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Issue: "Barrier riffs," Feb. 10, 2007

A chance to serve

Your cover story about the Westminster retirement community being built next to a Christian school ("Endings & beginnings," Jan. 13) is just what many senior citizens need. As my husband and I approach our 70th birthdays, we would cherish a place to retire where entertainment is not the entire program. A chance to continue to serve the people of our community would be a fulfilling way to close life.
-Jean McCulloh; Temple, Texas

Yes, there are a multitude of opportunities waiting for seniors if they desire to "become involved," but at the end of the day they return to a "home," surrounded by people on the fast track to dying. Wouldn't it be shocking if we brought our own parents and grandparents into our homes and neighborhoods when they could no longer live on their own? What if we surrounded them with new life and daily opportunities to share their experiences with our children?
-Kristina Pontier; Hillsboro, Ore.

No illusions

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I agree with Marvin Olasky in his debate with Dinesh D'Souza that there is little or no desire, urgency, or motivation among Muslims to form alliances or affirm religious liberty anywhere in the world, especially with Christians in Muslim countries ("A question of linkage," Jan. 13). In America, condemning public insults against monotheistic religions is part of our traditional religious tolerance. This is not the case in Muslim countries. We should be under no illusions about the goal of worldwide radical Islamic fascism to destroy us or convert us.
-Bill Sappington; Homosassa, Fla.

It remains incumbent upon "traditional" Muslims to make their case that they do not share in a terrorist philosophy. Perhaps D'Souza could identify responsible organizations that share the more moderate outlook he espouses, if there are any.
-John Turner; Selmer, Tenn.

I empathized with D'Souza over the resistance Muslims have to the ugly face of America. The underlying issue generating our social problems is an educational system that has treated truth as relative, subjective, and mystical.
-L. Roberts; Colorado Springs, Colo.

D'Souza says that "we in the United States know that there is a difference between movies/television/music and the way Americans actually live" ("Cross-culture wars," Jan. 13). But if I read the statistics correctly, there is very little difference between those who profess to be Christians and those who do not. I have close Iranian friends and they fear our culture. I explain to them that Christians do not do those things, but when the church mimics the world, how can Muslims tell that there is a difference?
-Mel Brubaker; Saltillo, Pa.

Well within His grasp

Joel Belz's column about ailing Sen. Tim Johnson was right on target ("Where depraved hearts are darkest," Jan. 13). While most politically aware Christians cannot help but realize that Johnson's death would have swung the balance of power in the Senate, we must also acknowledge that the balance of power is well within the grasp of the Almighty.
-David G. Stieglitz; St. Charles, Ill.

Ezekiel wrote, "'Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked,' declares the Lord God, 'rather than that he should turn from his ways and live?'" This shows what we should pray for in regard to Sen. Johnson: that he will recover but that his brush with death will create in him a desire to know God.
-Clyde E. Herrin; Bonner Springs, Kan.

Should have been R

In your review of Casino Royale ("Sports, sparks, and spies," Jan. 13) you say that "Bond's toned-down womanizing earns the film a PG-13 rating," but I hardly think that is the most distressing part in the film. You don't even mention the brutal torture scene that should have earned the movie an R rating.
-Janet Condon; Corning, N.Y.

Everybody except

"Dawn of the donkey" (Jan. 13) warned us that Congress planned to raise the minimum wage. It is usually justified as helping poor people, but when will Americans wake up and realize that it hurts everybody except politicians?
-Franklin Hall; Greenville, S.C.

Sullying

Before Pat Robertson meets the Lord face to face, I hope he repents of presuming to speak for Him (Quotables, Jan. 13). By making "prophetic" statements that do not come to pass, Robertson is sullying the Lord's name.
-Elizabeth Patchet; Eau Claire, Wis.

Moral re-balance

Finally, human life trumps baby eagles ("Malaria milestone," Jan. 13). After decades of being cowed by environmentalist moralizing, it's refreshing to see the Bush administration reaching for the DDT sprayer. Even if Rachel Carson's 1962 shocker Silent Spring had been fully corroborated (it wasn't), how can you balance on the moral scales 1 million African lives a year against a declining eagle population? With self-righteous, save-the-planet zeal, Western countries took away the malaria solution and comforted the dying Africans with mosquito nets.
-James S. Martin; Scurry, Texas

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