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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Why Grey matters," March 17, 2007


Thank you for putting the new e-zine version of WORLD online. I'm currently deployed to Afghanistan and have to wait to get the magazines sent from home. Much of the news is old by then. I sometimes read articles online, but I missed the political cartoons, photos, and illustrations. This is perfect for those serving God or country overseas.
-Maj. Steve Odum, USAF; Kabul, Afghanistan

One on abortion

Thank you for an amazing article ("Family man," Feb. 17). I also love the fact that Austin Ruse is Catholic. I think Catholics like myself and Ruse are often looked down upon by our Protestant brothers in Christ. Hopefully, by reading this article, people can see that we, despite our differences, are of one mind on the subject of abortion.
-Stephen Sylvester, 15; Mobile, Ala.

Just another suit?

As for Republican presidential primary candidate Duncan Hunter ("Barrier riffs," Feb. 10), I'm a bit fatigued by these "We gotta control our border" blowhards. If he wants to build a big fence or wall topped with electrified concertina wire and motion detectors, fine, but unless he's also willing to levy heavy fines on those who are out there hiring the illegals (roofing contractors, landscapers, restaurateurs, meatpacking plants), he's just another empty suit.
-Brad O'Brien; FOB Warhorse, Iraq

Keep the corn

Joel Belz brings up some valid reservations about the current performance of fuel ethanol as an alternative to petroleum products ("Pass on the corn," Feb. 10) but says little about its future potential. Recent innovations hold forth realistic hope for much improved alcohol production efficiency in the near future. More distant but tantalizing is the possibility of converting cellulose-containing waste products into fuel alcohol. Perhaps the current means of encouraging the development of this infant industry are not optimal, but I hope we do not drop it, as did governments after World War II and in the Reagan era.
-Tony Byler; Parkersburg, W.Va.

Savings lost

For clinics that substantially reduce the cost of medicine by eliminating health insurance transactions, such as PATMOS ("Robert's rules," Jan. 20), one wonders what will be the impact of laws that mandate that all citizens secure health insurance, as Massachusetts has recently done. How much savings will there be when states require that every citizen have health insurance anyway?
-Bill Walden; Southampton, Mass.


Wise oversight of our resources must include getting involved person-to-person, not entrusting our money to a nameless, faceless bureaucracy, as Democratic religion advisor Shaun Casey suggests ("Prodigal party," Jan. 27). What's also galling is the idea that these consultants, rather than encouraging their Democratic employers to develop a strong relationship with our Savior, seem instead to want to help these candidates conceal their true identity as secularists and thereby trick some believers into voting for a party that is hostile toward Christians and Christianity.
-Ron Chiodras; Wheaton, Ill.


The wife of Wycliffe Bible Translators founder William Cameron Townsend is Elaine Townsend ("Endings & beginnings," Jan. 13, p. 19).


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