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Issue: "Judicial overreach?," Dec. 2, 2000

Not a sore loser

The picture on pages 16 and 17 of the Nov. 4 issue, of Dennis Hastert and Richard Gephardt holding the Speaker's gavel, really struck me ("Rebuilding the House?"). Here are two men, ideologically opposed, facing each other and smiling in a setting depicting a transfer of power. It was a refreshing view of politics. - Brian Schwartz, Nashville, Tenn.

More than talk

As the mother of three transracially adopted children, thank you for your article on adoption amidst the clamor of election mania ("Against the grain," Nov. 4). Some Christians who can spout statistics about this or that political problem in America sound impressive, but talk is meaningless without a personal investment. I'm used to the stares at my unusual-looking family. Not only do we sport diverse skin and hair and eyes, but all of my children are 3 years old. In 1997, three different women chose to personally "do" something about abortion. Shortly after, God called my husband and me to the humbling task of becoming adoptive parents. The joys of being a mother to my precious kids far outweigh the tough times. - Sarah Padbury, Milton, Fla.

Double blessing

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Nothing has inspired us to write to WORLD like "Against the grain." It is our adopted son Nicodemus's 6th birthday. By the time the adoption was finalized, Nic had a "bonus" baby brother. Both boys have proven to be very difficult to raise. Many days we have asked, "Why, Lord, what difference can we have made?" But God has blessed us in so many and unexpected ways, and your article showed us that anything we do for others we do for Him. That is blessing enough, but we also have two wonderful children who add to our family as no others could. Thanks for the reminder. - Doug & Susan Wood, Orange, Calif.

Preach it

Amen to John Piper for "Single-issue politics" (Nov. 4). He articulated exactly how I felt after having a conversation with two Christian friends who agreed with each other that issues like abortion "aren't presidential issues." - Jan Bennett, Shelton, Wash.

Sacred-issue politics

"Single-issue politics" was a terrific article. The pro-life issue is a sacred one for me as well, even more so since my son died in utero last month. I feel so strongly about this one issue that I will never vote for a candidate who favors abortion rights even if he has 10 times the qualifications of the other candidate, and I'd rather pay more in taxes than vote for someone who's pro-choice. - Shannon May, Arlington,Va.

Rotten motto

The motto of the new Marine martial art, "You'll bow to no one," is hardly in the spirit of martial arts ("Looking for a few good ninjas," Nov. 4). In fact, that motto reflects the mindset you must drive out in order to become a martial artist. The goal is not to "kick butt" and teach people not to mess with you. The motto reflects rotten Americanism, not the high and noble cause of the ancient arts of the warrior. - Gabe West, Allentown, Pa.

Samurai vs. ninja

In his article on the New Aging of the Marine Corps, Mr. Veith mistakenly said, "The Japanese were schooled as samurai warriors holding the ninja ideals." The ninja (followers of ninjutsu) were the assassins and spies of their day, highly skilled mercenaries who were paid for the elimination of or information on an enemy. The samurai (followers of bushido: the way of the warrior) were soldiers. There was a huge difference. - Nathan Arnold, Vulverde, Texas

Exceptions

I was very impressed by your special issue, "Rebuilding America." Mr. Veith correctly describes the politically correct and post-modern doctrine that is destroying our liberal arts colleges and universities, but there is an important exception ("Culture of the bizarre," Oct. 28). I would say that a significant number of Christian colleges have remained faithful in educating young women and men to become Christian scholar-servants. - Bernard J. Piersma, Houghton, N.Y.

Won't help

Your "Rebuilding America" special issue was excellent. "Policy, not policing" was full of sound ideas. The only exception was the assumption that "globalization" would force China toward accountability. That seems highly unlikely, considering China's evil, secretive government. - Ruth Harrington, Butte, Mont.

Appalling enginery

I found Vernon Robinson's comments to fall far short of the stated goal of the "Rebuilding America" special issue ("When will Washington ever learn?" Oct. 28). A.A. Hodge was correct when he stated over 100 years ago that "a comprehensive and centralized system of national education separated from religion ... will prove the most appalling enginery for the propagation of anti-Christian and atheistic unbelief, and anti-social, nihilistic ethics, individual, social, and political, which this sin-rent world has ever seen." This is precisely what our public-school system has become. Why not make the highest priority restoring responsibility for the education of their own children to parents? Why not remove big government from education altogether by abolishing the Department of Education and converting the public schools to local private schools? Why not stop forcing Christians to pay for the godless education of others through the threat of coercive taxation? These are just a few creative alternatives to Mr. Robinson's list. - Patch Blakey
Association of Classical and Christian Schools, Moscow, Idaho

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