Has anyone written Letters to the Editor they want to share? E-mail included.
I have (honest) only sent about 10 letters to the editor or a reporter. The latest was provoked by the 19th paragraph of the following article in today’s New York Times online version:
Here is the e-mail to the NYT reporter who wrote the article:
“The answer reported below is inadequate, and I wonder why it was selected from what presumably were extensive notes. Hopefully it wasn’t the best answer anyone gave in school that day!
Recently, at Public School 253 in Brooklyn, Myra Wenger applied her new curriculum in a lesson on ancient Athens, asking her second graders why the city adopted Athena, not Poseidon, in naming itself. A pupil, Daniel Gornak, 8, answered, “Because Athena gave more uses than Poseidon did, and more healthy things for Athenians,” and Ms. Wenger lauded his methods in consulting his marble notebook for the facts.
According to legend Athena’s name was adopted because she gave Athens the gift of the olive tree, whereas Poseidon gave a spring, but didn’t realize it ought to be a freshwater spring.
Maybe the student went on to give a complete answer, but the journalist, because of inappropriate fixation on the theme of making healthy choices, left out what is surely the most important part. “
I might have elaborated a bit, but I did not think it necessary to point out that while any number of things are “use(ful)” and “healthy”, Athena gave only one of them, the olive tree, whereas Poseidon’s saltwater spring was neither useful nor healthy.