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Issue: "Bailing Out," June 14, 1997

Relentless pursuit of the facts

Janet Reno's behavior is unconscionable ("Attorney/client privilege," April 26). The Congress, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the press should not relax until Democrat and White House fundraising links to China are fully investigated and fully understood. If this president did something illegal with China and if the Chinese have the proof, they truly do have a blackmailable puppet in the White House. - Bruce T. Sidebotham, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Playing games with truth

People most often play sports with the same level of character and integrity (or lack thereof) with which they play the game of life. Hence, professional golfer Greg Norman's comments ("Quotables," April 19) regarding President Clinton's liberal use of "gimmes" on the links is rather telling. Mr. Clinton cannot even play a friendly game of golf without lying and cheating. - Steven A. Costello, Lake Jackson, Texas

Reminder of our calling

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Although it can be discouraging sometimes to read about the evil that is all around us, it is encouraging that you close every issue with a reminder of the sovereignty of God. A good example of that is Marvin Olasky's column about America's relationship to China ("Evangelism or disaster," March 15). In spite of the overwhelming pressure by secularists to separate morality from politics, Mr. Olasky reminds us of our calling to spread the gospel. - Bill MacDonald, Yamagata City, Japan

Bethel is still Christian

While many elements of the "Class dismissed" article (March 17/24) deserve response, you seem to repeat as fact an allegation of the Sisams' lawsuit that Bethel has abandoned its Christian commitment. We vigorously dispute that allegation. Bethel College and Seminary, sponsored by the churches of the Baptist General Conference, welcomes students from a wide variety of denominations and seeks "to meet the educational needs of the churches of the Baptist General Conference and of the wider evangelical community." It has done so for 125 years. Faculty and students alike agree to a conservative lifestyle statement, the "Covenant for Life Together"; discussion of a personal relationship with Christ plays a role in faculty hiring and tenure; students discuss their experience with God as part of their application to join the community. - Richard J. Sherry Dean of Faculty Growth and Assessment, Bethel College, St. Paul, Minn.

Look for the label

As I have become more disturbed by the label "Made in China," I have tried to exercise greater discretion in making purchases of items manufactured in China so as not to give support to Beijing or to our own American businesses that value the dollar over human rights. It has become increasingly evident to me that a majority of goods produced in China are nonessential and feed our appetite for accumulation of stuff more than meeting our needs for existence. This small, quiet self-denial has repeatedly prompted me to pray for these fellow believers, reminded me to pray for the integrity of the American businessmen who are the greatest lobbyists for Most Favored Nation status for China, and reminds me of my own need to gladly partake of the sufferings of Christ. - Lee Ann Marona, Cantonment, Fla.

No television intruder

Your television articles in the April 26 issue were great. Ellen will not be coming to my house, nor have her friends been able to. Since I've been married, six years, I have refused to have the TV intruder in my house. Many people say, "But there are good things on TV." I respond, "What would you say if the water company put sewage into the line, just once a month, but they would not tell you which day it was going to be. Would you accept this arrangement?" Instead, my evenings are filled with walks, talks, and play with my girls. - Ben Hungerford, Milwaukie, Ore.


April 26: Britain's 19th-century Lord Acton said, "power tends to corrupt," not "power corrupts...." May 17: Bethel College is in St. Paul, not Minneapolis. May 31: The label front groups over the story "CATS out of the bag" should have been in quotation marks; that is the term used by the Better Business Bureau, not by WORLD. - The editors,


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