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February 10th, 2017
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Loc on Sporadic 40 (Bill Plott, ed.)
Dear Bill:

I downloaded Sporadic 40 from eFanzines a month or so ago, sorry it’s been that time, but here I am now with some comments on the issue.

America is not the only nation absolutely horrified by the election results. If anyone said, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?”, we are now finding out. Trump will be meeting with my prime minster, Justin Trudeau, on Monday, and it will be interesting to see what comes out of that meeting, seeing Trump effortlessly offends any world leaders he talks to on the phone. What will he say face-to-face? Based on what some are saying, I might not be able to cross the border into the US unless I divulge the password to my Facebook account to see what I am saying about Trump. If the customs guard doesn’t like what I have to say, he won’t let me in. I have lost all rights to privacy, an agreement made years about between our countries, and which Trump is forgetting or ignoring.

I haven’t had any printer problems in some time. With my previous printer, I did, but any requests for help came with the arrogant demand to know why am I still printing stuff, it’s a waste of paper, don’t you know? I’d respond with a few expletives, and get the same from the next know-it-all. My HP today is fine, but I get spam from HP on a regular basis.

Yay, Atticus! When we got married, our priest told stories, too, but he was trying to keep the wedding day light. We all looked like we were expecting a funeral, and Charlie made us laugh. He’s long gone, but is thought of regularly, and this May, we celebrate 34 years.

The passing of W.P. Kinsella made a lot of news here. Some knew that he suffered from depression and bad health, but when it was announced he had a doctor-assisted death, some were outraged, but most were understanding. He had enjoyed his life, with his grand production of fine fiction, and a measure of fame, but his pain was such that his death was a final release.

The Pearls Before Swine comic would be funnier if it wasn’t so true. We are old. We still have some phone books at home, and we use them. We also have lots of road maps in the car. Old tech is not bad tech, as long as it is still usable.

Discrimination against African-Americans has gone underground, and is no longer overt? With the election of Donald Trump, discrimination is completely overt again, and is against blacks, Hispanics, women, Democrats, and any other group the Republican old white men don’t like. How can anyone vote for a party that is supported by the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party? Have we unwillingly returned to the 50s? It’s starting to happen up here, too, as if Trump’s election was the okay for everyone to release their repressed hatreds.

The letters I’m writing these days sure are fun to write, what with President Cheeto running by the Executive Order, one of the many things he criticized Obama for. I just looked out the window, and I can’t see anything…snow squall, and everything is white. Anyway, as I slowly make my way to page 2, I will say thank you for this issue, and I will look for the next one.

                                                                                               Yours, Lloyd Penney.

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