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Readers write: Attention for climate change data; Take care of immigrants who already made the journey; Support for veterans

Letters to the editor for the April 18, 2016 weekly magazine.

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Workers unload coal at a storage site along a railway station in Hefei, Anhui province.

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Attention to climate change data

Regarding the April 4 Monitor’s View “A sign of progress on climate change”: The piece lauds progress on reversing one metric on fossil fuel consumption. From this limited perspective, I feel momentarily lulled into the comfort of this progress. I do support the Monitor highlighting progress. But I believe it is critical to frame reporting in the context of broader global data. For example, NASA’s measurements show the increase of atmospheric carbon climbing at an ever-steady, threatening pace. In the case of climate change, our planet can afford no complacency.

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Mike Cook

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Manzanita, Ore.

Take care of immigrants who already made the journey

Regarding the April 4 Monitor’s View “Lifting the stigma on US Muslims”: Let’s not repeat the mistakes of Europeans. We need a pause button on all immigration and to make certain that those who are already in the United States are integrating and having a successful experience. It’s beyond idiotic to continue to bring in more immigrants in order to prove that we’re an open and generous society. We are open and generous. America has nothing more to prove on that score. Now let’s also be wise and thoughtful. 

Jonette Christian

Holden, Maine

Support for veterans

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Thanks to the Monitor for running the March 31 online article “At once-stodgy VFW, a new portrait of America’s changing military” (, which discussed the effort of a number of veteran service organizations to welcome vets from recent wars – all vets. They deserve all the support we can give them. They’re our neighbors, ones who have sacrificed much by serving in the armed forces.

Jerry Mcintire

Viroqua, Wis.