Thank you for your excellent series, "Family Arts: Why children should be exposed to the arts."

With the national elections now upon us, we listen as the candidates boast of their backgrounds and speak of their clever solutions to our burning problems. But our nation needs more than an immediate fix. It needs hope for its future. A president-to-be must speak to the nation's soul. He will be remembered not for his victories in politics, but for his contribution to the human spirit.

What background is best for such a candidate? An education at Harvard's law school or a degree in political science? How about a background in the most civilizing part of our schools' curriculum — the arts?

President Kennedy said, "If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I believe the world would be a little better place in which to live."

Who would be the best to lead this nation through today's turbulent world? I would feel safer with a president less likely to push the flashing red button. I would vote for a candidate who, from childhood, had been exposed to and immersed in the arts. I would vote for the poet who knows politics.

Howard Lawrence