Loss of cursive means
loss of a connection
Regarding the May 3 story about cursive no longer being part of the national Common Core Standards, "Schools write off cursive
/Handwriting style no longer a required skill":
As Weymouth Township Superintendent Donna Van Horn noted, future students will not be able to read the Constitution and other historical documents.
How many hand-written documents and manuscripts are archived in libraries and museums? How many are yet to be discovered or being written as I write?
What a handicap not to be able to read them.
How many families have in their possession or will eventually discover journals, letters, postcards, greeting cards, baby books, year-book inscriptions or other handwritten missives that connect families in a very personal way?
Eliminating handwriting instruction will deprive future generations from connecting with the past.
Sure, technology will be able to scan and translate, but at what cost? And I don't mean a financial cost; a far more irretrievable cost is an emotional connection and an access to heirlooms.
I foresee a new career option - translating handwriting for generations to come. Weymouth students, your futures are secure.
On another level, the argument that writing reinforces development of motor and cognitive skills should not be ignored. It is particularly a valuable tool for those with learning problems.
Please don't get me wrong. I'm all for progress. But those my age and older may remember lyrics to an old camp song: "Make new friends and keep the old." Maybe those who determine the national Common Core Standards can incorporate that message as they determine the future of learning.
will come full circle
Regarding the May 3 story, "Schools write off cursive/Handwriting style no longer a required skill":
My grandfather made his mark with an "X" and my great-grandchildren will probably do likewise.
What progress we've made over the years. It's remarkable.
New overdose law
will save lives in N.J.
On May 2, Gov. Chris Christie signed the "Overdose Prevention Act." New Jersey has become the 12th state to enact a good Samaritan law for drug overdoses - calling 911 to report a drug overdose is not a crime in New Jersey.
This law will encourage people to call for help if someone overdoses and will expand access to an overdose antidote medication.
I am overjoyed and thankful to Christie and our legislators for coming to a compromise on this legislation and making this happen.
From this day forward, New Jersey will be saving lives with the Overdose Prevention Act. The hard work of the Drug Policy Alliance and our family advocates has paid off. We did make a difference.
New Jersey will be sending a clear message that every life is precious, and everyone does deserve a second chance.
Collins coming out
is indeed historic
Regarding the May 6 letter, "Sexual preference makes headlines?":
The writer made an all-too-common mistake while ratcheting up his rhetoric - he stuck his foot in his intolerant mouth.
While waxing poetic about the reaction to NBA player Jason Collins coming out as gay, he said, "Was it about a new sports record?" Yes ... yes it was. This will indeed go down in the pages of sports history. The writer also complained that the news was not on a par with curing a disease. Well, true - apparently it didn't do much to cure the disease of bigotry.
Egg Harbor Township
to stem crime in A.C.
Regarding the May 6 story, "Mays Landing man shot dead in Atlantic City":
Besides for the person who pulled the trigger, the real fault here can be attributed to the Atlantic City residents who continue to elect a mayor and City Council who are more concerned with putting ex-offenders on the city payroll than getting tough on crime. Have we not had enough? I will support Don Guardian and his team in November, because we simply deserve better representation - and clean and safe streets.