Helping teens under influence of ISThank you for the very revealing Nov. 9 cover story, â€œThe recruiting of an American jihadi.â€ 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 â€œHow to save kids from IS recruitment.â€ It offers very little useful advice to parents â€“ 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 Madisonâ€™s bridge buildingRegarding the Nov. 2 Monitorâ€™s View â€œHow Canadaâ€™s election just might assist save democracyâ€: The editorial shows how Canadaâ€™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 â€œsqueezesâ€ (open houses at the Madison residence) & would introduce congressmen to each other for the very reason so eloquently stated in the editorial. Madisonâ€™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 husbandâ€™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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