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E-Mail Opens Doors Letters Never Would

August 24, 1995

I was amused to read Susan Takacs' letter (Letters in Life & Style, June 23) debunking e-mail as not having the class or warmth of regular mail.

Nine months ago through the Internet I made the acquaintance of a gentleman from Singapore and two gentlemen from Vancouver, Canada. My correspondence with these three lacked none of the warmth Takacs finds only in regular mail. In fact, at the beginning of May, the Singaporean came to visit me for a week and stayed in my home. At the end of May, I went to Vancouver to visit my friends there, and had a wonderful vacation.

All this would have been highly unlikely with regular mail. Why? The cost of postage to Singapore and Canada would have been enormous compared to the small fees for Internet mail. Also, e-mail to Canada can take less than an hour, and to Singapore about 15 hours, as opposed to a week or over a week for regular mail to these places. Both these factors would have slowed the progress of a friendship or even made it too much trouble to develop had regular mail been used.

MICHAEL BEREST

Glendale

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