Writer Stefan Simanowitz responds to a letter from the French ambassador regarding his commentary on France's 'burqa ban.'
Readers write in about defense spending and the cost of undeclared wars as well as the US Civil War legacy.
François Delattre, French ambassador to the United States, responds to a commentary piece about France's new law that bans wearing the burqa in public places.
Readers write in about the problem of classifying nuclear power as 'clean' energy and the disproportionate blame placed on teachers and unions in the education reform battle.
Readers write in about defense spending as the real 'entitlement' the US Congress should cut and the need for better parental involvement in the effort to turn around failing schools.
Takeshi Hikihara, the Consul General of Japan in Boston, responds to commentary from Jacques Attali about the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Readers write in about progressive social policies as necessary, not coercive; the need to cut defense spending, not just entitlements; and raising taxes for the rich to tackle US debt.
Readers write in about the West's patronizing view of Arab advancement, the coercive nature of progressive compassion, the threat of electromagnetic pulses, and Arab uprisings as a test for President Obama's commitment to freedom.
Readers write in about the power of the Internet to transform – or not – our physical world and the merits of US involvement in supporting Middle East democracies.
Readers write in about the Internet's transformation of our physical spaces and US-Arab trust issues as an impediment to American involvement in democratic reforms in the Middle East.
Readers write in about the melodies of modern classical music, conservative art, and the merits of teaching parenting to students.
Readers write in about conservative art, and America's deficit – in character.
Readers write in about Congress's tea party class, the debate over 'rights' under the Constitution, and health care reform.
Readers write in with praise for differing views of 'rights' defined by the Constitution and President Obama's pragmatism.
Readers write in about immigrants seeking asylum in the US for domestic violence and wish retiring columnist David Francis a fond farewell.
Readers write in about the book "O: A Presidential Novel" with a defense for O's elitism, the perils of genetically modified food, and the need to rethink gun control.
Reader write in about how to define Constitutional rights in America, the motives of suicide terrorists, and new ideas that require new light bulbs.
Readers write in about the debate of health care and the individual mandate in President Obama's new healthcare law.
A reader writes in about email piracy.
Readers write in about the motivations of suicide terrorists, the term 'conservative,' the price of parenting – and grandparenting, and the victimization of soldiers.