Bad Sign

I fully agree with Tyler Smith about the signage around Rhode Island [Current, March]. I was just commenting about the India Point Park Bridge to a buddy of mine; then I read his validating comment and felt very good. The sign cheapens the beauty of the bridge. We all know it’s a bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge doesn’t have gaudy plastic letters; it has a nice bronze sign. What is wrong with Providence planners?
I also agree with the RISD signage. You don’t know how to correctly read it. It’s not “artistic,” it’s just not right.
I think there should be two “Welcome to Rhode Island” signs: a plain one, and a second one a quarter-mile farther with more information.
That’s all I have for now.
Michael Enos
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Foul Wordplay

I must admit I got a serious chuckle out of one of your headlines in the latest issue. I would, however, be after your heads if my picture was shown under the title “Sewage Soiree” [Out Takes, March]. What person actually thought this was a tasteful title?
I can only imagine the ribbing the attendees have endured since the publication date! This qualifies as a BIG ooops.
Jan Freeborn
North Kingstown

Smart Money

I would like to thank you for the informative cover story on money [“Salary Survey 2009,” February].
As the Community Development Officer at Pawtucket Credit Union, I visit high schools around the state to talk with students about financial literacy, part of a seven-unit National Endowment for Financial Education program that we have brought to more than twelve area schools.
After a class completes the curriculum, we invite the students to participate in our “Real World Day” event. Each student chooses an occupation, and we assign them a salary and a few life scenarios that force them to budget their monthly income wisely. The goal is to balance their budget to zero. If a student is in the red, they have to make adjustments — this could be using public transportation or returning a cell phone they thought they could afford. It will be helpful to use Chris Museler’s list of actual salaries that apply to folks living in Rhode Island, rather than a national average.
We believe this event showcases one way that businesses in the community are doing their part to educate the youth of Rhode Island on money matters.
eugene nadeau