The column by Jerry Large “Evangelist on creating a happy city” [Local News, Oct. 20] was eye-opening and made a strong argument for face-to-face interactions being part of a happy city. I have not read Charles Montgomery’s book, “Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design.” Reportedly, one point he makes is that we…More
Unplugging can be a good thing, but there’s still value in some tech
I thoroughly enjoyed your article on Issaquah High School students unplugging from technology for three straight days [“Dump your cellphone? High-school students to unplug for three days,” Education Lab, Jan. 14].
First, I think this is a great idea not only because the younger generation has become so reliant on technology but also because, like Claudia Rowe wrote, it allows them to see how it was like for their parents to attend school and the ways in which they were forced to interact face to face.
Advancing technology could make a large impact on our lives
I like the idea of Amazon.com delivering their products with drones [“Amazon delivers some pie in the sky with drones plan,” Business Dec. 3].
It is a unique idea that allows me to order something on Amazon and see it delivered as soon as 30 minutes later. However, I can also see many things that could go wrong with this idea.
I don’t know if I should trust drones to deliver my products because drones couldn’t operate under all weather conditions. The packages could be a target for thieves who could watch where the drones flew. If drones are being used to deliver products, the sky would be filled with drones.
Dangerous for driving and other physical tasks
It seems like Google Glass is causing conflicts around the world. I wonder how Google Glass is going to affect our society once it becomes viral, if it ever will [“Google Glass techie ejected from hipster hotspot,” Online, Nov. 26].
I understand both the wearer’s and the non-wearer’s argument: It could revolutionize our technology, but it could become an item for potential crimes and make people around the wearer uncomfortable. There will definitely be problems about how the law will draw the line of wearing it in public.
It’s difficult to implement a brand-new software system I couldn’t help notice in today’s Times on page A10 Patrick Marshall’s advice column to readers experiencing computer-software problems [“Windows 8 update bombing? Sounds like a driver conflict,” Business, Oct. 26]. Back in the ‘90s and 2000s I worked for a company that had offices in eight Western states…More
Ask a librarian The article about millions of people not plugged in to the Internet barely mentioned libraries. [“Web’s there, but millions in U.S. not plugging in,” page one, Aug. 19.] I have been at the downtown library at opening time. A crowd surges in and heads for the computers. I have seen people at the…More
Online learning suits some A recent Seattle Times article highlights the need to improve success in online courses; however, there’s more to the story [“Online classes could widen achievement gap, study shows,” NWSunday, March 17]. Online courses at two-year colleges make higher education possible for thousands of working adults — many of whom are parents —…More
Science education should start earlier Here we go again. Time and again, Bill Gates and his ilk look to high schools and colleges to bring up student achievement in math and science [“Science, math education backers find friends in U.S. Capitol,” NWWednesday, March 20]. Yet, since the state doesn’t test students in science until eighth…More
Support the Global Fund Thanks for the story on the American baby who has been cured of HIV [“Scientists say HIV baby apparently is cured now,” page one, March 4]. We still permit more than 300,000 babies to be born with the death sentence each year. We know how to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The…More
Possible conflicts of interests should be defused I agree with U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene that her background does not present a conflict of interest with her current role [“Foreign workers’ visas familiar issue for DelBene,” NWSunday, March 3]. In fact, it would be an advantage in understanding the intricacies of current immigration law. However, I take…More