Readers Respond to the May 2021 Issue

Letters to the editor from the May 2021 issue of Scientific American

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#letters, #policy, #social-sciences

R. Kelly Pressed Victims to Write Letters Absolving Him, Prosecutors Say

Many of Mr. Kelly’s accusers say he pressured them to write letters that said he was innocent of the sexual abuse that they now say he committed.

#kelly-r, #letters, #nxivm, #racketeering-and-racketeers, #sex-crimes

How Reader Comments Build Connections at The Times

Reader responses add an extra dimension to Times articles, and a lot more.

#letters, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #social-media

Readers Respond to the April 2021 Issue

Letters to the editor from the April 2021 issue of Scientific American

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Readers Respond to the March 2021 Issue

Letters to the editor from the March 2021 issue of Scientific American

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Readers Respond to the February 2021 Issue

Letters to the editor from the February 2021 issue of Scientific American

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He Is Senegalese and French, With Nothing to Reconcile

David Diop, an International Booker Prize finalist for his novel “At Night All Blood Is Black,” is among the writers whose work is helping France face its history with Africa.

#africa, #algeria, #at-night-all-blood-is-black-a-novel-book, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #diop-david, #english-language, #france, #french-language, #language-and-languages, #letters, #man-booker-prize, #senegal, #the-art-of-losing-book, #writing-and-writers, #zeniter-alice

Postal Service, Facing Steep Losses, Seeks to Increase Prices

Under the proposal, the price of a first-class stamp would increase for the first time since January 2019, to 58 cents from 55 cents.

#dejoy-louis, #letters, #postal-regulatory-commission, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #stamps-postal

Reading Dan Frank, Book Editor and ‘Champion of the Unexampled’

Alan Lightman, Janna Levin and others recall the editor who shaped their work and a literary genre. Plus, more reading recommendations in the Friday edition of the Science Times newsletter.

#black-holes-space, #blackburn-julia, #books-and-literature, #gleick-james, #letters, #levin-janna-1967, #lightman-alan, #philosophy, #popova-maria, #science-and-technology, #writing-and-writers, #your-feed-science

Readers Respond to the January 2021 Issue

Letters to the editor from the January 2021 issue of Scientific American

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Business Coalitions to Speak Out Against Voting Restrictions in Texas

Companies including Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Unilever are set to call for expanded voting access in the state after weeks of silence from national businesses on Republicans’ voting bills there.

#corporate-social-responsibility, #hewlett-packard-company, #letters, #microsoft-corp, #patagonia-inc, #republican-party, #salesforce-com-inc, #sodexo, #state-legislatures, #texas, #unilever-nv, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

Readers Respond to the December 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the December 2020 issue of Scientific American

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#letters, #policyethics, #the-sciences

High Schoolers: Let’s Hear From You

We’d like to hear student opinions about what’s in the news. Write a letter to the editor in response to a recent article, and yours may be chosen for publication.

#education-k-12, #letters, #new-york-times

An Online Museum Shows Life During Wartime

The new Museum of American War Letters is making a range of communications from battle zones available.

#andrew-carroll, #chapman-university, #content-type-personal-profile, #letters, #museums, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #vietnam-war

‘Dear G.I.’: An Unlikely Friendship Built on Letters From a Foxhole

In 1966, a Massachusetts mother of three began writing to young men serving in Vietnam. One became her most steadfast pen pal, writing her 77 letters over seven years.

#black-people, #letters, #massachusetts, #north-carolina, #politics-and-government, #veterans, #vietnam-war

Readers Respond to the November 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the November 2020 issue of Scientific American

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New Technique Unfolds Centuries of Secrets in Locked Letters

M.I.T. researchers have devised a virtual-reality technique that lets them read old letters that were mailed not in envelopes but in the writing paper itself after being folded into elaborate enclosures.

#archives-and-records, #cryptography-codes-and-ciphers, #europe, #france, #letters, #mary-queen-of-scots, #nature-communications-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

Salvaged From 1941 Shipwreck, Letters Reveal Wartime Love and Sacrifice

For over 70 years, the letters lay undisturbed in the wreckage of the S.S. Gairsoppa, sheltered from the ravages of ocean currents by well-positioned mail bags. Now, conservators are piecing together these undelivered messages from the past.

#archives-and-records, #letters, #postal-museum, #salvage, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Show Thanks With A Gratitude Letter

Concerned about a friend or a loved one who may be feeling the winter doldrums? Try writing them a gratitude letter.

#content-type-service, #letters, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Readers Respond to the October 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the October 2020 issue of Scientific American

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#letters, #policyethics, #the-sciences

For a Healthier 2021, Keep the Best Habits of a Very Bad Year

Our 7-Day Well Challenge will show you how to build on the healthy habits you learned during pandemic life.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #exercise, #friendship, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #letters, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-year, #psychology-and-psychologists

A 12-Year-Old’s Letter to Her Post-Pandemic Self

How will you retain gratitude for the return to normal life? “I’ve come from 2020 to remind you not to forget,” my daughter wrote to her future self.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #letters, #new-year

Readers Respond to the September 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the September 2020 issue of Scientific American

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Dear Santa: It’s Been a Hard Year

In 23,000 letters addressed to the North Pole, collected through a U.S. Postal Service program, wish lists from children across the nation reflect the strain of this year.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #letters, #loneliness, #parenting, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #santa-claus, #toys, #unemployment, #usps-operation-santa-claus

Readers Respond to the August 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the August 2020 issue of Scientific American

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Holidays in a Pandemic? Here’s What Happened in 1918

The festive season fell between two deadly waves of the deadly influenza outbreak. Families still gathered, often with empty chairs at the table.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #influenza-epidemic-1918-19, #iowa, #letters, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day

When Culture Really Began to Reckon With White Privilege

Black artists didn’t wait around for institutional change. They are making it happen.

