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E-mail and text messaging afford people many more opportunities to easily "touch base" or sound off. But is letter-writing, in its classic form, a disappearing art?

click to enlarge Mike Krys - Hillside  - Welder  - Have you ever written a letter to the editor? I - once wrote one in response to an article about - Christianity and God because the author suggested - there's a God gene, which is ridiculous. -  - If you were to write a letter to a newspaper today, - what would it be about? The huge backup of - paperwork at Human Services. Or the decision to change - Tejon to two-way traffic downtown. -  - Name the last time you wrote and sent a personal - letter, not just an e-mail, text message or greeting card. -  I'm about to mail this one [holding up an - addressed, stamped envelope] that I wrote to my dad. -  - If your child wrote you, letter-to-the-editor style, - what would it be about? She'd write me asking for - Jesus to come back soon so we could spend more time - with her mom, who died last year.
  • Mike Krys
    Hillside

    Welder

    Have you ever written a letter to the editor? I once wrote one in response to an article about Christianity and God because the author suggested there's a God gene, which is ridiculous.

    If you were to write a letter to a newspaper today, what would it be about? The huge backup of paperwork at Human Services. Or the decision to change Tejon to two-way traffic downtown.

    Name the last time you wrote and sent a personal letter, not just an e-mail, text message or greeting card. I'm about to mail this one [holding up an addressed, stamped envelope] that I wrote to my dad.

    If your child wrote you, letter-to-the-editor style, what would it be about? She'd write me asking for Jesus to come back soon so we could spend more time with her mom, who died last year.

click to enlarge Chris Cowell - Downtown  - Currently unemployed  - Ever written a letter to the editor? I once wrote - one to a small newspaper in rural Virginia about killing - black bears, and to protest the front-page photo of a - dead bear hanging upside down on a tree. -  - Were you to write one to a paper today, what would - it be about? I'd send one to the Gazette - about the need to address global warming and pursue - alternative energy more aggressively. -  - When did you last write and send a full-fledged - letter, not just a greeting card or bill? I sent one - two days ago to my son, and I got a letter in the mail - two days ago, too.
  • Chris Cowell
    Downtown

    Currently unemployed

    Ever written a letter to the editor? I once wrote one to a small newspaper in rural Virginia about killing black bears, and to protest the front-page photo of a dead bear hanging upside down on a tree.

    Were you to write one to a paper today, what would it be about? I'd send one to the Gazette about the need to address global warming and pursue alternative energy more aggressively.

    When did you last write and send a full-fledged letter, not just a greeting card or bill? I sent one two days ago to my son, and I got a letter in the mail two days ago, too.

click to enlarge Lisa Westerfield - Briargate  - High school teacher  - Were you to write a letter to the editor today, what - issue would it address? I'd suggest that my - representative spend a little time in the classroom to get - a more realistic picture before voting for something like - No Child Left Behind. -  - Is letter-writing a vanishing art? Yes. My - students are so into text messaging that they don't write - out words, and they substitute abbreviations for entire - phrases. -  - How long has it been since you wrote a personal - letter? I wrote some lengthy messages inside - Christmas cards this year, but it's been a good year or - more since I sent a full-fledged letter in the mail. -  - Has the Internet increased communication and - awareness of public affairs? It's increased - communication, even if it's only to hound via e-mails. -  -
  • Lisa Westerfield
    Briargate

    High school teacher

    Were you to write a letter to the editor today, what issue would it address? I'd suggest that my representative spend a little time in the classroom to get a more realistic picture before voting for something like No Child Left Behind.

    Is letter-writing a vanishing art? Yes. My students are so into text messaging that they don't write out words, and they substitute abbreviations for entire phrases.

    How long has it been since you wrote a personal letter? I wrote some lengthy messages inside Christmas cards this year, but it's been a good year or more since I sent a full-fledged letter in the mail.

    Has the Internet increased communication and awareness of public affairs? It's increased communication, even if it's only to hound via e-mails.

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