LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

This Santa is a softie in more ways than one

 

Editor: I am now almost 70 years old and have many fond memories of Christmas as a child, a husband, a father and a grandfather. One of my more memorable occurred two Christmases ago while playing Santa for a charitable cause. Over

the years I have had several hundred children visit me and tell me their wishes. This particular time a mother asked if I would pose for some pictures with her daughter (probably 6 to 8 years old) who was totally blind.

She sat on my lap as the camera clicked away and she felt my face to see how I looked, then my beard, then the fur on my collar and cuffs. I was bought to tears by this most simple and innocent moment. She told her mommy that Santa was soft.

The moment passed, and I secretly dried my tears for the next visit. That moment will never leave me.

I continue to do Santa and will continue as long as I can. As we celebrate Christmas and the birth of Christ let us always remember the beauty and simplicity of a child come to earth.

Bob Butler

St. Augustine

Liberalism in shambles

Editor: Methinks the measure of “liberal” for The Record might be the balance of the Associated Press, Washington Post, GateHouse, in-house, plus editorial/opinion/cartoon page content, it chooses to go with every day. I haven’t heard any interesting or sensible criticism of The Record recently. Well, a little maybe.

What I have seen though, as a reader, is exacerbation of TDS

(Trump derangement syndrome) symptoms; smears in the headlines, smug sophisticated arrogance and diving for facts and coming up with “trickle down doesn’t work.”

This week’s winner is Carl Hiaasen, for his first paragraph dive in to Trump as a couch potato, sucking down diet cokes for six-hour binges — the angry, old, isolated, crazy uncle type. Good try Carl. Here’s another AP trophy.

The anger-crazed trump haters might break their routines a little, from the non-stop attribution of placing everything apparently wrong with the world at the feet of conservatives. It’s not hard to understand all the frustration — liberalism is in shambles almost everywhere you look.

Tom Vogler

St. Augustine

 

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