#big-mouth-tv-program, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #culture-arts, #letters, #slate-jenny, #the-40-year-old-version-movie, #two-thousand-twenty

Readers Respond to the July 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the July 2020 issue of Scientific American

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Postal Service Takes ‘Operation Santa’ Letter Campaign National

The program encourages postal customers to adopt letters and buy gifts for the children who send them. This year, because of the pandemic, customers will review the letters exclusively online.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #letters, #postal-service-us, #santa-claus, #united-states, #usps-operation-santa-claus

Trump Has Made Selfishness America’s Credo

Trump unleashed our inner Scrooge.

#altruism, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #letters, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sampson-robert-j, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j

Down the Basement Stairs and Into the Past

Going through a box filled with memories prompted me to find people I hadn’t spoken to in decades. Am I the only one whose social life has improved during the lockdown?

#friendship, #letters, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Why This Professor Is Writing Letters for People Feeling Blue

With a typewriter and a mailbox, a sidewalk project explores the art of consoling those who need good news.

#brooklyn-nyc, #letters, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Canadian Military’s Wolf Exercise Alarms Nova Scotians

They also mounted speakers that broadcast growling in the woods of Nova Scotia. It was all part of a psychological training exercise.

#bay-of-fundy-canada, #canada, #defense-and-military-forces, #exercise, #letters, #nova-scotia-canada, #ottawa-citizen-the, #rumors-and-misinformation, #wolves

The Jailed Activist Left a Letter Behind. The Message: Keep Fighting.

Pham Doan Trang was harassed for years by the Vietnamese police, even beaten. In a letter, she foretold her arrest and called for an end to one-party rule.

#communist-party-of-vietnam, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #letters, #pham-doan-trang, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #political-prisoners

Readers Respond to the June 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the June 2020 issue of Scientific American

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Readers Respond to the May 2020 Issue

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Is Taxing the Rich the Answer to N.Y.’s Budget Deficit?

Democrats searching for a revenue source to spare needy New Yorkers from pandemic-caused cuts have an unexpected opponent: The governor.

#biaggi-alessandra, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #finances, #income-inequality, #letters, #new-york-city, #stewart-cousins-andrea, #taxation

Readers Respond to the April 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the April 2020 issue of Scientific American

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#letters, #policyethics, #space, #the-sciences

Alex Morse Was Accused, Condemned and Then Vindicated. Will His Experience Change Anything?

Vague allegations against the Massachusetts congressional candidate offer a case study in how progressives navigate issues of sex and power in politics when judgment is often swift and unforgiving.

#college-democrats-of-america, #dating-and-relationships, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #letters, #massachusetts, #morse-alex, #neal-richard-e, #primaries-and-caucuses, #university-of-massachusetts-amherst

Pushed Together for 48 Days, Then Pulled Apart for 49

Between a pandemic and military training, so much for college love being casual.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #letters, #love-emotion, #quantico-marine-base-va

C.D.C. Employees Ask Agency to Address ‘Racism and Discrimination’

More than 1,000 employees signed a letter criticizing the agency for “scant progress in addressing the very real challenges Black employees experience.”

#black-people, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hispanic-americans, #letters, #medicine-and-health, #race-and-ethnicity, #redfield-robert-r, #united-states, #workplace-environment

You Should Start Writing Letters

Zoom calls and texts are emotionally draining, but exchanging handwritten notes can be sublime.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #letters, #postal-service-us, #quarantines

An Open Letter on Free Expression Draws a Counterblast

A few days after more than 150 cultural luminaries warned of a growing “intolerant climate,” another group responded with a pointed letter of its own.

#free-speech, #harpers-magazine, #letters, #news-and-news-media, #social-media, #writing-and-writers

Artists and Writers Warn of an ‘Intolerant Climate.’ Reaction Is Swift.

An open letter published by Harper’s, signed by luminaries including Margaret Atwood and Wynton Marsalis, argued for openness to “opposing views.” The debate began immediately.

#atwood-margaret, #black-people, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #harpers-magazine, #jones-bill-t, #letters, #marsalis-wynton, #race-and-ethnicity, #rowling-j-k

Reflecting on Summer Camp in Our Campless Summer

The letters my children and I used to send to and from camp were little shots of treasure, containing everything we would use to put our family back together at the end of summer.

#camps-and-camping, #children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #letters, #luggage-and-packing, #parenting

Readers Respond to the March 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the March 2020 issue of Scientific American

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Despite Everything, the Mail Still Comes

Letter writing has helped people meaningfully connect during this time of isolation, grief and unrest.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #home-schooling, #letters, #postal-service-and-post-offices

Mourning the Letters That Will No Longer Be Written, and Remembering the Great Ones That Were

A book critic laments the decline in proper correspondence, and recalls the great letters of Ralph Ellison, Jean Rhys, Samuel Beckett and others.

#books-and-literature, #letters, #writing-and-writers

Readers Respond to the February 2020 Issue

Letters to the editor from the February 2020 issue of Scientific American

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The Horror of Prison During the Coronavirus

A letter from inside Marion Correctional Institution is the voice of those locked in cages and discarded during this pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #letters, #marion-county-ohio, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal