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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Northern light," Sept. 20, 2008

Cal Thomas states the obvious: Society is being set up to accept socialized medical services and near kin, doctor-assisted suicide. Socialized medicine, with limited financial resources, will bring the need for triage to a new low: Who is worthy of limited medical resources? Doctor-assisted suicide is not the answer to financial limitations in terminal cases. There is another alternative: hospice care. There the terminally ill patient can die with dignity, not by doctor-assisted suicide.
-Art Thompson; Westfield, N.J.

Sinners ourselves

I was struck by your refreshing coverage of the anniversary of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. Marvin Olasky told the truth about the consequences of such sin ("An anniversary to forget," Aug. 9), and Andrée Seu ("Sins of youth," Aug. 9) reminded us of the nonjudgmental grace we are to give as sinners ourselves.
-Haley Olson, 17; Mahtomedi, Minn.

Vivid and real

To WORLD's selection of new "Notable books" about China (Aug. 9) I would add one from five years ago: Wild Swans by Jung Chang. Two summers ago I taught English in the Sichuan province, and Wild Swans was required reading for me before I left. It makes China's landscape, culture, and people vivid and real for Westerners like me.
-Megan Von Bergen; Manhattan, Kan.

Focus on the words

Wow! 50,000 Gospel booklets, 30,000 New Testaments, and 10,000 complete Bibles were to be distributed during the Olympics ("Let the games begin," Aug. 9). Yes, we would like a better government with just laws in China, but that will come when the hearts of the people are changed. Let's focus on what our faithful God has caused to happen.
-Peggy Ditto;Winnsboro, Texas

Compromised honor

As a Vietnam veteran, I beg to differ with Russ Pulliam's assessment that Mark Hatfield would have been the V.P. the nation and Nixon needed because of his evangelical faith ("Nixon's missed opportunity," Aug. 9). Hatfield opposed American involvement in the Vietnam war from the beginning and continued even when it meant compromising America's honor by abandoning an ally. The American pullout led to the deaths of millions of Cambodians and South Vietnamese. Where does the evangelical faith show itself there?
-Stephen Leonard; Colorado Springs, Colo.

This insidious monster

I resented Theodore Dalrymple's comments that heroin withdrawal is a "trivial medical condition" ("Drug of choice," Aug. 9). I know it's only my personal experience, but my brother went through it with help from volunteers, addicts themselves. It was one of the ugliest things I have ever witnessed. I've never been one to say that addicts are "creatures without choice," but the choices build over time. It's like the song from Casting Crowns that says, "People never crumble in a day." Why can't the answer ever be somewhere in the middle, between his choices and the reality that his body was always crying out for more of this insidious monster?
-Carol Lugg; Calhan, Colo.

Faith that works

Thanks for the great article, "The power of three" (July 26), regarding pastors MacPherson, Garlow, and Clark in getting Proposition 8 on the ballot in California. It is encouraging to see these men living out their faith, given the pitiful state of Christianity in America.
-Kelly Smith; Atlanta, Ga.

Harder answers

Your article raising questions of Todd Bentley and the Lakeland revival ("Same old scam?" June 28) was prescient. Now that Bentley has announced his pending divorce and turned over the "revival" to another pastor, people are finally willing to ask the hard questions that WORLD was asking months ago.
-Steve DuPlessie; Attleboro, Mass.


The Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in 1973 ("The summer of our discontent," Aug. 9, p. 44).

Senator Ernie Chambers is 70 years old and a 38-year veteran of the Nebraska state legislature (Quick Takes, Aug. 23, p. 14).


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