QUESTION: I went to one school all my life, until I had to quit school in 10th grade because I was really poor. I went to Dallas and babysat my friends’ six children. I saw a girl who I went to school with in a resale shop and she got my address, phone number and everything and said they were going to invite me to our 40-year class reunion. I wasn’t invited. I was wondering if I should have been invited even though I quit, since I went to school with these kids all my life?

ANSWER: I didn’t feel like I’m smart enough to answer this question without help from an expert, so I turned to Cyndi Clamp. She’s the owner of Varisty Reunions, a reunion planning business that operates in the Houston area. She’s also a member of the National Association of Reunion Managers.

Clamp said this is a common question from people planning reunion committees. The answer she and the association give is that yes, it’s OK for people in this kind of situation to be invited and to attend.

I couldn’t tell if you were questioning whether it was OK to consider inviting you in the first place, or if you were hurt that the woman didn’t send you an invitation after all. I’m sorry if it’s the latter, but Clamp (and I) encourage you to consider that all kinds of things could have happened that might have ended in it just being an oversight that you weren’t included.

Clamp said committees that ask this question typically come up with the answer that yes, they do want to invite people who attended school with them for years but didn’t end up graduating with them.

Because you didn’t graduate with your class, your name wouldn’t have been on any of the lists the planning committee would be looking at to come up with a mailing list for invitations — the commencement program, for instance, or the yearbook.

She encouraged people in this kind of situation, who are interested in attending a reunion at a school they attended for many years but didn’t graduate from, to be sure and reach out to people involved in reunion planning and ask to be put on the mailing list.

“The more the merrier,” she said.

Q: Could you please provide us an update to the Longview Police Department’s Interactive Crime Map?

A: The Longview Police Department doesn’t actually generate the map itself, but works with an organization called to provide the map. Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said the company had been making some upgrades on its end, but it should be back online within the next week.

Q: Have you changed the paper used in printing? As of May 22 it seems to be thicker.

A: Our vice president of operations, Greg Weatherbee, told me we have not changed the newsprint we use to produce the newspaper.

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