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Letter: An ode to air-conditioning

A few words in response to your editorial about air-conditioning (“Crank the AC? Resist? Either way, we lose,” Monitor July 18):

Five years ago I was probably still self-righteous about not having air-conditioning. Back then, New Hampshire still had several bad heat waves during the summer: three or four days in a row in the 90s. The first two weren’t too bad since my home stayed cool. After that, my political correctness got me through mostly sleepless nights with a useless fan.

But now I’m a freed woman. I call it my age. I call it my health. I call it “I can make up the carbon footprint in other ways” and I try, but I have AC because what used to be called a heat wave is now a good portion of the summers in New Hampshire. And I found out that if I know I have a way to cool off, I can be outside longer, taking care of my garden or of my life in general.

I’ve shed part of my ’60s upbringing in order to function! I’m out of the closet, but it’s cool.



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