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Issue: "Georgia twisters," Feb. 26, 2000

A no-brainer

If a doctor cannot sign a death certificate until the heart has stopped beating, doesn't it make sense even by the simplest of this world's views that life should, at latest, start with the first heartbeat, which occurs late in the first trimester? I don't think the Supreme Court should have any difficulty in making a decision on partial-birth abortions ("High stakes at the High Court," Jan. 29). No matter how you try to cover it up or rename it, you are ending a life. That amounts to murder, premeditated because it is surely planned. - Peter E. Masti, Ravena, N.Y.

Both ways

Regarding the statement from the "coalition of 850 liberal religious figures" (The No-Comment Zone, Jan. 29), what Bible do they use to glean conclusions not only for themselves but for "all faiths"? By opposing "unsustainable population growth" and "all forms of sexual oppression," they are trying to have it both ways. - Susan A. Ruggles, Grey Eagle, Minn.

Technology treadmill

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As a systems analyst and programmer with over 20 years of experience, it is comforting to read that the need for computer technology experts will be exploding over the next 10 years ("A lot of help wanted," Jan. 29). Unfortunately, many of my colleagues and I who have recently completed Y2K projects are finding it difficult to get new jobs. Many companies are looking for people with the latest buzzwords on their resumé: C++, Java, Visual Basic, DHTML, Cold Fusion, etc. I have been unemployed for about 5 months and am teaching myself Java and HTML. Without experience, however, it will be difficult for me to get anywhere. We are on a technology treadmill with increasingly smaller time frames. - Bruce Gordon, Portland, Ore.

No hovering

Bravo for "Taking stock" (Jan. 29). Hovering over the big board as Wall Street high-rollers manipulate my puny savings is not my idea of placing the kingdom of God first. The Lord is already taking good care of me and all those to whom I cheerfully give my worry-free "treasure." - Elsi Mayyasi, Sarasota, Fla.

A bull's eye

Marvin Olasky's piece on the subtle seduction of the recent stock market--induced prosperity is right on target. As someone who has benefited from this bull market, albeit modestly, I realize that it is only too easy for my soul to succumb to those distractions. - Andre Yee, Herndon, Va.

Squeeze 'em in

Thank you for the cartoon about Clinton moving Arizona to Washington because it's too environmentally sensitive (Jan. 29). In 1996 Mr. Clinton set aside over a million acres in my local area, and you could have added Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and several other states to the list. - Jackie Novotny, Escalante, Utah

Miserable model

Who in the world did the photo of the nurse ("A lot of help wanted," Jan. 29)? No self-respecting nurse would ever wear her stethoscope hanging straight down. Only MDs do that; nurses wear theirs over the back of their necks. Also, the last time I saw a nurse wearing a cap was about 1981, about the same year I last saw a nurse carrying a tray. And when has anyone seen a nurse with empty pockets? The minimum is several pens, a hemostat, bandage scissors, a roll of tape or two, some IV cards, and various notes. Plus, you need the photo-ID tag, with her last name taped over, so that she doesn't get harassed at home by crazy patients. And why, with this retro-look nurse, did you leave off the one retro thing I still really do like, I-length sleeves? Finally, the model looks miserable, which might be appropriate because nurses these days are probably the most overworked and underrespected people in our country today. - Ursula Smith, Chesterfield, Mo.

Leaving the herd

While Mr. Stamper was insightful to point out the irony of the Mac OS X kernel name of "Darwin" ("Intelligent designers," Jan. 29), some of his observations suggest that he may not be paying attention to public information concerning Apple's recent rebound. The stock has risen because Apple is a leader in technology. Though world market share of Macs may only be 5 percent, many iMac buyers are new to the Macintosh, perhaps preferring value, ease of use, and innovation over the "herd instinct" draw of the Windows-based PC system. - David Van Vliet, Rochester, Minn.

The scoop

I read with great interest your article on Jane Fonda ("Citizen Jane," Jan. 29). I had heard the rumors but didn't give them any credence. It is good to know the "scoop" on Miss Fonda. I appreciate the tentativeness of your reporting for, as you said, until she goes on record we won't know how far she has come. - Kathy Parcells, Dayton, Ohio

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