Best of the week
A letter by Eric P. Kabler of Kabler/Thomas Financial Group LLP, “Kids don’t read the ‘paper’,” has been selected by the editorial board as the best of those that appeared during the week of May 31 through June 5.
His letter was published June 5.
He began his letter by remembering how he spent his mornings reading The Tribune-Democrat, “Whether it was delivered to my home or office, it is the way I start my day. Being informed – knowing the news of our area, birth notices, obituaries, the comics, and scores of our local sports teams – was and is the habitual way to kick off the day.”
Kabler wrote, “In fact, as a young kid, I remember waiting my turn for the sports page, with Dad getting it first. My first job was being a carrier for the Tribune, delivering more than 100 papers in the Belmont Homes area.
“As I look back, I’m thinking of how many folks counted on me to “start their day” with the newspaper being delivered on time to their front door.”
He continued with, “However, it comes to my attention that not one time have I ever seen my kids flop on the Lazy Boy chair, crack open the Tribune, and bury their heads in the black and white print. Yes, they get their ‘news’ from their smart phones and they spend plenty of time staring at their phones.”
Kabler wrote, “However, correct me if I’m wrong, but nothing compares to holding up the paper, the left side with your left hand and the right side with your right hand, scanning your eyes over plenty of articles to keep informed. To me, it’s a lot easier scanning the huge, 23.5 inch x 29.5 inch paper than to squint and swipe on the iPad or iPhone.”
He concluded, “Yes, I understand the environmental issues, that’s why we recycle. I guess this is good news in my house, I don’t have to wait my turn for the sports page.
“Let me also add, thank you Tribune-Democrat, for being a part of my life for so many years, and for my first job delivering the paper.”
Note: Selection of the letter of the week is based on writing competency and the ability of the writer to get his or her point across. It is not based on whether the editorial board agrees with the writer’s stance.