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April 4, 2007 |
I've noticed your periodic references to the town of Millet with a sense of derision and scorn in your voice at its mention.
Did I miss a show where you explain the basis of your attitude? Where did this town go wrong? Your contempt is palpable.
Thank you for your show.
People of Lake Wobegon have always looked down on Millet going way back before my day. I suppose the towns were rivals at one time and then my town pulled ahead and Millet languished. People in Millet don't take care of their yards the way people in Lake Wobegon think you should. They don't raise their children right. They keep old wrecked cars in their backyards and old appliances and they sit outdoors in their shirtsleeves and drink beer. They're common. Their children are loutish, cruel, vulgar, and untrustworthy. The list goes on and on. We were told to stay away from those people, and so I have no idea if any of this is actually true: I've avoided Millet for most of my life. Like most contempt, it's based on poor information.