Computers are faster, more powerful, and cost less than when I was in school. Long-distance calls and airfare are cheaper, too. Marketplace competition really does work. Because education is a state-run monopoly, the schools my kids attend haven't changed one whit since I was in school.

When Germany was divided, half got free enterprise, the other half got a state-run monopoly. Fifty years later West Germany's economy was hot-hot-hot, and East Germany was in the toilet. No wonder they tore down the Berlin Wall.

Kristin Martinez

Salt Lake City