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Readers write: cities for elites; Clinton's energy policy; small joys

Letters to the editor for the Oct. 12, 2015 weekly magazine.

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An artist's rendering shows one of the entrances to Eko Atlantic, a private city being built south of Lagos, Nigeria, at a cost of $6 billion.

Courtesy: Eko Atlantic

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Cities for elites only
I was extremely disappointed in the Monitor’s Sept. 21 cover story, “Rise of the insta-city.” The story posed these “new” city developments as a positive development without regard to the larger story. These developments are really just exclusive enclaves for rich and powerful elites to wall themselves off from the larger problems of their societies, problems that these very elites have contributed to creating. These enclaves allow the elites to leave the rest of the people to live in poverty, dust, and despair.

Especially in Nigeria, many of the super rich have gotten that way through graft, corruption, and the exploitation of their nation’s wealth. It would be much better if the resources intended for these so-called insta-cities were spent on providing schools, health systems, and other needed infrastructure development.
Steven Prochter
Redwood Valley, Calif.

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Clinton’s emerging energy policy
Regarding the Sept. 23 online article “Hillary Clinton opposes Keystone XL, but is it already dead?” (CSMonitor.com): Although Hillary Clinton was slow to state her position on the Keystone XL pipeline, she is spot on in relegating the controversial pipeline to a relatively low place in the scheme of energy matters. It is just a symbol, although a powerful one, of the critical debates and decisions that lie ahead. Without making promises that will be impossible to deliver, Mrs. Clinton shows a broad and fairly deep understanding of complex energy issues and the urgency of meaningful action on climate change.
Carol Steinhart
Madison, Wis.

Joy in the little things
I was so delighted reading the Sept. 14 Home Forum essay “Little big league.” Being someone who has worked with young children as a schoolteacher for 40 years I could so relate to what the author described.
Elizabeth Walling
Keyport, New Jersey