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Issue: "Comfort and joy," Dec. 24, 2005

Trials and trailers

I am a recent victim of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We lost everything we owned and stayed in a one bedroom loft apartment with six people and 11 animals for over two months. We chose not to receive a FEMA trailer ("No way out," Nov. 26), but others we know didn't have the same opportunities. FEMA gave us $2,000 because we had insurance, which paid pennies on the dollar for our old house because the insurance company deemed it a flood instead of wind-driven water. It's pretty difficult when you have to start all over again, but I am thankful that God watched over me and my family.
-Tamae Price; Hanmond, La.

We should acknowledge the permanence of the Katrina diaspora and treat the New Orleans "refugees" the same way we did Vietnamese "boat people": Let them pull themselves up by their own bootstraps with charitable assistance from host churches in their new communities.
-Brad O'Brien; Killeen, Texas

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There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the evacuee problem. It depends on the evacuees' financial and health status as well as what social and family supports they may have. Many families are too financially strapped to take in their evacuee relatives, nor can many churches and charities do much of a job. My own church of 350 members raised almost $2,000, which isn't enough to help even one family make a new start.
-Fran Froelich; Upper Darby, Pa.

Gentlemen wanted

Your praise of Hollywood's disastrous rendering of Jane Austen's acclaimed novel must have been the result of gazing upon the "intensely beautiful Ms. Knightley" ("Austen's power," Nov. 26).
-Michelle Protsman; Olympia, Wash.

Bravo to Gene Edward Veith for his excellent comments on the new Pride & Prejudice movie. His definitions of ladies and gentlemen are so true. In my circles of single men and women, I know several "ladies" but, sadly, there seem to be far too few "gentlemen" in our culture today. Would that men and women of our culture not only rise to the Jane Austen standards of intelligent, feminine women and forceful, honorable men, but to standards of godliness and Christlikeness.
-Beth Geiger; New Carlisle, Ohio

Gone to seed?

I appreciated Mr. Veith's article on the trivialization of the Scriptures that comes built into the animated package of Veggie Tales and others ("Roaches and cucumbers," Nov. 26). The carrot as baby Jesus is certainly Veggie Tales gone to seed. At the end Mr. Veith asks whether it would "kill" these products to mention Christ. The answer is yes, it would kill their acceptance in a broad market. Putting a true picture of Christ in a product is a terrible marketing strategy, Mel Gibson notwithstanding.
-Bob Dalberg; Ely, Minn.

Although I see the trivialization of Scripture in such products, at the end of The Lord of the Beans QWERTY (the computer) displays this verse: "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10." I nearly fell out of my theater seat in amazement.
-James E. Iversen; Franklin, N.Y.

Sad day

I have enjoyed the godly points of view in WORLD, but I think it is a sad day when WORLD publishes a cartoon implying that torture is an acceptable means of acquiring information (Quotables & 'toons, Nov. 26).
-Tim Meagher; Chesapeake, Va.

Bed and blessing

I have maintained my weight at a healthy level all my life by following the plan Marvin Olasky suggested: Eat slowly and thankfully ("The Lord's Prayer diet," Nov. 26). And I was tickled by the "bed debate" about the closeness provided by a double bed. I spent many sleepless nights in a double bed with a husband who snored, twitched, and thrashed much of the night. A king size bed was a blessing for me.
-Beverly Roberts; Houston, Texas

The real problem

As a 24-year Alaska resident who has worked in the oil industry, I am amazed at how uninformed the general public is regarding oil development on the North Slope and ANWR ("Black gold rush," Nov. 26). Big Oil is portrayed as a bunch of nasty, sinister characters hostile to caring for the environment. But the truth is that Big Oil is our family, friends, and neighbors who are responsible for developing the resource with their own families and communities in mind. We understand the risks and have the proven expertise to develop oil fields in harsh Arctic conditions. The difficulty is getting past the false perceptions the environmental lobby presents to an uninformed public.
-Lynn Aleshire; Anchorage, Alaska


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