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Issue: "Fighting Potomac fever," Feb. 27, 1999


Reading the review of Oprah Winfrey's new book, Oprah Winfrey Speaks, made me downright irate ("Oprahfication," Jan. 30). In true Stamper-like fashion, he once again chose to focus on the unfortunate things that have happened in Oprah's life and to totally ignore the hundreds of positive things Oprah is doing through her show. Never mind that Oprah has founded the "Angel Network" on her show that accepts donations and helps Habitat for Humanity build houses for families in need. Never mind that she has a recurring segment on her show called "Remembering Your Spirit" that is intended to build up the family unit and encourages parents to spend more time with their children. For a Christian magazine, sometimes I am very surprised at the ignorance and narrow-mindedness of the reviews printed in your magazine. - Baylee Johnson, Indianapolis, Ind.

Seduced and abandoned

Thank you for your cover story on statutory rape ("Lost innocence," Jan. 30). I have friends who work at crisis pregnancy centers, and they are daily in the trenches on this very issue. It is very difficult to persuade a 14-year-old girl that the flattering attentions of an older man are harming her and may change the course of her life for the worse. One of the most negative consequences of the abortion culture is the moral abandonment of our young women. - Esther Lerch, New York, N.Y.

Saving face

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The article "Not-so-private sins" (Jan. 30) was a very well-written perspective on the president. It is surprising that so few Democrats have been willing to admit the president was wrong. Even though they may feel anger toward him, they back him to "save face" because they believed him in the first place. They need to be willing to work through their own pride and come to an honest conclusion. - Hannah Helterbrand (15), Tulsa, Okla.

Trash talkin'

What Mr. Clinton and his minions practice on Mr. Starr and this nation started years ago with Cassius Clay/Mohammed Ali, who would berate his opponents before any fight. Today, it is called talkin' trash. Sit close to a professional basketball court and you will get an earful. This White House has simply moved trash talk from sports and elections to a year-round event. Unlike the past, too many politicians now don't even feel the need to give the appearance of honor and integrity. We should not be surprised. Daniel 4:25 tells us that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men, gives them to anyone He wishes, and sets over them the lowliest of men. We keep your magazines for months, often rereading the essays, reviews, and the in-depth articles. - Nick Patapoff, Los Angeles, Calif.

Blame it on Virginia

I work as a first-grade teacher's aide in a Christian school. As an award for reading at home, one student chose a presidential poster. He pointed out President Clinton and commented that Bill Clinton was our president and that he was in court.Then he said, "Where was [Pres. Clinton's] mommy? His mommy should have taught him not to lie and should have given him more time outs." Out of the mouths of babes. - Sarah Davis, Dallas, Ore.

Corrosive effect

"Not-so-private sins" speaks well to the humiliation all Americans feel about the president. You might add one important point on which his personal failing has injured us all-it has heightened the enmity between conservatives and liberals a great deal, which can be both good and bad. However the Senate disposes of this impeachment, we are all warned by it. Recently I left home for a meeting knowing I would be gone several hours but telling my kids, "I'll be right back." As I crossed the street, I realized I had told a white lie. I could justify this with an argument that "right back" is a relative matter. But to my kids, I didn't come right back. Hopefully, they went to bed and didn't think about it. But if they did, their attitude toward telling the truth will be influenced. Thanks to this episode, perhaps our consciences are being rekindled-at least if we respond with repentance-and not merely compromised and numbed. Fortunately, for those who believe, "in all things God works for the good of those who love Him" (Romans 8:28). - Christopher Kelly, Evanston, Ill.


I was saddened at the negative comments launched at Group Publishing in Culture Beat's review of Spiritual Junk Food ("Stealth Sunday schools," Jan. 31). As a homeschool mom, a Christian committed to living and teaching God's Word, and one who has been involved in children's ministries for over 20 years, I want you to know that Group Publishing's ministry is a breath of fresh air when it comes to providing curriculum that is effective in teaching children the Bible in meaningful ways. The children made by our creative God are not made one dimensionally, and we dare not try and reach them with the precious truths of His Word that way if we hope to be effective. - Dawn Bouchard, Beavercreek, Ohio


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