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Children should be taught courtesy

(ran SE edition)

One morning while running, I came upon a group of older students waiting for the school bus. I was on Ridgemoor Drive approaching Ridgemoor Boulevard. Most of the students were on the sidewalk.

As I got closer, I thought they would clear a path for me. How could I have been so stupid?

The students would not give an inch. They glared at me. I had to continue my run on the grassy area and I could feel daggers in my back.

And so this makes me wonder what parents are teaching their children these days. Are parents so busy with their adult toys they neglect to teach their children common courtesy? Had the students cleared a path for me, I would have said, "Thank you."

If the children of today are to be the leaders of tomorrow, then God help us.

Mickey Weber

East Lake

Editor should leave theorizing to scientists

Re: Bill Coats' column on dolphins.

What an interesting piece of fiction! Perhaps if the column is to be believed, we could stop wasting our tax money on scientists and start investing in editors instead.

Is it possible that dolphin-kind thinks in as literate and deliberate terms as Mr. Coats suggests? No doubt the dolphins' beaching was a conscious attempt by the leader to find some "Brave New SeaWorld," only to run into the dolphin equivalent of falling off the edge of the ocean _ I mean, Earth.

It is doubtful that the leader of the pod had been overcome by parasites or old age and merely lost his way, with the others in tow unaware of the impairment. So maybe they were just playing a difficult game of follow the leader and everybody lost. It is not unheard of in the animal kingdom. Particularly with lemmings.

But lots of animals that mass together in a school, pod, pride, flock, herd, etc., are led astray by a misguided leader. I'm sure this phenomenon is restricted to animals. I shudder to think what would happen if it occurred in humans.

In any case, I will ask my friends in the scientific community to refrain from editing if I can get the editors of the world to refrain from postulating. That is what scientists do, you know. Postulate. They postulate and theorize the outcomes of unknowns and then set out to prove (and sometimes to disprove) these unknowns. This is how we arrive at facts.

I will ask them to refrain from editing anyway, because dolphins are apparently as deliberate as editors. And science requires a different discipline.

John M. Lowe