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Issue: "Enron's collapse," Jan. 26, 2002

Still the same

As a senior noncommissioned Vietnam veteran, I saw some of the same things in the Red Cross that you comment on in "Battlefield angel" (Dec. 15). I saw the convoluted organization, in which officers, and officers' wives, ran the military interface to the Red Cross in a nonsupportive and haughty manner in many cases. My father is a WWII veteran, and he has an intense dislike for the Red Cross based on experiences in the war, even adamantly refusing to let us donate blood to the Red Cross in school. - Richard W. Horner, Marietta, Ga.

Wonderfully frightening

I have read many stories in WORLD that have brought tears to my eyes, but I can't remember one so moving, so frightening, and yet so wonderful as "Dark night of the soul" (Nov. 24). God was merciful to little Elizabeth and her family. - Meredith Berg, Hudson, Wis.

Providential position

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Your well-written article in the Dec. 22 issue about John Ashcroft, your "Daniel of the Year," is a song of encouragement to many of us in Missouri. We have been acquainted with Mr. Ashcroft since 1982 and have admired his integrity and respected his godly principles. The plane crash on Oct. 16, 2000, that killed Gov. Mel Carnahan, Mr. Ashcroft's Democratic opponent in that year's Senate race, was less than a mile away; the explosion shook our house and rattled our windows. In view of the crash, the lost election, the appointment and the controversial Senate hearings, it is easy for us to see that John Ashcroft has been providentially moved into his position as attorney general. And we are very grateful for God's mercy for our great nation. - David & Mona Houser, Hillsboro, Mo.

Missed the mark

WORLD's choice of Mr. Ashcroft for Daniel of the Year really misses the mark. His morning prayer meetings are nice, but the Bible would instruct him that increasing the fearsome powers of government in the name of making us all "safer" is a terrible mistake. - Joseph Farinaccio, Pennsville, N.J.

Principled

Your choice for Daniel of the Year couldn't have been better. I met Mr. Ashcroft at our church during his most recent Senate campaign. He delivered a brief message that was devoid of politics, but had everything to do with the tenets of Christianity. This is a man who puts principle above politics. - Wilson Winch, Independence, Mo.

Preserve liberty

Attorney General Ashcroft may have many fine traits, but it is very disturbing when he makes a comment about "phantoms of lost liberty," insinuating that liberty-loving, Constitution-minded Christians who hold the government's feet to the fire are aiding terrorists (Dec. 22, p. 21). Mr. Ashcroft should readily recognize the myriad liberties that Americans in general, and his fellow believers in particular, have lost during the course of U.S. history. The Constitution was designed, among other things, to protect citizens from sin-natured government officials and agencies. It is the biblical and American duty of Christians in particular to constantly prod public servants and one another to ensure our God-given civic liberties. - Brian D. Ray, Salem, Ore.

It's war

The vast majority of Americans approve of the way our country and others are seeking to eliminate the terrorists. In spite of the effective way our country is dealing with this, some of the media and supposed "civil-rights champions" are critical of our government. They should wake up. We are in a war with fanatical people who gladly kill. Life is not sacred to them as it is to us. - Howard S. Gifford, Marlton, N.J.

Undiminished

I was intrigued by the illustration for "Before and after" (Dec. 22). It showed a stone with the initials "B.C." and "A.D." cloven in two by a spike. Have you been in a natural history museum lately, or paged through an elementary school science textbook? B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini, "the year of our Lord") have been replaced with B.C.E. (Before Common Era), and C.E. (Common Era). God forbid that our calendar should center around the birth of the Savior. A scientific chronology could not be real science if it were based on a "mythical" person. And so Santa Claus replaces Jesus Christ, temporal gifts replace the eternal gift, and "Common Era" replaces "the Year of our Lord." But even these attempts to eviscerate the spiritual from our annual celebration and our calendar cannot diminish the truth and the impact that a birth 2,000 years ago has had on our world. - Gary S. Karwoski, Riverside, Ill.

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