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GO SLOWLY ON INTERNET CENSORSHIP

I am writing concerning Congress' recent attempt to censor the Internet. While I am against pornography and the ease of accessibility of pornographic material to children on the Web, this is not the way. The method that was presented to rid the Internet of this garbage in the recently passed 1996 telecommunications bill could also censor sites that are of educational value and that have nothing to do with pornographic material.

Among some of those sites are: several famous works of art, including Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's the Birth of Venus; nonpornographic literature including the Library of Congress card catalog (searches will reveal "indecent" book titles), Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," even the King James Bible. Not to mention countless health-related sites at colleges and medical institutions around the world.I feel that while pornography is a problem, until we find another way, to sacrifice so much to get rid of the less than 3 percent of the Internet that is undesirable is illogical. This is not the way, Congress.

Alan Sheffield

Salt Lake City