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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Books and Movies 2006," July 1, 2006

Paying the price

As a country, we were willing to pay the price in previous wars, as Joel Belz's chart of "U.S. war deaths" shows, but are we willing to pay it now ("Comparison shopping," June 3)? We must not forget the 3,000 Americans who were murdered on Sept. 11, 2001, and we can only speculate how many more would have perished at the hands of terrorists if a stiff response had not been mounted.
-Larry Mills; Ruston, La.

I find your comparison between gas prices and Iraq War deaths appalling and insensitive to the families of those who have lost loved ones.
-Steve Holle; Billings, Mont.

This, too

Gene Edward Veith wrote, "It never occurred to most of us who worried about the impact of The Da Vinci Code that it would turn out to be a really bad movie" ("Busted blockbuster," June 3). It reminds me of the furor surrounding The Last Temptation of Christ in 1988. The media played up the pickets, boycotts, and dire warnings, yet it was a box-office flop. Christians need to learn to stop letting the world set their agenda, remembering that this too shall pass, and sooner than expected.
-J. Cameron Fraser; Lethbridge, Alberta

Preserve vs. delay

I did not appreciate how you portrayed Ms. Vo's case as a war with the medical establishment ("Rescue me," May 27). Why should the hospital waste valuable resources, such as a ventilator and a dialysis machine, on a patient who is clearly beyond hope? At some point you have to draw the line between preserving the sanctity of life and delaying the inevitable.
-Tim Mackie; College Park, Md.


I truly appreciate WORLD's writers who analyze everything through the clear and clarifying Word of God, who appreciate the law and the gospel, and that the magazine is produced in a spirit of love without backing down from truth. I may see things with which I do not agree, but I appreciate that you call things as you see them.
-Peter J. Snyder; Saginaw, Mich.

Hollow deception

Mrs. Seu's note about C.S. Lewis' advice to King's College students generally applies to male and female alike ("Be somebody," May 27). Our desire to be in the inner ring is a hollow deception that robs God of His rightful honor. Our salvation is in meeting Jesus, like the woman at the well. The encounter reveals the deception and reminds us of the purpose for which we were created.
-Dick Friedrich; Grand Rapids, Mich.


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