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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Daniel of the year 2001," Dec. 22, 2001

Gentle reminder

Thank you for "In due time" (Nov. 3). It was an insightful and gentle reminder of our need to trust God. - Abby Johnson, Powhatan, Va.


The Bell Labs invention that could eventually revolutionize high-tech industries is a "nano-transistor" ("Silicon's death valley?" Dec. 1).

Trial lawyers contributed $1.2 million to Al Gore's campaign (Dec. 15, p. 8).

- The Editors

Real art

I enjoyed the article on Norman Rockwell and how the art world is "discovering" him ("Rockwell rocks!" Nov. 24). My daughter is an illustration major at a well-known art school in New York City. Her instructors and fellow students tend to denigrate his work and works of artists like Kinkade as "couch art"-art for the masses who just don't understand "real art"- probably because they create art that normal people like and actually pay for. I believe that, since the Protestant church abandoned art many years ago, we are partially to blame for the depths to which art has sunk. Very few Christian colleges have a good visual-arts program. We finally seem to be seeing a renaissance, but it will definitely be an uphill battle to put forth artistic works that will impact our world. - Jo Ann Rapacciuolo, Staten Island, N.Y.

Fair but not fawning

My compliments to Marvin Olasky for the story on Rockwell. It was fair without being fawning. It is so interesting to find out something about Rockwell's personal life, and the digs on the art critics were entirely called for and appropriate. - Alan Wymore, Portland, Ore.


The article about Rockwell was deeply informative and incisive. What's more, it was heartwarming. - Ted Starkey, Wintersville, Ohio

Big bird?

We enjoy your magazine and it's educated us on many different issues, but clearly you need to learn more about turkeys. We laughed when we read: "Its huge size suggests at least a 30 pounder. The realism of the turkey is actually unrealistic." We just finished eating a 28-pound turkey at our daughter's in-laws, and last year they butchered several over 50 pounds that they had to cut in half to get into their oven. Just thought you'd like to know. - Mike & Sue Brisco, Sequim, Wash.

Tuned out-rage

One reason that you may not be hearing much outrage over the first transsexual character on a weekly TV series is that those of us who would be the most outraged-like those who protested the Murphy Brown pregnancy a decade ago-have turned the TV off ("Where's the outrage?" Nov. 24). We had our cable service disconnected at least 10 years ago. We keep up with the news through the radio and Internet. Our entertainment is generally in the form of videos, and we frequently use WORLD's reviews to help decide if we want to view a movie. We have found this to be helpful in avoiding some of the freakier fads out there. - Steven & Kristen Drake, Matamoras, Pa.

Cold turkey and tears

Kevin Chiarot's story of his dark night (after his daughter was gravely wounded on an iron pole) left me brushing back tears at the kitchen table over my cold turkey sandwich ("Dark night of the soul," Nov. 24). I gave thanks for his skillfully articulated biblical worldview. This is how we are called to examine and understand the world around us. - Tom Cashen, Fort Wayne, Ind.


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