Dear MOTHER: December 2014/January 2015

Reader letters about pressure cooking, food choices, swapping cloths for toilet paper, diversity in MOTHER EARTH NEWS, sweet spring gardening anticipation, and more.

| December 2014/January 2015

Patrick Payne Workbench

Reader Patrick Payne built MOTHER’s sturdy workbench for his workshop.

Photo courtesy Patrick Payne

Satisfied Builder

I just finished building my first workbench, and I used the plans in your article How to Build a Workbench in the February/March 2013 issue. Your instructions were simple enough that even a novice builder like me was able to understand them.

I’m looking forward to many years of projects on my new bench — I think this bench will outlast me!

Patrick Payne
Mesa, Arizona

Respecting Diverse Views

We read MOTHER EARTH NEWS cover to cover as soon as it arrives in our mailbox. Bryan Welch’s article Great Gardens, Pure Food and Clean Energy: The Ties That Bind (February/March 2014) was so refreshing. We are on the conservative side of the political spectrum — the less government involvement, the better — yet we know our way of living isn’t possible for everyone. Others have wants and needs that require a point of view that’s different from ours.

We’ve attended the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash., for the past four years, and, while there, we’re always conversing with other attendees. It never crosses our minds to judge anyone or wonder whose political views line up with ours. We’re all there to learn something.

There are few places these days where the media isn’t trying to interject a political stance. Thank you for letting readers make up their own minds without the “I’m right and you’re wrong” drama.

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