The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor is a national weekly print newspaper published by the Christian Science Publishing Society and owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The paper was a daily until March, 2009; currently the website is updated daily. First published in 1908, the Christian Science Monitor is headquartered in Boston, Mass.The average age of a Christian Science Monitor reader is 59, and 61 percent of the readers are women. The average household income of the newspapers readers is just under $94,000; over 72 percent have a four-year college degree and more than 40 percent have a post-graduate degree. It covers national and international news. The Christian Science Monitor is not a religious paper. The Christian Science Monitor has won seven Pulitzer Prizes since 1950. The most recent was in 2002 for an editorial cartoon. In 2006, one of the paper's freelance reporters, Jill Carroll was kidnapped in Iraq. She was released after 82 days. The paper has also won other awards, including the National Headliner Award, National Society of Newspaper Columnists awards, and the Reporters and Editors Award. Mary Trammell is the Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Wells is the Publisher, John Yemma is the Editor and Marshall Ingwerson is the Managing Editor.

Articles from December 14, 1999

A Day in the Life of a Holiday Bell Ringer
At 9:30 on a gray December morning, more than a dozen people crowd into a small Salvation Army office in Boston. Bell ringers for the charity's annual kettle drive, they have come to receive their assigned locations for the day. Capt. Chuck Thomas,...
America's Journey across Panama
The trip across Panama's isthmus is just 51 miles, but America's journey in Panama spanned the entire century. The construction of the Panama Canal, a technological marvel, signaled America's arrival as a world power, and its departure on the last day...
A More Appealing, but Undaunted Starr
For a long time the public was receiving a one-sided, negative picture of Kenneth Starr because, in great part, he was under intensive attack from those around the president and was not defending himself. He's now fighting back. The Monitor breakfast...
Buchanan Takes Road Less Traveled
It had been a long day for Pat Buchanan, and it wasn't over yet. Press interviews before dawn, book signings, a luncheon fund- raiser that netted enough to keep the campaign going for a week (maybe), and an encounter with Buster, the man in the salmon...
Canada Rethinks Its Medicare ; Alberta's Premier Proposes a Bigger Role for Private Clinics In
It would be hard to overestimate the importance to Canadians of their universal-access Medicare, both as a valued service in itself and as a symbol of what makes their country a kinder, gentler alternative to their neighbor to the south. Canada, in...
E-Commerce on E-Asy Street
Buy a $10 widget at your local hardware store in most states, and you pay a sales tax. Buy it off the Web and you pay no tax. Is that fair? No. But solving that problem won't be easy. One part of one solution does appear to be simple: Just tax the...
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JUST A NOTE TO SAY "THANKS" Down through history, many a political leader has stirred deep affection in his followers. Then there's the president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan. He's so highly thought of by the people...
First, Choose a Container. .
You can make a neat time capsule with stuff around the house. Open it when you're a teenager, when you graduate from high school, when you turn 20, or later. The longer you leave it, the more interesting the contents will be to you in the future. But...
If Religion Is Omitted, Does Education Suffer?
In "Taking Religion Seriously Across the Classroom," Charles Haynes, a scholar at The Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn., and co-author Warren Nord make the case that keeping religion out of school shortchanges students in all...
Lessons from a Winter Concert
Here's a seasonal toast to schools that make kids do things they'd never do if free will were involved. Exhibit A this week is my son's winter concert. Sure, there's the scuttlebutt among the kids that it's boring to rehearse - though getting out of...
New Yorkers Ready Their Rollerblades ; Reflecting Labor's New Boldness, Transit Workers Threaten to Strike
With the threat of a transit strike at the height of the holiday season looming over New York City, commuters seem to be taking it all in stride. Charles Waters says he'll just take the rest of the holidays off. It takes him an hour and a half to walk...
Osama Bin Laden Is a 'Hero' in Afghanistan
Osama bin Laden may be Public Enemy No. 1 in America. But across the dramatic stony wastes of Afghanistan - where the superstrict Islamic Taliban shelters the Saudi-born exile - he is somewhat of a hero. Many Afghans name newborn children after Mr....
Panama Canal's Security Worries ; Jimmy Carter and US Officials Are at a Ceremony in Panama Today Marking
As the US turns over ceremonial control of the Panama Canal today, China's presence in Panama is the focus of a noisy minority in Washington worried about hostile foreign influences so close to home. But the biggest threat over the next decade to one...
Peace on the Playground
During recess at Spires Integrated Primary School in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland, students ricochet around the parking lot like a handful of scattered marbles. There are no swings or play equipment - the school grounds are still under construction....
