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Issue: "NextGen worship," July 26, 2008

Heaven help us

I enjoyed the perspective of things to come should Obama win in November ("Turning back the clock," June 14/21). All I could say is, "Heaven help us," for as I came to the end of the article, all those reasons why the Republicans avoided a Democratic win back in 1996 sounded a lot like what we've gotten with Bush, such as, "more wasteful spending." It is sad that we did not do better with the opportunity we were given.
-Katherine Hardesty; Glen Ellyn, Ill.

I would that an Obama victory could turn the clock back to 1933. There was an unquestioned loyalty to the United States then and our country was wonderfully united for the Second World War. It is not so now, and a Democratic victory will only exacerbate that evil.
-Dick Muller; Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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Thank you for "Turning back the clock." I recently saw the movie Seabiscuit. Had I not read your article, I don't think I would have recognized how the movie promoted and openly praised the programs instituted by FDR. I find it disturbing that the same kind of faith in big government is what Obama's campaign is promising. This year's election will be the first opportunity I will have to vote. I, for one, don't want to go back to 1933.
-Sarah Tipton, 17; Harker Heights, Texas

No sympathy

Marvin Olasky suggests that Barack Obama would be able to sway pro-life liberals to his cause by supporting grants to crisis pregnancy centers and sonograms ("Obama's test," June 14/21). If these "Casey Democrats" can be convinced of Obama's pro-life sympathies by adding crisis pregnancy centers to his multi-trillion-dollar list of spending initiatives in spite of Obama's pro-abortion voting record (which includes helping kill an Illinois bill to protect infants born alive during abortions), they are either terribly ignorant, in denial, or not nearly as dedicated to life as they profess.
-Richard Pennertz; Litchfield, Minn.

One up

Joel Belz notes in "Less is more" (June 14/21) that "one of the best things you could do is to have the federal government admit that education isn't its specialty." I think I can improve on that. How about we the people telling the federal government that public school education isn't any of its business!
-Robert Persons; Waynesville, N.C.

Kudos to Joel Belz for his thoughtful critique of proposals to extend the federal education monopoly. Grateful as I am for President Bush, the last eight years have seen little encouragement for those providing educational alternatives. If a Republican President and Congress could not recover the purpose of education, what realignment of the political stars will? May God preserve our liberty to educate our children at home and in private alternatives.
-Michael J. Kane; Portland, Ore.

Belz hit the nail on the head with his comment that without the first and greatest commandment, education becomes "as hollow as it is shallow." I found my undergraduate education at a Christian college far more meaningful than my graduate training from a state university. My state education felt, in some respects, hollow. So thank you for highlighting the need for education to involve loving God with "all we have." Belz was addressing childhood education, but his comments apply to education at all levels. As he noted, we need to "settle what education is really about."
-Daniel McPhearson; Redwood, Miss.

The loss and shame

I was prepared, thanks to WORLD ("Return of the Lion," May 17/24), for how vastly different Prince Caspian the movie would be compared to the book. Maybe because of that, I was able to enjoy it for what it was at the time. But as a lifelong Narnia admirer, I was disappointed that the movies fail to convey that Aslan is the real point of Narnia, and also, that they fall short in showing the love and intimacy between Aslan and the children.
-Amy Ingersoll; Hebron, Md.

Thank you so much for the excellent and clear review of Prince Caspian. I was even more disappointed in it than I had expected. Gene Edward Veith is so right-even in tinkering with the plot, the basic meaning of the book should stay intact. Both my son and I found the movie poorly executed, often contrived, and often uninteresting. What a shame.
-Margery F. Joseph; East Haven, Conn.

Lots to talk about

I was appalled to read that WORLD felt that The Goonies was a great pick for preteen children ("Summer views," June 14/21). No, it doesn't have monkey brains or eyeballs, but it contains profanity, coarse jesting, and sexual innuendo. I'd sure have a lot to talk about with my kids after viewing that one.
-Patrick Hanson; Manitowoc, Wis.

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