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Issue: "Double trouble," Oct. 21, 2006

Keep the towel

I am extremely concerned that conservatives will just throw in the towel in the next election ("Red & blue all over," Sept. 23). Conservatives have been repeatedly and abundantly warned by pollsters and political handicappers that Republicans will lose both the House and the Senate. Conservatives must ignore the propaganda from the liberal media and resolve to turn out for any candidate who stands for conservative principles.
-Bill Sappington; Homosassa, Fla.

I only wish that Republicans were people of integrity who act out of true moral concerns. Most have proven they are more concerned about staying in power than doing what is correct. I'm never surprised by what I hear about Democrats but I'm shocked by the moral breakdown of the Republican Party. I would love to believe that the Republicans are the better party, but I have to wonder if they deserve to be in charge for two more years.
-Arthur Connor; Heidelberg, Germany

Go figure

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Wow! The humble professor of religion upbraids Justice Scalia for being "disingenuous and, frankly, intellectually lazy" ("Balmer's lament," Sept. 23). Then he "laments" the Bush administration's policy on the use of torture during wartime, a policy supposedly "morally bankrupt" that "compromises the worth and dignity" of avowed terrorists. And yet, in the same breath, the good professor vigorously defends a doctor's constitutional "right" to stick a fork in a baby's head. Go figure.
-John D. Teichroew; Mora, Minn.

Balmer's inability to recognize that Darwinism is a competing faith system is surprising. The 20th century was blighted by two ideologies motivated by this Darwinian faith and for Balmer to think that this faith will be ultimately benign, even in a liberal democracy, seems to me naïve.
-David Heinaman; Lancaster, Pa.

Balmer appears to be morally agnostic about abortion, allowing scholarly interpretation of the "living" Constitution to justify it, yet he relies, reasonably, on absolute moral principle in objecting to the torture of prisoners in wartime. Marvin Olasky's warning to see ourselves as others see us is a point well taken. Balmer is probably my mirror image: I am afraid he would think me to be as doctrinaire and supercilious as I think he is. While we cannot both be correct, we can both be wrong.
-Ron Jones; Cleveland, Tenn.

Too true

Janie Cheaney's assessment of the differences between the sexes and the impact on boys of recent change in educational philosophy ("The vanishing schoolboy," Sept. 23) strikes me as all too accurate. As a father of four boys, I am anxious to avoid the mistakes of our culture in shaping their minds, hearts, and characters. What a potent reminder of the gravity (and potential) of our task.
-Gerry Wheaton; St. Andrews, Scotland

Cheaney's views are obviously not very popular with educators, much less feminists. My wife and I, as chaplains in prison ministry, have seen the fruit of the kind of thinking that is so prevalent in schools today. If parents held educators accountable to do their jobs properly, we (as chaplains) probably would have less to do in ours.
-John Montgomery; Fairfax, Va.

Good from evil

I distinctly remember the day I heard the news of the Willis family tragedy and have often prayed for their comfort. I never saw a single update on the outcome of this horrific trial until I read "Corruption and providence" (Sept. 23). I was dumfounded and ashamed that I lacked faith all these years that God was bringing good from this fearful event.
-Ruth Potter; Greenville, S.C.

Fully counted

Although the cartoon in the Sep. 23 issue had a point in depicting Clinton's weak response to terrorist attacks, I was appalled by the statement that in 1998 terrorists bombed embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, "killing 24." More than 250 human beings were killed and several thousands wounded, but for the cartoonist, however, apparently only the American victims counted.
-Torben Amtoft; Manhattan, Kan.

The real objection

The "ABC" approach to AIDS is a practical one and is not "neo-colonialism" ("Low fidelity," Sept. 23). For the short term it has the condom program ("C") and in the long term it tries to change attitudes and behaviors that are the underlying problem. The first helps the here and now. The second will take time, but will be more effective.
-Michael Young; Crescent City, Calif.

If abstinence is shown to be effective, and the experts still object, what's their real objection? It appears to me to be somewhat of a moral issue on their part: They just don't like abstinence. Or perhaps the money trail will lead to the gist of their real objection.
-Eddie Herring; Tuscumbia, Ala.

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