Dear Sir, Will you allow me to say that you and your staff deserve a quiet word of praise for the quality of printing of the “Cyprus Weekly”, and its freedom from type-setting errors. li is remarkable that the British dailies, employing what must be one of the highest paid work-forces in the U.K., consistently turn out work which would have led William Caxton to strong words and wholesale sackings. Of course, Caxton did not labour under the disadvantage of using a computer to produce his works, whereas It appears that computers are now being introduced into the production of our daily reading matter. In your last issue Mr. Lorne Graene was quoted as saying: “the computer could bacome our enemy here on earth.” It already has! Fhe sad saga of the driving licence computer in Swansea is too well known to require further comment, but is only one more example of the man- ner in which computer experts manage to con- fuse life by making simple matters difficult. Coming a bit nearer home, look at your own computerised bank state- ments. It must cost the banks quite a respectable amount of (our) money to install the infernal machine in order to pro- duce the same answer as would be pr@tuced by any semi-intelligant hu- man ina very short space of time, armed only with pencil and paper. What is more, the human would net confuse matters by scattering on the state- ment the odd figures which appear in discreet corners. | do not know their significance, and what is more, the bank staff do not know either. When questioned on the matter, one has for an an- swer vague mutterings about “computer codes”. Going further afield, one feels that New York would not have gone practically bankrupt unless the City Treasurer had been foolish anough to place credence on what his computer told him. Faith in any product of the computer can only be described as naive and rash. Regrettably, it seems that computers are here to stay, andthe only ques- tion to be answered is how we can use the things without bringing us ail to financial ruination. Hap- pily, there is a ray of light. My last employer was ac- cursed with a computer department and one day, presumably having no- thing better to do, the contraption was persu- aded to devote its talents to producing a reason- able portrait of a comely young female. Unlike most computer print- outs, the result was intel- ligible and net unattractive. Henceforth, let all these machines de- vote their attention to the production of such works. Unlike some of aur more avant-garde artists, they will not unload oan the unsuspecting publica heap of broken bricks which will be labelled asa work of art. Again, | thank you for allowing me to take up your time and space. Yours faithfully, ARCHIMEDES (Name and address sup- plied) LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor. | appreciate the, “Fuss this letter will cause nevertheless the matter must be highlight- ed in an effort to get ac- tion to rectify a very serious situation. When you get your electricity bill you can check consumptian by your own meter. When you buy petrol the pump will show you how much you have re- ceived. Now look at your telephone bill, you think the figure is high so you ask CYTA to verify calls made. ‘ CYTA IS UNABLE TO VERIFY CALLS MADE BY YOUR TELE- PHONE. Despite the fact that we have one of the most efficient telephone com- munication networks in the world THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN CHECK YOUR TELEPHONE BILL. CYTA will, tell you that, “units,” are read from, “their’ meter, which you cannot check but they will monitor “future” calls for a limited period. If you refuse to pay your phone is cut off. Bills should be ac- companied by a state- ment of calls made and duration. The cast of Interna- tional Telephone calls from Cyprus is, in any case, exorbitant and there appears to be no time for cheap rate calla 50 we must have a system for re- cording calls made. CYTA, you ara mak- ing good profits now give your customers better service. i, 4.G.B. Nicosia (Name and address supplied) Dear Sir, May | make a special request ta the CBC Tale- vision people to show once again that wonder- ful All-Star Tribute to John Wayne screened late on Wednesday, No- vember 21. | know some people missed it and I'm suré those who saw it will be giad to watch it agann, It was something unique | think. ‘Your truly, AH. (Name and address sup- , plied} Dear Sir, | would like to con- gratulate you on the im- proving standard of your weekly newspaper. However, as a junior reader | feel that same- thing is missing ..... ie. something for wa kids! BUT not WEE kids, I'm talking about 814 years of age. Why Is it every- body forgets about us. You publish a very inter- esting newspaper with a crossword for adults. Some newspapers put in a kids page once a week or even month but this is basically for the littl'uns and is of no interest atall for children over the age af 4. May | suggest some- thing along the lines of a photographic competi- tion, a drawing competi- tion, a cartoon and story contest, a word quiz, etc. Do any other junior readers have any sugges- tions, if so lats hear them. Yours hopefully, Richard Wilde, (12) Nicosia Ed: Thanks for the letter Richard. We are always open to suggestions. Any more ideas from young readers will be appreciated. SSeS