Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor

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May the US Navy win over many hearts and minds

In response to your Oct. 29 editorial, "The US Navy goes 'soft' ": Excellent idea, even to the extent of having personnel in the Navy learn the foreign languages and customs of the countries we are supporting.

We need to win the war of hearts and minds. This is the best idea I have heard in a long time.

Also, we should consider opening our services up to people who are older and still fit for duty.

If we're doing work in other countries, the life experience of older folks who would like to serve in this capacity could benefit the overall effort.

I served more than six years in the US Navy nuclear submarine service. I hope this new direction takes hold and works well for us.

Bob Whitman LaPlace, La.

Jena 6: Debating facts and coverage

Regarding Craig Franklin's Oct. 24 Opinion piece, "Media myths about the Jena 6": I found it simply astonishing that the white students whose noose prank contributed to the problem "were unaware" of the historical symbolism relating lynchings and nooses. I find this claim, or the ignorance it suggests, incredible.

Is this part of history banned from the historical record?

Steven Lewis Middletown, N.J.

In response to Craig Franklin's Opinion piece about the Jena 6: With few exceptions modern journalism has failed miserably in so many respects that I would be embarrassed to call myself a journalist.

The Jena tragedy is just a continuation of the Duke lacrosse and Katrina reporting debacles.

As you rightly point out, the media, having smeared Jena, have already moved on without a thought as to the mess they made of things and without the decency to apologize for it and the lives they have disrupted.

Shame on mainstream journalism.

Roger Arango Memphis, Tenn.

In response to Mr. Franklin's Opinion piece on the Jena 6: Most people would look right past myth No. …

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