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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "America's best & worst," Feb. 1, 2003

I agree with Mr. Eicher, who reminded us of Congressman Bob Livingston's contrition. Mr. Livingston resigned in the hope that recognizing his responsibility for moral correctness would influence then-President Clinton. Mr. Lott needed to recognize his responsibility to the leadership of President Bush and not the retired Sen. Thurmond. - James Iversen, Franklin, N.Y.

What about recent anti-American sentiments from Democratic senator Patty Murray to high-school students about bin Laden? Both Sen. Murray's and Sen. Lott's faux pas were outrageous, insensitive, and demeaning. Mr. Lott was held accountable for actions, his party required to be held responsible as well. Will Sen. Murray's anti-American rhetoric hold her and her party captive? Will a censure be required or asked for? Will apologies be needed, given, or accepted? Fortunately for Sen. Murray, her tennis shoes are placed firmly in the "politically correct" camp. - Shelley Aamodt, Menomonie, Wis.

Security enough

I enjoyed WORLD's interview with Joel Rosenberg ("Fact & fiction," Dec. 21). However, as a commercial pilot I disagree with his assertion that we need "some basic minimal security checks before people fly over major American cities" in private aircraft. Airlines don't know or care who their passengers are, other than to crosscheck the names on the tickets with passenger IDs, hence the need for random security checks. But private aircraft owners do know and care about every individual who rides along on their jets. And their pilots do not take off without knowing their passengers' identity. - Joel C. Holt, Columbus, Ohio

Your cover story on Joel Rosenberg poses the question of a possible new "trend: successful Christian cultural products that go mainstream without losing their salt." Another example: The Glenn Beck radio program. Mr. Beck is a conservative, but is not shy about his belief in God, prayer, or his testimony. It is truly remarkable to hear on national radio in 2002. - Bill Neville, Mechanicville, N.Y.

Kudos

Regarding Dorothy Moore's article on gambling disguised as charity, in which I was quoted ("The loser's circle," Dec. 21): One form of this social malady that Ms. Moore didn't mention is the state lottery. The proceeds go to senior citizens programs and other worthy causes. Recently some lottery winnings were offered to the Salvation Army. They turned it down. Crazy, say the world and liberal Christians. Kudos, say I. We cannot cozy up to the ways of the world without some its filth rubbing off on us. - Fred Dohner, Pennsville, N.J.

Vice versa

I would like to refute Mr. Veith's assertion that the world unwittingly celebrates the coming of the Messiah when celebrating Christmas ("The God of gifts," Dec. 14) by saying that Christians unwittingly celebrate paganism by celebrating Christmas. - Shelly Meschke, Westcliffe, Colo.

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