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Issue: "State of the Union 2003," Jan. 25, 2003

Bravo to Nickolas Eicher for writing such an excellent article on Sen. Lott. Mr. Eicher hit the nail on the head in a few short paragraphs. - -Lenny Demers, North Wales, Pa.

Northern light

In "A merry solstice" (Dec. 21), Mr. Veith states that "Christmas marks the beginning of light, and Easter marks the triumph of light." Accolades to Mr. Veith for his analogies, but aren't they meaningful only if you live in the northern hemisphere? - -Paul N. Zierk, Blue Hill, Maine

Weeping in Ramah

I work in Ramah. As a doctor, I have heard scores of mothers weeping for their children in our rural West African mission clinic-children hacked to death not by sabers but by malaria parasites. I didn't weep with them often enough, so I am now on leave in the United States, catching up. Thanks for the reminder in "Christmas connection" (Dec. 21) that the Ramahs show us how badly we need Immanuel. I hope for His second appearing every time I reach to close the eyes of a child. - -Stan Haegert, Grand Rapids, Mich.

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I thought that the horrible moral reasoning I am frequently exposed to in my doctoral psychology program was confined to the predominantly liberal university setting. Your report suggests otherwise ("So far, we're losing," Dec. 21). Mr. Belz made an excellent observation: With moral relativism dominating our moral reasoning, people qualify their judgments and make every attempt to sidestep important issues. Our culture has apparently bought the lie that moral beliefs are simple consumer choices without much consequence. However, the abortion issue clearly demonstrates the types of results that stem from this type of reasoning. - -Randy Halberda, Terre Haute, Ind.

Getting down

Regarding your column on pro-family frustration ("Battle fatigue," Dec. 14): As a "Down Under" reader, may I observe that it seems universal, as it happens in Australia, that elected members refuse to believe it is more dangerous, electorally speaking, to disappoint one's friends than to annoy one's opponents. - -A.W. Hartwig, Auchenflower, Australia

While I do not take issue with the essential truth in what Franklin Graham said, I do question the wisdom in the way in which he said it. Even secularized Muslims see Islam as fundamental to their identity, and so by calling Islam "a very evil and wicked religion" he attacked their very value as human beings. Is it any wonder such words spoken by respected Christian leaders fuel anti-Christian sentiment in the Muslim world? That's something the missionaries there don't need more of. - -Trudy Chun, Fayetteville, N.C.

Let me get this straight: In reaction to Franklin Graham's statement that Islam is neither peaceful nor free, several Islamic leaders issued death threats against him? Oh, now I see their point. - -Angela Proctor, Goshen, N.Y.

Corrections

A.L. Barry, who died March 23, 2001, was inadvertently included in the 2002 "Obituaries" (Dec. 28, p. 58). The name of one of the cities in the district of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is not one word but two: Sugar Land, Texas (Jan. 11, p. 32). The movie, In the Heat of the Night, was released in 1967 (Dec. 28, p. 65). The Baltimore Colts' famous overtime victory over the Giants for the NFL title was in 1958 (Dec. 28, p. 66). Freelancer Brad Locke is a sportswriter in Mississippi (Jan. 11, p. 23). - The Editors

Helping the bad guys

It is difficult to express my disappointment after reading your call for Sen. Lott's resignation ("Casting his Lott," Dec. 21). Sen. Lott meant only to honor a 100-year-old man who has served his country well and with honor. He used poor judgment in making a public statement that by contortion and twisting could be open to misinterpretation. But the Democrats manufactured an issue in the slow news holiday season by playing the race card on Sen. Lott, and WORLD helped them. Shame on you. - -Julian Hill, Tupelo, Miss.

Trent Lott was not referring to racial issues when he praised Strom Thurmond; he was talking about the common-sense conservatism that Sen. Thurmond has come to symbolize. It is liberal Democrats, advocating the treatment of people according to their race or ethnicity, who should be apologizing. - -Tim Setzer, Blacksburg, S.C.

Trent Lott has an outstanding record of representing all the people of Mississippi, black and white, and an outstanding record as Republican majority leader. This whole media blitz is nothing less than a tactic to get rid of one of the greatest Christian leaders our state has ever had. I am shocked that WORLD would buy into that. I won't be renewing my subscription. - -Terry Keith, Laurel, Miss.

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