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I heard a political candidate say there should be computers in every classroom. Who is going to pay for them? What software will they use? I think keyboards may be a good investment to learn keyboarding skills, but I think anything purchased, say, in 1997 or 1998 or beyond will likely not be of much value to those who learn how to use computers by the time they graduate. There'll be totally different computer programs "out there" by that time.

I believe computers do not encourage creativity. I have a spelling game on my computer for my grandchildren. One has rhyming words such as cat, hat, sat, etc. When I suggested another rhyming word or two to a grandchild using that program, the reply was a strident "no." That wasn't one of the options on the program.According to Andrew Nikiforuk, a writer in Toronto's Canadian Business, "Musical training increases speech fluency; folk songs improve a student's general knowledge of history and geography; rhythm training abets the development of math skills; and the learning of new melodies builds the memory."

I would rather see computer money spent on music. Among my fondest memories in grade school and beyond were my experiences in learning songs and listening to music in what they called "music appreciation" in those days.

Berneice Neeley

Salt Lake City