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Issue: "Trading places," June 30, 2001

A real threat

I commend you for addressing the issue of germ warfare ("Back to the future," June 2). As a physician who attended the Second National Symposium on Medical and Public Health Response to Bioterrorism last November, I consider biological weapons and in particular smallpox to be the greatest threat to health that our planet currently faces. I suspect that few in the public health community who celebrated the eradication of smallpox over two decades ago realized the potential for terrorists to reintroduce it into an unprotected population a generation later. Given that experts believe there to be a high likelihood of this occurring in this decade, and given the shortage of vaccines and treatment, I believe that we as Christians should address how we might prepare for this horrible yet real threat. - Robert S. Berry, Greeneville, Tenn.

The price of peace

Tears filled my eyes as I pictured the men trying to take Omaha Beach and the price they paid ("We must remember," June 2). I worry that a growing proportion of our youth lack a reference point for these experiences. I served in Vietnam, but my children (10, 12, 14, and 15) cannot really comprehend the costs on the families of that generation of soldiers, let alone the effect of World War II on families. It seems more than ironic that liberty with peace requires such a price in blood and violence. - Sieg Brauer, Kearney, Neb.

Someone remembers

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Thank you to Mindy Belz for "We must remember," and thank God for the couple from Caen who decorates soldiers' graves at Normandy. - Roger Hudgins, Ponca City, Okla.

Gospel burlesque?

My wife and I were sincerely disappointed by "All things to all men" (June 2). Must people who name the name of Christ digress to a lower moral common denominator in society? Must we attempt to promote the gospel in a form of burlesque on stage? - Douglas F. Swope, Port Orchard, Wash.

Has-fled TV

Gene Edward Veith hits the nail right on the head in observing that when grownups have the same cultural tastes as children, "both demographics are in big trouble" ("Must-flee TV," June 2). I have an antenna that gets local channels only. Why pay $30/month and up for cable or satellite service to pipe trash into my living room? That's money better spent on good books and on my subscription to WORLD. - Bryan Cass, Charlotte, Vt.

Parental warning

"Must-flee TV" reminded me that America does not face a problem with rebellious and irresponsible children so much as it faces a problem with rebellious and irresponsible parents. - Eric Blievernicht, Terre Haute, Ind.

Opposite of sleaze

I had the same impression of New York City as Joel Belz ("The apple's polished," June 2). This spring my daughter was on a college choir tour and I met her there (no way, I thought, was I going to let her visit NYC with 60 college kids as companions). It had been 25 years since my last visit and I was pleasantly surprised. We stayed in a hotel in the theater district near 42nd Street, and spent three days walking our legs off all over the city. I'd expected dirt, sleaze, and crime, but found quite the opposite. - Adrienne McLaughlin, Sarasota, Fla.


Sen. Jeffords single-handedly handed over the chairmanships of the Senate committees to the Democrats. No self-respecting Republican owes him the time of day. - N. Costanzo, Bristolville, Ohio

Definitely hostile

The ACLU's challenges to student prayers at high-school graduation ceremonies are hostile to creedal faith ("Neutral or hostile?" June 2). Any talk of neutrality is rank hypocrisy. - Lawrence Andrade, Swampscott, Mass.

Sacred mouse?

We were disappointed in your review of Shrek ("DreamWorks' nightmare," June 2). Yes, there was potty humor galore, and I would have left out some of the one-liners, but I was glad that the princess made the choice she did. Regarding your comment that the movie takes "potshots at classic Disney moments," when did Disney become a sacred cow? - Amy Giannini, Zumbrota, Minn.

Lighten up

Except for the crude bathroom humor in Shrek, I cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard for so long at any movie. I realize that humor is like beauty and in the eye of the beholder, but lighten up a little. The references to the old Disney flicks were part of what made this movie wonderful. Being far from "clunky," I found it to be witty and extremely entertaining. - Randy Evers, Harrisonville, Mo.


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