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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "What is art?," March 20, 2004

-David & Rachel Winters

Tulsa, Okla.

Let us have no "doubts about 'W.'" We as Christians must support his reelection as enthusiastically as possible. He is the only candidate we can count on when it comes to abortion, judicial appointments, or gay marriage. I too am very disturbed about the size of the deficit and the federal government, but if we, by our apathy, allow any of those other candidates to become our next president, we will be very, very sorry someday.

-Jerry Driesens

Pagosa Springs, Colo.

Mr. Belz quotes a reader stating that "interest on our national debt this coming year will be a bigger expenditure than will be our national defense." This is not true. The Fiscal Year 2005 Budget of the United States of America projects that national defense in 2004 and 2005 fiscal years will take up 19.6 and 18.8 percent of federal outlays, compared to 6.7 and 7.4 percent for interest payments. Since 1940, the defense:interest ratio has ranged from 2:1 to about 40:1.

-Phil Candreva

Monterey, Calif.

Wages of sin

I am 16, a Christian homeschooler, and the daughter of a homosexual man who died of AIDS 13 years ago (he also gave it to my mother). I do not shun my gay friends, but I do not condone their way of life. That Colorado's Boulder Valley School District is requiring students to be able to explain the "health consequences of heterosexism" shows its blindness ("Falling Boulder," Feb. 14). The consequences of homosexuality are early death, emotional pain, and many major illnesses; the result of heterosexuality is God's smile.

-Esther R. Causey

Albuquerque, N.M.


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