ELMO has long been the friend and teacher to children. His uplifting messages of love, hope and understanding have taught children who are starting to understand the world. The mind and heart of Elmo is Kevin Clash and his talent to amuse and teach our children about understanding transcends all other issues that others find pleasure to seek, exploit and destroy. Clash's imagination and talent should not be destroyed by the ignorant among us. Children know nothing the voice of Elmo or his private life and therefore should override the positive influences Clash has given to the character. We feel that Mr. Clash's resignation should be refused and his presence on Sesame Street and all other ventures should continue for the benefit of our children.