As Patricia said, Photoshop is the best image maipulation software out there. Bar none. I have been using it for 8 years now… I have the disk for Photoshop 2!! laugh
She is also 100% correct that the light version is probably bets for you. I use the program for photo manipulations that literally take me over 20 hours to complete. If you want to do basic things like fixing color balance, cropping, and removing red eye then the full version is overkill.
Personally I am very partial to my hp scanner, which gets along beautifully with both my Mac and my PC. It came with an attachment to scan negatives and slides as well as the usual reflective work. It also functions as a pretty decent copier - it scans and prints immediately. Pretty cool! It was about $200. No Photoshop bundle though. Most catalogs will have specials with bundled software, if they don't advertise any then just call and ask.
Adobe software is about as user friendly as you can get. If you have a Mac as well, you could probagbly use it blindfolded! Well... you know what I mean... I would recommend you get a 'Dummies' or an 'Idiot's Guide' for Photoshop. It will walk you through all of the basic functions that you need, and show you some cool tricks.