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Issue: "Safe haven," Sept. 15, 2007

Hope it's a Prius

Tim Lamer's article ("Safety last," Aug. 4) is characteristic of the me-first thinking that got us into this energy crisis in the first place. The problem is not small vehicles but too many behemoths created in part by years of the exemption of light trucks over 8,500 pounds from emission and CAFE standards. This encouraged Detroit to produce millions of vehicles based on the exempt 3/4 ton chassis that produces abysmal gas mileage.
-Robert Grossman; Vermillion, S.D.

Yes, larger automobiles may be safer for their own drivers, but they are more dangerous to other cars on the road. The fact that large SUVs have lower collision insurance rates but higher liability rates reflects this. Conversely, cars like the Prius are not very dangerous to other cars on the road. And how many of the accidents in which 46,000 people died in "smaller" cars were caused by larger vehicles? One thing I do know: If another car hits me, I hope it's a Prius, not an Escalade.
-John Kreiner Jr.; Casselberry, Fla.

There are better ways than driving large vehicles to improve the safety of our highways, such as stiffer enforcement of DUI laws, longer, more restrictive permits for teen drivers, lower speed limits, better enforcement of speed limits, bans on cell phone use while driving, and better traffic-flow planning. As one who is forced by economics to drive a smaller, more efficient vehicle, I would be glad to see the extinction of the SUV dinosaurs.
-Jane Bruno; Tucson, Ariz.

Everyday effects

Thank you for "Generation killer" (Aug. 4). As a missionary among the Navajo and Apache people, I found your report on crystal meth on the reservations to be fair. Through our ministry we see the effects of meth every day. It's great that WORLD recognizes it not as a problem unique to indigenous North American people, but a problem with a unique impact among them.
-Dave Sprinkle; Lakeside, Ariz.

Only source

As tribal church planters living in a helicopter-only location in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, we receive supply flights every three to four months, so the news we read in WORLD is usually that old. Please keep publishing a print copy as long as possible ("A threat or challenge?" July 14). WORLD is our only source of American and world news because we have no access to the internet.
-Rick Zook; Papua New Guinea

Correction

Officials at High Point Church in Arlington, Texas, declined in August to hold funeral services for a homosexual who was the brother of a man who had worked as a janitor at High Point ("The August drumbeat," Aug. 25, p. 36).

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