Letters - Art of letter writing is still alive and well
Madam - I wish to take issue with an item - not contentiously I hasten to add - in Donal Lynch's very interesting article on the correspondence between Tony O'Reilly and Ulick O'Connor (Sunday Independent, 6 July, 2014).
He writes of the "lost art, letter writing having almost been driven to extinction by email", and I will add to that by the now modest telephone rates. Who remembers the days of one pound per minute call to the USA?
Donal, no doubt, has in mind the loss of personal correspondence but there is one outlet where letter writing thrives and that is in the penultimate page in the main section of your Sunday paper.
The Letters page is not only preserving the "art of letter writing" but it also provides a forum where the ordinary man and woman in the street can express their views on matters domestic and even international.
From my anecdotal observation this page is one of the most widely read in your paper. And once you continue, Madam, to alot space to the unpaid scribes, letter writing will survive, and perhaps even prosper.
Patrick Fleming, Glasnevin, Dublin