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Issue: "Rich man, poor man," May 5, 2007

Hardball, hard road

"Scooter" Libby's March 6 guilty verdict and the controversy over the firings of federal prosecutors ("Power of attorneys," April 7) illustrates the Democrats' strategy of accusing your political opponents of wrongdoing and then catching them lying under oath about it. The Democrats are playing hardball; whether the Republicans will take the difficult road of telling the truth before they get stuck in their own tangled web is another matter.
-John Crosmun; Columbia, S.C.

You would think that an impartial and fair-minded press would have taken the first bleat of complaint from divisive Democrats over the firings and asked, "So? What's the big deal? Doesn't every president exercise that same prerogative of the office?" If the "big deal" is the ham-handed way in which the administration handled the first reports, then perhaps there's room for criticism. However, bear in mind that there have been six years of constant whining and sniping from Democrats about everything that moves.
-Duby Todd; Kempner, Texas

The point

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Sandy Berger's comment (Quotables, April 7), that "I made a very stupid decision" misses the point. The point here is integrity, or rather the lack of it. His willingness to steal and destroy documents from the National Archives for a political cover-up speaks volumes about the man and the administration he worked for. But even more disturbing is the fact that most of the political establishment and the media are willing to ignore this crime.
-Thomas N. Burley; Alto, MichIn church

Andrée Seu's latest column ("Moveable feast," April 7) went with me to church this morning. In our house church we had been talking about living more in the moment, and her article dovetailed into that discussion.
-Douglas Monk; Monticello, Iowa

Seu uses "darned" then "dagnabit!" as euphemisms, followed by "Good Lord" as an exclamation, not a prayer or respectful salutation. Am I being overly sensitive? There is a pervasive use of vulgarities in everyday speech, even among Christians.
-Stu McAllister; Hendersonville, N.C.

A large step

You slapped Chris Sligh on the hand for not singing "Christian" songs on American Idol ("Religious idols," April 7), but on March 6 he performed a dc Talk song titled "Wanna Be Loved." Granted, it's not "I'll Fly Away," but it's still a rather large step for a contestant if you can only expect to get shot down, which is exactly what happened.
-Karisa Schlehr; Sanford, Fla.

Plus the beauty

Lynn Vincent wrote that downtown San Diego is like New Orleans, "minus the dirt and naked women" ("Catchin' the wave," March 24/31). I am weary of the negative comments directed at the Crescent City. Sin and debauchery are a fact of life in many places, and yes, my native New Orleans is one of them, but it also has so much beauty and romance to offer.
-Elizabeth Saadeh; Spring, Texas

Prolonging misery

I was shocked by Will Edwards' admission that his clientele may not "do anything because they don't want to do anything" but "that doesn't mean they have to starve" ("Not in my backyard," March 24/31). I, for one, beg to differ. As Paul wrote, "If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat." There are many good homeless shelters that truly help desperate men and women overcome years of abuse, addiction, and disabilities. Do-gooders of both the personal and municipal varieties simply prolong miserable lifestyles by subsidizing them. To really do a homeless person good, drive him to a rescue mission and give the mission money to help pay for your homeless friend's needs.
-Jonathan Adams; Overland Park, Kan.

Helps to know

`0 It is a shame that in "Jerusalem by foot" (March 24/31) Marvin Olasky chose the words "too much like a medieval theme park" to describe his opinion of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Orthodox Christianity considers "bling" as the material richness of Orthodox worship: the gold censers, elaborate vestments, grand iconostases. It is the equivalent of the anointing of Christ with the very costly fragrant oil in the woman's alabaster flask. Doubting Thomases need to feel and touch places like the rock of Golgotha to build their faith just like we taste the bread and wine of the Eucharist; our senses help us to know and believe.
-Hillary Dunshee; Alpine, Texas

Temptation to hoard

Thank you to Andrée Seu for "Dependence day" (March 17). Hoarding is a temptation I fight almost every day, especially now that I am retired and living on Social Security and a small IRA. I depend on our Lord's guidance every day.
-Alan Mills; Reno, Nev.

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