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Issue: "California school shooting," March 17, 2001

Hard at work

Thank you for "Reining in the UN." The feminists and the pro-abortionists are definitely hard at work. The UN is increasingly overstepping its bounds by attempting to overrule nations' and states' rights on such issues as "women's health" and "children's rights"-something the UN was never designed to do. I applaud groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute for keeping a watchful eye on the UN and its activities. We should keep these issues in our prayers, and voice our concerns and our opinions on the new appointments to the UN to our senators. - Julie Riley, Phoenix, Ariz.

Skyscrapers of the mind

As a former educator and parent of two school-aged children, I feel that you did not accurately portray "constructivist education" ("Teach something," Feb. 17). The author described it as "sharing feelings and doing fun activities," but I would say that the method provides a framework so that students can use their accumulated knowledge to manipulate and construct. Properly used, it is not "puzzles and games" but the process of assembling building blocks of knowledge into an intellectual skyscraper. While I agree that students are not established in the knowledge of science, math, and history, and may even spend too much time sharing how they feel about numbers, I can hardly point my finger entirely at the prevailing educational theory of the day. Perhaps the answer lies in our children's response to hard work and responsibility and in their desire to learn. Maybe it is time to remove our gaze from the educator's teaching style and onto our own parenting. - Rachel S. Kimmel, Kertih, Malaysia

The end of sin

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The blind faith that led to the untimely deaths of the infants Samuel and Jeremiah reveals the magnitude of the leaders' arrogance and ignorance ("Fatal revelation," Feb. 17). True biblical submission to authority does not include stripping oneself and one's family of the fundamental rights of life and liberty. Christians are meant to be ambassadors to the world for Christ, not victims of self-imposed rituals that result in destruction. The tragic leadership of the Attleboro cult may initially have been well-meaning, I suppose, but it seems that the lust for power to control the lives of their family members destroyed those they love. Sin is always progressive, and the story illustrates how "when lust hath conceived it bringeth forth sin, and sin when it is finished bringeth forth death." - Peggy Kelley, Sodus Point, N.Y.


"Feeding the beast" by Tim Graham was wonderful (Feb. 17). It is important for Christians to know the workings of both our government and the media. Clearly Mr. Graham has a handle on both. - Paula Shira, Port St. Lucie, Fla.


I am at 36,000 feet and thought this is as good a time as any to write a long overdue note of appreciation. Since discovering your magazine, through the gift subscription of a church member, I have greatly benefitted from your excellent product. I gather news from various sources, but WORLD helps me put current events into perspective, and as a Bible teaching pastor your magazine is invaluable for my weekly preparation. - Andrew Coleman, St. Augustine, Fla.


I have been on over 30 in-prison ministry trips, but "Brutality behind bars" was still an eye-opener for me. - Robert Buri, Roseburg, Ore.


Our Wednesday night prayer group at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville has been praying for Dr. Chip Morgan and his family for a long time. Imagine my surprise when I saw his column in the Feb. 3 issue ("Daily blessings"). It blessed my heart, and was a testimony to God's grace and faithfulness. We will continue to pray for Dr. Morgan. - Avice Kaiser, Brentwood, Tenn.

Renew with joy

Thanks for keeping my eyes and ears open to the battles being fought in our nation and around the world. WORLD helps me look at the news from a biblical perspective, but without shying away from the dark realities of our culture. I have been inspired and brokenhearted by WORLD, and it is with great joy that I renew my subscription. - Cynthia L. Gamble, Independence, Mo.

A chance

The column by Joel Belz on Mayor Bret Schundler of Jersey City was a nice profile of a fine Christian man ("A new Jersey," Feb. 17). However, we believe he does have a chance in the gubernatorial primary against acting governor and former N.J. Senate President Donald DiFrancesco. As for finances, the local press reports him to be attempting to raise $6 million, with additional potential support from Steve Forbes. - John and Mark Weller, Jersey City, N.J.


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