The U.S.'s refusal to abandon the English system of measurement in favor of the metric system is shortsighted. Our stubbornly clinging to feet and pounds has a negative effect on everything from tourism to machine-tool exports. Britain, Canada and Australia have changed successfully. Are Americans any less intelligent or adaptable?
Jeffrey J. Karpinski
King of Prussia, Pa.
As a 14-year-old, I think it is very important that we change to metric, especially if the U.S. is to compete with the rest of the world. Americans should give metric a chance. They would find measuring in kilometers and liters much easier than...