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Issue: "School-to-Work debate," Sept. 5, 1998

Hot err

The United States has about 4.6 percent of the world's population, but consumes over 1/3 of its natural resources and generates 20 percent of its pollution ("Putting Kyoto on ice," Aug 8). Is it really impossible for us to live more simply and allow others to have what they need without destroying creation? In my experience, those who fight for the environment do so because, Christian or not, they have a profound love for what God has given us and they wish to give our children a physically and spiritually livable planet. Those who oppose them are seeking to protect their wealth and lifestyles, or avoid the difficulties of finding different careers. It's pretty clear what is of God here and what is not. I would beg you in the name of Jesus to reconsider these things. Jesus said that we simply cannot serve God and mammon. We must choose whom we will put our primary trust in. To trust our investments and markets first is not to trust him. To give of ourselves to what he made and what he cares about is. - C. Scott Church, Bothell, Wash.

Gas bags

In your issue on global warming, you placed a chart on page 15 showing the model predictions vs. satellite data. Did you notice that the spikes of warmer temperatures came every four years-at election time! Seems to me that global warming comes primarily from all of the politicians' hot air. - Andrew C. Hefty, Macclenny, Fla.


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It must have been an oversight! I enjoyed Chris Stamper's review of Saving Private Ryan in the Aug. 8 issue, just as I enjoyed the movie. It really did make me appreciate my parents' generation and their sacrifice for the rest of us today. Mr. Stamper leaves out a very salient point for a review in a Christian magazine like WORLD. He notes that the movie is "rated R for violence and gore" but fails to mention the language. I have been in the military and the talk there is properly reflected in the movie. Some folks, though, who read WORLD and trust you implicitly are not going to be happy when they get in the theater and realize the reviewer did not prepare them to hear the air turned blue. - Wayne Herring, Memphis, Tenn.

No honor here

Chris Stamper must have seen an edited version of Saving Private Ryan since the one he saw shows American soldiers acting with "bravery and honor." In the one I saw, an American murders Germans surrendering at Omaha Beach. These same Americans, our heroes, all want to murder a German prisoner who had the misfortune of doing his job and killing one American. Did Americans ever kill prisoners in WWII? Yes. Were they men of honor who did so? No. This movie takes the position that killing prisoners is wise. In that, Steven Spielberg has broken new moral ground in American cinema. - Wayne Wilson, Acton, Calif.

Who's wimpy?

The review of Saving Private Ryan was good and well-deserved. However, one thing about it bothered me: the line "those veterans deserve respect from the wimpier generations." I agree that the veterans deserve respect, but how can you classify any one generation as "wimpy" compared to the veterans who fought WWII? I'm in the dark as to how a generation could be weak just because it hasn't gone to war. After all, the brave soldiers who fought WWII were only ordinary men empowered by God to accomplish the defeat of Hitler. - Daniel Bagley, Meridian, Idaho

I'm lost

In the past I have appreciated the movie summaries your magazine has published. Not Chris Stamper's article about the movie Saving Private Ryan. I am somewhat lost to understand why he would give a "must see" twist for Saving Private Ryan without giving a complete warning to parents concerning the language. Yes, the blood and gore is extreme in this movie, but so is the profanity. This movie may display the heroism displayed by troops in WWII, but does this make the movie acceptable? What about the standard of not accepting material that is offensive. Such language in its extreme use surely cannot be acceptable. - Bill Pevey, Athens, Ga.

Shocked and ashamed

How in the name of all that is holy can you write favorably of Saving Private Ryan? This film contains many uses of the "F" word. I am shocked and ashamed of you. Do not expect me to renew my subscription! - Bob Brown, Louisville, Ky.


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