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Computers Not for Everyone

September 3, 2008 - Heather Ziegler
"Why does everyone assume I have a computer?" lamented an elderly acquaintance. It seems that everything is geared toward "online" correspondence, she added. I will admit that sometimes news stories are guilty of reporting an e-mail address or Web site but alas no phone number or mailing address. Have we really gone that far into the keyboard world that we forget that portion of the population which will not or does not want a computer in their homes? Of course, anyone who can walk, drive or ride the bus to his or her public library can access a computer. Still, that shouldn't be the only means of obtaining information or sending a question to a government agency or a cooking show for a recipe. I know plenty of senior citizens who love the ease of communicating with their extended families and friends via e-mail, that is once they got the hang of it. The fear of the unknown probably keeps some people from entering this world we have become so adapted to and, realistically, couldn't imagine working or playing without it. Is there a compromise?


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