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  • Readers Write: Teaching isn't one directional; Steve Jobs' misunderstood graduation speech

    Letters to the Editor for the July 8, 2013 weekly print edition:Articles on the transformation of higher learning too often mis-portray professors as performing static, scripted lectures. Rather, teaching is dynamic communication.Steve Jobs's 2005 message to Stanford graduates wasn't about the pursuit of selfish interest over service to mankind. Rather, using your unique gifts will naturally encompass service to the world.

  • Readers Write: Many heroes behind South Korea's rebirth; Is US gun lobby selling fear to sell guns?

    Letters to the Editor for the July 1, 2013 weekly print magazine:As a Peace Corps volunteer in Chuncheon in the 1960s, I watched my impoverished students work long hours to succeed. Nearly half a century has made the Korea of my memory unrecognizableMany hearts and hands have supported Korea’s rebirth.US gun violence has decreased, but most Americans think the opposite. That's because good marketing from the gun lobby (in this case, fear of violence driving desire for protection) leads to a predictable increase in demand.

  • Readers Write: Common Core doesn't dictate teaching style

    Letters for the Editor for the June 24, 2013 weekly print issue: The US Common Core education standards are simply a description of what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. They are not a curriculum. How these skills are taught is decided by individual schools and districts.President Obama must do more than 'call China out' on cyber-espionage and theft. China's cyber-theft violates trade agreements with the US. When the Chinese have to start paying a price for their state-supported economic terrorism, they just might take action to stop the cybertheft.

  • Readers Write: Most Americans should be investors, not traders

    Letter to the Editor for the June 17, 2013 weekly issue: The small investor is led down the garden path of attempting to grow riches from a mix of potent investment vehicles and propitious timing. It doesn't work that way. If investors can exercise patience and discipline, time becomes their ally.

  • Readers Write: Gun-rights advocates have it wrong; Obama's 'red line' blurred on chemical weapons in Syria

    Letters to the Editor for the June 10, 2013 weekly print magazine:The interpretation of the Second Amendment by gun-rights advocates as disallowing any regulation of guns fails to understand human rights. By supporting gun ownership as an unrestricted right, they allow gun violence and public mayhem to exist.Lost in the heartfelt hand-wringing and deliberation over the conflict in Syria is the fact that with every passing day more innocents die on America's watch.

  • Readers Write: How US must deal with North Korea; Sex trafficking close to home

    Letters to the Editor for the June 3, 2013 weekly print magazine:The Obama administration should use soft power with North Korea, but Kim Jong-un is also unfortunately underestimated by the US and South Korea. Many Americans might be surprised to know that sex trafficking is a problem in their country. This is a grim reality, but it does not have to be our future.

  • Readers Write: Other ways to close the income gap; Time to change US health system

    Letters to the Editor for the May 27, 2013 weekly print issue: The major problem with the income gap is CEOs and owners have gotten a bigger portion of the pie over the past 40 years. For better health care, the US needs a government-managed, nonprofit, single-payer system.

  • Readers Write: The dangers of immigration amnesty; Not all oil companies are alike

    Letters to the Editor for the May 20, 2013 weekly print issue: The 1987 amnesty was a massive failure on all counts; the answer is to make interior America inhospitable to illegal immigrants. Certain oil companies have cultures of recklessness – and it's that culture that causes disasters.

  • Readers Write: A smart alternative to school suspensions

    Letter to the Editor for the May 13, 2013 weekly print issue: Suspensions lead to wasted educational opportunities and increasing absenteeism, truancy, and dropout rates. A holistic approach where trained community members and counselors work with students on a one-on-one basis keeps students in school, so they have a better chance of graduating and becoming productive citizens.

  • Readers Write: Indie booksellers must adapt; Bloomberg money vs. NRA members

    Letters to the Editor for the May 6, 2013 weekly print issue: Independent booksellers also need to be active participants in the e-book world; In the gun debate, Mayor Bloomberg's wealth is giving him an outsized influence over the NRA's 4.5 million members.

  • Readers Write: How to stop illegal immigration; 'Sequester' is hurting criminal justice

    Letters to the Editor for the April 22 & 29, 2013 weekly print issue: It's fair to say that if there were no hiring of illegal immigrants, none would come. Sweeping federal spending cuts are having a devastating effect on the criminal-justice system and its ability to carry out constitutional mandates.

  • Readers Write: Video games foster unthinking acts; Marxism endures in China

    Letters to the Editor for the April 15, 2013 weekly print issue: Video games train people to respond without thinking – the same motor memory employed in firing a gun. And in spite of China's capitalist boon, cardinal Marxist axioms are still deeply embedded in Chinese political ideology.

  • Readers Write: What real US tax reform could look like

    Letters to the Editor for the April 8, 2013 weekly print issue: If the US only taxes individuals (not businesses) with a personal income tax and a retail sales tax, the savings to governments, businesses, and families would be enormous. Another idea: Do away with income tax, initiate a three-tier flat tax with no exemptions, and then initiate a national sales tax.

  • Readers Write: The tyranny of America's pro-gun majority; Do guns make us safer?

    Letters to the Editor for the April 1, 2013 weekly print issue: Those who want more gun regulation may be in the minority, and those who are anti-regulation in majority, but each must accommodate the other. If more guns means more safety, why does America – with the highest gun ownership rate in the world – have the second highest rate of gun deaths among industrialized nations?

  • Readers Write: How I fight gun and gang violence, as a former gang member

    Letter to the Editor for the March 25, 2013 weekly print issue: As a mentor for youth involved in gangs, I agree that the combination of law enforcement and clergy mentorship is a great dynamic to implement in high-risk neighborhoods. I should know. I'm a former gang member myself.

  • Readers Write: GOP can attract Hispanics; Keystone pipeline spells destruction

    Letters to the Editor for the weekly print issue of March 18, 2013: Republicans need to do more to appeal to Hispanic voters, such as emphasizing the need for a better economy and more jobs. There is no real argument for increasing US energy security with the Keystone XL pipeline.

  • Readers Write: Why suicide rate fell in Japan; Gun ownership for self-defense is based on fear

    Letters to the Editor for the March 11, 2013 weekly print issue: It is the young people of Japan who really deserve the credit for a decrease in suicides – not the government; Large numbers of citizens carrying a gun for self-defense shifts America from the 'land of the free, home of the brave' to 'land of the restricted, home of the fearful.'

  • Readers Write: The advantages of a decreasing Western birth rate

    Letters to the Editor for the March 4 weekly print issue: A growing birthrate adds to the problems of global warming, hunger, disease, and warfare; Human population should be managed; Since technology is replacing people, why do we need more kids who will grow up to face fewer jobs?

  • Readers Write: Strengthen families to curb gun violence; less government, better economy

    Letters to the Editor for the February 25, 2013 weekly print issue: Until America strengthens its families society will continue to struggle with selfishness and violence; Government is not a multiplier. It is a subtracter. A government can print money, but it cannot produce wealth.

  • Readers Write: The great Second Amendment debate

    Letters to the Editor for the February 18, 2013 weekly print issue: To speak of gun ownership as a privilege that can be given up ignores history and the philosophical basis of the right to self-protection. Findley's op-ed was a voice of reason in the hyperbolic discussion on gun control.

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