Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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A model for peaceful coexistence

Regarding your May 26 article "Whose edifice is this? Spain peels back the layers of its identity": I so appreciated your informative and open article on Cordoba's Mezquita in Spain. We visited this marvelous mosque last June and were awed at the acres of Moorish red and white arches, but we were disturbed by the Christian cathedral built inside that had destroyed much of the original mosque.

The fact that for 700 years three of the major religions of the world (Jews, Muslims, and Christians) lived in comparative harmony here is instructive in today's world. This incredible place of worship needs to be opened to all who would pray here in order to reclaim a sense of Andalusian roots and inclusion for all. Kathryn R. Housden Laguna Beach, Calif.

Curbing college dropouts

Your June 1 editorial "Cut the College Dropout Rate" offered some compelling statistics about this issue. It overlooked, however, a factor about the subject that many universities have inflicted on themselves.

I refer to the high percentage of freshmen who fail university- administered placement examinations in English and mathematics. These students customarily are then required to take no-credit remedial courses in these subjects as part of their "higher" education. In the California State University (CSU) system of late, as many as half its freshmen are found to have these academic deficiencies. Although the CSUs deplore current cuts to their budgets, they refuse to stop funding their remedial courses. Patrick Groff San DiegoProfessor of Education Emeritus, San Diego State University

Countering the tendency for brutality

Your May 26 article "Making Them Talk" leaves out the "natural" tendency for brutality that always exists when we demonize people. European settlers and their descendants called the native Americans "savages" and butchered them, and called blacks "subhuman," and enslaved them or lynched them. In Vietnam, American soldiers sometimes "saved" villages by destroying them, or killed masses of innocent women and children. …

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