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[Susan notes: Krashen makes an important point: why give letters-to-editor space to public figures who can have op ed space any day they want?]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

The Times should not have published Education Sec. Paige's defense of the Bush budget on education (3/20). Sec. Paige is an important

public figure. He has instant access to the media by means of press conferences and press releases, and he has the ear of education reporters throughout the country. Letters to the editor are

traditionally for those who do not otherwise have a means of expressing their views to the public.

Stephen Krashen

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