Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Magnifier, P.I.

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Jasper Place Public Library Terminal #XIII
Edmonton, Alberta

January XVIIIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Here in the Jasper Place Branch, I am sitting next to a senior citizen with optic problems who is using a magnifying glass as an aide while he does his internet research. These junior high students were mocking him IV bringing in his own magnifying glass & said he should be using the magnifier instead because he was "so old." First & foremost that is clearly ageist discrimination against the elderly. Also, the magnifier is IV researching historical documents, not IV internet usage. So the gentleman told me as he can't afford II buy a computer on his pension income, he needs II come II the library to surf the web & check his emails. He needs his magnifying glass because he is over LXXX (80) years old & therefore has some natural vision impairments. Plus his regular lenses can't pick up text.

Personally, I say bravissimo II this gentleman IV still wanting to learn & be engaged in computer usage at such an advanced age. These students were told by me & the library staff to stop harassing him. He has decided II continue his life journey of learning. Just because these young students are younger & just starting their educational chosen paths doesn't give them the right to trample over an older person who is trying his best to remain an active member of society.



Source: Myself & Www.Epl.Ca.

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