Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 14, 2013

YOUR VIEWS: Loss of writing equals to loss of history

Special reports
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Dear Editor,

It’s sad to see that cursive writing is no longer an education mandate. I wholeheartedly agree with Golda Walbert when she described the loss of cursive writing instruction “as a great loss of identification” and without it this “signature of one’s personality” will be lost.  She added that losing out on older things eliminates a part of our history.  

 That is so true because as the article stated the history of about every family has been touched in some way by writing in longhand. As I read that I also thought of the founding documents from our nation’s history and many other important papers that were written out by hand before computers were even dreamed of.  

Of course now practically all business transactions and communications of about every type and sort are done by keyboarding. In the past, many statements were hastily written that have affected all of us. Legend has it that Abraham Lincoln wrote over half of the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope while traveling on a train from Washington to Pennsylvania. He delivered the 273-word address entirely from memory.  

When Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a letter from his jail cell in Birmingham, Ala., he had nothing to write on except the margins of a newspaper. His “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” included the words “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” A few months later he made notes for his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech on a yellow legal pad. Most scholars rank it the top speech of the 20th century.  

The Library of Congress has the original rough draft of the Declaration of Independence that Thomas Jefferson penned. You can see words that were crossed out and replaced by those that were adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. I don’t think anyone would want any of the final words changed at all.  

Many songs from my generation were hurriedly written down as an idea came to mind. It’s been reported that Bobbie Gentry woke at 3 in the morning and wrote down the words to Ode to Billy Joe. Who can forget “Well, Billy Joe never had a lick of sense, pass the biscuits, please?” That was in 1967 and if it had been today, she might have lost her thoughts by the time the computer had booted up.  

Maybe a little levity there, but you get the point.  Nothing is going to change the electronic age we live in, but I believe every person should be able to write out their thoughts in longhand. I couldn’t imagine not being able to do so.  

David Keith

Smiths Grove

Don’t turn down the money

Dear Editor,

Kentucky has the opportunity to increase access to healthcare for 268,000 individuals and families and save taxpayer dollars. By accepting federal dollars already allocated for the state to increase access to health coverage through Kentucky’s Medicaid program, Governor Beshear can significantly reduce the number of low-income families who lack access to affordable health care and worry that they are one diagnosis away from financial ruin.

Kentucky’s governor needs to reach a decision on whether to use federal dollars to increase access to Medicaid coverage. Further delays could result in the state losing significant funding that could improve the health of its most vulnerable communities and reduce health care costs. By giving more people regular access to a doctor, we can avoid spending millions of dollars currently used to treat uninsured people in emergency rooms.

It does not make sense to turn down money that is already available to help Kentuckians. Hard working, low income families need the security of quality health coverage to get lifesaving care when they need it.

Brenda Turner


Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)

Security offered for cancer patients

Dear Editor,

As a cancer survivor and advocate for cancer patients and families, I urge Gov. Steve Beshear to accept the millions of dollars of federal funding being offered to Kentucky to increase access to health coverage through Medicaid.

Hard-working, low-income families managing a chronic disease like cancer need the security of knowing they have quality health coverage that allows them to see a doctor regularly and get lifesaving care when they need it, without facing huge medical bills.

A recent poll showed that registered voters in Kentucky are decidedly in favor of the state accepting the federal funds available to expand access to health coverage through Medicaid. A strong majority, 63 percent, said they support Kentucky accepting the federal dollars to cover more people — while only 23 percent said the state should turn down the funds.

Gov. Beshear should listen to Kentuckians and accept the money to increase access to the state Medicaid program and extend lifesaving health coverage to more than 268,000 low-income individuals and families.

I strongly encourage Gov. Beshear to accept the federal funds to cover more people, reduce health care costs and save lives.

Linda Jones


Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)