I enjoyed reading your profile on Dr. James Dobson and me ("Focus on a family feud," Feb. 28). Despite some of the profound differences I have experienced with Republican congressional leaders over the years, I am not contemplating leaving the party. Instead, I am seeking to persuade more people to stand for core values like the sanctity of human life, religious freedom, and traditional marriage. At the same time, I have also encouraged my Democratic friends-like former Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey-to continue working within their party to bring it back to its previous moorings. The party that has built its reputation as the defender of the little guy should once again defend the littlest guy of all-the unborn child. - Gary Bauer, president, American Renewal, Washington, D.C.
No guts, no glory
Hurray for James Dobson and Gary Bauer! As a conservative Republican who's very tired of the lack of "guts" of the Republican Party, I'm proud to have someone of the caliber of Gary Bauer running for president. He has my vote. - W. Hines, East Lansing, Mich.
I beg to differ with James Dobson's threat to leave the Republican party. If bite accompanies his bark to leave the GOP and take conservatives with him, we can be certain that the Democrats will continue to control the White House in 2000 and beyond. Probably the House and Senate, too. Our job should be to work within the party to make sure it remains true to the Republican platform passed in San Diego, which is very pro-life and pro-family. Conservatives, unite, don't divide. I learned years ago from Mr. Dobson's book, The Strong-Willed Child, not to give in to tantrums. - Cynthia H. Murphy, Monument, Colo.
Right behind you
James Dobson's announcement is the best news we've heard in six years. Lead on Joshua Dobson and Caleb Bauer. - Verl & Darleen Burkart, Plattsmouth, Neb.
Put on armor and transform
I admire Jay Grelen's zeal in wanting to "protect the innocence" of his children ("Preserving innocence," Feb. 28). Preteens need to be assimilated slowly and carefully in a confused and overtly perverse culture. Yet to teach his daughter that daddy doesn't "associate outside of the office" with a colleague because "he said bad words" reinforces isolationism in Christians regardless of their age. This models a retreat mentality to an already sheltered child. God calls Christians to strap on their spiritual armor, penetrate a sin-sick society, and transform that culture by the power of the gospel. This isn't easy and at times can be dangerous. Yet our hope is that God will work in this generation and the generation to come to bring forth his kingdom.The world is a dirty, grimy, impure place full of impure people. Let those of us who are Christian adults not shrink back from the responsibility of sharing our faith in dark places. - Richard W. Rant, Powder Springs, Ga.
Salt and light
Jay Grelen is proud that his daughters have never heard a curse word. I am ashamed to hear of any Christian family where they haven't. We are called to be salt and light, not isolationists. The call to share Christ should mean that we and our children will be exposed to ideas and human beings who will offend our Christian striving for purity. - Susan S. White, Binghamton, N.Y.
Make mine decaffeinated
You titled a short article on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's travels to Iraq, "Wake up and smell the Kofi" (Feb. 28). Your attempt to be clever comes across as disrespectful. Whether or not you agree with UN policy or the actions of the secretary general, the editorial staff of WORLD should avoid using such attention-getting headlines. - Mary L. Dubler, Fort Collins, Co.