Readers Write: March 31

No need for parents to fear yoga

As a medical clinician and occasional practitioner of yoga for over 30 years, I often recommended yoga as an adjunct to stress reduction and physical therapy for my patients. I occasionally ran into the protest that it is religiously based and “not Christian.” This misconception seems to affect some parents in Cobb County and elsewhere (“Yoga practice stresses out Cobb parents” March 16) as they seek to use their “religious liberty” to shield their children from presumed anti-Christian influence. I would suggest that if they feel that their children’s faith in whatever form of Christianity they practice is so weak that it is threatened by something as benign as yoga, the problem is not in the school, it is in the home.

KURT OHBERG, ATLANTA

Socialism already working well in U.S.

Recently there have been two letters (“Socialist system won’t work in the US”, March 9 and “Writer wrong about Europe”, March 16) to the AJC stating that socialism won’t work in this country. However, it already is working in this country. One of the most successful programs ever introduced here has been Social Security. We pay throughout our working years and then have a pension when we are no longer able to work. That is socialism. But there is more. Tax payers have provided huge subsidies to corporations, farmers and Wall Street. That, too is socialism. Maybe it is time to get rid of corporate socialism and put taxpayer money back into the hands of our citizens by providing college education, health care and child care instead of bailing out the rich when they err severely, even to the point of criminality. I hardly think that helping citizens get an education or health care would be a “disaster” for the country. Besides, those socialist countries are always at the top when the happiest countries are listed.

JANE FOSTER, GRAYSON

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