Regarding Ned Barnett’s Aug. 24 column “ Message in a bottle: Work together”: His message to “work together” reminded me of my late husband’s history of North Carolina.
The title of the book, once used as a textbook in the state’s schools, was “Carolina Quest: the Search for Community in North Carolina.” An updated chapter today would show the need for more focus on how we should come together in addressing needs and concerns that affect us all.
Recycling is a great example of where residents of all ages can understand its benefits and choose to be active.
In the 1970s, my daughter Lynn was in the first grade. As we drove home one day, she pointed ahead to clouds of black smoke and exclaimed, “That big truck is polluting.” Where, I asked her, did she learn that word and what it meant. In the “Weekly Reader,” long known as the newspaper for children, she had read about it at school.
All news outlets provide, in addition to an account of events, continuing education for residents. I urge The News & Observer and all media to keep reminding us of both our rights and our responsibilities, especially our duties to each other.
Barbara M. Parramore
Professor emerita, N.C. State University