Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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Moving on from Vietnam: What to leave behind

John Price's Oct. 12 Opinion piece, "Wartime records? We ought to move on," misses one point. John Kerry valued the principles of freedom and democracy enough to enlist. Once he returned from Vietnam, he saw the tragedy of fighting a war without a clear connection to freedom and democracy. Having been in Vietnam may not make him a better leader, but I think it would arguably make him more circumspect about the prospect of committing young people's lives to war for specious reasons. Such circumspection seems lacking in the current president. Bob Follansbee Dorchester, Mass.

As a recently returned veteran from Iraq at age 42, I find myself trying to put my life together. Mr. Price puts into perfect perspective how each of us should feel. Unlike Price, I wasn't allowed to buy my own meals when I first returned thanks to the gratitude of our citizens, yet I have also burned with resentment knowing the Army is stretched to the breaking point and we have so many young men at home who refuse even to consider serving. I appreciate Price's message and thank him from the bottom of my heart. Todd B. Lamb Flagler Beach, Fla.

What Martha Stewart has to gain, and give

Thank you for the serious, reflective tone of your Oct. 8 article, "The prison that Martha Stewart will call home," on Alderson Federal Prison Camp. I served three months in Alderson in 2003 for a misdemeanor trespass at the US Army School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga. My experience opened my eyes and heart to the harsh treatment of female inmates - most of whom were there with long sentences for dubious drug-conspiracy charges, many with family histories of abuse and neglect. I felt honored to hear their stories, and I think Ms. Stewart will as well. I know many of the inmates were excited that she might be able to use her considerable power to expose the broken prison system. Judith Kelly Arlington, Va.

Language can't make the quantum leap

Regarding the Oct. 14 article "How quantum physicists 'review' the 'Bleep' movie": While movies such as "What the Bleep Do We Know? …

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