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Issue: "The Road to Cana," Feb. 23, 2008

Sleeper argument

I took the Jan. 12/19 issue from my mailbox and was captured when I saw that picture of the baby girl sleeping ("Roe v. Wade at 35"). As I was reading about abortion, our Supreme Court may have been hearing arguments about whether execution by lethal injection could amount to "cruel and unusual" punishment for murderers.
-Gardner C. Koch; Rock Hill, S.C.

Blessing in disguise

I've been a World subscriber for a few years now and just received the first issue of WORLD's biweekly format ("A changing WORLD," Jan. 12/19). I am very excited about it. I really like the depth and breadth of the articles and also the new features. I think that the increase in postal charges that "forced" you to re-evaluate and make changes was a blessing in disguise.
-Jonathan Bentz; Burnsville, Minn.

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I just read "A changing WORLD" and, as a brand new subscriber, was very encouraged. I have never enjoyed and been challenged by a magazine so much. Thank you for not retreating in any way from the rate increases or competition. Thank you for reporting on a large variety of subjects, leaving a margin big enough for us to come to our own conclusions while still maintaining an all-around Christian worldview.
-Heidi Cox; Spokane, Wash.

Your first double issue was wonderful. That includes not just the layout, size, and coverage, but the articles seemed to be particularly good. Thank you so much for your fine work. We trust you and so far you've lived up to our trust.
-Tip & Jessica Hudson; Ellensburg, Wash.

It took determination to get through the thicker magazine, but I like the new layout. I've read WORLD for years and years, so I especially like the authors' pictures at the bottom of their columns along with their email addresses. Maybe I'll never email them, but it's neat to feel that I can. It was also interesting to have a "So, that's what they look like!" moment.
-Cindy Whitford; Williamson, N.Y.

Sometimes our local Christian radio stations will have back-to-back advertisements for people with credit-card debt over $10,000 followed by another ad for those who owe the IRS a lot of money. This is why WORLD's personal finance column ("Have a plan," Jan. 12/19) is needed and welcomed.
-Dianne Moyers; Centennial, Colo.

Still a bummer

Thanks for the walk down memory lane ("Skids are for greasing," Jan. 12/19). I grew up on the deck of an American Flyer. In winter, I spent most days sledding on the hills west of New Ulm, Minn. We had neat names for some runs, like Sharp Turn Annie, Over the Edge, and Speed Demon. When we got older we went to Suicide Hill, which sent you shooting out onto the first street on the edge of town. In later years a cable was stretched across so you could only use the bottom half. Much safer, but somehow still a bummer.
-John Reinhart; Sauk Rapids, Minn.

"Skids are for greasing" brought back great memories of my youth. Time and time again in my 51 years God has brought me to the point where I must answer the question, "Will I trust in His care and providence?" Thanks for bringing the hopes and expectations and fears of a new year into proper perspective.
-Glenn McIntyre; Perrysburg, Ohio

Not just for Christians

`Marvin Olasky wrote in "Reaching out" (Jan. 12/19) that some think Mike Huckabee has run as "a Christian-only candidate," so he needs to reach out in the style of John Adams and Patrick Henry. I would argue that Huckabee has "reached out" through his positions but has been hurt by waves of attack ads. Further, Huckabee has repeatedly stated that he is not running as pastor in chief and that he will not force his faith on others.
-Randy Goggin; New Port Richey, Fla.

As an evangelical who believes in limited government, better enforcement of immigration laws, and personal responsibility for health care, Huckabee scares me. He's not a conservative Republican candidate, in my opinion.
-Michelle Wood; Keller, Texas

Know thy leaders

Marvin Olasky advises readers not to see There Will Be Blood ("Overrated Blood," Jan. 12/19). I found the movie thought-provoking. It challenges believers to acknowledge that some religious leaders are frauds: Can we distinguish the fraudulent preachers from the genuine ones? There are different challenges for secular people: Are oil speculator Daniel Plainview's moral values wrong? On what basis? And how many successful business leaders have Daniel's values at their core, hidden from view?
-Dave Skeen; Cedar Park, Texas

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