Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor for April 20

Pokémon Go players explain how to play

The new app Pokemon Go is attracting people all over the nation. Nintendo's first major foray into the mobile app space appears to be going well -- in only two days, Pokemon Go made the company $7.5 billion, according to reports. Here’s how to pla
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The new app Pokemon Go is attracting people all over the nation. Nintendo's first major foray into the mobile app space appears to be going well -- in only two days, Pokemon Go made the company $7.5 billion, according to reports. Here’s how to pla

Pokemon Go inspired those phone users

This letter is in response to Richard Hurst’s April 6 letter, wherein he decries the March 23 “crowds of people of all ages wandering back and forth” at Percival Landing. Mr. Hurst estimates that an excess of “95 percent of them had their heads buried in their smartphones.” He advises these people to “get your heads out of your ... phones and smell the roses.”

By way of explanation, March 23 was Community Day within a popular game called Pokemon Go. The event lasts 3 hours, during which time extra bonuses and special pokemons are available. Basically the game involves using a cell phone or tablet and catching pokemons. Generally one walks while doing this because of the bonuses for walking distance. It’s played all over the world. I can’t explain without a long-winded dissertation why Percival Landing is the favored place to play on Community Day, but it is.

Mr. Hurst, I want you to know that we are all perfectly aware of the smells, the weather, and our friends and family, even with our heads in our phones. Also, I would like to know why you feel it acceptable to advise people on their cell phone use. I would not think it your business to judge others when you don’t know who they are or what they are doing. Your time might be better spent downloading the game (it’s free) and joining in the fun.

Kathy Gilbert, Olympia
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