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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Signs and wonders," Jan. 26, 2008

State awakened

Every other morning I wake up wondering if I will see the mountains through the smog. Living in Utah, I am proud that this state has awakened to the fact that we humans are the cause of global warming ("Stealth Kyoto," Dec. 22). Even if the science of global warming is wrong, if we act now we will have just become good stewards of this God-given earth and leave our children a healthier, cleaner habitat.
-Eric Reddish; Salt Lake City, Utah

True intelligence

Andrée Seu's astute observation that everyone "is smart at some things and stupid at some things" ("Keeping it real," Dec. 22) was right on. I was valedictorian of my high-school class but since have marveled daily at how stupid I can be. Perhaps the true measure of intelligence is the ability to recognize stupidity the moment you step into it. That, unfortunately, is a rare gift.
-Eleanor K. Gustafson; Haverhill, Mass.

Passer protection

Thank you for your wonderful story on Florida quarterback Tim Tebow winning the Heisman Trophy ("Underclass act," Dec. 22). It's also been reported that his mother, Pam, took strong medicines to treat amoebic dysentery, which she contracted while serving as a missionary in the Philippines in 1985. When she became pregnant with Tim, her doctor told her the baby had been irreversibly damaged and strongly advised her to have an abortion. She refused because of her faith and in 1987 gave birth to a healthy boy, who she described as "skinny, but rather long."
-Bev Cielnicky; Fountain Valley, Calif.

Real stories

Thank you for your choice of Daniel of the Year 2007 (Dec. 15). As a former pregnancy center director I believe Marvin Olasky captured the heart of the ministry simply by sharing the client stories. I remember driving a college student to the abortion clinic to get some of her money back because she had changed her mind; listening to a young woman say, "I think your new momma wants to hold you now," as she places her newborn in the arms of a childless couple; and seeing a young man shed tears over his girlfriend's choice, pleading with her to reconsider and marry him. In this long season of presidential politics the pro-life platform gets batted around like a piñata. Thanks for reminding us of the real stories.
-Cheryl Magrum; Portage, Ohio

What goes around

Thank you for exposing the earmark scandal ("Our pork," Dec. 8), and especially for having the honesty to point out that Christian groups are part of the problem. Christians of our era have thieving hearts; we refuse to pay God His tithe and then are self-righteously angry when the government taxes us into an early grave.
-Carl Wells; Brownstown, Ind.

Know before signing

I am nonplussed that evangelical leaders would sign an endorsement of "A Common Word Between Us and You" ("Common word game," Dec. 8). The key Quranic verse, "Say: O People of the Scripture! Come to a common word between us and you: that we shall worship none but God, and that we shall ascribe no partner unto Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords beside God" is emphatically not "a common call in Islam and Christianity for singular worship and allegiance to one God." Rather, it is a command for Christians to cease worshiping Jesus as God. Evangelical leaders should learn something about Islam and the Quran before they blithely sign on to such statements.
-John Tors; Toronto, Ont.


U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., predicted that the Democratic Party would seat Florida delegates at its 2008 national convention despite threats to disallow them (Quotables, Dec. 22, p. 12).


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