Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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Nader: should he stay or should he go?

Regarding your Feb. 23 article "New wild card: Nader joins race": In the interest of accurate and balanced reporting, at least one quote from someone in favor of Ralph Nader joining the presidential race should have been included in this article. There were plenty of quotes from disgruntled Democrats.

The Democrats' job is to rally unregistered, undecided, and repentant Bush voters to their candidate. If they spent as much energy and money party-building as they do Nader- bashing, they would probably easily garner the margin they need. Noni Bookbinder Bell Shamong, N.J.

Ralph Nader is once again going to be a spoiler, but this time in an election year with too many serious problems to tackle. I'm an Independent who is going to vote Democratic this year. Nader's campaign will be only a diversion. Sandra Mitchell Warrenton, Va.

Government aid isn't a cure-all

Regarding Diana Spatz's Feb. 24 Opinion piece "Bush welfare agenda - married to a myth": As a minister to inner-city families in Houston, I am saddened both by Ms. Spatz's past experience and her current views on welfare reform. While President Bush's reform proposal certainly does leave much to be desired, it's a step in the proper direction, which is the extrication of government from being the financial provider for families.

I minister to children and their mothers in the same situation that Ms. Spatz found herself and all of them are from single-parent families. President Bush isn't trying to marry women off of welfare rolls - he is trying to encourage them to stop looking at the government as their "husband."

More government assistance isn't the answer to the generational poverty. The Rev. Jeff Cokenour Sugarland, Texas

Aristide deserves US support

Regarding your Feb. 24 article "As rebels gain, how to help Haiti?": The growing menace by the criminal rebels in the north of Haiti is the greatest threat we have had to our independence in the past 200 years. …

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