All Readers Respond

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: Unfair comparison for diverse US students; US media need global view

    Letters to the Editor for the September 30, 2013 weekly print issue:You cannot compare small, relatively homogenous student populations in other countries to our very diverse, multicultured US student population.Too many American media take a narrow US-centered perspective. Americans need and deserve deeper journalism and a broader, global view.

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: Precision needed on climate change numbers; Interpreting the Quran

    Letters to the Editor for the September 23, 2013 weekly print magazine:Only about 3 percent of the Antarctic temperature rise occurred during the time of humans burning fossil fuels. Climate change is a complex subject. The 'facts' about it must be stated precisely.Does interpreting the Quran according to the spirit of our time mean that truth has no universal quality, but instead a temporary one?

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: 4 responses to an abortion op-ed

    Here are some of the most compelling responses to a recent web op-ed by Elizabeth Jahr, "Pro-life groups don't really protect the unborn."

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: Why a moderate dislikes GOP; Unfair comparisons for US schools

    Letters to the Editor for the September 16, 2013 weekly print issue:To me, a moderate, the Republican Party is bent on obstructionism, sees bipartisanship as a dirty word, and is primarily concerned with a personal vendetta against the president.To compare the large US educational system and its 50 diverse states with small homogeneous countries like Finland or South Korea faults the comparison from the beginning.

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: Big Data can't predict the future; Racism of today is more insidious

    Letters to the Editor for the September 9, 2013 weekly print issue: In trying to understand the effect of the information revolution on society, it is essential to remember the inextricable linkage between data collection and analysis.It's hard to think that today's racism is "far more insidious" than continual, unprosecuted lynchings, but it is certainly more hidden, subtle, and coded.

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: Consequences of climate change; US attitude adjustment on wildfires

    Letters to the Editor for the September 2, 2013 weekly print edition:Wildfires, natural gas and fracking, and Arctic development are closely linked to climate disruption, but the articles on those issues failed to mention that key connection.Solutions to wildfires must address entitled-to-be-saved-from-myself attitudes in the US. If we continue like this, people will build on the lips of volcanoes and then demand to be saved.

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: US must preserve, not develop Arctic; Way forward for Israelis, Palestinians

    Letters to the Editor for the August 19, 2013 weekly print issue: The effects of climate change in Alaska are significant. Instead of striving to develop the Arctic, the United States should focus on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, among other things. Strengthening reasonable voices on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a good idea – but only if those voices respect universal human rights. A fully secular two-state solution is the best way forward.

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: Civil discourse in Big Sky country; Kids of US parents aren't 'immigrants'

    Letters to the Editor for the August 12, 2013 weekly print issue: The recent cover story on a new 'green' economy in the Rocky Mountain region created a civic space in its pages for persons who hold often strongly divergent political views to find some measure of common ground as they think about the economic potential of the region.The term "second-generation immigrant" is inappropriate and inaccurate when used to describe children with one parent born in the United States.

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: Myth of a 'ban' on school prayer; Modeling respect for Afghans

    Letter for the Editor for the August 5, 2013 weekly print issue:Shorthand references in headlines to a Supreme Court 'ban' on school prayer are misleading. The meat of the recent cover story makes clear the court did no such thing. The 'ban' language is part of a campaign by those who want to return government-mandated religion to public schools.Can Afghanistan defend itself? The more important question to ask is whether the people of Afghanistan can defend themselves from themselves. Americans can never force Afghan citizens to treat each other in a certain way. They can only model respectful treatment.

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: US must not arm Syria's rebels

    Letters to the Editor for the July 29, 2013 weekly print issue: The Sunnis fighting against the Assad regime are backed by Islamist jihadist groups. If the US arms the opposition, it will be, in effect, helping Al Qaeda. The best thing for America to do is stay out of Syria's civil war completely.Did intervention make Iraq a better place? Unseat Bashar al-Assad so Islamists can make further inroads? Arming the rebels will only amplify the firestorm.

  • Readers Respond Readers Write: New economy fuels green energy, entrepreneurship; Pray in secret

    Letters to the Editor for the July 22, 2013 weekly print issue:The destructive extractive economy is indeed changing, as is the expectation of what constitutes a truly satisfying standard of living. Bozeman, Mont. epitomizes a new economy with a respect for environmental conservation.In the debate of prayer in school, it's worth remembering that Jesus said to pray in private and silently, not publicly.

  • Readers Respond 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 Respond 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 Respond 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 Respond 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 Respond 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 Respond 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 Respond 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 Respond 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 Respond 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.