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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Mad Dash," Dec. 16, 2000

Election thrills

My students at our Christian school followed the election results closely ("An uneasy majority," Nov. 18). As news trickled in concerning the six referendum questions on Maine's ballots, I updated the kids on the results. What a thrill it was to hear them cheer when all six questions went down to defeat, especially those that would have legalized video gambling, physician-assisted suicide, and special rights for homosexuals. We thank the Lord for watching over our state, and we continue to pray for godly leadership at the national level, too. - William MacDonald, Hermon, Maine

Blossom by broom

Joel Belz's challenge to sweep the TV out of our homes is right on target ("Sweeps month," Nov. 18). One of the best pieces of advice we received before marriage was: "Don't get a television for the first year." Twelve years later we are still enjoying a television-free home. We believe our family life, ministry, vocabulary, and minds have blossomed as a result. We still manage to keep up with the news and sports very well through other media. We especially appreciate the video, music, and book reviews in WORLD, which help to keep us in touch with culture without polluting our home. - Tanya M. Ewing, Scotts Valley, Calif.

Healthy absence

For the last 20 years my husband and I have taken off for two or more months in the summer, traveling with no television or radio. When we get home we find that we've not missed a thing. With all the political wrangling going on this summer, we feel that not having TV was especially good for our blood pressure. - Glorene E. Lueth, Harlingen, Texas

Healthy absence

For the last 20 years my husband and I have taken off for two or more months in the summer, traveling with no television or radio. When we get home we find that we've not missed a thing. With all the political wrangling going on this summer, we feel that not having TV was especially good for our blood pressure. - Glorene E. Lueth, Harlingen, Texas

Countercultural

Thank you for daring to suggest that Christians could turn off their televisions. We kicked the TV out of our house about nine years ago and are better for it in a dozen ways. Friends, non-Christian and Christian alike, were incredulous; they asked whether our children (now in college) were stunted in their growth socially, how we managed to stay informed, and some offered to give us the television in their spare room. We hear that the number of households without televisions is smaller than the number without telephones, so I guess that makes us a sort of counterculture couple. - Keven & Jan Haggerty, McHenry, Ill.

They all do

I feel your comment about the contemporary Christian group Plus One was somewhat unfair ("The music," Nov. 18). Yes, it's true that they have "jumped on the bandwagon" by following the trend toward boy bands. The same could be said for most of contemporary Christian music, however. They are reaching out in music to people who may never otherwise hear God's message, as well as providing believers with "modern" music with a positive theme. - Teresa Griewahn, Cheboygan, Mich.

A minus

Plus One has always been a big favorite of mine. I was disappointed to hear that they had performed for Vice President Gore. I'll be more attentive for news on this band in the future. - Rachel Sterk, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Question answered

If there was any question about the ability of the secular news media to report the news without bias, the coverage on election night and since should have put that myth to rest forever ("Pro-Gore press," Nov. 11). For example, on election night, one NBC anchor gleefully announced, "I think we have enough electoral votes to put Gore in the White House." OK, we know who he was cheering on. - Nancy Witmer, Manheim, Pa.

Blotched Times

In your story on the moral failure of Christian leaders, you quoted a derogatory comment about Focus on the Family from The Moscow Times as an example of coverage in "foreign newspapers" ("Here we go again," Nov. 11). This makes it sound like Russian people are commenting on the Mike Trout situation, but it should be noted that the Times serves mainly the expatriate community and the columnist, Chris Floyd, is notoriously anti-Christian. His column is a weekly blotch on an otherwise decent newspaper. - Mark Harris, Moscow, Russia

Correction

Barbara Nauer of St. Louis wrote the Nov. 25 Mailbag letter titled "A number." - The Editors

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