Sir: Whatever the rights and wrongs of the Louise Woodward trial, the case itself emphasises a stark fact that many of us choose to ignore. In our society, children are a nuisance. They blight careers, they interfere with social life, they are expensive to both the parents and the state, and eventually they turn into teenage vandals. Perhaps we should consider whether children are compatible with life at the end of the 20th century. Better yet, perhaps we should radically alter the attitudes of our society.