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Letters to the Editor

Readers write about bringing 'change' to America, how the media report on Taiwan, and the causes of a Liberian conflict.

November 13, 2008

Changing America is up to all of us, not just Obama

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Regarding the Nov. 6 Opinion piece, "A historic victory. A changed nation. Now, can Obama deliver?": Author Jerry Lanson asks if Barack Obama can convert the call for change to reality, but I think the bigger question is, can we, as Americans, bring about the changes we desire in our own daily lives?

Are we, the people, the elected officials, the corporate leaders, living within our means? Are we working hard, living ethically, and telling the truth? Do we use civil discourse, leadership, and diplomacy while dealing with family and community members? Do we practice patience and vision as we work toward common goals? This is how true, fundamental change will happen in America, and each and every one of us can make it a reality.

Diane Puderbaugh
Ashland, Ore.

Covering Taiwan without bias is vital

In regard to the Nov. 12 article, "Taiwan's former president jailed in corruption probe": I am writing to thank author Jonathan Adams for this very fair and well-researched article. It has become rare to see journalists who take the time to address all perspectives of issues related to Taiwan, especially considering the complexity of politics involving several players, such as the Kuomintang (KMT) Party and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), as well as the Taiwanese public.

It is commonly known that many major Western media outlets often recycle news on Taiwan from their Beijing correspondents. And I also lament the far-reaching effect of old links between the KMT and the US media, resulting in articles that are often biased in favor of the current Ma administration. So while there is little international media bias toward the DPP (which would not be a good thing anyway), I wish other publications would follow the high bar set by Mr. Adams.

Taiwan's nascent democracy is being put to the test right now, and fair reporting is highly sought after, but hard to come by. Big thanks to Mr. Adams and The Christian Science Monitor from the Taiwanese in the San Francisco area who are reading your articles.