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To the editors:

Last week your cover lead story started with a false premise ["Nobody Likes a Smart Kid," May 21]. People don't hate smart kids. People hate "smart aleck" persons of all ages.

After teaching school for 30 years, the best experience was working with "gifted" children. It was more work, but the enjoyment was far greater. And usually intelligent persons also have better manners, and are easier to get along with, unless they have been mistreated.

Two of our own children were "gifted" and have been a blessing. We are proud of their achievements.

A good story would be to visit some schools, interview some youth. Try Bell school and the high school of performing arts.

D. Aylesworth

N. Lakewood

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