I am sure that young children love to see their letters to Santa published in the Times. He has a subscription, doesn't he?

However, many children's letters to Santa Claus this year were obviously scripted for them by their teachers. They looked like form letters. Maybe a computer-generated format was provided for them. What with word processors using spelling and grammar checkers, I guess old-fashioned writing with pen, pencil and paper has gone the way of the pay telephone.

These compositions should have been spontaneous to provide kids an opportunity to express their own thoughts in writing. Written expression is not learned by writing something someone else tells you to do. That's copying.


Roy A. (Tony) Ragan