2014-04-18 / Columnists

Slice of Life

Start To Finish Or More Like Somewhere In Between
By Beth Hanning

Many of my friends and acquaintances are amazing and often give me great ideas what to write about each week. Just when I think I have gone through my list of column notes a customer in a restaurant will come over to my table and suggest I write about …. ? I honestly do not know what I would do without the suggestions, texts and emails. I recently had to send out a mass text begging for topics. One of my good friends suggested I write about people who do not read the entire part of a document. She had sent me this text: “Topic: PPl who don’t read the entire email sent to them” the day after I read about the National Public Radio’s (NPR) brilliant April Fools’ joke. In an online column NPR asked, “Why doesn’t America read anymore?” The next paragraph went on to explain that NPR is getting the feeling that many people comment on stories even though they have not read entirely through. So they asked that if you read the entire article that you not like and/or comment below. What happened next was absolutely hilarious. (Remember I am an English teacher geek and my humor may be different from yours. I literally laughed out loud reading the grammar book by Lynn Truss, “Eats, Shoots and Leaves.”) One commenter went on to write about how it is a “tragedy” how Americans do not read. He was actually a very good writer and had some great points. However the joke was entirely on him when everyone was mocking him due to his long and winded post. The column that then analyzed what had happened on April 1 made me think of the March 21 Boyleing Points column that discussed the contagious nature of commenting. Why are people so quick to comment and to comment negatively? Why is it that people will look at the first line of an email or a Facebook post and then reply with a question that is already answered in the email? I cannot answer that question. But I am starting to come up with a conspiracy theory that maybe due to the online posts that many Americans are composing might be the reason why Bill Gates thought that we needed the new Common Core Learning Standards. So how about thinking about what you write before and maybe just maybe reading the entire article, column, email or Facebook post before you comment or ask a question. Our children are depending on us; their parents are depending on us. So, if we just do what we were taught to do and read the complete text, especially the directions, I know the world will be a much happier place!

Have a great Easter everyone. I hope the Easter Bunny is good to everyone.

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