`AN INFORMED PRESS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE'
Thank you for all the good work you did on the NASDAQ matter. Michael Schroeder helped set the stage for our investigation and report. It's another example of how an informed press can make a difference.
Securities & Exchange Commission
WashingtonReturn to top
THE LICKETY-SPLIT PACE OF CHANGE
Some economists claim computers are not boosting growth and are a trifling share of the U.S. economy. Just not so ("Something doesn't add up here," Economics, Sept. 2). In the next 15 years, the computer industry will likely bring about more cultural change than in the past 100 years. Those young men that changed our world--Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Larry Ellison, and Ted Waitt--are laughing all the way to the Billionaire Boys Club.
IndianapolisReturn to top
THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE HDTV STANDARDS
The new broadcast standard for digital TV, tentatively approved by the Federal Communications Commission, is the most flexible broadcast standard ever conceived ("The nerds and Hollywood vs. the boob-tube crowd," Washington Outlook, Sept. 2).
This digital standard--already recommended by the FCC Advisory Committee last November--gives consumers a choice about how they join the digital revolution: through a converter box for their current TV set; a new digital high-definition television (HDTV) with even more processing power; or a digital TV.
No other digital-standards design in the U.S. or abroad--for over-the-air, cable, wireless cable, satellite, or telephony transmission--offers this choice.
The standard, developed over the past nine years with cooperation and input from all interested parties (including Silicon Valley and Hollywood), ensures that consumers' investment in digital technology will work wherever they go, as technology changes. With five of the six HDTV transmission formats in the standard using computer-friendly progressive scan, this is the best technology America has to offer.
The technology should not be delayed just because of a small but vocal segment of special interest groups. Now is the time for the FCC to mandate the new digital standard.
Peter M. Fannon
Citizens for HDTV
WashingtonReturn to top
AH, FOR THE DAYS WHEN I DROVE A VW
Nostalgia for vintage Volkswagen Beetles has already erupted ("There's money in old bugs," Up Front, Sept. 2). Or, more likely, enthusiasm for this lovable vehicle has never waned.
We baby boomers were especially fond of these strange-looking cars. Nearly all of us, at some point in high school or college, had an experience with one. The car evokes memories of a simpler time, when gas was cheap (30 cents a gallon) and the open road beckoned. We all knew the Beetle would get us there.
As the owner of a 1973 Super Beetle convertible, I can't tell you how much joy and fellowship this car has afforded me over the past two years.
Yes, times have changed. The wind whistles through my hair a bit faster these days, but good things never change. Here's to life in the slow lane.
New Milford, Conn.Return to top