King University basketball player Kenny Turner laughs as he reads to students at Fairmount Elementary School as part of the annual Read Across America program. Credit: David Crigger / AP

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I read with interest Patricia Morris Clark’s column about teaching young children to read early. My mother was a teacher and taught me to read very early, to the point where in the second grade I was teaching other kids to read. I can’t emphasize enough how important that is in today’s world.

I cringe at some of the misspellings and incorrect usages I see in the media. That ability has served me well in education, career and socially. And the best part… I can do the Cryptoquip in 20 minutes.

Harold Shaw