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Issue: "Ideal Idol," June 2, 2007

I was sickened to read of the barbarous cruelty of these Turkish followers of Islam. Any religion that produces such evil can only be the product of Satan.
-Irving E. Friedman; Irvine, Calif.

Wrote like he loved it

David Halberstam wrote like someone who absolutely loved to write ("End of the old," May 5). No matter what the subject of his richly textured books, the enthusiasm for his subject and craft shone through. Spending time with him was always a joy. You could disagree with his politics and yet respect his thorough research and analysis.
-Fran Froelich; Upper Darby, Pa.

When my fellow journalism students were hoping to become the next Woodward and Bernstein, I found a different sort of journalistic hero: Ernie Pyle. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Pyle told phenomenal stories of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times. Today's reporters, though, care more about activism and party politics than actual reporting. As for Halberstam, his The Powers that Be remains the best exposition of the pre-cable major media. A true talent, indeed, and an excellent old-school journalist who could really get a story.
-Scott Kelly; St. Louis, Mo.

Being a father

What a beautiful piece of writing ("Mornings," May 5). As a father of two little girls aged 3 and 5, I have always loved early mornings. Tony Woodlief's essay put into words what my soul already knew, that "they come to us to hear of what their wiggly little hearts need reminding, which is that we love them more than we can say." Being a father has taught me so much about what our heavenly Father feels for us.
-Tim Finnamore; Fairhope, Ala.

Having recently walked through the "valley of the shadow of death" with a husband whose cancer caused his early journey to glory, I could relate to Marvin Olasky's "Are we ready?" (May 5). I await the final act with a renewed yearning for its "comedy." And it is indeed the "Mornings" that get me through these changing scenes of travail. Thank you for these two excellent columns.
-Sharon Stoltzfus; Honey Brook, Pa.

Debauch and destroy

Timothy Lamer hit the nail on the head when he pointed out our need to know about unfunded entitlement programs that could bankrupt our nation ("Trouble in the trillions," May 5). One of the most effective ways of destroying a nation is to debauch its monetary system. We are in the process of doing that to ourselves.
-Richard Wischmeier; Central City, Neb.

Impressive fervor

I watched all four hours of the PBS special on Mormonism ("Mormon mystery," May 5). I was impressed by their disciplined emphasis on family, education and the arts, their industry and charity, and perhaps most of all their fervor. Several who were interviewed showed deep commitment and emotional connection to the church, which was obviously sincere. Would that Christians were as surrendered to the Lord as Mormons are to their "prophets." What was missing was any mention of the Cross or the blood of Christ. I came away feeling sad.
-Gretchen Horton; Newberry Springs, Calif.

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