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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "GOP: No room for error," Oct. 19, 2002

Remembering my teenage years, I see ominous similarities between Hitler and Saddam Hussein and attitudes toward them. Both are very clever at manipulating public opinion, both ruthless in acquiring power, both good at deceiving the world while building up weapons of mass destruction, both very bold and masters at bluffing, and both had an agenda for conquest they tried to keep secret. And, now as then, most of the world and even some of our own political leaders do not want to confront the threat. - Orie Vander Boon, Ada, Mich.

Catering disease

Thank you for addressing the epidemic social disease of catering to covenant-breaking spouses ("Live with the consequences," Sept. 21). The problem doesn't end with custody. Parents who committed treason against their families (and God) may be relegated to the sidelines for a season, but they are typically elevated to honored positions at the most significant events in their children's lives, such as graduations and weddings. The church abets this practice and disgraces the covenant keepers in the process. There are few sanctions left in the culture, the courts, or the church for the sinning parties in divorce. With society's unscriptural views of "fairness" and "best interest of the children" (and the church's focus on being "nice" to unrepentant offenders), wronged spouses and their children endure moral confusion, degradation, and worse. - Abby Tuomala, Montgomery, Ala.

Regarding "Live with the consequences," I would point out that family court systems are usually biased in favor of the mothers, so that they keep the children and are awarded large amounts of child support. Being married to a noncustodial parent, I truly believe that what is best for the children is to have both parents available. - Andrea Laack, Waukesha, Wis.

Beyond sympathy

Thank you to Marilyn Anderson for creating Gateway School in Anchorage, Alaska ("Turned around," Sept. 21). In my own student-teaching experience in public schools, I became so overwhelmed and discouraged when I saw so many students with so many varying degrees of need that I chose not to enter the profession. The way things are now, all a teacher has time to do for her needy learners is give them a sympathetic pat on the back and a promotion they didn't earn. Specialty schools, like the one Mrs. Anderson has created for children with dyslexia, are just the thing, I think. Too bad more folks don't see the need to wrench the bloated and ineffectual public-school system out of government's hands and create instead a free-market voucher system. - Kathleen E. McPherson, Bend, Ore.


Your article in Quick Takes, "Utilitarian religion" (Sept. 21), is probably the best five-paragraph section I've read in WORLD. That the media (and most of America in general, I might add) equate religion with the pursuit of comfort is truly the state of affairs in our American culture. - Kimball Chase, San Dimas, Calif.

False worship?

Why are people from organizations like the Ohio Citizens for Science and the National Center for Science Education so stuck on evolution ("Big bang in Ohio," Sept. 14)? It's too bad the worshippers at the altar of science and logic are so closed-minded. - Matthew Sohr, Goldsboro, N.C.


French troops extracted 191 American students and teachers from the International Christian Academy in Ivory Coast after a gun battle between government troops and rebels; American troops provided logistical support (Oct. 5, p. 9). New York City veteran firefighter James Hanlon helped produce the documentary 9/11 (Sept. 21, p. 7).


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