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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "The yoot vote," Aug. 4, 2007

Performance Potts

I appreciated "British idol" (June 30/July 7). Paul Potts, who blew away the audience and judges on Britain's Got Talent singing "Nessun Dorma," showed the world that you can't judge people by how they look. I saw his performance on YouTube and, even though I knew what was coming, I was still surprised by how superior he sounded. Also, the look on Simon Cowell's face was priceless!
-Michael Davis; Springfield, Va.

Hard to be sympathetic

It was hard for me to muster much sympathy for the Shah family mentioned in your cover story on the plight of legal immigrants ("Not so 'grand' a bargain," June 23). My brother, after working for the same company for over 20 years, was forced to take early retirement and is being replaced by immigrants from India. So much for loyalty to a hard-working, long-term employee.
-Kathy Parcells; Dayton, Ohio

What persecution?

I think the answer to Joel Belz's question, "What about Israel?" (June 16), was answered in the next issue in "Persecution: Cut off" (June 23). Israel has no tolerance for Christians, so why should we support them? The Judaism of today has little to do with the fulfillment of prophecy, as so many think. It is, in fact, the very Judaism that Jesus condemned.
-John G. Barbour; Tallahassee, Fla.

I was surprised by "Cut off." Munayer complains about being stopped at checkpoints when Jews are not. If he can show me all of the Jewish people blowing up nightclubs, buses, and military stations in Israel, I will gladly take his side on that one. However, as long as only Arabs are doing these things, there is no logic to police wasting their time stopping Jews as well. One can only wonder what Christians in Saudi Arabia, China, and other nations would think of such "persecution."
-Richard Stead; Los Alamos, N.M.

Spirit or style?

Regarding Andrée Seu's account of her experience in a church in Philadelphia's inner city ("Holiday and Heaven," June 23): The lively singing and preaching, which differed so radically from what she was exposed to in seminary, certainly might have been influenced by the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, she might have been simply struck by something new to her: the energy, volume, and emotion that characterizes thousands of black churches. Is it the Spirit or just a different style?
-Doug Hjellen; Mill Creek, Wash.

Saved the landing

What a great story of the gymnast star Tom Kelley and his mom, Susan ("Life of the mother," June 16), who chose to save her son even at the risk of emergency surgery. Abortion is a slap in the face of God!
-Margaret Maass; San Luis Obispo, Calif.


  • The 75,000-member Evangelical Presbyterian Church is based in Livonia, Mich. ("Where they stand," July 14, p. 33).
  • Lady Bird Johnson died July 11, 2007 (The Buzz, July 21, p. 4).
  • Syria is north of Israel; Jordan is the nation east of Israel ("Fighting chance," June 30/July 7, map, p. 22).
  • The website URL for the book Faith of Our Fathers: God in Ancient China is ("Seven fat years," June 30/July 7, p. 38).


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