Plans for a United Cyprus
In his opinion article "Creating peace in Cyprus" (Nov. 30), Robert Rotberg called upon both communities in Cyprus to "set aside the tortured history of their antagonism" and observed that "the time is ripe for conceptual and political breakthroughs"...
Pollution's Purple Haze Is Creeping over Dixie ; Growing Car and Coal-Plant Emissions Are Causing a Smog Buildup Over
The gentle Appalachian promontories, shoulders, and notches that Don Barger has called home for most of his 50 years are literally disappearing before his eyes. Thick, brown wafts of acidic smog envelop the blue-green peaks so tightly on many summer...
School Cheating Up as Stakes Rise ; the Increased Emphasis on Standardized-Test Scores Is Driving More
It used to be simple: Students stowed crib notes on a piece of paper in a shoe, scrawled answers on their arm, or looked over the shoulder of the smart person nearby. The idea was to get good grades without staying up all night studying. Today, while...
Send a Letter to the Future ; A Time Capsule Is a Fun Way to Remember the 'You' of the Past
Have you ever wondered what life was like back in the olden days? Imagine having to ride on a horse to the store (instead of in a car). Or writing a letter with a quill pen (instead of typing an e- mail message). Or wearing itchy wool pants to school...
Sitting in on a Letter-Writing Class ; A Reporter Finds the Missives of Joyce and Van Gogh Rubbing off on The
Dear Reader, "My dear little Butterfly," writes James Joyce in opening one of his many love letters to his wife, Nora. It was not Joyce himself, gentle reader, but actually the course in which his letters are studied that piqued my interest. Have you...
Stymied in China, Falun Gong Rallies in Hong Kong ; Members of a Group Banned in China Meet, Testing 'One Country, Two
Nearly 900 followers of a quasi-religious group banned in the mainland gathered here last weekend in what was the biggest public rebuke to China since this former British colony was returned to Chinese sovereignty 2-1/2 years ago. They assembled in...
Talking Religion in the Classroom ; Supporters Argue It's Key to Understanding Everything from Architecture
When it comes to religion, Jim Maechling's students can't get their fill. "I teach two [comparative-religion] classes each semester, but there's easily enough demand for me to teach [religion] all day," says the veteran California high school teacher....
Teacher Recruiters Pick Up the Pace ; They're Searching Nationally, and Well beyond Ed Schools
It's no longer enough to wait until August 15 each year and then hire the coach's children and any other local education majors who apply to teach. For student achievement to improve, schools are going to have to start early, reach well beyond the traditional...
. . .Then, Fill It with Artifacts!
Imagine you are sending a "gift" to yourself in the future. Here are ideas for things that may help you remember what your life was like in 1999 or 2000. Fad items Remember Cabbage Patch Kids dolls? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Pogs? Ask your mom...
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To many Canadians, their country's universal public health-care system is integral to their national identity. It's said to define them as a kinder, gentler nation. But one premier is suggesting a new definition of kinder, gentler: He wants to privatize...
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The Supreme Court let stand a ruling that a state may not pay tuition for students to attend a religious school. The justices made no comment on the ruling by the Vermont Supreme Court that vouchers for a Catholic school would constitute public support...
Wanted: The Best Approach for Training Teachers
New testing data are confirming what many educators have long believed: that the quality of a teacher is the most powerful predictor of how well students will learn. But educators are drawing very different conclusions as to what such a correlation...
When a School Decides There's No Place for 'West Side Story'
You may have heard of Amherst Regional High School in Massachusetts. That's my school - the one that recently canceled a production of "West Side Story" because Puerto Ricans found it offensive. It's true that members of the Puerto Rican community protested...
World
The only sizable suburb of Chechnya's capital still in rebel hands was ordered to fly the Russian flag by midday Monday or face an onslaught by forces surrounding it. Shali, 13 miles southeast of Grozny, had yet to display the banner. But although Russian...
World's Religions Meet to Talk, and Inspire ; Some 7,000 People from Various Faiths Met in South Africa Last Week To
Some would call Gerald Barney a hopeless dreamer. As a nuclear physicist and author of a US government report that sold 1.5 million copies in nine languages, he turned down big business for a chance to change the world. Spirituality and social justice...
Would You Trade a Friend for a Weedle? ; A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People
I was walking down the street not long ago, and there was a looooong line outside the movie theatre. What's playing now? I wondered. I'd forgotten that the new Pokmon movie had just opened. Many critics said the movie was not very good. But it didn't...