Tip­ping point

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John Leth­lean’s story about tip­ping in New York (“Tip­ping the scales”, Oct 20-21) re­minded me of a lunch my wife and I had at the Wal­dorf As­to­ria in the 1990s. The bill had a 20 per cent waiter’s tip plus a 30 per cent maitre d’s tip added. The to­tal bill for two cour­ses, an av­er­age bot­tle of wine plus tips was more than $A400 – 20-plus years ago. Arthur Or­chard Lind­is­farne, Tas on­set “dig­i­tal de­men­tia” de­vel­op­ing – a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties more com­monly seen in peo­ple suf­fer­ing head in­jury or psy­chi­atric ill­ness.

Richard Giles Conon­dale, Qld

Ev­ery­thing I’d read about the overuse of dig­i­tal de­vices by chil­dren con­vinced me that to con­tinue to al­low our stu­dents to ac­cess their phones at school was al­most neg­li­gent. The rule was that phones were not to be used in class but were al­lowed any other time. Dur­ing breaks, stu­dents were still in friend­ship groups but in­stead of chat­ting and laugh­ing they were heads down, eyes glued to their phones. Now, the rule is phones off as soon as they ar­rive, only to be ac­cessed if teach­ers re­quire them for learn­ing. Lunchtimes are no longer eerily quiet and we have dra­mat­i­cally re­duced the in­stances of cy­ber bul­ly­ing. Of course our stu­dents still face all of the chal­lenges of grow­ing up but at least we’ve given some time when the world at large, with all its mis­ery, is not, lit­er­ally, at their fin­ger­tips. Gail Arm­strong, Prin­ci­pal, Alexan­dra Hills State High School, Red­lands City, Qld In the 1920s, my great grand­par­ents su­per­vised chil­dren’s ra­dio use. In the 1960s, they su­per­vised my par­ents’ black and white TV watch­ing. In the 1970s, my par­ents su­per­vised our fam­ily view­ing of colour TV. My mother no­ticed she and Dad were try­ing to speed us to bed too early so they could watch a show; she also said that our man­ners and con­ver­sa­tion had dis­ap­peared, and that one of us four kids was es­sen­tially ad­dicted. So we all stopped watch­ing TV on week­days and in­stead watched a few shows to­gether on the week­end. My mother saved our fam­ily home life.

Kirsty Kaye Croy­don, NSW

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