Letters to the editor for April 3

April 2, 2014 

Don’t throw out cursive writing

I found the column by James Werrell concerning the art of cursive writing very disturbing.

I do not know who is behind this proposal but I suspect it is the same people behind Common Core who have been dumbing down the students in our education system over the past five decades, the NEA.

Cursive writing is an art. Whether people are good or bad in their ability to execute it doesn’t mean you just throw it out of existence.

Haven’t you heard the old adage, “practice makes perfect”? Surprise, not everyone is perfect in all they attempt.

In this throw-away world we live in, please let us retain an art with dignity, grace and decorum.

Patricia Armstrong

Fort Mill

Let’s be proud to be Americans

What is happening? Why do we have so much disbelief in our country? I realize that there are two, and possibly even more, parties in this country. What are we to do? Look at the rest of the world and see what they are doing and how well they get along.

We, as Americans, live in the best country in the world. There is no question. I am an Air Force brat, have traveled all over this great big world of ours, and we still do live in the best country in the world.

I have traveled because of my father being transferred all over the world. Then, since this is what I am used to, I have continued to travel, have met all kinds of people from all different parts of the earth, and am very proud to say that I am an American and would never trade this position for another.

We are in the best place. Where else can you live and speak of your agreement or disagreement with what is going on?

We all need to stand tall, sing out for this wonderful place we live in, and say God bless America. Shake our neighbor’s hand, try to understand our differences and be proud that we are Americans.

Gintzie Walkup

Rock Hill

Writing is important skill

Regarding James Werrell’s column on cursive writing, I write and type because it is fast. I was taught a writing course as a child and graded for it.

Sadly, if one cannot write, one cannot read writing! So, teachers must print every word on the blackboard. However, some teachers also can’t write.

It is important to write, so please don’t ignore the fact that not teaching cursive is just another avenue we use to continue “dumbing down” American kids.

Doris Martin

Rock Hill

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