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Issue: "The plots thicken," Jan. 12, 2008

A big deal

Thank you so much for the article about Pregnancy Care Center director Wanda Kohn ("Daniel of the year," Dec. 15). Every life saved deserves to be rejoiced over, just as the angels rejoice when each one of us is born again into the kingdom of heaven. Thank you for alerting Christians about how we can help pregnancy care centers and other organizations like them. And thank you for making a big deal about this organization.
-Arielle Lancaster; Hickory, N.C.

I thought about canceling my subscription due to the nonstop coverage of political issues, but my mind was changed by the "Daniel of the Year" issue with the article about Wanda Kohn and "Letters to God" (Dec. 15) by Andrée Seu. Both women admit to struggles, and both still love the Lord. May God bless them and their many unknown sisters throughout the world who struggle but still choose Jesus.
-Bonnie Russell; Randolph, N.J.

Romney's core

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I agree with those who question electing Romney ("Romney's problem," Dec. 15), and the issue goes beyond whether he is merely gullible. A person's core, his foundation, is where he has truly placed his faith. Romney's foundation is the Mormon faith, if he is sincere; therefore, his foundation is a lie. Who could vote for such a man to be the president of our country?
-Marilyn Martin; McMinnville, Tenn.

For all of his credentials and winsome persona, how does one make peace with Romney's self-designation as "true blue, through and through" Mormon? A friend recently asked whether I wouldn't prefer to vote for a candidate who shares my values rather than one who shares my theology. But, as Joel Belz pointed out ("Trifling with the truth," Nov. 10), the issue of a candidate, Mormon or otherwise, manipulating the truth is another matter.
-Duane A. Walker; Carlsbad, Calif.

Belz is right about the Latter-day Saints' convoluted system of dealing with its image. Mormonism is a cult that routinely hides its true beliefs. "Rocky road" (Nov. 10) by Mark Bergin shows the true LDS attitude toward Bible believers. Those of us who live in the Southwest are under no illusions about what a Mormon in the White House would mean to the spiritual fabric of America. It would not be like the Kennedy experience.
-Dean Mathis; Hobbs, N.M.

Hardly relevant

It was disappointing to read Joel Belz suggesting that the current presidential lineup has not "even a hint of genuine greatness in the whole bunch" ("Time for a proven hero," Dec. 15). Ron Paul is head and shoulders above them all. Even more surprising is Belz's proposal that Gen. David Petraeus be a vice-presidential candidate. We don't need a military tactician in high office, especially if it is unclear whether the man is pro-life, pro-family, believes in big government, favors the Patriot Act, and much more. Belz sees only a hero on the battlefield-a commendable virtue, to be sure, but hardly relevant to the gigantic question of qualification.
-Walt Hibbard; Wilmington, Del.

Where's the shame?

It's disgraceful that Congress approves earmarks ("Our pork," Dec. 8), but it adds insult to injury when we realize that borrowed funds pay for earmarks because of our massive deficits. Where is the shame?
-George Fooshee; Wichita, Kan.

Jamie Dean's article detailing the abuses of earmarking was illuminating and important. But there are some very worthwhile and austere faith-based programs in some of the neediest communities in the country that should not be tarred with the same broad brush as an ornament-making program.
-William C. Gnekow; Buellton, Calif.

Forget Giuliani, Romney, or Huckabee; let's nominate Rep. Jeff Flake for president. He seems to be the politician with the best record on stopping excessive government spending, and he realizes that when you "earmark" you are spending your neighbor's hard-earned money and violating a public trust.
-Christopher Cooper; Oro Valley, Ariz.

The most dangerous atheism

I heartily agree that our culture is quietly seducing us away from a God-oriented worldview ("Practical atheism," Dec. 8), but the quietest and most seductive of all practical atheistic tendencies is unbelief in a Christian. In my congregation, the most dangerous atheism is not coming from Dawkins, Hitchens, or even Time, but from me. We all are recovering atheists who often say no to God when we refuse to forgive, when we deny that God reigns over our suffering, or when we stay up all night worrying about how the test results will come back.
-Michael Lyons; Louisville, Ky.

While I agree with the premise of "Practical atheism," I disagree with using "Clay Aiken and the Smithereens" as an example. At a recent concert I attended, Aiken told the crowd that Christmas has always been to him a time to "celebrate the birth of Christ and to cherish the moment with friends and loved ones." His set list included "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," "Oh Holy Night," "Joy to the World," and other traditional Christmas songs.
-Karen Somerville; Hillsdale, Mich.

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