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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Ashcroft: Under fire," Jan. 13, 2001


If WORLD is concerned about inappropriate and illegal actions taken by some overzealous public health officials in enforcing hepatitis B vaccination laws, I heartily agree ("A shot wide of the mark," Dec. 2). Or is WORLD trying to dissuade people from taking advantage of one of the most outstanding medical advances of our era? Hundreds of millions of doses of vaccines administered worldwide have saved countless lives and left no doubt as to their safety and efficacy. To sow doubt and confusion about them by sensationalist journalism is a public disservice. - John H. Knelson, Morehead City, N.C.

Don't worry

I was deeply concerned when your Dec. 16 Mailbag contained no letters canceling their subscriptions. I was afraid that you have lost your touch and were not offending enough people. Thanks for saying the things that many of us don't necessarily want to hear but need to. An occasional cancellation is the result of being salt and light to a world that is dark and often lacks flavor. - J.L. Rivera, Chicago, Ill.

Mailbox pollution

Take our name off your mailing list. I do not want this publication to pollute my mailbox or my home. We do not believe in using the Lord's name to push politics on anyone. - Virginia Newkirk, Spokane, Wash.

WORLD in balance

I am often frustrated by your seemingly consistent equating of orthodox biblical Christianity and North American conservative political thinking. I don't make that connection. But I do read WORLD every week if only to balance the opinionated grandstanding of the major national newsweeklies and other news sources. You make me think, and for that I appreciate you. I won't cancel my subscription. - Ron Rogers, Las Vegas, Nev.

Front-loaders rule

I wholeheartedly agree that the federal government needs to stay out of washing machine regulation (I am still reeling over the fact that I can't buy a full flush toilet that does the job properly), but I have owned a front-loading washing machine for over two years and I can't rave enough about it ("Washington versus washing machines," Dec. 2). It uses less water, detergent, bleach, and fabric softener; my clothes come out cleaner than before; and the side spin mechanism actually spins the clothes drier than a top-loader, so my dryer time is cut almost in half. - Paula Hamilton, Brentwood, N.H.

A great magazine

What a great magazine. Finally, a Christian view of the news and current events. - Arlene Wonamaker, Auburn, Pa.


The main character on the "Kids' Praise" children's tape series is named "Psalty" (Dec. 9, p. 37). - The Editors

Punch card Ouija

Thank you to Bob Jones for his coverage of the legal battle for the White House in the Dec. 9 issue ("3 strikes, you're out"). His article noted that Palm Beach election officials rejected some ballots because "they could not divine a voter's intent in such cases." In this age of dial-a-psychic hotlines, astrologers, tarot card readers, and palm readers, it's no surprise that no one bats an eyelash at the standard employed by the canvassing board for determining the "intent of the voter." This "standard" is akin to reading tea leaves, or like playing Ouija on a Hollerith punch card. - Steven Van Epps, Glen Burnie, Md.


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