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Issue: "Survivors," Sept. 29, 2007

Please reconsider your inclusion of Floyd Landis in your list of "Biggest cheats." I have read his book, Positively False, and his arguments that he is the victim of overzealous drug testers and a flawed testing process are quite convincing.
-Kathleen Porter; Frederick, Md.

Missing something?

Having followed the evolution-ID debate for several years, I was perplexed with the situation you reported at Baylor ("Crisis averted," Aug. 25). The university showed restraint compared with its treatment of Professor Dembski several years ago, but the scholarly work of a distinguished professor was politely discredited as "personal views" not consistent with the "official position" of the university. How is the "official position" of any university-much less an allegedly Christian one-inconsistent with scientific research that attempts to objectively explore the claims of Darwin's theory? Perhaps I missed something.
-Thadd Buzan; Springfield, Va.

Baylor's claim to a "distinctively Christian worldview" would be even more evident if Provost O'Brien could claim that at least a few professors promoted the literal, recent, biblical view of Creation.
-Michael DuMez; Oostburg, Wis.

No monopoly rights

Joel Belz asks: Why not sell off roads and bridges to private investors? The real question, however, is, Why shouldn't government sell monopoly rights for roads and bridges to private companies? ("Fire sale," Aug. 18.) Perhaps we need to reread Adam Smith on why government-granted monopolies are antithetical to free enterprise. Privatizing education provides real choice to parents on a more level playing field; selling monopoly rights to roads and bridges does the opposite. And what if the highest bidder is a company from China, Iran, or North Korea? Are there no security concerns for private, and foreign, ownership of our roads?
-Allen Quist; St. Peter, Minn.

Belz hit the nail on the head when he wrote, "The issue is instead about how folks should respond when government demonstrates it doesn't have a clue how to handle the important facets of our lives that have become so badly broken." I hope we don't allow our health-care system to be handed over to the government so it can break that too.
-Ingrid Anderson; Prairie Village, Kan.

Part of me wants to agree with privatizing roads and bridges. But if that happens on a large scale we'll spend the rest of our lives stopping at tollbooths. And will our taxes be reduced? Somehow, I think not.
-Dave Aurand; Powell, Ohio

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