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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Obama," Nov. 15, 2008

Level-headed

Thank you for the level-headed analysis of the popular Twilight series (Notable Books, Sept. 20). Although Bella and Edward may abstain before marriage, they clearly lust after one another. The portrayal of "love" in these books could cause girls to go into marriage with wrong expectations.
-Abby Patchet, 16; Eau Claire, Wis.

$2.50 per child

I found "Reading at risk" (Sept. 6), about Congress wanting to "kill a highly successful phonics program," very interesting and frustrating. As a college student majoring in secondary education, I often heard my English professors speak of phonics in mocking tones. A few years later, teaching my own son to read, I found that the most effective and useful tool was a $15 phonics text. I used it for all six children.
-Virginia Swarr Youmans; Lynnville, Tenn.

A big deal

The main reason that pornography gets a foothold in people's lives is a perception that it's really not a big deal ("Trap doors," Sept. 6). Formerly, I didn't view it as addictive, but I have heard from Christian male friends how hard it is to get away from those images. I have also heard of marriages that are strained or breaking up under the burden of pornography addiction. The internet brings this stuff before our children's faces and eyes.
-Heather Denton; Portland, Ore.

Next, feeding the millions

I was disturbed by Gene Edward Veith's column about Barack Obama being seen as the Messiah ("Messiah complex," Aug. 13). Comedian Jon Stewart's line from this summer, that during a recent visit to Israel Obama "made a quick stop off at the manger in Bethlehem where he was born," was perhaps not far from what some think.
-Aaron Sundet, Clarksville, Iowa

Sobering

I very much enjoyed the "Remembering the summer of 1968" (Aug. 9) cover story. I was a young enlisted man in the U.S. Air Force and went to Vietnam that October. It was quite sobering to reflect again on the momentous events of that year.
-Steve Carter; Simpsonville, S.C.

"An anniversary to forget" (Aug. 9) had a great impact on me. I realized that what a person does in his past affects what he does later in life. In those cases it led to presidents going behind our nation's back, and people deserved to know about those things.
-Jonas Weaver, 12; Powahatan, Va.

I was very moved by "The graduate" (Aug. 9). It enabled me to understand better what young people snared by Communist trends felt and were thinking in those days. By the early 1960s, as a military veteran, the radical left was an abomination to me. In 1967, during my lunch hour, I spotted my secretary throwing rocks at the police in downtown San Francisco. Back at the office, she was kind of sweaty, but there she was typing the letter for me.
-Dick Robinson; Roswell, Ga.

Frustrated no more

For years I subscribed to different weekly "news" magazines only to be frustrated and annoyed by their continual liberal, anti-Christian slant. I was recently introduced to your magazine and have absolutely loved it.
-Joshua R. Miller; Hudson Falls, N.Y.

Clarification

Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed last month the Catholic Church's historic opposition to artificial birth control on the 40th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical letter addressing the issue, Humanae Vitae (The Buzz, 
Oct. 18, p. 8).

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