“Our View” (Herald, Tuesday, July 21, 2020) reminded us there is no reason for hateful comments during disagreements. The last sentence stated:

“C’mon. We’re better than that.”

Well, no. Sadly, we’re not in this pandemic-weary climate.

It wasn’t that long ago neighborhood kids learned how to get along while playing baseball or kick ball or shooting marbles.

Losing was painful and words flew, but players learned to take defeat in stride if they wanted to play the next day.

Today we are tethered to technology devices for several hours every day where words often fall loose and careless, protected by laptop and phone screens.

With face time conversations being replaced with increasing online interactions, perhaps we should slow down and reflect on the lasting value of long ago childhood games.

Maxine Winters


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