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Sept. 17 Letters to the Editor

<b>A lost art</b>

EDITOR: Concerning cursive handwriting in our school curriculum ("Cursive not part of core," Sept. 6): Cursive has been the standard for centuries. Original national documents used it. It was taught in every generation in our schools. Almost all letters were written in cursive. Soldiers wrote with it from war. Relatives' and ancestors' letters and autobiographies use it. Our history is written and preserved in the National Archives in cursive. "Sticky Notes" and "Kilroy" were cursive.

It seems our educators believe it takes too much time to teach and thus ignore it. Imagine the task of translating documents of the past into digital medium so history will not be lost and the current lazy generation can read it on a smartphone or pad of some type.

It is a shame when anyone signs their name to a document and you cannot imagine what the name is. Will the signatures on checks be printed in the future? Where is the organized revolution in education to fight this trend?

Incidentally, beautiful cursive handwriting is an art form admired by all.

MORGAN RIRIE

Santa Rosa

<b>One-note columnist</b>

EDITOR: I'm puzzled as to why you still print Charles Krauthammer's column. All he ever does is slam President Barack Obama. It gets old after a while. Doesn't he have anything meaningful to say?

R.G. "BOB" BATTLES


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