I grew up in Pittsburgh and the arts were a huge part of my upbringing. In addition to being active in my school's marching band, concert band, orchestra and choral programs, I also spent years participating in the Children's Festival Chorus and the Civic Light Opera's educational programs. These programs not only kept me busy after school with positive activities (rather than drinking or discovering drugs, as many of my peers did), they also gave me a place to find friends with common interests -- a place to use my mind and my talents to become a better person. If Mr. Corbett has "recognized the economic, education and social value of the arts," then he should know that slashing these budgets is an absolutely terrible idea. Since he obviously does not, we, as the people he serves, need to set him straight!