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June 18, 2001

Vol.184 / No.20
Magazine Letters
Our readersJune 18, 2001

But Hey, Who’s Counting?

Just wanted to call to your attention a figure from the last 10 issues of America. Eighty percent (8 out of 10) of the first letters in the letters column were from religious.

Oops: just received the May 28 issue. Now it’s 9 out of 11! Interesting


The tale begins in the spring of 1945 when a war-weary world began to prepare for peace and dream of freedom The delegates of 50 nations who gathered in San Francisco that April forged a charter for the United Nations that pledged each nation to promote the rights of all individuals No one had y

William BoleJune 18, 2001

Ever since Seattle erupted into a free-trade fighting zone during the World Trade Organization’s 1999 meeting, the very scheduling of a global economic gathering has become a provocation to activists worldwide. What happened suddenly in Seattle has been transformed into rituals of resistance l

Of Many Things
James Martin, SJJune 18, 2001

My Jesuit province is in the process of “discernment,” as St. Ignatius liked to say. We’re attempting to map out the future of the Society of Jesus in New England—praying together about where God might be calling us, considering new ministries and evaluating our traditional o

Elizabeth BurnsJune 18, 2001

For I will consider my daughter Cecilia.

The EditorsJune 18, 2001

On his second working day in office, President George W. Bush presented what he called a blueprint for school reform. On May 23, the House by a vote of 384 to 45 passed an education bill that Education Secretary Rod Paige said was a great bipartisan bill.This diplomatic praise puffed up the legislat

The Word
John R. DonahueJune 18, 2001

I never forget my visit to Kenya over 20 years ago I arrived in Nairobi after a long journey and received a kind welcome at the airport only to be sent on a perilous journey to the Gaba Institute in Eldoret I traveled along the winding roads of the Great Rift Valley in a matatu a local taxi with