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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Our long war," March 8, 2008

Just goofy

As a nurse anesthetist, I think Verrilli's argument, that inmates executed by lethal injection might still feel "excruciating pain," is goofy ("Execution, not surgery," Jan. 26/Feb. 2). His argument depends on public ignorance, subterfuge, and grossly incompetent drug administration.
-Joe Parker Tait; Ruston, La.

Hidden deaths

Another one of the possible reasons why the number of abortions has been falling recently ("Choosing children over choice," Jan. 26/Feb. 2) is increased use of the "morning-after pill," RU-486. We'll never know how many of these pills produced abortions that are, of course, unreported.
-Wendy Cummings; Pepperell, Mass.

Boosting Bucket

Although any Christian would find the conversations about faith and God in The Bucket List ("Rich man/poor man," Jan. 26/Feb. 2) less than satisfying, especially when Chambers can't even explain why he has faith or in whom his faith rests, I think the contrasts between the two men's lives are very clear. One man lived his life with the awareness that there was something greater than himself worth sacrificing for, and the other man didn't let anything, including his three wives, get in the way of looking out for Number One. The lives they each returned to after their big trip was over made it very obvious which one had made the right choices.
-Joni Halpin; Allen, Texas

Weapons of failure

Our strength is not in political power, nor will that cause real change in our country. I weep for the failure of the body of Christ to be ministers of reconciliation and I rejoice in columns such as Tony Woodlief's "Going negative" and Marvin Olasky's book reviews ("On the way to what?" Jan. 26/Feb. 2) that attempt to show us our failure in fighting with the weapons of the world.
-Chuck Zehnder; Point Lookout, Mo.

An honest man's reward

Reading about an honest workingman having the integrity to hop a bus and return $185,000 to its rightful owner (The Buzz, Jan. 26/Feb. 2) was an incredible morale booster-that is, until I read the last line. Seriously-a 50-buck reward for returning a check for $185,000? After treating Reggie to a very good meal in a very good restaurant, I would've happily handed him $5,000 and named my next child after him.
-Paul Creed; Ocoee, Fla.

Living with a mission

Thank you for featuring the Andreades family ("Village people," Jan. 12/19). We homeschool in Los Angeles, and it is encouraging to read about another family living with a mission in a large city. Our 1,000-square-foot condo (and two kids) seems luxurious now. I was really inspired by their story.
-Molly ZagRodny; Los Angeles, Calif.

Real relevance

Regarding Gene Edward Veith's comment that "pastors turn worship into entertainment and downplay theology in favor of good feelings" ("Art that edifies," Jan. 12/19): In my desire for my three children to have a "relevant" faith, I took them to churches with "modern" services. After 11 years we visited a conservative, liturgical church one Sunday. As we left, all three confronted me as to why we had never gone to that type of church before. They thought it was wonderful and wanted to return. I was dumbfounded. Three years later all three tell me that they have grown in their reverence and respect for God. As C.S. Lewis said, "We are far too easily satisfied."
-Laura S. Plush; Sarasota, Fla.

Correction

Pitcher Lew Burdette, who died on Feb. 6, 2007 ("Departures," Dec. 29/Jan. 5, p. 69), is not in baseball's Hall of Fame.

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