Winning over voters
Thank you for the Focus article in the June 26 issue about Rep. Cheri Bustos, “A Democrat who woos Trump voters.” Republicans and Trump supporters are not our enemies. They are voters looking for someone to represent their personal interests. Ms. Bustos got it right by engaging in conversations with her constituents at their workplaces and in local grocery stores about what matters most to them. She demonstrated to them that in the grand scheme of things, their issues really matter to her.
I was a big fan of columns by Mel Maddocks and John Gould in the Monitor, and I did not think they would ever be equaled. But “Verbal Energy” columnist Ruth Walker deserves every praise and thanks for her weekly column, and I would place her alongside the best Monitor columnists.
Philip M. Smith
Regarding the July 3 OneWeek article “Doubling down on quantum internet”: This was brilliantly informative. It is a complex subject that was written about in an easy-to-understand style.
Help for teens
Regarding the June 26 online article “Beyond Carter verdict: Helping teens battle suicidal thoughts” (CSMonitor.com): Youths today have so many more problematic influences than when I was growing up. When I felt rather low-spirited, teachers were available. They had a free period when we could go to them. What options are available for troubled youths if they do not have family or friends to talk through some concerns?
Studio City, Calif.