Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Bush's political 'integrity' is all for show

Godfrey Sperling's column ("Why polls for George W. are up," Aug. 14, opinion page) shocked me. There has been quite a bit in the media about President Bush's August retreat to Texas. It is the first time in months I have felt free to take a breath!

It is so ironic that honesty and trustworthiness are attributed to Mr. Bush. If one stands for such attributes, one must show it in actions - even on the political stage. But Bush shows he will say whatever is necessary to put forth his political agenda.

As for Bush representing the US well on the international scene, as Mr. Sperling puts forth, I heartily disagree. Being friendly with other heads of state while pushing aside US international responsibility makes Bush appear patronizing and buffoonish.

Marie Pavish Harborside, Maine

Favoritism spoils ambassador selection

Your editorial ("Choice ambassadors," Aug. 15) rightly questions the practice of awarding plum international ambassadorships to generous campaign donors instead of to career diplomats. The administration's devotion to spoils politics deprives the nation of more competent representation. It should be noted that the posts mentioned are all in friendly North European countries with agreeable cultures. Sinecures indeed!

The nation might be better served if these men of presumed capability would accept difficult posts in North Korea, Iran, or Kenya.

Norman Walter Red House, W.Va.

Make a statement with logoless garb

Cheers to Joseph H. Cooper ("Logo lunacy," Aug. 17, opinion page). When Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Nike, and Adidas start paying me to advertise their goods, I'll happily oblige. I, too, constantly battle my three teenagers about "logo lunacy." My biggest problem is finding logoless clothes. When I complain to the store managers, they just shrug as if there's no such thing.

Sheila Globus Sudbury, Mass.

Probing coverage of suicide bombers

Profound thanks to the Monitor for taking its readers where few other publications would dare: into the thoughts, convictions, and motivations behind the horrific acts we hear about ("A suicide bomber's world," Aug. …

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