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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Top 100 Books 1999," Dec. 4, 1999

Not for now

I had already read all three Harry Potter books to see if they were appropriate for my children, and I must confess I enjoyed the stories. However, I had concluded that my kids were too young for them. Your article ("More clay than Potter," Oct. 30) helped me clarify why I was uncomfortable with my kids reading them now. However, it would be a shame to throw the books out. The witchcraft theme that bothers many parents can be discussed to help children be more discerning. - Arlene Hardman, Elgin, Ill.


The article concerning Gary Bauer ("Ex-staff sour on Bauer," Oct. 23) was finally informative enough to come away with a perception about all the fuss. I appreciate the journalism, which seems to have been fair both to the quality people who surrounded Bauer and the candidate himself, who at least held on to his integrity. I think WORLD may get more of the notice it deserves if it continues to consistently take a stand to inform with honesty, fairness, and truth. - Evan Spencer, Grand Prairie, Texas

Things money can't buy

How could you spend $1 billion to advance the cause of Christ ("King of the forest," Oct. 23)? When God wanted to change the world, He became a simple carpenter, gathered some poor fishermen to his side, and called a tentmaker. With a few faithful men and a lot of love, He changed the world. Those are things money can't buy. - Ed Rehbein, Beckley, W.Va.

Things money can buy

I would invest the $1 billion to earn an annual income of $50 million. This way, the money never runs out. I would then use that money to gradually fund an international museum of Christian history, regional Christian centers with libraries, emergency shelters, and other facilities, a Christian internet, a Christian film and television studio, and a Christian publishing conglomerate producing both news publications and works of artistic merit. - Mark Burton, Glen Burnie, Md.

Just good news

Please cancel my subscription. I don't need a magazine to tell me which politicians aren't behaving like Christians. That is obvious. I was hoping for stories about the good things going on, not the bad. - Mark Starlin, Cary, N.C.

Someday, Lord willing

Marvin Olasky noted that he'd like to build WORLD into a publication capable of going head to head with Time and Newsweek. We already cancelled our U.S. News & World Report subscription to have more time to enjoy WORLD. You may not have millions of subscribers yet, but you've got a better magazine. - Robert & Connie Perry, Longmont, Colo.

A partisan shot

Gene Edward Veith's column questioning Bill Bradley's faith ("Unbelieving politicians," Oct. 30) was a partisan, erroneous shot. I first came to know Mr. Bradley during the spring of 1965 at Princeton, when he was a senior and I was a freshman. His personal testimony then spurred me on to doing much better things academically, athletically, and spiritually. On Dec. 1, 1998, Mr. Bradley called to ask me to head up his campaign in Alabama. I asked him, "Is your Christian faith still as strong now as it was back then?" He replied that it "was much stronger; it is just that I don't wear it on my shirt sleeve." I am a pro-life Democrat, and I am aware that Mr. Bradley is more in the pro-choice arena, but I can do more good on this issue by encouraging fellow Democrats to see that an unborn child is still a human life. Bill Bradley has a great concern for children of all ages and my view is that he in time will see that even unborn children are human beings worthy of dignity and life. Bill Bradley's plan for health insurance for the 45 million people who are uninsured, his plans to help eliminate child poverty, and his programs to help spread America's prosperity to those left out of it, are all "being your brother's keeper," a true Christian ethic. - Julian I. McPhillips, Jr., Montgomery, Ala.


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