Whatever you might think about Bill Gates or Microsoft Corp., without someone to show the way, most of our telephone and cable companies would still be sending out news releases about planned future meetings to discuss their possible future offerings ("Bill Gates, the cable guy," News: Analysis & Commentary, July 14). Microsoft gets things done. Left to their own devices, the Tele-Communications Inc. and Bells of the world would continue as dinosaurs wallowing in the low-tech tar pits. Come to think of it, perhaps we need a few more Microsofts.

John C. Schuler

Portland, Ore.

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