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Issue: "God and mammon," Jan. 14, 2006

Thumbs up

I enjoyed the Narnia movie ("Narnia unleashed," Dec. 10). I was disappointed that Lucy and Susan didn't have the delightful spring romp with Aslan after his resurrection, but I was glad to see that Edmund truly was a better person at the end of the movie. I commend the filmmakers for a good piece of cinema. They did some things differently than I would have done, but overall I'm thrilled that they did such a good job. I have to believe that Lewis would have been pleased.
-Jane Breederland; Traverse City, Mich.

My only complaint was that Aslan's roar didn't shake the building. I expected more bass. The battle was well done. The cheetahs rocked! I liked the flash of victory in Edmund's eyes when he broke the wand, and the way the witch's eyes changed color when Aslan was about to end her. I think Mr. Adamson got the gist of the book, even though I think he missed some of the "deeper magic."
-Thomas L. Wallace; Brandon, Mo.

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Some things (Lucy's character, especially) were handled very well, but too much of the movie tried to be a second Lord of the Rings, which isn't what The Chronicles of Narnia are about.
-Alex Szatmary; Baltimore, Md.

Thanks for your great article on the journey The Chronicles of Narnia traveled on the road to screen adaptation. Having been held captive by the books as a child, and watching my children enjoy them as well, I look forward with great delight to seeing the movie.
-Pat Moore; Scituate, R.I.

Free joy

Bravo to Gene Edward Veith for showing us the true origins of Christmas ("Why December 25?" Dec. 10). Our family has struggled with this for many years. Thank you for putting our mind at ease that we may be free to express our joy in Christ's birth without the feeling that we are perpetuating something pagan.

-Kristin Hoffman; Englewood, Tenn.

The real question is, "Why Christmas at all?" Religious holidays are entirely God's call. In the New Testament, we find no command from Christ or command or approved example from the apostolic founders for any church-sanctioned observance of the birthday of Jesus. Had the Lord wanted us to annually observe the day of His birth, He'd have provided the proper date.
-Steve Rauen; Port Orchard, Wash.

Enough

Thank you for your reporting on the situation in Ethiopia, which gets worse by the day ("One-party rule a tough habit to break," Dec. 10). We have a group of Marxist dictators cloaked with false pretensions for democracy in order to fool the West and thus get funding to keep them in power. Unfortunately, Western powers, seeing that Mr. Meles' regime is "containing" the terrorism threat in the Horn of Africa, are blindly supporting them. Ethiopians have had enough of this terrorist rule.
-Abay Haile; Los Angeles, Calif.

I was very surprised by this one-sided article. The opposition lost and resorted to inciting violence. Ethiopia's government is to be applauded for its efforts to keep the peace. Third World leaders who want to lead their countries through the democratic process must keep the vultures from advancing anti-progress and divisive agendas.
-Hagazi Kebede; Culpeper, Va.

Knock 'em sockless

Thank you for your wonderful article on the Alito nomination process ("War of words," Dec. 10). It is truly a shame that the same political mess that often accompanies elections now chases after court nominees as well. The framers of the Constitution tried to shelter justices from the torment of the political process through appointment by the president. This was to ensure a judge did not have to worry about reelection, so he could concentrate on making the right decision. God bless Mr. Alito. I'd like to see him knock the intellectual socks off some liberal senators.
-Jacob Pfister; Indianapolis, Ind.

The idea that the U.S. Constitution, a legally binding document, is somehow "living," "breathing," and modifiable beyond the amendment process is absurd. If the Constitution can be reinterpreted due to changing circumstances, then why not mortgages, leases, and other contracts? Imagine the outcry if mortgage companies informed customers that their rates have gone up because the firm's board members "changed their minds about the original intent of the document."
-Bill Bader; Eden Prairie, Minn.

Out of sync

When I graduated from Ohio State I was a radical liberal. My worldview was perfectly in sync with and in fact was shaped by OSU's teachings. Now, as a Christian conservative, I am opposed to many of those philosophies and beliefs, so I don't donate much when the school's fundraisers come calling ("Beyond knee-jerk giving," Dec. 10). I like to use my money to further the kingdom of God, not secularism.
-Ronald E. Davitt; Columbus, Ohio

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