pub­lic.

If you would like more info on this camp, the ad­dress is 22242 Bay Shore Road, Ch­ester­town, Md.; or call ‘em at 410-778-0566; since it said that you should book eight months in ad­vance or more.

Oh, and I got a kick out of that story in the same sec­tion of the Sun­day pa­per about the cats that are adopted and one es­pe­cially that chases and kills mice at a brew­ery. The cat’s name is Inky, just like the black cat we had at our house many years ago when I was a teenager.

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