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Issue: "Kids' books," Dec. 2, 2006

Shop wisely

After reading "Mining for votes" (Nov. 4), I couldn't help thinking that business statisticians had sold the GOP a bill of goods. The meritorious and convincing ideas that characterized the Reagan juggernaut seem to have been exchanged for cutting-edge marketing methods. I can't see the similarity between politicians and potato chips, except maybe that they're both bad for you. We shouldn't choose leaders like we choose our groceries.
-John Crosmun; Columbia, S.C.

Thank you to Marvin Olasky for the wake-up call concerning Iraq ("What we owe others," Nov. 4). Many Americans, myself among them, are tired of the fighting and the loss of life; we want to give up and pull out. I have a cousin in Iraq and sometimes ask myself if Iraqi freedom is worth his life or the lives of all our other brave soldiers. Thank you for reminding me why we are doing this-to stop the horrors of Saddam Hussein's regime and ultimately save the lives of innocent people.
-Ariel Ginn; Dallas, Ga.

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While Saddam's shredding machines have been turned off, this war has caused others to be turned on. Your Nov. 4 "Religion" brief details the torture and execution of a Syrian Orthodox priest and the exodus of a substantial percentage of the total Christian population of Iraq. It confronts us with the stubborn companion of so many political decisions: the law of unintended consequences.
-Sam Reid; Issaquah, Wash.

Iraq in 2006 should be contrasted, not compared, with Hungary in 1956. If the average Iraqi had had the same gumption for freedom as the average Hungarian, we'd be long gone from Iraq with a flourishing democracy to show for our efforts. Our experiment was worthwhile and noble but, sadly, the cynics were right: A Muslim-dominated culture cannot support democracy. We did not lose a war; Iraqis lost their opportunity for freedom.
-Dale Smith; Winter Springs, Fla.

Solving the problem

I have great respect for Joel Belz but take issue with "Common-sense solution" (Nov. 4). He and Tanksley assume that illegal workers coming across our southern border just want to "earn a nest egg to send or take back home," so we should let the traffic flow while tightening employment and housing laws here. Missing from this tidy solution is the very real problem of terrorist infiltration.
-R.Y. Costain; Colorado Springs, Colo.

Christian conservatives have little difficulty understanding this issue and calling for secured borders and no amnesty, but Christian conservative leaders have, for the most part, sat out this debate. We love to accuse liberals of misplaced compassion in pursuit of social welfare programs, but on an issue that threatens our national security and cultural identity many Christian conservative leaders make the same mistake. These leaders, if they are not careful, may wake up in 2007 and find themselves out of touch with their own base.
-Steve Elliot; Maxwell, Iowa

I most emphatically disagree with "Common-sense solutions." The consequences of denying driver's licenses and housing to those here illegally and prosecuting employers who ignore or falsify identification procedures have not been thoroughly explored. These measures are utterly impractical. The sooner we come to terms with the fact that the world is a much smaller place than before, the better equipped we will be to solve this problem.
-S.T. Bogan Jr.; Norman, Okla.

Just junk

I was disheartened and disturbed that any Christian would be motivated to vote for candidates based on their view of global warming and, worse yet, try to influence other Christians in that manner ("Green days," Nov. 4). Are there not other issues of much more grave importance, like valuing life in abortion and euthanasia, as well as what constitutes marriage according to God's Word?
-Heather Weber; North Pole, Alaska

Welcome to the future: Junk science marries junk religion.
-Craig Gates; Valencia, Pa.

I really can't connect to the present "global warming" panic. I'm still with the "coming Ice Age" scare of the '70s. In any case, I would be extremely skeptical of any "What would Jesus do?" approaches toward such issues. I also notice that many of those big on global warming still drive big cars and fly fast airplanes.
-Charles Shull; Hendersonville, N.C.

Culture warrior

I was very disappointed with your review of Bill O'Reilly's Culture Warrior (Bestselling Books, Nov. 4). It is a well-laid-out discussion. His thesis is that if the secular progressives take over, our country, where we have been free to live and practice our values and faith, will be no more.
-Anita Bauer; Portland, Ore.

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