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Sep. 26, 2012 @ 06:55 AM

Literacy is basic tool for blind, too

Even though I am blind and cannot see ink on paper or letters on a screen, I am a literate person. I was able to read the terrific article on literacy in The Herald-Dispatch on Sept. 1 by Emily Warder, Director, Tri-State Literacy Council, regarding September being National Literacy Month.

I read the article by listening to News Line, a telephone service provided by the National Federation of the Blind that allows me to read newspapers and magazines from all over the world. My auditory literacy also includes reading talking books from our local library, and I really like the new digital talking books. I am able to write this letter by using a computer with voice output and screen reading capability; therefore, my computer literacy is also auditory.

Even though I am rather slow at it, Braille (tactile) literacy is important to me, because it is great for labeling and I get a Braille magazine each month.

In her article, Ms. Warder says, "Literacy is a basic tool that ensures individuals achieve productive, self-sufficient and healthy lives." I wholeheartedly agree, and if you are reading this article visually, remember those who cannot see can also be literate in different ways.

If you know of an illiterate person who is blind or visually impaired, ask them to contact:

National Federation of the blind News Line, 866 504-7300.

Cabell Wayne Association of the Blind, 304 522-6991.

American Foundation for the Blind, 304 523-8651.

Talking Book Section, Cabell County Library, 304 528-5700.

Thank you.

Michael Nuce


Transparency needed from both candidates

I have been reading letters for a long time, but the one on Aug. 10 was just one-sided. Mr. Milt Hankins is not the kind of pastor I am looking for, if he is a real one. He claims that Romney needs to show more and I ask why, since Obama has had all his records frozen so no one can see them.

If Romney needs to show his, I think Obama needs to show his. Sorry, Mr. Hankins I do not agree with most of your views. Obama needs to be more transparent about his files too!

Ellen Patrick

South Point, Ohio



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