Readers write: Seeing the other side, more Lebanon coverage, investigation recap, uranium story presentation

Letters to the editor for the Dec. 11, 2017 weekly magazine.

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill in Washington on June 21, 2017.

Seeing the other side

I am convinced that the Nov. 6 issue of the Weekly has truly blessed all mankind by shedding light on the reality of life and thought in today’s Russia with the Upfront column, “The Russia that Russians see,” and the cover story, “1917 today.” Can anything be more important than all people gaining an accurate understanding of each other and having their (unfortunately) regular diets of hatred, stereotyping, and propaganda exposed as dangerous to the survival of our planet?

Jim Bender

Klamath Falls, Ore.

More Lebanon coverage

Regarding the Nov. 6 Monitor Daily article “Lebanese departure shows Saudi response to Iran’s rising role”: Please continue covering Lebanon. It seems to be a very complex situation that is quite puzzling to many of us. It’s been “off my radar” for a long time.

Stanley Easton

Jacksonville, Ala.

Investigation recap

Regarding the Nov. 13 Monitor Daily article “Mueller investigation: what we’ve learned, and what comes next”: This article summarized weeks of speculation, opinion, and partisan reporting. I feel I can rely on the Monitor for accurate, informative, and fair reporting. Thank you. Keep up the fine work for mankind. 

I would very much welcome your updates on Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Robert Storm

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Uranium story presentation

Regarding the Nov. 27 Briefing, “Hillary Clinton, Russia, and uranium”: I already knew the details but read the article to see how the information was presented. It was clear, concise, and unbiased. What more can one ask for?

Jean King

Palm Harbor, Fla.

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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