Readers write: An about-face in reaction to sexual harassment, coverage of international news, books that matter, original and fresh story

Letters to the editor for the Jan. 22, 2018 weekly magazine.


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Italian former Prime Minister and Forza Italia (Go Italy) party leader Silvio Berlusconi smiles during the recording of the Italian state television RAI, Porta a Porta (Door To Door) talk show in Rome on Jan. 11, 2018.

An about-face in reaction to sexual harassment

Regarding the Dec. 7 Monitor Daily article “Franken resignation shows Democrats’ line in the sand”: No woman should have to put up with unwanted sexual advances, either verbal or physical, even though such behavior has been prevalent for decades. The old adage “boys will be boys” will no longer suffice. Women have had to walk on eggshells, in fear of losing their jobs for reporting sexual harassment. But we have now witnessed an about-face. Hurray for women, who have risen to the occasion and come together in efforts to put an end to sexual harassment. And remember, the sum of us is stronger than any individual alone.

JoAnn Lee Frank

Clearwater, Fla.

Coverage of international news

Regarding the Dec. 18 OneWeek article “An Italian leader’s unlikely comeback”: Please continue the news of international politics and events the way you always have. It’s why I have a weekly and daily subscription.

Bobbie Gosnell

Pawnee, Okla.

Books that matter

Regarding the Dec. 4 Books article, “2017: The ones to read”: Thanks for this bookshelf of works that matter, both fiction and nonfiction. It is not a question of when I will start, but where!

Jessica Hatch

Salt Lake City

Original and fresh story

Regarding the Dec. 18 OneWeek article “Hope rises again in Zimbabwe”: Please thank all those involved in bringing to us this most original, beautifully fresh approach to a news event not often shared in such a tender way. The Mothering Love caring for us all can be recognized through this unique journalism. The Monitor is truly carrying out its mission.

Kay Weed

Aurora, N.Y.

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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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