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Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2007 12:00 am

I have long said and have been told I’m wrong that the electronic age is dumbing down our young people. The other day, I had an experience that proves I’m right.

I stopped at a local fast-food restaurant to get some steakfingers. I was told by the young person at the counter, “I’m sorry sir but we can’t take any orders. Our computers are down.”

And these people want the minimum wage raised? They are not smart enough to earn more.

What happened to the old pencil and piece of paper? Does a computer run everything in an eatery? If so, what is the need for people?

It was very disturbing to experience this stupidity.

I’m 74, maybe that is why I expect some intelligence from everyone. I am able to do a lot of math in my head, even spell a word or two. I can start a fire without the aid of a match or a Bic lighter.

I can build most anything I need by hand. I could have written this without my computer. To me, a delete button is the thing called an eraser on the end of a pencil — that is, if it hasn’t been chewed off.

What will happen if all the electricity is out and backup batteries are discharged? Will the world be put on hold? Maybe it will stop turning and we all fall off.

Makes me very sad.

Odessa, TX

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