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September 17, 2014

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  • Readers Respond Readers Write: A ‘transfer credit’ story; Loving your enemies is practical wisdom

    Letters to the Editor for the June 9, 2014 weekly magazine:With the benefit of hindsight, I’m grateful that none of my community college credits transferred to the four-year college I was enrolling at. There's another side to the story.Sally Kohn’s What I learned as a liberal talking head on Fox News' makes clear the practical wisdom on why every individual and nation should make an effort to love their so-called enemies.

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: Obama flouts Constitution; Opening conversational gambits

    Letters to the Editor for the June 2, 2014 weekly magazine:President Obama’s past and contemplated use of executive power to waive deportations makes clear to me that he has violated his oath to uphold the Constitution.After reading Ruth Walker’s May 5 Verbal Energy column, 'Big ideas in small talk,' I had a chance to practice what I had learned on conversation starters.

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: GOP media has nice people with bad policies; US ignores Constitution

    Letters to the Editor for the May 26, 2014 weekly magazine:I don’t doubt that the people at Fox News all are beautiful human beings. I just don’t care for the way they seem to slant the truth to push an agenda or be controversial.I don’t think the differences in people’s political views should be characterized as Republican versus Democrat. I see the difference as being constitutionalists versus anarchists. 

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: A day Japan and South Korea can share; Palestinians' daily struggles

    Letters to the Editor for the May 19, 2014 weekly magazine:I suggest Oct. 23, 1950 as the day South Korea and Japan can jointly commemorate as equals. On that day, a South Korean warship, overhauled by Japanese shipbuilders, was commissioned.The 'big-ticket questions, such as Palestinian sovereignty, claims to Jerusalem, and the "right of return" ' are very relevant to the day-to-day lives of Palestinians.

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: The ongoing debate over e-cigarettes

    Letters to the Editor for the May 12, 2014 weekly magazine:Some studies have shown that electronic cigarettes deliver 'little if any' nicotine to the bloodstream and that nicotine, absent tobacco, is a relatively weak drug, similar to caffeine.With e-cigarettes, high-profile cigarette use is back on TV. What does that say about their acceptability, especially when the world is still debating whether they are safe?

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: Heroin and America's spiritual void; Hypocrisy on Putin's Ukraine move

    Letters to the Editor for the May 5, 2014 weekly magazine:Consumerism and technology are constantly trying to convince us of the self-evident absurdity that we can 'have it all'. In truth, we not only can't have it all, we really don't want it!The look at heroin addiction in American suburbia brings attention to the paucity of spiritual control in our YOLO ('you only live once') society.If, to protect itself from potential threats, the US can justify invading countries near the Russian sphere of influence, how can the US deny Russia the same justification with Crimea?

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: Don't ignore charter school successes; FDA must rule on marijuana safety

    Letters to the Editor for the April 21, 2014 weekly magazine:If change in schools is going to be more than the ritual of introducing a new set of jargon while continuing business as usual, change must be bottom-up and meet teachers' real needs.I can attest firsthand to the negatives of an insidious drug subculture. Marijuana may have benefits for certain patients. But first its safety and efficacy must be established by FDA.

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: Facing up to population growth; Thanks, America, for great TV dramas

    Letters to the Editor for the April 14, 2014 weekly magazine edition of the Monitor:Must a sustainable economy depend on infinite expansion and mass extinction? I would like to believe there is a solution to both the survival of humanity and the natural world.Not all the good TV shows originate on 'the other side of the pond.' In fact, those of us in England are counting on the US to keep producing good TV drama.

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: Where are the American prodigies?

    Letters to the Editor for the April 7, 2014 weekly magazine:If it weren't for immigrants America would be in sad shape. Too many 'natives' are more interested in texting, celebrities, sports heroes, fighting over abortion and contraceptive rights, and denying global warming and evolution than promoting and improving education.Many US colleges are funded by American taxpayers, and their first responsibility is to educate, inspire, and create opportunity for American youth. Should we be focusing on finding foreign talent, rather than recruiting and developing the talent of our own youth?

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: America spent while its military fought; Obama shouldn't take sides in Syria's religious war

    Letters to the Editor for the March 31, 2014 weekly magazine: Budget deficits now threaten benefits for veterans. Nobody likes to pay higher taxes, but America has a responsibility to those it sends to war. Syria's civil war is fundamentally a conflict between Sunni Muslims and Alawites, Christians, and Druze. By supporting the rebels, Mr. Obama has taken sides in a religious war.