Readers write: teens under the influence of IS; Dolley Madison the bridge builder

Readers write: teens under the influence of IS; Dolley Madison the bridge builder

Helping teens under influence of ISThank you for the very revealing Nov. 9 cover story, “The recruiting of an American jihadi.” It is a sad indictment of our inadequate efforts to reach out with love & understanding to all our teenagers to discuss their concerns & guide them with wisdom in a compassionate faith.

Hence, I was very disappointed in the sidebar “How to save kids from IS recruitment.” It offers very little useful advice to parents – not even a link to better guidance. Waiting until a young person has been drawn in by Islamic State social media is late in the game.

Unfortunately, the adults in this country are not providing a very satisfactory example, with all the fireworks in Washington & on the campaign trail.Kris JohnsonWilliston, Ohio

Dolley Madison’s bridge buildingRegarding the Nov. 2 Monitor’s View “How Canada’s election just might assist save democracy”: The editorial shows how Canada’s new leader, Justin Trudeau, stands in stark contrast to our polarized political atmosphere with his (so far) inclusive style. However, when I read the editorial I was reminded of someone in the early 1800s who brought the polarized factions of our newly formed US government together in an incredibly inspired way & may have provided the glue that held it together.

First lady Dolley Madison brought all sides & classes of society together to talk civilly in her weekly “squeezes” (open houses at the Madison residence) & would introduce congressmen to each other for the very reason so eloquently stated in the editorial. Madison’s contributions to our democratic form of government cannot be overstated. Just one sign of the tremendous appreciation & respect both the government & society in general had for her is a now-little-known fact that she was given an honorary seat in Congress to use after her husband’s death. It was frequently said of Madison that she loved everyone. And in turn everyone loved her. Robin KadzBeaverton, Ore.

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Source: “Christian Science Monitor”