Letters: Butter Sculptor; Child Abuse Investigation

Originally published on June 29, 2011 5:50 pm
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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

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And I'm Robert Siegel. Time now for your email. And first, comments about our remembrance of sculptor Norma "Duffy" Lyon, best known for her art made of butter.

SARAH PRATT: She knew everything there was to know about the dairy cow and how to sculpt and how to sculpt the dairy cow. So she just was the excellent sculptress and a wonderful teacher.

SIEGEL: Duffy Lyon's butter sculpture protege Sarah Pratt told us all about her teacher, who died on Sunday.

BLOCK: And that sparked this memory from yet another butter sculptor, Amanda Burk(ph) of Athens, Georgia, who writes this: Every summer growing up we would make a bee-line at the Iowa State Fair to go watch Duffy sculpting the butter cow behind glass. I was so lucky to get to work for her one summer making an Ayrshire cow and a Harley Davidson out of butter. She was a wonderful lady with a great sense of humor.

SIEGEL: We also received quite a few emails about a story from NPR's Investigative Unit. NPR's Joseph Shapiro brought us an in-depth report about a Texas man who was convicted of killing a six-month-old baby on questionable medical evidence and is serving a 60-year prison sentence.

BLOCK: JoAnn Lee Frank(ph) of Clearwater, Florida, writes: Enough already. And she adds this: My suggestion is to cover more stories and not go the long-distance marathon on one.

SIEGEL: But we received just as many letters like this one from Celie Hart(ph) of Allston, Massachusetts. She writes: This is journalism for the people, journalism at its best, and I can't thank you enough for giving The Child Cases the time and attention they deserve.

BLOCK: And Ursula Pike(ph) of Austin, Texas, who says she has young children, writes this: There will be people who say that was too graphic for that time of day because their kids were in the car as they drove them home from soccer practice or whatever.

SIEGEL: Ms. Pike continues: I know there will be stories about crimes that my five-year-old shouldn't hear. The story was hard to listen to and I haven't stopped thinking about it since.

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