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What’s the rush?

There is an aspect of this whole hurrying syndrome that I would like to see talked about more (Too Connected," Nov. 28). One of the side effects of trying to multi-task is that we transfer that constant need to hurry into how we drive — mindlessly rushing. In fact, I've coined a name for it: "Rushing to the Next Red Light."

Ed Waldock,

If computers went kaput

Just read your article on multi-tasking overtaking our lives . . . and it does (Too Connected," Nov. 28). Thankfully, I am now a homebody who doesn't have to go to work. Used to, though, and it was extremely too stressful for me. What I wanted to say was that the world is too busy.

I've thought often that if all the computers in the world dropped dead and weren't expected to come back on for a long while, that I could still function just as before — though it would take more time. Unlike many young people today, I can write legibly, correctly and can do math without any electronic machine to compute for me. Most people my age — mid-50s by the way — learned to do math and how to write in school.

I like the computer and use it all the time . . . Question is, will everyone be able to adjust if computers fail?

Nancy MacArthur,

Getting to the core of the core

I am moved to write about Lynda Mapes' cover story Nov. 7 for a couple of reasons ("Culture at the Core").

First, I am a parent of one of the students in Chinook Elementary's after-school literacy program. He is in first grade and already reads at a third-grade level! I am also a teacher for older children in the Indian Education department for the Auburn School District.

As both a parent and teacher, let me assure you that the program aforementioned is indeed phenomenal and newsworthy. I believe it should win an award for the impact it is making on the Native American youngsters in this community . . .

The article is nicely written, politically correct and includes beautiful pictures. I like how there is a parallel between history and current issues, without being overpowering — thus turning off readers for causing guilt for "water under the bridge." It was positive and informative, and I am thankful for that.

What I am curious about is why there is no mention of the director for the program, Denise Bill. She is the one responsible for acquiring the grant that could allow her to hire the 45 staff members and recruit the 100-plus students who attend. She is also the one responsible for the fourth-grade culture class that you referred to and the dance program (Generation X) at Auburn High School.

These programs are no small task. It takes a tremendous amount of effort and oversight to execute such enriching programs. They are there as a product of her vision for the Indian Education program and the little ones in this community.

I had received many comments from colleagues (and some community members) regarding this omission, which is why I was driven to write. I hope you don't take offense at my inquiry. Like I said, overall, it really is a great article, and I appreciate the effort it took to have it highlighted in such a manner. One of my cousins is even pictured in the article!

Robin Pratt,

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