Thank you for your expose of Tom Daschle's political history ("Mad Daschle," Oct. 12). As a South Dakota radio news reporter in the 1980s, I interviewed Mr. Daschle on several occasions and found him pleasant and engaging. I only wish that voters in my home state could see that the earnest and soft-spoken Tom Daschle they sent to Congress in the late '70s is not the same Tom Daschle in Washington today. I will never understand South Dakotans' schizophrenic voting habits, putting Republicans in state offices but sending ultra-liberal Democrats to Washington. - Ron Burtz, Virden, Ill.
I am a long way from being a Daschle supporter, but your article appeared to be a mean-spirited attempt to minimize him by implying less than honorable character, motives, and actions. - Ted Ludlow, Southampton, Mass.
How are you mongrels doing with your attempts to assassinate the character of Sen. Daschle? I think I'll start a magazine and use Republican Tom DeLay as fodder. You're the destroyers of capitalism and democracy of the lowest form. - Molly Moloney, Bellevue, Wash.
Why did you ignore the role of Linda Daschle, Tom Daschle's wife, as a corporate lobbyist? She represents firms that are often direct victims or beneficiaries of legislation her husband votes on. - Brad O'Brien, San Antonio, Texas
Hurricane Lili was coming at Louisiana like a roaring lion, but it moved onto land more like a pussycat than a lion. WORLD quoted Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster as saying the storm was "the real deal" and he was "hoping for some divine intervention" ("Lili leashed," Oct. 12). He got divine intervention, but after the storm he was quoted as saying that "we got lucky." Got lucky? Why not give thanks and praise to Divine Providence, the One who controls the storm? - John McWilliams, Montgomery, Texas
Means and ends
Thank you for the excellent article on NOW vs. Scheidler ("Perjury," Oct. 5). It highlights the extent to which some lawyers will go to win a case. I hope this article gets the attention it deserves. - Charles D. Smith, Chicago, Ill.
Thank you to Lynn Vincent for a very well-written article. The world needs to know that the baby killers will resort to lying, even under oath, to keep their profitable killing mills operating. - Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Ill.
Lynn Vincent did an excellent job reporting on the upcoming Supreme Court hearing. This is a case of monumental importance for the First Amendment rights of us all. In the earlier trials I sat through some of the arguments and was amazed by how the plaintiffs could make statements that were lies. The most strident of the abortion-on-demand people live by an "end justifies the means" mindset.
I know the defendants and couldn't ask for a better trio to defend the rights of pro-life activists to lawfully participate in saving lives. - James Finnegan, Barrington, Ill.
A valuable dime
Thank you for "What's the difference?" (Oct. 12). It amazes me to think that someone would say there's not a dime's worth of difference between the Republican and Democratic parties. Just the abortion issue alone is enough cause for distinction, and that's worth a lot more than a dime. As long as there is a man or woman in Congress who works for the right to life of an unborn child, they'll have my vote and support. - Glenda Rice, Brierfield, Ala.
Mr. Olasky accuses Democrats of dishonesty but the GOP has practiced the same. Wouldn't it be appropriate to acknowledge that it is God who prevented the bad things Mr. Olasky claims would happen under Democrat leadership? Do we have any business promoting any party that refuses to stand on the Word of God? - Barry Anderson, Tacoma, Wash.
Over the years I have heard many people say that there is no difference between the parties. Since they don't know much about the subject and are too lazy to figure it out, they claim moral superiority by putting themselves above the fray. There is no doubt that things would be much worse if the leftist Democrats were totally in power. - Larry Bohannon, Houston, Texas
The big difference between the two political parties is the judges they appoint. Look at the state Supreme Courts in Florida and New Jersey, and the 9th Circuit Court. Republicans usually appoint judges who uphold the law while Democrats appoint activist judges who change laws to their liking. - Merv Sommers, Cochranton, Pa.
You left out one issue that might be the most important to many voters: gun control. It is almost certain there would be little or no private ownership of firearms in America if the Dems ran everything. - Tom Zangrilli, Chicago, Ill.
I'm not going to vote for a Republican just because he's Republican. I'll not vote for a Republican that won't oppose abortion and I won't vote for a Democrat who supports it. As I see it, the issue isn't Republican or Democrat but what each individual believes and will fight for. - Steve Holle, Billings, Mont.
I read with interest "News they can use" (Oct. 12), concerning the publication of announcements of homosexual "unions," because the Orlando Sentinel had made its intentions known just this past August. Two weeks later there was an announcement of the "union" of a homosexual male couple. The following day I canceled our subscription and requested a refund. We no longer know when our favorite merchants are having a sale, when our favorite movies will be aired, or what Garfield is up to next; but it is a small price to pay for adhering to our Christian values. - Mary Evans, Orlando, Fla.
In describing how Christians should relate to those of other faiths, John Piper wrote that civil government has "the duty to bear the sword for justice and safety" ("Eight principles," Oct. 12). My experience is that police can follow up after a crime but they cannot stop most violent felonies. Additionally, the Bible does not say that civil government is responsible to provide safety from violent crime. It is a modern myth in liberal metropolitan Western societies that such protection is even possible. - Monte Wiens, Dallas, Ore.
In "Eight principles" John Piper advocates an operational pluralism: "We believe that every religion, worldview, or philosophy of life may freely endeavor to influence and shape our culture." But if, as a recent Jerusalem Post writer said, "The essence of the Torah's epistemology is that we are profoundly affected by everything we see or read," then one cannot be bombarded with claims from "every religion, worldview, or philosophy of life" without being "profoundly affected." Is Christ an operational pluralist? Does the Bible support such ambivalence? - Phil Larson, Greenville, S.C.
Chris Stamper's interview of Ann Coulter was a riot and sold at least one more copy of her book ("10 questions with a top 10," Oct. 5). The media have been the way they have for long enough that I am still shocked to see someone express "my views" in print. - Mark Weislogel, Portland, Ore.
In A Few Good Men, Lt. Kaffee (Tom Cruise) says, "I want the truth!" Col. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) replies, "You can't handle the truth!" (Oct. 19, p. 48). Hepatitis C spreads primarily through blood-to-blood contact, such as sharing infected needles, organ transplants, or accidental punctures (Oct. 19, p. 37).