Readers write: News from Iraq, religion and faith, working together, local mongooses, and a special issue

Letters to the editor for the Jan. 14, 2019 weekly magazine.

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Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi (C) attends the opening of Baghdad International Fair in Iraq on Nov. 10, 2018.

News from Iraq

Regarding the Oct. 19 Monitor Daily editorial, “Identity politics on the ropes in Iraq?”: Finally, a positive article regarding the Middle East. Hope they succeed in their experiment. If they do, the Iraq War will have finally created some good and hopeful results that will hopefully spread to neighboring countries. The young population will hopefully insist on a well-functioning and honest government. 

Gordon Jones

Gridley, Calif.

Religion and faith

Thanks for the really insightful Nov. 12 Heart of the News article “Why Americans talk less and less about love and kindness.” I am involved with an interfaith organization. You are right that there isn’t a lot of “God talk,” although all of us are believers in one theology or another. What brings us together is the desire to help a particular segment of humanity, which for some of us, at least, is driven by our individual religious beliefs.

Rosalie Dunbar

Dracut, Mass.

Working together

Regarding the Nov. 19 Heart of the News article “Making a trailer park truly their own”: That these folks are forming a cooperative and working together to make a nice, safe, nonprofit home warms my heart and points to a future I would like to be part of.

Jerry McIntire


Local mongooses

I thoroughly enjoyed the Dec. 10 Home Forum essay, “To ‘aitch’ ... or not to ‘haitch’?,” but as a resident of Hawaii, the reference to mongooses would never be accepted here. I watch the nasty little critters try to sneak up on our neighborhood chickens often. The plural for “dem” here is “mo plenty mongoose,” which is way too “plenty.”

Nancy S. Young

Upper Kalihi Valley, Oahu, Hawaii

Special issue

I won’t even attempt to guesstimate how many Monitors I’ve read through many decades of my life. However, with the Nov. 26 issue, I read every word of every article for the first time ever. The cover was intriguing. This issue was beyond special, including the cartoons. It is the epitome of what a newspaper should be giving the reader – both sides of current happenings, food for thought, enlightenment regarding AI and immigration. It is pure gold. Kudos to everyone involved in putting it together.

Carolyn Hill

Portland, Ore.

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