Gloucester Daily Times
---- — To the editor:
Thanks to the Times and to Maureen Hayden of CNHI News Service for the articles on penmanship (the Times, Wednesday, April 10). They hit a soft spot.
I grew up in the era when we were taught the Zaner-Bloser method of cursive writing. We earned certificates as we improved. I know my parents saved those for me.
Recently, I went to a dear, smart niece’s birthday party. Not thinking, I wrote a complimentary note about her. When she opened the envelope to read her card, she kept staring — not saying a word — with a puzzled look on her face.
She could not read it and had to admit it. She’s a teenager! Sad.
Now, all my siblings had the same instructors, and only one still uses script — the others print.
Signatures on checks are just scribbled lines. One can never read prescriptions issued.
I do not use my computer to email; I write all my letters.
At some point, cursive should be taught. That’s my feeling.