Letters for January 9, 2020
Re “OK, boomer” (Letters to the editor, Dec. 26):
It’s not about numbers, it’s about categories. 2020 is the beginning of a new category. The Twenties. Could be the roaring twenties or the boring twenties, but it’s definitely no longer a part of the previous era now known as the 2010s.
I just finished reading your letter. Even though you sound like you know what you are talking about, you don’t. From our perspective, we are counting from 2010. Starting there as your “year 1” makes 2020 the start of a new decade.
I’ll break it down to you just in case you can’t get your mind around that. I’ll even start from 2000: 2000 (year 1), 2001 (year 2), 2002 (year 3), 2003 (year 4), 2004 (year 5), 2005 (year 6), 2006 (year 7), 2007 (year 8), 2008 (year 9), 2009 (year 10) and 2010 (year 1, and so on and so forth).
Decades have a typical time frame from the years that end with “0” to the years that end with “9” So sorry, boomer.
A sentence in Lawrence Pinkerton’s “OK, boomer” letter reminded me of something I read in Phyllis Whitney’s “Mystery of the Green Cat” when I was a girl.
A recently arrived Japanese-American girl in the story explained to other kids that she was one year younger in the USA than she was in Japan. First published in 1957, the girl’s remark reflected the East Asian tradition of counting a newborn as one year of age.
I am responding to Lawrence Pinkerton’s letter in the Reno News & Review, the 12-26-19 issue.
In life we have nothing. If I go to the grocery store, I have zero carrots in my possession, zero being the first number. Then I buy one carrot—first item, second number. In that case it is 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. You have nothing to begin with, so zero comes first.
About the calendars, Mr. Pinkerton is right. I will be 80 in 2020. It will be a new year but old decade. When I am 81, it will be a new decade: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Anyone else care to respond?
Re “New in town” (Cover story, Dec. 26):
I just read Jane Callahan’s feature on being new in town. I’ve lived in some pretty great towns, including Boston, Vegas, San Diego, Tucson, Phoenix and 26 years in Nashville. Reno has been the best of the lot. It still is! This city remains friendly, welcoming and easy to live in. Making any city work for someone takes effort. Folks aren’t going to come running to welcome you. It takes commitment on the newbies’ part, and when the effort is put forth, new friendships will spawn here, there and everywhere. In the 10 years my wife and I have lived here, we’ve made lifetime friendships we’ll cherish forever. Jane, you will realize Reno is a wonderful place to lay down roots!
My father was in the U.S. Air Force, I was in the U.S. Air Force, my husband was in the U.S. Air Force. I have moved many times. All the places are the same when you are new. No one goes out of their way to meet you. Everyone is busy. You are the one that has to make an effort to get to know the people and the place.
Re “Caucus answer” (Letters to the editor, Jan. 2):
Thank you, Michael Greedy, for the info on the caucus early vote: this is the first I heard of it. I didn’t know about the rule change of March 2019, didn’t hear any news of it on the media or receive notification by mail—which still leaves out our brave men and women who are putting themselves in harm’s way. As for the sabbath and the Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11 more rules exodus 31:12-18) which is Saturday the seventh day of the week. It’s observed by 4.6 million Jews, 200 million Eastern Orthodox Christians and uncountable others who follow the law of God. Emperor Constantine in 321 a.d. decreed Sunday (first day) to worship. That started the traditions of men.