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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Daniel of the Year 1999," Dec. 18, 1999


Your article on The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment ("Not thankful?" Nov. 20) shows how books about anything as consistent as human nature are timeless. I was ironically surprised at that fact when I went to add the title to my ever-growing Christmas wish list. - Michelle Schaefer, Kansas City, Mo.

Got a better idea?

In his discussion of the Microsoft case ("Wrong without a remedy," Nov. 20), Mr. Belz seems to suggest that justice is no longer possible in the United States, but offers not a hint of a suitable alternative to the Department of Justice. - Boyce Ruegsegger, Lakewood, Colo.

A pale update

Your review of The Bachelor (The Movies, Nov. 20) failed to note that it is actually a pale update of the 1925 Buster Keaton silent classic, Seven Chances. There's no meaningful creativity left in Hollywood, so I'm not surprised. - Greg Day, Roseville, Calif.


It seems to me that the ministry budget for Ned Graham's organization, East Gates Ministries, should not decrease in quantity and percentage of the total budget ("Ministerial oversight? Nov. 6). I also take offense at his answers to WORLD's questions. He dodged the first question about alcohol treatment, and committed a Clintonesque feat with the one about fidelity, claiming to have been faithful for 18 years whereas his marriage had lasted 19. His staff claimed his answers were not absolutely true but "factually correct." Does this not sound suspiciously like President Clinton's "legally accurate" lies? - Hugh Henry, Dahlonega, Ga.

Sees the effects

I was troubled by Cal Thomas's editorial on the environment ("Let them eat crude," Nov. 6). As a fan of Mr. Thomas and a conservative both politically and religiously, I was saddened that he discounted the real adverse impact of chemicals on susceptible individuals' health. I support neither Mr. Gore nor one world government nor "bogus science," nor do I worship "Mother Earth." But I do work daily with patients who have become sensitized to chemicals in the environment and who are physically sick or disabled because of the exposure. - Philip D. Ranheim, M.D., Everett, Wash.


You equate "Christian" with politically ultraconservative and anti-environment. I expected your editorial slant to be "Christian," not sarcastic and lacking in grace. Please cancel my subscription. - David McCracken, Moses Lake, Wash.


As I write on Thanksgiving Day to renew my subscription, I am reminded of how thankful I am for this magazine. Weekly you remind us of our challenge as Christians in this nation and of our constant supply of redeeming grace. - Jo Ann Paules, York, Pa.


Few articles have struck me as much as "Harvest of shame" (Oct. 23). As a child, I could not fathom how the Israelites could sink to the practice of cannibalism; it sickens me to know that I live in a society that is no different. Where is the outcry? I fear that God's people have grown morally cold. - Beth Smith, Loveland, Colo.


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