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Issue: "One president, under God," Feb. 3, 2001

Looking back

I always look forward to your "Year in Review" issue. And thanks for the picture of Dr. James Boice ("Deaths: Man knows not his time," Dec. 30/Jan. 6). He was my pastor when I studied at Westminster Theological Seminary. I miss him and his honest, calm preaching of truth. - Tim Broberg, Flourtown, N.J.

Where's Loretta?

As I scanned the obituaries, I was appalled that I couldn't find the name of actress Loretta Young. She died Aug. 12, 2000, and will be missed by her fans. You might have omitted Communist Party USA boss Gus Hall to see if anyone would notice. - Florence Fahrbach, Troutville, Va.


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I just wanted to let you know that I thought the picture of the seductively clad singer was completely unnecessary ("Riffs and midriffs," Dec. 30/Jan. 6). The swimmer on page 40 was a little much as well. - Vanessa Ventura, Dumont, N.J.

Truth needs no bias

Joel Belz's editorial strikes me as an attempt to rationalize bias in WORLD's reporting and a failure to acknowledge the criticisms received from canceling subscribers ("The objectivity sham," Dec. 30/Jan. 6). He wonders why his religion reporter friend now needs to mute her personal views in reporting on religions other than her own. Is it not because she is now serving a wider audience? Her evangelicalism is no longer the "home team." Further, because WORLD reported the Florida election debacle from a biased perspective, it provided little help in understanding how my Democratic neighbors could accuse the Republicans of electoral theft. Please, don't hide behind a mask of biblical "commitment" in the same way you accuse other publications of hiding behind a mask of journalistic "objectivity." Truth does not need an opinion. - Mike Dwyer, Fort Collins, Colo.

The road to objectivity

I appreciated the editorial on media objectivity by Joel Belz. Anyone who imagines that Time or Newsweek are objective has a lot to learn about objectivity. Those magazines will never attain it, nor will any human being, completely, because there is only one objective point of view in the universe. Only God sees all things as they really are. With the help of God's Word and the Holy Spirit, however, we can achieve objectivity (share God's point of view) on some things, and at least approximate it on others. So, the road to objectivity is humility. The humble man or woman who trembles at God's Word and is teachable will, more and more, be capable of being objective. - Jeffrey Niehaus, Danvers, Maine

One strike rule

I take issue with the batting average model Mr. Olasky used to evaluate the Republican Party ("Year's end," Dec. 30/Jan. 6). You see, I am one of those single-issue right-wing Christian fanatics. I believe that the Republican Party can get the economy right, can get taxes right, can reform the school system, and get government out of areas they shouldn't be in and still strike out-over abortion. How pragmatic was President Clinton when he took office? Did he avoid the controversial issues or moderate his tone? He signed numerous Presidential Orders that the fringe of his constituency demanded. Should we sit back and take what's thrown to us? I think not. - Steve Holle, Billings, Mont.

No polls

Mr. Olasky is correct to remind us that our political party affiliation is not our church body. It is naive to take the ball and go home if they won't play by our rules. And we Christian Republicans have eased lethargically into our too-quickly-uttered, "God is in control" excuse-making. Partly, we have not been willing to pick up our swords and defend the territory God has given us. Even my favorite hero, when he heard about Goliath breathing out threats against God and His people, rushed out to make right the wrong-no polls taken among the brothers or the sheep. - Cecile DeOrnellas, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Looking forward

Thank you so much for WORLD. I have been reading it for years on the Internet when I couldn't afford a subscription. I appreciate your biblical approach to the issues of the day and look forward to receiving each week's magazine. - Linda Whitlock, Salem, Va.

Connect the dots

The most telling event of the year 2000 is not highlighted by any single photograph on the cover of WORLD's "2000 Year in Review" issue, but in the dotted line that could connect photos of the two stories that had Americans transfixed for much of the year. The sorry tale of little Elián Gonzalez gave the Clinton administration one last opportunity to recklessly abuse its authority, and thereby outraged the Cuban Americans living in Florida. Had it not been for the Elián story, Al Gore could well have picked up hundreds, perhaps thousands of votes in Florida and there would never have been any manual recounts or court challenges-just a squeaker for Mr. Gore. The upshot? Bill Clinton thwarted the attempt of his own vice president to succeed him in office, and handed the election to George W. Bush. - Ken Miles, Camas, Wash.


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