1890 massacre in South Dakota | Alcohol as a social drug | Lib Dem leafleting | A better Kipling quote for Boris Johnson | Tom Petty and the Traveling Wilburys | Bathwater for baby and everyone else
A monument marking the mass grave of men, women and children killed in the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre by the US army.
A monument marking the mass grave of men, women and children killed in the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre by the US army. Photograph: Chris McGreal
I was shocked to see you assert that the Las Vegas attack is the “deadliest mass shooting in modern US history” (‘We’ll be talking about gun laws’ – Trump, 4 October). That was in 1890, when up to 300 people, many of them women and children, were massacred at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. Do the deaths of indigenous Americans not count?
Something always seems to be missing in your analyses of the effects of alcohol (Dr Dillner’s dilemma, G2, 2 October). Alcohol is a social drug. When I go to the pub, I mix with friends. We chat and converse. We joke and laugh. Surely, as a single man, this is better for me than sitting alone, goggling at the TV every night.
Delivering our local Lib Dem Focus is certainly good for our health (Letters, 5 October). We do it on Sunday mornings and call it the long walk to the pub.
If Boris Johnson had to quote Kipling (Even now, everyone claims Kipling, 5 October), he would have been better off with A Dead Statesman, which begins: “I could not dig, I dared not rob: therefore I lied to please the mob.”
Very sad news about Tom Petty reaching the end of the line (Obituary, 4 October). On a positive note, George and Roy will be not alone any more. But it also means that only two Wilburys are still travelling. Please handle with care.
Like Marie Paterson (Letters, 4 October), I lived through the austere 1940s and, before that, the austere 1930s. Hot water was indeed a precious commodity produced by considerable toil and effort, and not to be lightly wasted. The bathwater was used by all the family members in succession, and topped up after each turn. Bath night was Friday night.