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A Kindle won’t tell it all

KATHRYN YARBRO
Guest Columnist

I bought a Kindle Fire.
It was packaged very well, but not a word of instructions to be found. My friends say it’s an easy way to read books, hear music and view movies. So, I went to my friends to ask for help.
Now I can read books. But, I haven’t heard any music nor have I watched movies.
The library is the place to go for anything in print. The clerks are knowledgeable and willing to help. Help I got, along with The Missing Manual – The Book That Should Have Been in the Box.
I checked it out, but have yet to read the chapters: Put on a Show, Watch Movies and Television Series, and Showcase Your hotels and Videos.” Although reading is my passion, I have no videos and it would be a problem to collect photos to show.
TV is at the bottom of my list, but I am following the courtroom drama of the John Edwards trial. I remember the handsome, young John Edwards who came to town; he left behind the impression of a dedicated candidate.
Later during his campaign, his parents came to Lincolnton.
They were an appealing couple who shared their pride of their son and his accomplishments, and complimented Democrat-party members on their decision to restore an old building as the party’s headquarters.
No matter the outcome of the trial, it will leave behind much disappointment and some broken hearts.
Many high on the ladder have slipped a rung after being involved in an affair and dealing with money that didn’t belong to them; John Edwards will not be the first, and I dare say, not the last.  Most pay a heavy price (for their indiscresions.)
Dealing with the Kindle brought back memories of the days when computers were being installed in the newsroom. On a Friday, one of the trainers asked me what time I came to work on Monday.  I said about 5 o’clock, and she said, “I’ll be here,” and was practically latched to my hair until Thursday, when I sent her off to train others.
Going from a typewriter to a computer was not easy for me; it was for the younger reporters. But, it did take all the noise away from the office, except the talking and opinions.
The typewriters and Associated Press machines were quieted – it was just the beginning of technology that was coming to the newspaper.
I am lost again when I see the newest computers.
I want to close with a reminder to all eligible voters: Do not ever miss an election without voting. If you don’t have your say you can’t complain, even if things get worse.
Be a good citizen – make your choice in Tuesday’s primary.

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