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September 28, 2013

Shribman: Putting pen to paper to save cursive writing


Barack Obama signed the health care law that bears his name with a pen. His rivals on Capitol Hill are living for the day one of his successors might employ a pen to sign legislation revoking Obamacare.

So maybe there’s a (ball-) point to this column after all: the identification of one element in American life worthy of bipartisan support. Let’s end the Washington stalemate by uniting to save cursive. A nation’s sense of itself — and the accessibility of its founding documents — depends on it. But if you want to start a petition, please require the signatures to be affixed by pen. It’s the least you can do for your country.


North Shore native and Pulitzer Prize winner David M. Shribman is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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