Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor

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US Postal Service can lead in expanding Internet service

In regard to the Oct. 6 editorial, "Candidates click on broadband": Expanding broadband Internet service to rural communities should be easy if we just utilize the nationwide network that already reaches out to every household in America six days a week: the United States Postal Service.

While mail volume declines due to increasing usage of the Internet, the Postal Service is poised to develop into the realm of communications beyond those on paper. Post offices around the nation already have Internet connections, and extending those to their customers by providing computers in their lobbies seems sensible and easy.

Providing reliable and secure mail service to all our citizens at cost is, in principle, the right thing to do. Now that mail service will just have an "e" in front of it.

Jasmine Krotkov Neihart, Mont.

Israeli settlements block path to peace

Regarding the Oct. 17 article, "When settlers strike, Palestinians point and shoot video": Although US politicians have long decried Israel's settlements as impediments to peace, they have refused to characterize the settlements and the settlers living in the occupied territories as illegal.

In fact, however, the settlements and the settlers are both illegal under international humanitarian law. The International Court of Justice stated as much in its July 2004 advisory opinion, which ruled that Israel's wall in the occupied West Bank was illegal.

If the US would declare the settlements and settlers illegal, and demand that Israel withdraw the settlers and turn the settlements over to the Palestinian Authority, the path to Israeli-Palestinian peace would be considerably opened.

Peter Belmont New York

Nuclear waste is never safe

In regard to the Oct. 21 editorial, "Build steam for nuclear power": It's bad enough that, seven years after the 9/11 attacks, we still have chlorine gas and other ultrahazardous cargoes hauled by rail and truck through all 60 US target cities. …

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