December 20, 2013

Regarding Shin Dong-hyuk’s Dec. 19 op-ed, “Dear Dennis Rodman”:

What a powerful, moving, first-person testament. I plan to share this piece with my teenage children as an example of how one frames a persuasive discussion in a compelling way, with candor, respect and humility.

In our culture, popular figures such as Dennis Rodman have considerable influence on youngsters. I hope Mr. Rodman reads Mr. Shin’s commentary and reconsiders the impression he leaves by offering his support to the North Korean regime. Like it or not, sports and entertainment figures capture headlines with their actions and opinions. Firsthand accounts such as Mr. Shin’s are a compelling way to offer a more informed perspective.

Jim McMahon, Springfield