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Issue: "Remember Los Alamos," March 27, 1999

Calvin said it best

Regarding Bob Jones's article, "Fighting the fever" (Feb. 27), I wholeheartedly agree that "the recent show trial of President Clinton [is] a timely reminder that Washington is not the source of hope for believers." In the article, former Congressman Dan Coats adds: "Too many have put too much faith in sending the right person to Washington." I think that, aside from Scripture, John Calvin said it best: "Even though all the princes of the earth were to unite for the maintenance of our Gospel, still we must not make that the foundation of our hope." - Brent England, State College, Pa.

King Bill's colonies

As we chasten our legislators for letting high crimes and corruption pass unpunished ("Though the heavens fall," Feb. 27), little has been said in the press about the notably European style of President Clinton's leadership behavior. Bill Clinton, who studied in the United Kingdom, clearly feels comfortable in a world where privilege demands that the ruling class be exempt from laws and standards designed to keep the masses in line. The lord of the manor traditionally had a free hand with the castle wenches, and he expected his servants to betray their honor, and even give their lives, in defense of the castle and its secrets. How many more scandals and craftily covered craziness will need to be revealed before we're persuaded that King Bill is not fit to govern these colonies? - Edwin A. Schwisow, Sandy, Ore.

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Three cheers for Tamir Goodman ("Hoops of fire," Feb. 27). Here's a young man I can respect. He's willing to take a stand for what he believes and will not play basketball for the University of Maryland on the Jewish Sabbath. It's sad that athletes who profess to know Christ, the one who is Lord of the Sabbath, don't have what it takes to do the same. When is the last time you printed an article about a Christian athlete who refused to play on the Lord's Day? Are there any? - Harry Heist, Verona, N.J.

Not just laymen

I'm writing to disagree with an assertion made in your Feb. 27 issue ("Struggling in Tokyo"). Mark Joseph argues that Christian musicians shouldn't be held to the same high standard as ministers since they are really just laymen who have been elevated above their real position. I disagree, not because I think Christian musicians as laymen should be held to the same high standard as ministers, but because I think Christian musicians are in fact (whether they desire it or not) ministers, particularly those who are widely known. The words sung by Christian musicians influence others, and in a very real sense they become teachers. Thus, they should be held to the higher biblical standard. - Alan Ogletree, Houston, Texas

Try Star Wars

While your article on Dungeons and Dragons was totally accurate ("Dark in the dungeon," Feb. 27), I felt that you had left out an entire side of role-playing games (RPGs). While many RPGs (like Dungeons and Dragons) are filled with demons and magic, there are some RPGs that are still fun to play and have little objectionable material. One example is the Star Wars RPG. It is fun to play, provides great challenges, and leaves out almost all objectionable content. The little objectionable content (use of the Force, which is very much like magic) can be edited out with little difficulty or loss to the game itself. - Dan Rollins, 17, Turlock, Calif.


I think it necessary to correct any misunderstandings that may have arisen from the recent article on role-playing. At its core, it rests on a single idea-the application of mathematical principles to imagination. The essence of role-playing is not in the occult, nor in base violence, nor even in escape from reality, but in the systematic attempt to apply measurements and statistics to every aspect of existence. Hence, an injury subtracts a certain number of "hit points," personal charm adds a certain number of points, etc. Mr. Wegierski rightly critiques RPG systems which are in need of criticism, if not outright burning. However, the existence of a few bad role-playing games does not mean that the entire genre is merely an appeal to a "thoroughgoing nihilism." Hollywood is drowning in evil movies, but we do not condemn movie-making itself. We must not fall into the trap of condemning the concept of role-playing because it has been abused by a few twisted designers. - Raymond Erikson, Escondido, Calif.


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