Thank you for your excellent tribute to Mrs. Taylor of Family House ("Mrs. Taylor's neighborhood," May 16). Along with others from my suburban church, I have had the privilege of supporting Family House not only financially but also physically by working to help renovate these homes. It has been a joy to watch former drug houses get transformed into use for the Lord's work. The former grocery store, now a clinic, will have an open house in June and will be in operation shortly thereafter serving the neighborhood. As a faith-based entity, Family House is already affecting the area. Neighbors are taking more pride in their own homes and cleaning up their yards. Family House is truly a beacon of light in this inner-city neighborhood. Only God could make all this possible in less than three years! - Judy Lokken, Milwaukee, Wis.
It was a pleasure to read the article "Mrs. Taylor's neighborhood." It has been my privilege to meet Mrs. Taylor on several occasions, so you can imagine my delight when I opened my mailbox to see her smiling face on the cover of WORLD. Thank you also for telling the story of the work of the Bradley Foundation. It has been a wonderful friend of our work-the Milwaukee Rescue Mission-and a friend to many other important faith-based organizations. The Bradley Foundation has also challenged other private funding sources to consider giving to faith-based and church-based organizations. - Patrick Vanderburgh, Milwaukee Rescue Mission
Free speech defended
Mario Savio (the '60s Berkeley radical) was right when he said, "There comes a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part, you can't even passively take part" ("Institutional radicalism," May 16). That is why we need to defund Planned Parenthood. The Berkeley alumni are right to lionize the champions of free speech. We should honor those who risk RICO prosecution to stand in that long line of folk who have incurred state wrath by holding opposing official views: Folks like the Pilgrim fathers, Roger Williams, and William Tyndale. - Lawrence Andrade, Swampscott, Mass.
I am reserving judgment on so-called near death experiences ("Down the tunnel of light," May 16); however, using Hebrews 9:27 as a case against them is an example of sloppy logic. The verse is the rule, but there are exceptions. By the same logic, was Lazarus-as well as the numerous other people the Bible recounts as "raised to life"-then not truly dead? I reject not the writer's argument but the case he used to make it. - Jeremy Downey, Dayton, Ohio
Out of orbit
Earth to W. H. Smith. Come in, Mr. Smith. In Soul Food (May 16), you ask average students, "Have you read the Dylan Thomas poem that ... ?" You greatly overestimate the average students in the average American high school, sir. A few will have heard of poetry, and a few of Dylan (Bob, that is). - Andy Reibson, Forksville, Penn.
Fred Baue faults Billy Graham's autobiography for emphasizing what he did rather than concentrating on his character and personality ("Just what he did," May 9). Jesus said, "By their fruit you will recognize them" (Matthew 7:20). Billy Graham has produced much good fruit. Read about that, and you will get to know him. - Harry W. Rogers, Philadelphia, Pa.
Send your daughter?
As a businessman, I subscribe to all the major news publications-none of which support the Christian viewpoint. On the other hand, it is refreshing to read in WORLD that someone else is appalled at the lack of morality and the poor example that is being set for our children by the current occupant of the White House. Naysayers need to ask themselves the question: Would I want my daughter or granddaughter to be an intern in the White House today? If our leaders show disrespect for the law, aren't their followers doing the same thing when they defend what is indefensible? - David H. Workman, Melbourne, Fla.