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June 11, 2007 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
This week you shot a groundhog. Every week, it's the same darned thing. You think it's funny to have an animal die in some undignified way. I withdrew support from Hawaii Public Radio when I lived there because of your incessant humor about animal death and cruelty. Now I live in Montana.
I turn the show off as soon as the first animal dies in your monologue. You are a poor second to Jean Shepard if you cannot remedy your habit of killing animals with your humor. I heard you live when you visited Honolulu two or three years ago. I'm glad you refrained from animal jokes then. My wife and I were prepared to go ballistic in the audience.
I have never shot an animal in my life, Mr. C., unlike most of your neighbors there in Montana. People in Lake Wobegon (and Montana) do sometimes shoot animals they consider pests, and that is what the pastor's wife did in the story I told on the show. It wasn't a joke; it was a detail in a story, same as the thunderclouds in the sky and the geese flying overhead honking. If you think that a storyteller should eliminate all violence and cruelty from stories, then you should perhaps address Stephen King or Cormac McCarthy. I do wonder about people who would "go ballistic" in an audience and it makes me wonder if maybe the days of live radio aren't numbered.