Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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Environmental activists often misrepresented

Regarding your Sept. 26 article "In US, a rise of violent environmental tactics": I was extremely disappointed by the implication that animal-rights activists are the same as environmental activists. There is little overlap between the two groups, and the majority of true environmentalists want nothing to do with the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).

There is a misperception of environmentalists as violent radicals, and it stems in large part from articles like this one. It is similar to the burden the vast majority of Muslims, a generally peaceful people who follow a peaceful religion, face because the relatively few irrational and violent extremists get the publicity.

ELF does not represent the majority of environmental activists. Most of us are peaceful, reasonable people who are working for a healthier planet, and most of us are not animal-rights activists. Failure to distinguish that does us a great disservice. Jan Yaeger Soldotna, Alaska

Retrain unemployed workers

Regarding your Sept. 23 article "Democrats move to extend unemployment benefits": I agree that extending unemployment benefits is a "Band-Aid" at best. Along with unemployment benefits, retraining is critical. I've been stuck in the unemployment cycle for a while. If the unemployment office were more cooperative, I think I would have long been on the road to a new career. Congress needs to enact policies that, in addition to extensions, encourage retraining. Maxine Brown Plainfield, N.J.

Cruise insurance discussed

Your Sept. 25 article "Is it true what they say about cruises? Maybe not..." was informative and interesting. But there is an important caveat on cruises which must be noted.

My wife and I were going to take a cruise and land tour of Holland. Because my wife suddenly became unwell, we decided to cancel our trip. We had purchased trip insurance for a total of $700, so we applied for our refund, but the company that processes the claims denied our claim. …

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