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Tante Camilla on the Hot Box

Tante Camilla on the Hot Box

Dear Tante Camilla,

What do you think about those death row inmates suing the state so they can have air conditioning in their jail cells?


Hot Box

Dear Hot Box:

Hmph, that’s a funny name, Hot Box. The people are naming their kids all sorts of weird things now-a-days. Caillou and Co-Co Puffs. I heard of a boy named Conson the other day. Can you believe that? Tante Camilla is just pulling your leg about that one, beb.

Anyway, bonjour mes amis. This is Tante Camilla ready to give you some advice. I like that question, me. So venez ici and écoutez.

When I read that article in the Lafourche Gazette Wednesday about how them people on death row are suing to get some air conditioner because being too hot makes them more sick, mais, it made my blood boil, me.

Too hot? Too hot? Let me tell you what’s gonna be too hot. Where they going, beb, that’s gonna be hot, hot.

Let me tell you something else, we didn’t have no air conditioner in my days. And even after it first came out, daddy didn’t buy one because he said that cold air would make momma malade. My grand-mére only had three toes left between both feet because of the diabetes and she didn’t have no air conditioner.

This is what I think they need to do. They on death row, right. Well, if they don’t like sitting in the heat on death row then let them sit in the electric chair for a little while. I bet they won’t complain about how hot it is in their jail cell then.

All these fancy pants attorneys and judges need to be passed a callotte. Ain’t nobody got no common sense no more. That’s what’s the matter with this world.

Well, that’s all for now, I guess. When I get another question you’ll get another answer.

-Tante Camilla

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