George F. Will: If today's students can't write, they haven't studied this master

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  • ECR Burke, VA
    March 14, 2013 6:15 a.m.

    Bravo to George Will for leaving politics aside, at least for a day, and focusing on an important issue that will improve all of our lives. I once took a business writing class and the instrucor said that in Thomas Jefferson's time people averaged writing 1,000 letters per year. That's a little less than three per day and was required as a means of communication with families, friends and business associates. Sadly, modern conveniences, dating back to the invention of the telephone, and our appetite for instant communication have resulted in the cryptic langauage of text messaging and Twitter. We are in danger of losing part of what makes us civilized and human if we continue down this road.

    Find a good novel written in poetic language. One comes to mind that I read several years ago - The Story of Edgar Sawtell - where the author spends an entire chapter describing the thoughts of ther family dog, who is an important character in the story. Losing oneself in such an experience adds richness to our lives and will most likely remind us of the proper and best way to communicate.