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Darts and Laurels (8/4/11)

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Darts and Laurels time again.

First, a Dart goes to the Indiana Department of Education for its decision to no longer require public schools to teach cursive writing to their students. Instead, they want teachers to concentrate on making them more proficient in keyboarding.

Now, I understand why learning to use a keyboard is much more important now than it used to be. But does that really make it necessary to sacrifice the few minutes a week schools were previously devoting to developing handwriting skills?

Despite what some believe, there's still a valid place in both business and social life for well-executed cursive writing. This elimination of penmanship instruction is just another step in the ongoing erosion of our culture, and for that, Indiana's Department of Education earns an "F."

But a big Laurel goes to the Norton Cancer Institute in recognition of the opening of its new downtown services center at Floyd and Broadway last week. This 65,000 square foot, 26-million dollar facility not only offers both in-patient and outpatient services and houses many of the Institute's research facilities, but it also features many eye-pleasing elements that make it architecturally significant as well as medically.

Considering that Kentucky ranks second nationally in overall cancer incidence rates, we all have a stake in the fight against this disease. And Norton should be congratulated for making such a major investment in the cause.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.

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