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Issue: "Big mouth on campus," March 12, 2005

Godly men opposed

Good article on President Bush's State of the Union address ("Red ink, purple ink," Feb. 12). I watched the speech and thought that he did a very good job in presenting his plans. It was very disappointing, though, to hear the Democratic response to Mr. Bush's Social Security plan. Also, thanks for clarifying how the media distort the truth ("Twist and shout," Feb. 12). James Dobson and President Bush are both good examples of godly men who are strongly disliked by the mainstream media.
-Hannah Kuehnert, 15; Morganton, N.C.

Married by grace

I can't think of a better way to celebrate Valentine's Day-and marriage-than by getting to know five couples whose commitment was rewarded with "Lasting love" (Feb. 12). Thank you to WORLD and Lynn Vincent for capturing their stories in words and pictures.
-Barbara Curtis; Waterford, Va.

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My two brothers and I have been married a total of 170 years. From all that I have observed, all of us love our spouses to this day and expect to do so for the rest of our lives. Why? Because we believe in the sanctity of marriage, and when we took our marriage vows, we meant what we said.
-Victor M. Springer; Glendale, Calif.

My wife and I have been married only 19 years so far, but I noticed the over-50-year couples survived the same way we have, namely by God's grace. And the article about the couple that got back together was also encouraging ("'You just can't give up'").
-Jeff Bohlender; San Simon, Ariz.

Eaten by Aslan

I'd rather be eaten by Aslan than fed by anyone else, and so I was encouraged by the news that the new Narnia movies are supposed to be faithful to the books ("Winter Wardrobe," Feb. 12). If they are not, we do not intend to have anything to do with them and will have to settle for watching the old British productions and listening to Focus on the Family's Radio Theatre recordings.
-Heather Gorden; New Windsor, Md.

Just once

By now surely there have been numerous letters from Marx Brothers fans correcting Andree Seu's quote of Groucho Marx ("Irritating love," Feb. 12). The line is from Horse Feathers (1932) instead of Animal Crackers (1930). Nonetheless, I am impressed with her reference to such a noted student of the human condition as Groucho. Tragically, he would have been an appropriate person to sing such a line disparaging love. He was married and divorced three times, and one ex-wife said that if he had ever said "I love you" just once, she wouldn't have left.
-Paul Ratzlaff; Orland, Calif.

Helpful nudges

I was encouraged by Joel Belz's column, "Beyond ear tickling" (Feb. 12), where he described how he enjoyed seeing Scott Brinkerhoff responding to WORLD's article about our work raising orphans in southern Africa ("Into Africa," Dec. 25). I may never have started the Agathos Foundation without the nudging I had received from countless articles in WORLD over the years. Only God knows the full impact of your readers' responses.
-Rob Smith; Everett, Wash.

"Beyond ear tickling" prompted me to respond to Gene Edward Veith's piece on the musical despair of children from divorced parents ("Father's day," Feb. 5). That article got my attention because my wife and I have admired the devotion of a single mom in our church to her three children. We strive to be surrogate grandparents to the children, and maybe we can avoid a repeat of the despair revealed in Mr. Veith's column and help these bright children find a balance that preserves their spirit.
-Rick Boggs; Raleigh, N.C.

Conflict explained

Thank you for "Art, American style" (Feb. 12) with the accompanying photo of Cotopaxi. Each year this masterpiece provides the chance for me to explain the cosmic battle of good and evil in the church's terms. My students in our public high school are eager to hear about the content of artwork, so when I explain how the sun shining through the smothering volcanic ash represents the Son of God overcoming evil by His death and resurrection on the cross, which they see in the sun's reflection, they are at least interested.
-Paul Stimers; Midland, Mich.

Still compelling

Thanks to WORLD for reporting the reprinting of Francis Schaeffer's How Should We Then Live? ("Schaeffer revisited," Feb. 12). His exposition of the process of cultural decline in our society is the most compelling explanation of the current state of unbelief in the hearts of people in the once-Christian West.
-Joe Gian Francesco; Verona, N.J.

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