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Issue: "'To stay is to be killed'," Nov. 29, 2008

Full dance floor

Right now there is a cry to hold the financial services industry accountable for extending those risky loans ("Bleeding economy," Oct. 18). Well, it takes two to tango or, in this case, the dance requires many individuals to accept loans they cannot possibly repay. Don't get me wrong; loaning money without properly evaluating the risks makes for poor business, but accepting such a loan is no better. Today's circumstances call not for a new government program but for more personal responsibility.
-Joseph Wolfe; Hurst, Texas

We are all to blame

Thank you to Joel Belz for being the voice of reason ("Umble pie," Oct. 18). Like him, I am not an innocent bystander and made many financial blunders in my time, but we cannot keep going down this road. It is so true that we justify moral lapses in our pursuit of happiness. We are all to blame.
-Donetta Dalton; Petersburg, Va.

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Thank you to Belz for that honest confession of greed. It gives me courage to do the same and, by God's grace, to model honesty on all levels of my life.
-Kristine Magee; San Diego, Calif.

I agree with "Umble pie." However, my husband and I are among the few who worked hard, lived humbly, and prayed about owning a home for 13 years before we purchased one. We paid it off quickly and are still here. It is not right that we should have to bail out Wall Street or anyone else without being asked.
-Katie Suppan; Beaverton, Ore.

Yes, we believers should insist on honesty in all of our dealings, but we should also insist that the rules are not tilted to advantage anyone based on wealth. Our approval of rules (related to the FHA, Fannie/Freddie, and the Community Reinvestment Act) to advantage the poor is very much at fault here.
-Brad Cain; Maitland, Fla.

Unbelievable

David Bahnsen is on target when he says there would be no financial crisis "if some individuals did not default in obligations they voluntarily took on" ("Against the tide," Oct. 18). Living in San Diego County a few years ago, I could not believe people were buying monster houses with adjustable rate or interest only mortgages.
-Larry Marsh; Colton, Ore.

Reality bites

For the past six months I have been saying that the world cannot let the American economy go in the dumpster because it would affect so many other countries with which we do business. "Angell and devils" (Oct. 18), about how sin overpowers economic rationality, showed me I was wrong.
-Kenley Leslie; Bay St. Louis, Miss.

The cost of religious freedom

Churches have more choices than just to stay out of politics or fight for tax-exempt status ("Pulpit politics," Oct. 18). I have respect neither for churches that incur the wrath of the IRS nor for Christians who stand silently by as wicked bureaucrats pass and enforce ungodly laws. The solution is for churches to return to the right of free practice of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment by coming out from under the umbrella of state favors.
-Steven Van Epps; Glen Burnie, Md.

With half of conservatives believing that churches should stay out of politics, no wonder the Christian church is so ineffective in influencing our culture. If commitment to Christ doesn't result in biblical positions on political issues, then how are we being salt and light in our country? The church of Jesus Christ seems to be drowning in political correctness.
-Annie Halland; Bridger, Mont.

Caroling discomfort

I came away from American Carol with the same sense as WORLD's reviewer ("Swing and miss," Oct. 18). I did not hear any rip-roaring laughter when I previewed the movie in Minnesota, and the audience included many Republican Convention attendees. I was not comfortable with the crude scenes or the language.
-Sharon I. Rideout; Hermon, Maine

Both my 76-year-old father and I, a 41-year-old mother of two, laughed so hard during American Carol that our stomachs hurt. As conservatives, we can't complain about the lack of entertainment that supports our views and then criticize an effort because we don't like the movie's pace or how the lines are delivered.
-Lynn Rhodes; Winter Garden, Fla.

Round two

Excellent article on the race for governor in Washington state-Round two of Rossi vs. Gregoire ("Evergreen rematch," Oct. 18). It would have offered more food for thought had it "recounted" in greater detail how those supposed 2004 vote numbers were reached. The "election" of Christine Gregoire fails the smell test.
-David James Hanson; Fayette, Iowa

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