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Issue: "Target: Taiwan," May 5, 2001

No business

The article by Candi Cushman ("Caesar's reach") brings up an old issue: Who controls education? The Bible teaches that the parents are responsible for education, not the state. I support Tyndale Seminary President Mal Couch. The state has no business dictating curriculum and course content. - Craig Shoemaker, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Native criminals

Joel Belz hit the nail on the head with "The real gangster." The greatest dangers to freedom we face are in the federal capitol, state houses, and city halls. It seems the only object of government, of all types, is to stay in office, no matter how you have to sell your soul to the devil. As Mark Twain said, the only criminal class "native to the United States is Congress." - Jim Scanlon, Corning, Calif.

The price of life

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You reported that in 1991 abortionist Dr. Joe Bills Reynolds was fined only $1 after being convicted for manslaughter for killing his wife in a liposuction procedure ("One murder too many?" April 7). You know that America is going downhill when a killer is only fined a dollar. - Grace Wicks, 15, St. Louis, Mo.

Somebody's got to

Cal Thomas accurately stated a big problem in schools today ("It's up to parents," April 7). However, in defense of government-mandated character education, if the parents aren't going to do it, at least the schools are trying to do something. I help out in my kindergartner's class, and I see what the lack of parental involvement can do. One child told me that he didn't do his homework because his mother said he didn't have to. Needless to say, he's really struggling. - Karla Hamrick, Wapakoneta, Ohio

More music

The hand of Providence was present the day I noticed an issue of WORLD on the floor of a friend's dorm room. I ripped out a subscription card and have been an avid reader ever since. I love the music column often included in The Buzz as well as the occasional special music feature, and would like to see more of them. - Toby James Hopper, Charlotte, N.C.

Around in 30

After nearly 30 years I am letting my subscription to U.S. News and World Report expire. Enclosed is my payment for a three-year subscription. I am looking forward to reading WORLD for the next 30 years, if I am around that long. There is no doubt in my mind that you will be. - David L. Nelson, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Devastated by prosperity

Your cover story on the crisis in geriatric care emphasizes the roles of doctors, nursing home administrators, and governments to deal with the problem ("Aging in place," March 31). Ironically, for many elderly people in Florida, daycare is not an option because they have no family to go home to. "Creative" solutions are well and good, but I had to wait until the April 7 issue, where Andree Seu discusses depravity in "People like us," to get the needed perspective. Our family structure has been devastated by our prosperity and "choice," so that the inability of nursing homes to properly care for our elders is simply an indictment of our failure to be caretakers in every stratum of society. If people in our culture are discontent to be husbands, wives, and parents, what makes anyone think that we will extend kindness to the infirm elderly? - William Schuler, Pierceton, Ind.

Insult to injury

Joel Belz wrote a great column about the credit card companies' dilemma-that they helped cause the indebtedness of Americans to the point where many throw up their hands in despair, unable to stagger under the debt load any longer ("The come-on," March 17). To add insult to injury, if a customer is fraudulent with a credit card, the (very rich) credit card company does not take the hit; rather, the merchant, often a small business like ours, has to take the loss or have purchased services to screen out fraudulent customers, whom the credit card companies accepted in the first place. - Shannon Stowell, Monroe, Wash.

Give unto Caesar ...

Thank you for "Caesar's reach" (April 7). As a student at Tyndale Theological Seminary, I have already experienced the ramifications of governmental intrusion into Christian educational circles. Many Christians have bought into the idea that academic quality and prestige are attained by the secular world's seal of approval in the form of accreditation. At Tyndale I am receiving excellent training, but my ministry and future academic pursuits will be hampered because Christians esteem what is Caesar's more than what is God's. - John R. Fesmire, Endwell, N.Y.

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