Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters

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Debating the Transport of Nuclear Waste

I'm dismayed at the blatantly one-sided analysis and attempted fear-mongering in "Nuclear Waste Roadshow May Yet Come to Town" (June 5). The use of terminology such as "one of the deadliest known toxins," "Mobile Chernobyl," "exquisitely dangerous material," etc., does little to inform the reader of the real issues. The opinion article states that "the equivalent of 10 chest X-rays an hour... is, pure and simple, a health risk." Well, yes, but so is excessive sun exposure - probably not a good idea, but not capable of being measured either.

Radioactive materials are easily detected and managed, and they decay away naturally over time. Yes, those materials are hazardous in large quantities and high concentrations, but a critical look at the materials transported on our highways and rail lines every day indicates that the outsized concern placed on radioactive materials is nothing short of ludicrous. Richard Boyer via e-mail Remembering Joseph C. Harsch Thank you for Peter Grier's fine appreciation article on Joseph C. Harsch in "Joseph C. Harsch: a Journalist With the 'Vision of an Age'"(June 5). Joe was truly a national treasure. His lively intellect and grasp of the "big picture" which he interpreted in reader-friendly terms made him one of America's prime journalists. Joe will be missed, both as a friend and for his unique "take" on current events. Eileen Detlefsen Bellevue, Ohio I was so touched to see the tribute to Joseph C. Harsch. When he retired from the Monitor I wrote to him, telling him how disappointed I was. I received a letter back apologizing for the form letter, but telling me he had so many letters he had to do it this way. I wrote to the editors at the same time letting them know how much I missed Harsch. Soon I received a personal letter from Mr. Harsch saying, "Anyone who write two letters about me deserves a personal answer!" He explained that he would be back in the Monitor now and then, and he was also writing a book. …

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