Oh, please! Grumbling about Dr. Laura is sort of like complaining about ice cream because it is not a good source of vitamin C. No, she's not a Christian, and yes, her answers are occasionally "blunt" and "arbitrary." She is, however, a refreshing light that shines brilliantly through some very nasty darkness. At a time when our culture is sinking in the mire, we need to encourage every voice that speaks unequivocally for traditional morality. To disparage her considerable influence for good is to show the very lack of grace you chide her for. Would you really want to leave the field to Howard Stern and his ilk? - Eleanor K. Gustafson, Haverhill, Mass.
I take issue with your description of Dr. Laura Schlessinger as a "secular conservative" ("Dr. Laura's static," May 9). As an Orthodox Jew, Dr. Laura does have a standard of moral absolutes to refer her radio "patients" to and she often does so. It is unfortunate that you have not listened long enough to have enjoyed her "evolution" from a moral relativist to a very grounded moral absolutist. For those of us who have followed her for a number of years on the radio, this transformation has been dramatic. - Susan Holladay, Riverside, Calif.
I have found Dr. Laura to be a breath of fresh air in a polluted atmosphere. Of course, she is not offering salvation by grace, but she is a voice which does espouse absolutes based on the God of the Old Testament. - Harry Mott, Norwich, N.Y.
I have only one thing to say concerning the piece on Dr. Laura: Amen. - Todd A. Westfall, Arlington, Va.
She's not a Christian
Criticizing Dr. Laura for not talking about the Christian message of grace is like criticizing Pep Boys Auto Parts for not carrying Big Macs. Before you turn your car radio on next time, say this mantra over five times in a monotone voice: "Dr. Laura is not a Christian." Perhaps it will help you get a less distorted opinion of her advice. I can send you a long list of radio and television personalities worthy of your disdain. Dr. Laura isn't on my list. - Carl R. Gregory, Merced, Calif.
Gene E. Veith asks what Dodger catcher Mike Piazza "wants to buy with $100 million that he could not buy for $81 million" ("A tale of two games," May 2). The obvious answer is, of course, it's none of Mr. Veith's business. If the demand for catchers is greater than the supply, well… What a CEO, sports player, computer builder, or school bus driver makes is only between the boss and employee. Maybe with the extra folding money Piazza wants to give a bigger tithe to his church. Maybe he'll just blow it on a fancy sports car and put auto workers, tire makers, and service station attendants to work. Maybe he'll sock it in the bank, providing investment capital for business. Or he could, like Uncle Scrooge, just pile it in a room and roll around in it, thereby reducing the overall demand on goods and services, lowering prices for the rest of us. I used to build computers, but I now drive a school bus. Why? Mo' money. The demand for drivers is greater than for computer builders. What do I do with the extra $2 an hour my greed drove me to get? With part of it I subscribe to WORLD. The rest is nobody's business. - David K. Lewis, Louisburg, Kan.
Bravo for your concise portrayal of the sorry condition of campus Christianity ("I believe in me," May 9). The campus ministries that preach "no creed but Jesus" are partly to blame. One should not be surprised, however. This "squish" theology is the same pathetic porridge that is served hot and fresh in most evangelical churches every Sunday. - Patrick Poole, McLean, Va.
Waste not, want not
After thoroughly reading my "most favorite" magazine-WORLD-I tear the pages out and put them into all my bills, charity checks, cards, etc. I was raised, waste not, want not. - Priscilla Taylor, Mt. Ephraim, N.J.