Bullies need mental-health services
In Jonathan Zimmerman's Oct. 7 commentary, "Stand up to the bully of mental illness," he makes some interesting points about the possible overreach of anti-bullying laws that have recently been enacted around the United States.
He further notes that some victims of bullying who go on to hurt themselves or others are most likely suffering from some underlying mental illness, and at the conclusion he asserts the "need to identify those kids, and offer them the help they deserve." Three cheers! And while we're at it, let's identify the bullies, too, and offer them the mental-health services they also need.
A message of peace that resonates
Thank you for the Oct. 7 Common Ground, Common Good commentary feature on the work of Ronny Edry ("Interview: a heart-to-heart between Israelis, Iranians"). It offered a wonderful opportunity for those of us who have followed Mr. Edry's attempt to send love, not hate, to the people of Iran to register our own wishes for peace.
I have sent many e-mails to friends pointing them to the Monitor's video interview with Edry. My Sunday school class and a group of US Marine recruits that I teach have all marveled that we as individuals can have a voice to add to a growing group of those who support an end to all war, which I believe will someday become a "critical mass."
Good ideas can be contagious
Thank you for publishing Jim Kastama's Oct. 14 Common Ground, Common Good commentary, "Why I stepped over the party line to get results," which gave an account of his work as a Washington State senator to reach a compromise on a budget. I'm not a politician and have difficulty seeing national elected officials reading and taking this piece to heart. But ideas are contagious; if we don't talk about alternatives, then there is no chance of inspiration or change.
Betty Jo Mears