Thanks to Randy Lewis and The Times for the article about the cuts in the budgets of our arts-related school programs ("Music Cuts in Schools a Sad Note," Calendar, April 16). I was one of only two speakers from Orange County who appeared before the National Commission on Music Education at Cal State Los Angeles last fall. Such notables as Wynton Marsalis, Steve Allen, Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland had gathered to express alarm at the state of the arts in our schools, which were facing elimination as budget cuts tore at the soul of our society.
Lord Chesterton said, "Journalism is there to tell us Jones is dead, even though it didn't tell us he was alive." The Times laments the programs that are being cut or eliminated but did little to support these programs in the past. To wit: Virtually every major city newspaper in the nation, including The Times, has a daily sports section. There is always a writer assigned to "prep sports." Every major newspaper in the nation also has an arts section, but few have a "prep arts" reporter who can report on the activities of young choral groups, marching bands, jazz bands, theater groups and all those talented teens who are the performers and the audiences of the future.