Letters: 2010

Listeners respond to the story on what to call the year 2010. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails.

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

And I'm Robert Siegel. We had a deluge of email about our story on what to call next year, either two-thousand ten or twenty-ten.

BLOCK: Many thanks to Robert Siegel for bringing up this debate so we can finally get re-synchronized and get on with our century, writes Jane Mulcaster(ph) of San Jose, California. In my mind, the only year that should have been called two-thousand anything was the year 2000. I guarantee you that by twenty-thirty, no one will be saying two-thousand thirty, at least I hope not.

SIEGEL: Libby Graves(ph) of Macon, Missouri, wrote to us, and she says: I had overlooked the difficulties that the younger generation is having with what to call next year. She says: We recently drove past a local high school with class of 0-10 rocks painted on the window. It's unfortunate that we play them in basketball and not quiz bowl.

BLOCK: And Doug Welker(ph) of Pelke, Michigan, has another concern. He emails this: We had no problem deciding that we were in the '70s, '80s or '90s, but what decade are we in now? Are we bunch of unimaginative gutless wonders who will forever weasel our way out of having to give this decade a name? If I am any indication of what most folks are like, I'd say the answer is yes.

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SIEGEL: Yes. Well, the polls have been open since yesterday, and you can vote on both pressing issues, what to call next year and what to call this decade: the aughts, the naughties, the twenty-Os or something else entirely. You can go to the Two-Way Blog on npr.org and vote. In the lead so far: twenty-ten, and the aughts. And while you're there, if you want to comment about any of the stories that you've heard on our program, you can go to the bottom of the page and click on contact us.

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