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Issue: "The 2000 vote," Nov. 4, 2000

Given a chance

I was dismayed to read about the deaths of babies who were delivered prematurely as an abortion technique at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill. ("Alive: Wanted or not," Oct. 7). I was born and raised three miles from that hospital and have many ties to the institution. May God have mercy upon the souls of the individuals who allow the carnage of abortion within the walls of a hospital that bears Christ's name on the outside. I next read "Silver in Sydney" by Olympian Josh Davis. I have two adopted sons, both competitive swimmers. The older, Andrew, is 13 and has a good chance of making state finals this year. Could he be the next Josh Davis? I don't know, but at least his birth mother gave him the chance. She will never know, as she died soon after giving birth to Andrew, who was two months premature. - William Fischer, St.Charles, Mo.

Slanted on Shamblin

What motivates your editorial slant against Gwen Shamblin ("The skinny on Weigh Down," Oct. 7)? On the subject of the Spirit of God, who really understands the deity? Do we really have to agree with Luther and Calvin on anything? The answer appears to be yes, if you want to be part of the new Christian ecumenical community. Real victories in the problem areas of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, pornography, marriage problems, and weight will not come through our efforts and new rules but through the power of the living Holy Spirit, regardless of your understanding of the manifestations of God. - Aland Coons, Virginia Beach, Va.

Sickened

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Thank you for your recent article about Weigh Down Workshop's heretical stand on the Trinity. I am sickened that I was instrumental in supporting her financially by being a coordinator and providing several scholarships over the two years I was involved. I defended Weigh Down for years and now I'm being called "chaff" because I refuse to accept her teachings 100 percent. I am not alone. I join the increasing number of people who are praying for Mrs. Shamblin. - Marisa Watson, St. Peters, Mo.

Back, flatlanders

In Vermont, the term flatlander, used in the Oct. 7 article "Electoral civil war" to describe Vermonters, actually refers to out-of-staters, including those who may now live in Vermont but seem determined to reproduce their former home's culture here. To die-hard Yankees, it also means southern New Englanders, since the mountains tend to be in the northern part of New England. Those of us who wish to "Take Back Vermont" don't want to take the state back in time (when most had the rotary phones and wooden console TVs to which the article refers), but back to a political culture in which the opinion of the average citizen mattered. The political culture here has gotten increasingly elitist, and it's time to elect people who know they're servants of the public, not our bosses. - Joel Stoddert, Colchester, Vt.

Wake up

Thank you for highlighting the fight going on here in Vermont. The issue of homosexual civil unions was the Vermont Supreme Court's most outrageous abuse of power and the last straw. In November, the collective outrage of thousands of moral, God-fearing Vermonters will be heard. Let other states beware. Homosexual activists have promised to take this fight to the rest of the nation. Don't think it can't happen in your state or town. When it does, will you be asleep or awake? - Diane Cass, Charlotte, Vt.

Awake

I was encouraged to read about the "Take Back Vermont" campaign. We in Lakewood were fortunate that our city council heard the majority message loud and clear. Earlier this year, Lakewood Council defeated 5-2 a domestic partnership ordinance that would have provided health insurance benefits to domestic partners of city employees, the first in Ohio. It was sponsored quite stealthily by two pro-homosexual council members, but once word got out, council members were flooded with phone calls, letters, e-mails, and faxes by a usually complacent constituency. It was our wake-up call. - Ellen M. Malonis, Lakewood, Ohio

Lieberman vs. Lieberman?

Joel Belz quoted a moderate employee of NPR News who stated that the staffers over there "work very hard at being fair" ("Consider the source," Oct. 7). The day after the vice-presidential debate, the feature story on the 3 p.m. NPR newscast here in Atlanta was a euphoric account of Joe Lieberman's supposed triumph over Dick Cheney. Complete with background cheers and chants from a rally in Orlando, Mr. Lieberman exclaimed, "There are 'mornings after' and there are 'mornings after.'" I am still puzzling over what he meant, but after a minute or two of this the announcer went on to the next story-which wasn't about Mr. Cheney. He was mentioned only once, in passing, as part of the "Bush-Cheney ticket." Either Mr. Lieberman debated himself or NPR hit a new low. - David A. Gibson, Dacula, Ga.

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