Readers write: Most important meal, moving into the future, analyzing the world, looking at industrial societies

 Letters to the editor for the Jan. 29, 2018 weekly magazine. 

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David Cook, Christian Science Monitor Editor at Large and host of the Monitor Breakfasts, shakes hands with Senator Susan Collins at the St. Regis Hotel on Nov. 30, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Most important meal

Regarding the Dec. 18, 2017, Upfront column, “A change at the Monitor Breakfast table”: Thank you so much for the Monitor Breakfasts. They are so needed today. 

I am delighted Linda Feldmann will be carrying on the tradition. Kudos to you all!

Pam Wylie Powell

Springfield, Ore.

Moving into the future

The Dec. 25, 2017, cover story, “18 bright ideas for 2018,” on technology moving us into the future, is one of the most informative and relevant articles I read last year. 

Thanks to the writer, Eoin O’Carroll, for helping an “old guy” like me be aware of my grandchildren’s future!

Johnny Cox

Spokane, Wash.

Analyzing the world

Regarding the Dec. 14, 2017, Monitor Daily article “Where America’s go-it-alone foreign policy could lead”: Howard LaFranchi is a brilliant, concise, knowledgeable analyst of the world stage. I have cherished his reporting for many years. I always feel better educated and that I have more understanding after reading one of his articles. He is a jewel in the Monitor’s crown. I am most grateful. 

Sunny Scott-Luther

Georgetown, Texas

Looking at industrial societies

Regarding the Nov. 24, 2017, Monitor Daily article “Plumbing the role of ancient culture in conservation”: I would like to see some examples of how this precept might work in industrial societies as well as in indigenous cultures. For example, how can local economies in the continental United States work in harmony with the conservation of species such as the spotted owl, snail darter, and black-footed ferret?

Eric Klieber

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

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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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