The world in contrast

The Aug. 10 issue of the Monitor should be read by every person in the world. It is a masterpiece of presentation of the incredible contrasts of our time. The front-page photograph of the child in Baidoa, Somalia, who is a victim of advanced malnutrition, is a terrifying commentary on our modern world.

The coverage of the Olympic Games shows a photograph of two Afro-American athletes in all the splendor of their youth and strength. It is worth noting that there is more than contrast here. The two Olympic champions were given great opportunities and used them well. The child on the front-page was never given anything and doesn't have a chance. That is, not unless the wealthy of the world awaken to the tragedy and the challenge on the front page. Jorge Prieto, Chicago

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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