Well, Ms. Holley Simmons at the Ombudsman's office must have sat at the keyboard and entered a few words in her trusty template which apparently is constructed as follows:
Dear [_______________],That was it. In the first blank was my name, of course; and in the second blank Simmons typed in "the air strikes in Afghanistan." Now that was a day's work! Whew, quite a thoughtful, well reasoned response - and the personal touch was just heart warming. I just can't wait to sign up for the "weekly Ombudsman's column" - just what my junk mail folder needs...
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