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The search for reason amid ruin and wrath

Thank you for your coverage of last week's attacks and their aftermath. In contrast with the rising pitch of vengeful rhetoric from President Bush and his advisers, the compassionate positions articulated in your articles, editorials, and letters reflect a more realistic understanding of human nature. We need to be thinking as citizens of the world - not just as citizens of the United States. A response focused on diplomacy and fairness will accomplish more positive changes than will a predominantly military reaction - and be consistent with our country's ideals.

Catherine Badgley Chelsea, Mich.

I want to express my appreciation to those at the Monitor who bring a reasonable, balanced voice to the media. In my search for information following Tuesday's events, I was disappointed with the mainstream media's quick fixation on war, vengeance, and sensationalism. This is not the kind of news that helps to heal a nation, or promotes tolerance and democracy. Reading the Monitor's coverage, I gained a better perspective on this tragedy - in terms of its international ramifications, moral implications, and historical significance. I hope that others in the media will someday understand that we need more than raw information - we need wisdom!

Karen Kho Berkeley, Calif.

Thank you for the organized, wonderful way that you inform the world of events in your country. I thank America for the way you have believed in us, provided for us, and above all for the wonderful people you have sent. Those who generate and create such goodness cannot be brought down. I respond to this crisis with all my heart.

Patricia Maritz Zululand, South Africa

Thank you for balanced reporting on the Middle East. Your stories are often a departure from the usual in that you give "the other side" equal representation. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, you sound a voice of reason while our politicians are singing "God Bless America" and waving flags.

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