Opinion | They’ll Miss the Term ‘Op-Ed’

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To the Editor:

Re “Why We’re Retiring the Term ‘Op-Ed,’” by Kathleen Kingsbury (Opinion, April 27):

People and opinion pages should be called whatever they want to be called, but your decision to rename Op-Eds the pedestrian “guest essays” seems wrongheaded. It is an argument against etymology.

So what if Op-Ed is a relic of a fading print presence? Words and phrases often betray their origins: Someone on an even keel is not necessarily on a boat. A person can be sinister and not left-handed.

Of course, I’ll continue to avidly consume your guest essays, but I’ll miss the term Op-Ed.

Jack Sherman
Northport, N.Y.

To the Editor:

I understand your wish to retire the term Op-Ed and replace it with something more in tune with how articles in today’s Times are published. But the term “guest essay” doesn’t sing. I wish you had instead chosen “guest opinion,” which rolls off the tongue more easily. It also invites shortening to “guest-op,” which would have appealed to us nostalgics who will miss the old name.

Peter Case
Stamford, Conn.

Immigrant Detention Is Inhumane

To the Editor:

“4 Takeaways From Our Investigation Into ICE’s Mishandling of Covid-19” (nytimes.com, April 25) exposes how Immigration and Customs Enforcement has failed to protect immigrants in its custody, but rather places them at high risk of contracting Covid.

The government has wide discretion regarding the use of detention for civil violations. Immigration detention should be abolished.

One of our clients was granted “compassionate release” from Bureau of Prisons custody by a New York federal judge because of his medical conditions, only to be transferred to ICE detention. ICE refuses to release him.

The inhumanity in the immigration system must stop. We need to stop detaining immigrants. It is unnecessary, immoral and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Diana Rashid
The writer is managing attorney at the National Immigrant Justice Center.

We Haven’t ‘Lost a Year’

To the Editor:

Re “Casting Doubt on ‘Lost Year’ Doom and Gloom” (Science Times, April 13):

As a psychotherapist, working with many middle schoolers, I am encouraging their parents to make sure that their teenagers find a way to talk, text or see their friends. Sometimes seeing their friends is playing video games with them online.

Clearly, playing these video games is not the first choice for parents. It is necessary to help teenagers balance their time with in-person contact. But in many states, students are not attending school in person, and during Zoom classes they are not permitted to chat with friends.

Parents need to find ways to encourage their teenagers to stay involved with friends. There is no question that connecting with friends helps all of us (no matter our age) navigate this pandemic.

Our job is to tap into our own resilience and lend our children the faith that they will get through this time as well. We and they haven’t lost a year. We are living our lives during a pandemic.

Beth Rosen

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