Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 5, 2013

Writing issue is enough to make a person loopy

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — When it comes to the debate between cursive writing versus printing, I have to admit I am sort of conflicted.

I learned how to write cursive in grade school, as did all my classmates.

I patiently followed my teacher’s movements – copying the loops and curves of the letters she was writing on the chalkboard into my big tablet. Do you remember those? ... the ones with the alternating solid and dotted lines?

Throughout grade school and junior high I always thought I had adequate penmanship, but in high school I made the decision to start printing everything I wrote.

I haven’t written anything in cursive besides my signature since then.

Through the years, my once neatly printed letters have become a scrawl, especially after spending three years as a reporter and having to scribble notes furiously into my notebooks.

Do I think children need to learn to write cursive? Absolutely. Will you accuse me of pulling the old “Do as I say, not as I do” routine? Probably.

Lisa Simpson Strange is news editor of the Glasgow Daily Times. She can be contacted by e-mail at lsstrange@