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Issue: "Keep the faith," June 23, 2001

Increasingly visible

Adam Smith wrote in 1776 that the best allocation of resources is through price-the "invisible hand" of the market. The impact of the "invisible" (and costly) environmental rules described by Bob Jones becomes more visible every day, especially in California ("The rising cost of environmentalism," May 26). Yet some seek to blame President Bush with a crescendo of pleas for price controls that are carefully orchestrated by the highly paid, Clinton-era spinmeister, Mark Fabiani, who is heading Gov. Gray Davis's media campaign. Hopefully, an increasingly impatient, power short, and outraged public will view with skepticism this effort to shift blame for the state's energy woes, especially given Mr. Fabiani's experience in blaming the "vast right-wing conspiracy" for Mr. Clinton's problems. - Russell Miller, Greenville, S.C.

Protect human health

Your analysis of the economic cost of environmental regulations leaves out an important component of the issue. Although environmental regulations ultimately produce higher energy prices, they are enacted to protect human health. Air and water quality suffer when industrial polluters have no incentive to reduce emissions. - John Ausema, Newark, Del.

Incentive to save

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People are crying about high fuel prices, but this is the healthiest thing we've encountered for some time. Higher prices provide an effective incentive to conserve. - Jennie Kessler, Benton, Kan.

Either or

There are many causes for the current power crisis besides environmental regulations. For example, California botched their power situation by timidly semi-deregulating the power industry. California, as well as the rest of us, may experience power shortfalls and more expensive power in the future because of an addiction to cheap energy coupled with an unwillingness to allow huge power plants in our backyard. We can't have it both ways. - Joe Schieffelin, Wheatridge, Colo.

Met her match

Many thanks for Mr. Plowman's even-handed report on the latest attack by liberal Episcopal bishops to vilify or silence, and then dispose of, conservative Episcopal laity and clergy ("Liberal intolerance," May 26). As a retired Episcopal archdeacon and a friend of Fr. Samuel Edwards, I can say with confidence that Suffragan Bishop Dixon has met her match and then some in Fr. Edwards, whose reputation as a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ and faithful priest ought to be unquestioned. - Donald Seeks, Fresno, Calif.

Literacy valued

"Wasted dollars, wasted lives" in the May 26 issue, regarding illiteracy in America, is a keeper. I am a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators and teach literacy in African languages in a Muslim community on the south side of the Sahara Desert in Cameroon. Massive amounts of federal spending are not needed to teach literacy in communities. I've had classes of half blind old women go directly from writing on the inside of cement sacks with a piece of charcoal to reading and understanding Scripture in their language. Although government schooling is available, these parents prefer a community school and fund a local teacher to teach all their children to read the Koran in the original Arabic. To an outsider, these parents appear desperately poor, but they value literacy enough to find a way. - Marian Hungerford, Milwaukie, Ore.

Incinerating infants

I have read stories in WORLD about how tiny inroads are being made in the United States for the cause of life ("Holding the line," "Change of heart," May 26). It's good to see some progress here in England, where I am stationed for military duty, as well. According to a recent story in London's Daily Telegraph, the Royal College of Nursing is recommending that women who have abortions or miscarriages be allowed to bury or cremate the unborn baby at the government's expense. Can you imagine the uproar in the States for a similar proposal? The RCN claims that 500,000 fetuses per year (mainly from abortions) are simply incinerated along with other clinical waste. The RCN declined to comment on whether their proposal implies that a fetus is a child, but it points out how parents grieve after the loss of a child-even an aborted one. - Steve Shuster, Lulworth Camp, England

Press on

The May 26 Faces really caught my attention, in particular the item about an amazing girl who did something about a problem the adults haven't yet solved, gory video games in public lobbies. Danielle Shimotakahara is an encouragement to me to press on with doing right. - Heidi Wahl, 17, Cut Bank, Mont.

Rather not

Regarding CBS News personality Dan Rather's quote that he believes "you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things": Is his political bias showing or does he really believe that? (Quotables, May 26). One Webster's definition of honest is "never taking advantage of the trust of others." CBS would like us to trust Mr. Rather with the nightly news. I'd rather not. - John Walker, Island Falls, Maine


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