Letters to the Editor- Weekly Issue of November 1, 2010
Readers write in about the book review of John Stewart's "Earth," bullying responses, and immigration and overpopulation.
Review of 'Earth' was wrong
I couldn't disagree more with Steven Weinberg's Oct. 18 critical review of the book, "Earth," by Jon Stewart and "The Daily Show" writers, saying it "stretches credulity." As a college biology instructor for 30 years, specializing in environmental biology for the past 16, I can say the book didn't stretch anything. The writers not only got their science right, their book serves as a supplementary text to an environmental biology course. And it's a lot funnier than a standard textbook.
Responses to bullying
In her Oct. 18 commentary ("What works against bullies"), Patricia Criswell notes that parents "hold their breath, hoping their child isn't targeted," and advises on how to empower kids to stand up for themselves. But shouldn't parents also be concerned that their child not be the bully? We must also teach kids fairness and respect for others.
Ms. Criswell's advice on combating bullying is powerful, and a potent reminder as to what kids today face. Our granddaughter was bullied in junior high, and the school was not much help. She continued to endure more bullying. Eventually her self-worth was so low that in her early 20s she took her own life. If we'd only known ways to have been more supportive. I am so grateful that help is now available.