Readers Write (Feb. 23): Benilde essays, South High brawl, Marco Rubio and more

  • Updated: February 22, 2013 - 7:05 PM

The actions of the brawling students at Minneapolis South High School were irresponsible and immature


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Even in digital age, students need old skills

After watching a news report concerning the discontinuance of cursive writing instruction, I’m concerned. Apparently this approach has been in place to some degree across the nation, with Minnesota not requiring instruction and allowing individual districts to opt out. The thought is that students only use keyboards to create text in printed format, so why waste time learning cursive? In my opinion this is wrongheaded. It would seem that society would benefit greatly by requiring both cursive and keyboard instruction. Why choose just one method?


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Student commentaries did their school proud

If the three commentaries by students at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School represent the quality of that school’s education, I can only hope that my granddaughter would attend (Opinion Exchange, Feb. 20). A big “well done” to Jackie Lawyer, Leni Merriam and Xandi Swedberg.

LLOYD STUVE, Savage, Minn.

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May I suggest you give that student Jackie Lawyer her own weekly column (“Mend your speech, lest it mar your fortunes”). It would, by far, contain the most delightful reading your newspaper has had for a long time.

Ron Schumeister, Edina

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A long, long time ago I read James Lileks’ first column in the Minnesota Daily. I can’t recall what he wrote about that day, but I do remember instantly recognizing that he was a talented writer and humorist. I experienced the same recognition while reading the pieces by the trio of Benilde-St. Margaret’s students. I applaud them and look forward to seeing more of their writing. I also applaud the teacher or teachers who helped promote and encourage their creativity.

LEE PEDERSON, New Richmond, Wis.

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