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Issue: "Tortilla wars," March 10, 2007

Hype-free info

I really appreciate the series profiling 2008 presidential candidates ("Barrier riffs," Feb. 10). I trust WORLD's information, knowing that it comes from a Christian worldview (which is not to say that I agree with every article). I'm finding it helpful to have nonpartisan information about candidates without the hype that will soon abound, and I eagerly await the next profiles. This series will help me when it comes time to vote.
-Anne Johnson; Newport, Ore.

I disagree with your labeling of Duncan Hunter as "anti-immigration" on your Feb. 10 cover. This is like labeling the pro-life movement "anti-choice." Maybe a more accurate label of Hunter's position would be "pro-national security" or "pro-law enforcement."
-Rocky Belcher; Vandalia, Ohio

A burning issue

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Thank you for your straightforward column on ethanol production ("Pass on the corn," Feb. 10). It is not sustainable for the reasons you listed and many more. It is nice to see a cautionary bent in a Christian magazine on a hot-button issue.
-Tauna M. Powell; Laclede, Mo.

Corn and other vegetable ethanols and ethanol blends are not an immediate substitute for our oil-based transportation and manufacturing economy; however, they provide the best alternative that I see today in the near term and possibly long term for a renewable, less expensive, and environmentally friendly resource. Initially, ethanol may be more expensive and energy intensive to manufacture, but it may be more competitive than oil after the government helps the industry get going and then gets out of the way for the market to take over.
-Joe Trusty; Miami, Fla.

The ethanol industry has made great leaps in efficiency since the '70s, such as integrating plants with cattle-feeding operations. Yes, it is costing money, but so is securing our vital interests in the Middle East. At least the money spent on ethanol is returning to our own economy. Farmers buy cars, tractors, computers, groceries, magazines, and all kinds of services. Most of us are not even supporting terrorism.
-Peter Cernek; Gratiot, Wis.

We already spend billions a year on artificial price supports called farm subsidies that could be used instead to help produce ethanol. That money would stay at home, as compared to giving it to Middle Eastern oil producers who smile while taking our money but curse us when our backs are turned. Despite the naysayers, being more self-sufficient is to our advantage.
-Chuck Roehrich; Grand Island, Neb.

Quick cut

I find it interesting how Muslims wish to wipe out opposition to their faith ("Kangaroo court," "Hate or debate?" Feb. 10) and yet I see few, if any, instances of Muslims proselytizing. Marvin Olasky's column on Wilberforce ("Humble courage," Feb. 10), who "emphasized teaching about Christianity but not imposing it," cuts to the quick. Too bad many Muslims feel they can convert others, not by teaching and opening their scriptures, but by fear, torture, or silencing nonbelievers.
-George Nettleton; Willow Street, Pa.

When will Canada's pro-homosexual agenda and hate-crime laws protecting homosexual rights come into conflict with that country's growing desire to allow Shariah law? Shariah severely punishes not only homosexual acts, but homosexuality in general.
-Dennis Turner; Fredericktown, Ohio

Marvin Olasky's column on Wilberforce was one of the finest we have read. It made us wish for a man like Wilberforce to rise up in our U.S. Congress. Where are men of that stature today? Oh, that every one of our senators, congressmen, cabinet members, staffers, etc., would read that column and contemplate, with all honesty and seriousness, the driving forces in their own political lives and efforts.
-Richard H. Hess; Eden Prairie, Minn.

Kerry's cultural imperialism

It's not freedom Islamic cultures fear so much as all the flotsam that comes with it. Homosexuality, abortion, radical feminism, and the bilge pouring out of Hollywood comprise a type of cultural imperialism that traditional cultures abhor. John Kerry is in the embrace of all those who have debauched our freedom, making it unpalatable to others ("No little people," Feb. 10). Before attributing all our problems to the current administration, perhaps a little introspection is in order for Sen. Kerry.
-Thomas M. Beattie; Mt. Vernon, Va.

Status quo keepers

I love the work that Lillie Epps and Care Net are doing regarding abortion in the African-American community ("Urban battleground," Feb. 10). Black churches must stop focusing on themselves as victims and start standing up against the more devastating moral issues of our day. Racism is a legitimate and important issue, but making it the No. 1 priority only results in liberal leadership in Washington whose agenda, ironically, maintains the status quo. This has led to a de-emphasis by black pastors in rebuking the "breakdown of families, acceptance of premarital sex, and an antipathy toward marriage" in their communities.
-Neal Hooks; North Las Vegas, Nev.

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