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October 5, 2012

VASICEK: China, dyslexia and dirty coffee pots

Elmer spotted me at the supermarket. Nearby, a stocker was working from a hand truck, loading cans of chili beans. I ducked behind the stack, but it did no good.

“Ed, is that you behind those beans?” Elmer examined.

“Yep. How are you, Elmer?”

“You know,” Elmer responded, ignoring my question, “the cool winds are blowing and that reminds me of something I read in the news. Did you know Obama is now against wind farms?”

“Where did you see that?” I marveled.

Elmer pulled out an article and I read it aloud. It was from The Daily Ticker.

“On Friday, President Obama took the highly unusual step of blocking a Chinese company from building wind farms in Oregon. The Chinese company, Ralls, is furious and has threatened to sue the president.

“According to a statement issued by the Treasury Department, President Obama made the decision because of national security concerns: The proposed sites ... are located in or near restricted airspace used by the Navy to test weapons.”

“Well,” I corrected, “he is against THAT wind farm. I think he made a good call on that one.”

“Guess I misread it,” Elmer apologized. “I am a bit dyslexic, you know.”

“I didn’t know that,” I conciliated. “I read somewhere that about 10 percent of the population struggles with dyslexia.”

“Really? Where did you see that?” Elmer queried.

“A UPI article. I have it on me.”

“A new font designed for people with dyslexia is now available for use on mobile devices such as tablet computers and smartphones, its U.S. designer says.

“The font, called OpenDyslexic, was designed by Abelardo Gonzalez – a mobile app designer from New Hampshire – who has released the free font to word processors and e-book readers...”

“Wow, cool!” Elmer resounded. “About time someone did something like this. Took ’em long enough.”

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