Dear Straight Talk: Every morning I drive my granddaughter to high school and observe all the kids, every hand gripping a cellphone. I’ve been in the newspaper business 46 years, and I’d like to ask what young people today read. When they are on the Internet, are they surfing, social networking or actually reading? Apart from school assignments, do they read newspapers, magazines and books? — Barbara Hale, features editor, Merced Sun-Star
Shelby, 16, Auburn: I don’t read. I just don’t like it. Even Harry Potter I skipped. Sometimes on Facebook, I read a “fun fact” or gossip, but I’m not into politics or business. I have better things to do, and between homework, sports, and my social life, there’s no time.
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