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Issue: "'Darkest moment'," April 28, 2007

The tomb is empty

In January I traveled for three weeks to Israel and Jordan, so I enjoyed Marvin Olasky's "Jerusalem by foot" (March 24/31). I went all the places he mentioned, but as I sat waiting to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre with our group, I was struck with the thought, "Why would I want to go in? The tomb is empty." This year, Easter has more meaning for me because of that encounter. Praise God, I serve a risen Savior.
-Lyle Suderman; Hillsboro, Kan.

Yo. This is a shout-out to Big O and his homies. I am dismayed at the gratuitous use of the word bling in a fascinating and otherwise well-written article ("Jerusalem by foot," March 24/31). How did MTV infiltrate your fine magazine?
-Timothy Pauley; Airway Heights, Wash.

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Congratulations on a great special issue ("Building a city," March 24/31). You've got it covered.
-Siegfried Snyder; Syracuse, N.Y.

Regarding Joel Kotkin's prediction that cities relying on attracting the "creative class" will end up with a cosmopolitan elite and many low-wage service providers (Noteworthy Books, March 24/31): Here in the Northwest, as the logging companies and lumber mills went under, the men who lost their high-paying jobs were advised to enter the growing tourism industry. In other words, go work in the motels, restaurants, and outfitting companies that sprang up to cater to the wealthy tourists. Unfortunately, all those are dead-end jobs. Now the wealthy are complaining of a lack of amenities and long-time residents are being priced out of their own region.
-Randy Myers; Vernal, Utah

These are all excellent articles, but not a single Latin American city? What about the revitalization of Prague and the incredible opportunities for the gospel in Eastern Europe, or the explosive growth and conflict of East meets West in Doha or Dubai (although the Casablanca piece was good)?
-Patrick Poole; Hilliard, Ohio

Dallas replies

Regarding your article criticizing our treatment of the homeless ("Not in my backyard," March 24/31) in the same issue praising New York as family-friendly ("Bullish in the Big Apple," March 24/31): Please recall that the turnaround in New York happened only after then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani authorized police to crack down on windshield soapers, Times Square beggars, and prostitutes. Thanks for the short paragraph mentioning that we recently voted to build a $21 million homeless-assistance shelter.
-Sheila M. Collins; Dallas, Texas

Your article demonstrates that the Park Cities program feeds the lifestyle of the lazy. It's usually by choice that panhandlers take to the streets, not true despair. I'm ready to help those who have a look of despair, and will sometimes buy food and bring it back to them with a Christian tract and a note with a message: "God has fed you today, consider this a blessing and turn to him for your salvation."
-Bill Dickson; O'Brien, Fla.

Going green

Joel Belz is right, and he elegantly articulates a correct picture of the global warming lobby ("Protesting too much," March 24/31).
-R. Overby; Arlington, Va.

Belz claims that the intensity and tactics of "global warming folks" are a sign of weaknesses in their arguments. As a research scientist, I can attest that a more likely reason for this intensity is that the reality of global warming demands immediate action. If we conservatives ignore the evidence and side with the skeptics, the consequences will be dire if we turn out to be wrong.
-Micah Green; Cambridge, Mass.

I agree with Belz's call to skepticism concerning global warming. Global warming greens, generally speaking, tell us the answer is more government (or less freedom) and fewer people (i.e., keep the abortion mills running). On both fronts, this makes them a lot like the global cooling greens of the '70s. Christians should be more than skeptical; we should fight this nonsense.
-Jeff Kessler; Rossville, Ind.

Much too much

Much too much has been made over Ann Coulter's "faggot" remark ("Circuses and bread," March 17). It's disconcerting to me when WORLD would quote a so-called conservative blogger declaring, "the age of Ann has ended." All is not lost due to one inappropriate comment. Coulter's biblical worldview extends well beyond a simple sarcastic remark.
-Brian Prong; Stow, Ohio


Marvin Olasky comments that "the larger academic audience is hearing something about Christ, and apart from [Stanley] Hauerwas, it's unlikely that they would" ("A playful mind," March 17). I take great comfort in knowing that God draws people to Himself according to His will and isn't dependent on someone like Hauerwas, who refused to give straightforward answers about the inerrancy of Scripture and whether Jesus is the only way to salvation. You call it being playful, I call it putting up a fog screen.
-Sharon Henning; Longview, Texas


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