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Cellphone Selfishness

September 16, 2003

Re "Once Upon a Time There Were No Cellphones ... " (Voices, Sept. 13): Nancy Smiler Levinson, in her stories regarding parents who ignore their children in order to talk on cellphones, says: "Once upon a time, parents offered conversation and attention to their children and granted them a measure of respect." I doubt that's true of the parents in her stories. Cellphones didn't suddenly change them from attentive parents to inattentive ones, or from thoughtful people into selfish ones. If no one had invented cellphones, those parents would still be finding other ways to ignore their kids. The problem isn't the phone, it's the phony.

Nancy Pickard

Prairie Village, Kan.

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