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Issue: "God, Caesar and taxes," April 17, 1999

An American hero

I just finished reading your article on "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio ("He's left and gone away," March 20) and was very impressed. I have never been a big baseball fan and knew little of DiMaggio other than the obvious fact that he was a Yankees legend. Your article made me realize what a man of character he really was. As a college athlete and member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, I am inspired by this true American hero. I also believe strongly that DiMaggio should serve as an example to athletes everywhere-professional and students alike. It is important to remember whose glory we are playing for. Also, I really enjoy your magazine. I like the point of view with which you approach your stories. It is great to have a good, reliable, conservative, Christian source of information. - Benjamin Morgan, New London, Conn.

The legend lives on

I am 14 years old and have a great interest in sports. Thank you for putting the Yankee Clipper on the cover of the March 20 issue. It was excellent to see the contrast between Joe and the four NCAA basketball players featured in your previous issue ("March madness alert," March 13). I'm glad that Joltin' Joe's legend lives on. As Yogi Berra said, "He's the best player I've ever seen, and that's the doggoned truth." - Nathanael Yellis, Kennebunk, Maine

Well, it was DiMaggio

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I was very pleased to see a tribute to Joltin' Joe DiMaggio, a man who played the game the way it was supposed to be played, with character and class to the honor and glory of God. In this day and age, when sports are no longer sports but a business, virtually redefined by money and greed, and when truth is sacrificed on the altar of winning, this article was very refreshing. Also, I was very surprised and pleased to see a Yankee on the front cover of a magazine whose editor is a rabid Red Sox fan. - Pete Andreas, Cerritos, Calif.


In response to the Mailbag writer who objects to the liberal use of "vocabulary words" ("Enough jargoned prose," March 27), I enjoy it when your writers occasionally send me to my dictionary to learn a new word. I would add that prose refers to ordinary speaking or writing as opposed to poetry with a formal artistic structure. Prose can also refer to speaking or writing that is dull and commonplace. So his assertion that WORLD's writers do not use prose is both incorrect and correct: They write in prose, but their writing is certainly not prosaic. - Heidi Morrow, Upland, Ind.

Likes dictionaries

I like that your contributors do not always write in prose. It makes me want to look up words in the dictionary. My vocabulary has increased because of it. Keep up the good work. - Michael De Maar, 15, Linden, Mich.

We agree

Personally, I think the articles in WORLD are far from sesquipedalian. - Dan Washburn, Doraville, Ga.

Don't be sorry

Make no apologies for your writing. Vocabulary is a toolkit for conveying meaning. If we restrict vocabulary, there is little opportunity for people to learn new words, ultimately impoverishing ordinary language. - Judith Weber, Houston, Texas

Don't dumb-down

Please don't dumb-down the vocabulary in WORLD. Our culture is dumbing-down everything-education, theology, worship styles, Bible translations. Please don't let this virus infect WORLD. - Ruth Baldwin, Birmingham, Ala.

Utter nonsense

I must take exception to your "Designer U" column (March 20). Parents sending a son or daughter to one of the "prestigious" universities today do not do so to provide them "with a crutch that will give them the opportunity not to use their talents to the fullest." That, sir, is utter nonsense. Children who gain admission to the prestigious schools are extremely intelligent, highly motivated students who have made the most of their secondary school education. They have used their talents to the fullest and can be expected to do so in college and in later life. They need no crutch, are looking for no crutch, and knowingly enter a highly competitive environment. - Robert L. Fleming, Dallas, Pa.

Big-name degrees

As a senior at Duke University, I was disappointed by some of Mr. Olasky's comments about high-priced, big-name education. Neither I nor my father have cheated on tithes, nor is this education a crutch. Yes, it is overpriced and overrated. Yes, slovenliness and relativism have poisoned the whole campus. But the culture war was first lost in academia, and this same avenue has powerful potential to redeem it. We need Christians with big-name degrees if we desire not to be marginalized in this arena, not just to be heard, but to recapture the minds of future leaders. - Will Riddle, Durham, N.C.


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