January 17, 2020

Letters to the Editor

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No letters were printed this week; here is the letter from five issues ago:

Veterans Day story brings back memories and treasure of receiving, writing letters

I truly enjoyed the article by John Shaughnessy in the Nov. 8 issue of The Criterion about Sophia Egold and the friendship she developed through writing letters to World War II veteran Frank Barbour. It brought back many memories.

I was 7 and 8 when my dad was serving in England with the Army Air Corp during World War II in 1943 and 1944.

He wrote us many letters (V-mail, which could be censored) and that is probably where I got my enjoyment of letter writing. I wonder if my dad crossed paths with Frank Barbour while in England?

I was also born and raised in Boston, but lived in New Hampshire with my mom and two brothers while Dad was serving in England.

My brothers, husband and grandson are also veterans. I’m very proud of them and all those serving our country.

Another memory—back when having pen pals was in vogue—was the pen pal I had in England for many years.

Handwritten letters are always enjoyed. As Sophia said, “There is nothing like getting a letter.”

Thanks to John Shaughnessy for his interesting articles.

- Jane Wilson | Speedway

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