Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Schools and state legislatures are debating: should students still be taught cursive?

I was interested in reading the Deseret News' recent article on "No more cursive?" (What others say, Sept. 6). Just a few days earlier I had a conversation with my daughter-in-law on that very issue. She admitted to me that she sometimes has to help her teenage children read my birthday or other greetings, because they cannot read cursive that well. They are taught cursive in third grade, but after that they are on their own to pursue it.

I couldn't believe it! I cherish the few letters my grandmother wrote to me some 65 years ago. Does that mean my grandchildren will never save any of my letters because they cannot read them? The notes I write to missionaries I suppose will have to be read to them by their parents when they return home. I guess this also means my generation best hurry and transcribe the indexing my church has asked us to do, because after we are gone, no one will be able to read them.

I find this all so very sad and hard to believe. What's next? Signing our name with an "X?"

Janet Bates